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  • Re:Humanities ’16: Bleeding Edge to Cutting Edge

    In today’s culture of innovation, the question of failure looms large. Bleeding edge innovations, ideas, and technologies are high risk, and prone to failure, as they have not yet been fully implemented. Cutting edge ideas are tested, polished, and primed for success. Re:Humanities ’16 aims to explore the space between raw risk and published presentation. The conference is free and open to the public.

    Keynote Speakers

    Dr. Moya Bailey is a Dean’s postdoctoral scholar of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Digital Humanities at Northeastern University. Her work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion. She is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She currently curates the #transformDH Tumblr initiative in Digital Humanities. She is also the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network.

    Marisa Parham is Professor of English at Amherst College, and also directs the Five College Digital Humanities Initiative, which is a Mellon-funded grant initiative serving Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Its purpose is to help artists and scholars to integrate technology into humanities scholarship and creative work, and also to bring those disciplines to influence technological growth and spread.

    Her current teaching and research projects focus on texts that problematize assumptions about time, space, and bodily materiality, particularly as such terms share a history of increasing complexity in texts produced by African Americans. She holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and is the author of Haunting and Displacement in African-American Literature and Culture, as well as The African-American Student’s Guide to College. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, and formerly served on the founding Board of Directors for the Amherst Cinema Arts Center. In 2005 was a fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University, and in 2014 a Huntington Library fellow.


    Mahmoud Aliamer
    Beyond Fingerprints: Computational Methods of Genre Classification
    Mahmoud is a third year undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities major at the University of Chicago from Newark, NJ. Focusing on English Language and Literature, History, and Philosophy, his digital humanities interests are mainly on the use of computational methods to aptly categorize data.

    Charlotte Ector
    Visualizing Guilt: A Viewshed Model For Analyzing Community Awareness of Nazi KZ Activity
    Charlotte Ector is a junior geography major and German and Russian minor at the University of South Carolina. She is interested in analyzing historical geospatial data and relationships through GIS.

    Claudia Lo
    Twine for Academics

    Claudia Lo is a senior at Swarthmore College. She focuses on queer and feminist video game studies, and is currently working on a thesis on video game controller discourse (naturally, written in Twine).

    Itzel Delgado, Maria Bojorquez-Gomez, Daniel Sax
    The Atlas of the Dead: A New Perspective on Cultural Preservation
    Itzel is a Comparative Literature major and Latin American, Latina/o, and Iberian studies concentrator. Maria is a senior at Haverford majoring in Political Science with a minor in Chinese and concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. Daniel Sax is a sophomore Sociology Major at Haverford College.

    Andrew Hitchcock
    A War Journal in 3D
    I’m from from Ashland, Wisconsin. I’m a senior in the Professional Communication and Emerging Media.

    Malin Josefina Jornvi
    Finding Structures

    Malin is a sophomore in the Drama BFA program at Tisch School of Arts. Originally from Sweden, she came to New York to be able to combine rigorous theater training with challenging academics, and therefore enjoys the theoretical aspect of theater studies and its possibility of analyzing art in a greater cultural and existential context.

    Isaac Selchaif
    Digital Data Analysis vs. Digital Humanities

    I am a history major with a minor in political science and education at Skidmore College. Data analysis and the intersection of data, history, and how we can interpret it for educative gain interests me deeply, and thus I am excited to explore how that crossroad can be bettered.

    Alicia Sims
    Diversifying IT
    I am a senior Digital Media major from Messiah College interested in all forms of communication and the ways in which people relate to each other. My capstone project combines my interests in technology with my passion for people, addressing the need for gender and ethnic diversity in tech positions across the United States.

    PJ Trainor
    Comparing Directors with Small Multiples
    PJ is a senior at Swarthmore College, far from his home in Miami, FL. He studies mathematics, economics, and film, and sees data visualization as the intersection of all three.

    Tania Uruchima
    We Are (Not) Here to Teach You: Talking Race and Racism on Tumblr
    Tania is a senior at Swarthmore College, happily delving into the intersection of race, class, and education through her Sociology/Anthropology & Educational Studies special major. When she’s not struggling through a sociology-induced headache, you can find her sitting by an open window, enjoying the smell of fresh air and the taste of a good sentence.

    Derek Woellner
    Exploring sustainable farming practices and technologies in a virtual environment
    I am a senior in the Professional Communications and Emerging Media program at UW–Stout. One of my life goals is to become food self-sufficient, so that I won’t need to go to grocery store.

    Quinn Wong
    More than “Just for Lulz”: Internet Memes’ Potential for Political Activism

    Quinn is a senior Political Science major and Spanish minor at Swarthmore College, where she spends most of her time studying the political implications of popular culture. When she is not busy critically engaging with media on Youtube, Quinn dabbles in Photoshop and gif making.

    Amy Xu
    Epistemic Injustice in Big Data

    Amy Xu is a philosophy major at Bryn Mawr College. She hopes to focus her senior thesis on epistemic injustice.

    Jion Yi
    Newbook Digital Texts Project: The Alexander Svoboda Diaries and the Digital Revival of Cultural Heritage
    Jion a first-year student at University of Washington, Jion plans to major in International Studies and minor in French. Her goal is to use digital language to bridge the fields of international affairs, history, and technology.

    The Swarthmore Digital Humanities Interest Group
    The Swarthmore Digital Humanities Interest Group (Di:HuG for short) is a group of undergraduates from Swarthmore College who meet monthly to discuss DH and to plan DH-related workshops and toolkit sessions. The current members active on this particular project are Leila Selchaif ’18, Claudia Lo ’16, Adriana Obiols ’16, Rebekah Gelpi ’16 and Bobby Zipp ’18.

    Re:Hum ’16 Working Group

    Miranda Canilang is a junior Physics major at Bryn Mawr College. She is fascinated by the interplay of technology and improvements in everyday life. In her free time she is an amateur graphic designer and social media junkie.

    Amanda Lee is a sophomore at Swarthmore planning to major in English and Psychology. She joined the Re:Hum Working Group because she has become fascinated with the digital humanities as a medium for storytelling. When she’s not doing homework, she’s sleeping, watching YouTube, writing, or playing video games and board games.

    Tara Holman is a freshman at Bryn Mawr College and a prospective English and International Studies major. She is primarily fascinated by data visualization in addition to uses of digital humanities in everyday life. In her free time, she can be found reading, writing or taking photographs.

    Leila Selchaif is a sophomore English major at Swarthmore College with a concentration in Creative Writing and minors in History and Classics Studies. Her pet obsession is the intersection between speculative fiction and classical epic and mythological tradition. All her time not spent reading is spent playing Ultimate Frisbee.

    Hannah Weissmann is a junior Classics major at Haverford College from Los Angeles, CA. She is intrigued by the use of digital tools in academic spaces and she spends her summers teaching Scratch game design to elementary school students. She is also a member of the Bi-Co Digital Scholarship Fellowship, and hopes to build on her current investigation in the use of digital tools for Classical scholarship.


    THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016

    3:30pm – 4:00pm: Registration (Thomas Great Hall)

    4:00pm – 4:30pm: Welcome & Schedule Overview (Carpenter 21)

    4:30pm – 6:00pm: Marisa Parham Keynote “Falling off Edges: Digital Humanities and the Question of Origin” (Carpenter 21)

    6:00pm – 7:30pm: Poster Presentations & Reception (Thomas Great Hall)

    7:30pm – 9:30pm: Dinner (Wyndham Ely Room)


    FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016

    8:30am – 9:30am: Breakfast (Quita Woodward Room)

    9:30am – 10:45am: Presentations Group #1 (Carpenter 21)

    10:45am – 11:00am: Break

    11:00am – 12:00pm: Presentations Group #2 (Carpenter 21)

    12:00pm – 1:30pm: Lunch (Quita Woodward Room)

    1:30pm – 3:00pm: Moya Bailey Workshop “The Human in Digital Humanities” (Carpenter 25)

    3:00pm – 3:30pm: Wrap up (Carpenter 25)

  • Re:Humanities ’15: Save. Share. Self-Destruct.

    Exploring relationships between new digital technologies and the webs of power and access that surround them, #ReHum15 touched on a number of themes:

    • Criticism of new media technologies and practices
    • Archiving of personal and academic texts and literatures through new technologies and media
    • Collaboration and solidarity in the digital humanities
    • Hybrid practices, interdisciplinary media, and subversion of cultural and political norms
    • Intersections between academic research and a public audience
    • Public preservation of histories and cultures
    • Risk, trial, and error in new media
    • Privacy: digital footprints, cloud storage, and Big Data
    • Self-destructing data and Do Not Track technology
    • Identity as shaped by excessive information or data deprivation

    Our keynote speakers for this year’s conference were Wendy Hsu and Whitney Trettien.

    Keynote Speakers

    Wendy Hsu is an ethnographer, musician, and arts organizer who engages with multimodal research and performance practices. She has published on Taqwacore, Asian American indie rock, Yoko Ono, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Bollywood, digital ethnography, and street music in Taiwan. After completing the Mellon Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellowship at Occidental College, Hsu currently works as an ACLS Public Fellow with City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to improve government communications and design digital civic practices. Hsu is a founding member of ethnographic ghost pop band Bitter Party and publicly engaged maker collective Movable Parts.

    Hsu tweets @wendyfhsu and blogs semi-regularly at

    Whitney Trettien’s work reimagines what it means to read, write, and think across different media ecologies. Weaving together detailed archival research and creative use of technologies both digital and analogue, she has written, published, and designed work both artistic and critical in the fields of book history, Renaissance literature, media archaeology, and digital humanities. She has a master’s in Comparative Media Studies from MIT and is currently finishing a doctorate in English at Duke University, where she co-directs Soundbox, a research initiative to amplify the humanities.

    You can find her on Twitter at @whitneytrettien or online at


    Kayla Black is a Senior at the University of Wisconsin–Stout, Graduating in May 2015 from the Professional Communication and Emerging Media program, concentrating on Digital Humanities. She is from Excelsior, MN and enjoys hiking and travel photography in her free time.

    Lauren Brooker is a senior at UW–Stout from Wausau, WI. Her hobbies include photography and enjoying the outdoors.

    Craig Campbell is a senior at Amherst College, where he is majoring in Architectural Studies and Mathematics. He is a Five College Digital Humanities Fellow, Associate Editor of Formplay, and Founding Editor of

    Mae Capozzi is currently a senior English major and Italian minor at Skidmore College. Her interests include literary theory and philosophy, Victorian and modernist literature, and jazz.

    Rachel Carey is a junior history major at Messiah College who is actively involved in the growth of the humanities through her role as a Student Fellow for the Center for Public Humanities. She, along with other students at Messiah College and Harrisburg University have been working on the expansion of the digital humanities within the Greater Harrisburg Area academic community.

    Tiffany Chan is a senior English major at Queen’s University, Canada, and a Student Assistant at Queen’s University’s Special Collections Library. Her interests (scholarly or otherwise) include 19th-century studies, multi-modal storytelling, and video games.

    Hillary Cleary is an undergraduate senior studying History, Design/Media Arts and Digital Humanities at UCLA. Hillary is currently the student archivist and curator for UCLA’s video game library community collection. Hillary was also a digital media and archival intern at the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage during the summer of 2014. She is especially interested in the creation of games with historical relevancies, which stimulate alternative pedagogical approaches to studying human history.

    Daniela Dimitrova is a third-year Art History student at Brandeis University who is very passionate about museum education. She hopes to find different ways in which this field can be enriched by using new technology.

    Andrew Dorrance is a senior Spanish major with minors in English Literature and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Swarthmore College. After volunteering with the LGBT organization COGAM in Madrid, he was awarded the Joel Dean Summer Research Fellowship to research Queer social movements at the University of Buenos Aires.

    A senior Psychology major at UCLA, Joy Guey also pursues a minor in Digital Humanities to learn more about interdisciplinary fields and to continue exploring her passion for architecture. She currently focuses on her research with Professor Lisa M. Snyder on VSim, a platform to peer review, publish, and disseminate academically generated 3D content.

    Hilary Hopkins is a senior at Southern Methodist University, and majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in English. She very involved within the English department and research spheres at SMU, so there was no better way than doing research in anonymous social media to combine these two disciplines before she heads off to medical school.

    Livi Huval is a senior Anthropology major at Bryn Mawr College from Somerville, MA. In her free time, Livi dances with Choom Boom, Bryn Mawr’s K-Pop and J-Pop dance cover group, and gardens. Livi is excited to present her thesis research at the Re:Humanities 2015 Conference!

    Jace Johnson, from Hortonville, WI, is a senior at University of Wisconsin–Stout. He likes good conversation and new experiences.

    Marisa Malahowski is a 22 year old digital humanities enthusiast at the University of Wisconsin–Stout. When not researching, she tends to spend her time collecting Disney movies and obsessing over Norman Reeds from The Walking Dead.

    Zoya Mohammad is a senior at Southern Methodist University, double majoring in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in Photography. Hilary and Zoya have done extensive research in Chemistry and will be attending medical school this fall, so they thought they could finish off their undergraduate careers with a final (and more creative) research project.

    Jordan Ogdahl is a 21-year-old car enthusiast attending UW–Stout. Beyond being a Professional Communications Major concentrating in Digital Humanities, he also snowboards and does his best to work on his Oldsmobile Alero.

    Andrew Rikard is a sophomore at Davidson College, fascinated by his net-centric generation. He hopes to taunt traditional literary structures through the digital, especially as they concern his Modernist love interest, Mina Loy.

    Emmy Talian is a senior special major in English Literature and Educational Studies at Swarthmore College, working toward secondary certification in English. After she consistently found herself writing papers that dealt with gender and sexuality within educational and literary contexts, she finally took her first Gender and Sexuality Studies course, during which she and Mr. Dorrance developed the idea for this project.

    Allen Williams is a Senior English Major at Princeton University, who is interested in digital narrative in all forms. In addition to his studies in the Digital Humanities, he has created code poetry, hypertext literature, and electronic music in The Edward’s Art Collective and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra.

    Dalia Wolfson is a sophomore majoring in Comparative Literature (concentrating in Russian) at Yale University. She is interested in translation, fragments and

    Siyang You is a junior from Bryn Mawr College, double majoring in Growth and Structure of Cities, and Fine Arts. Her major academic interests include architecture, design, social mentalities, and is recently obsessed with redology. She also works with Visual Resources Center in the Carpenter Library of Bryn Mawr, and a student research assistant working with Professor Jeffrey Cohen on historical archives funded by Trico Digital Humanities Initiative. She is also a self-assumed music, drawing, painting, photography lover.

    Brittany Zimmer has an intense interest in the Digital Humanities and a fascination with marketing strategies, especially those involving social media. After she graduates from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in May 2015, she would love to work for a nonprofit in Chicago, IL.

    Working Group

    Miranda Canilang is a sophomore Physics major at Bryn Mawr College. She is fascinated by the interplay of technology and improvements in everyday life. In her free time she is an amateur graphic designer and social media junkie.

    Supriya Davis is a senior Chemistry and Computer Science double major at Swarthmore College. She is interested in the role of new technologies in advancing health research and education. In her free time, she is a member of the Swarthmore swim team, and does biochemistry research on G-Quadruplex DNA ligands as a potential cancer drugs.

    Caleb Eckert is a sophomore at Haverford pursuing an Anthropology major and a minor in Environmental Studies. He is interested in both how and why we interface through social networks, as well as exploring the problems of privacy and access in the digital age. He also works in the library’s Digital Scholarship department as a Design and Media Assistant.

    Daniel Fries is a Haverford senior majoring in Comparative Literature with a focus on French and Arabic media. He is a student, artist, designer, and critic. He is currently an undergraduate fellow at the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, where he leads the Student Seminar “Decoding the Videogame: Reading and Writing in New Media.”

    Katrina Obieta is a senior Biology major at Bryn Mawr College. She is interested in the role social media can play in communicating and translating scientific advances and health-related issues to the general public. Outside the classroom, Katrina is Co-Captain of the Varsity Swimming Team and enjoys brunch in the city. Katrina has three main food groups: butter, beer, and bacon.

    Hannah Weissmann is a sophomore Classics major at Haverford College from Los Angeles, CA. She is intrigued by the use of digital tools in academic spaces and she spends her summers teaching Scratch game design to elementary school students. She is also a member of the Bi-Co Digital Scholarship Fellowship, and hopes to build on her current investigation in the use of digital tools for Classical scholarship.


    Thursday, April 9

    3:00pm – 4:00pm: Registration (Science Center 101)

    4:00pm – 4:30pm: Welcome & Schedule Overview (Science Center 101)

    4:30pm – 6:00pm: Keynote Lecture: “Destroying the Book to Come” Talk by Whitney Trettien (Science Center 101)

    6:00pm – 7:30pm: Poster Presentations & Reception (Science Center Commons)

    “Glimpse of the Capital: Mapping 1900 Harrisburg”
    Rachel Carey, Messiah College

    “Recreating 19th-Century Stereography for a Scholarly Public”
    Tiffany Chan, Queen’s University

    “Pope Burn: A Game for Dissenters”
    Hillary Cleary, UCLA

    “The Art World: 2D to 3D”
    Daniela Dimitrova: Brandeis University

    “Developing a Prototype ‘Publication’ using VSim”
    Joy Guey, UCLA

    “Yik-Yak: Uses and Abuses of Anonymity in Social Media”
    Hilary Hopkins and Zoya Mohammad, Southern Methodist University

    “Digital Harvey Hall: A Public, Historic, and Interactive Immersive Experience”
    Marisa Malahowski, Jace Johnson, Jordan Ogdahl, Lauren Brooker, Kayla Black, Katie Krueger, Brittany Zimmer, University of Wisconsin-Stout

    “Star-Gazing with Brodsky: Exploring the Poet’s Outer Space through the Construction of Stellar and Astronomic Lexicons”
    Dalia Wolfson, Yale University

    “Visualizing Ancient Urbanism: Roman Carthage”
    Siyang You, Bryn Mawr College

    Friday, April 10

    9:45am – 10:45am: Presentations Group #1 (The Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall)

    “Blurring the Virtual: Architecture’s Digital Dimension”
    Craig Campbell, Amherst College

    “Digital Distant Reading”
    Mae Capozzi, Skidmore College

    “Scraping Mold Off Immortality”
    Andrew Rikard, Davidson College

    10:45am – 11:00am: Break

    11:00am – 12:00pm: Presentations Group #2 (The Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall)

    “Fiber, Diver, Viber, Jya Jya! – Transnational Fans of Japanese Female Idols”
    Livi Huval, Bryn Mawr College

    “Constructions of Queer Masculinity: How Grindr Shapes Performance of Identity”
    Andrew Dorrance and Emmy Talian, Swarthmore College

    “The Spook Who Sat by the Time Machine: Cultural Studies in the Digital Humanities”
    Allen Williams, Princeton University

    12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch (The Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall)

    1:15pm – 2:30pm: Keynote Lecture: “Enacting Humanist Possibilities: From the Academy to the Publics” Talk by Wendy Hsu (The Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall)

    2:30pm – 3:15pm: Wrap-up

  • Re:Hum ’14: Play. Power. Production.

    Re:Humanities is the first national digital humanities conference of, for, and by undergraduates, now in its fourth year. Our theme for Re:Humanities 2014 is “Play. Power. Production.” The Re:Hum Working Group, comprised of students from Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore Colleges, seeks undergraduates who engage with contemporary currents in digital humanities, scholars who both apply digital methodologies in traditional humanities research while posing critical humanities questions about those technologies. We invite undergraduates who will think interdisciplinarily, theorizing relationships between new digital technologies and the webs of power and access that surround them:

    • Postcolonial Studies, Queer Studies and New Media Studies.
    • Criticism of New Media Technologies.
    • Collaboration and Solidarity in the Digital Humanities.
    • Game Analysis, Design and Play.
    • Digital Production and “Maker” Culture.
    • Performance and Affect in Participatory Media
    • Appropriation Culture: Theory and Practice.
    • Global and Transnational Perspectives on the Digital Humanities.

    Keynote Speakers

    Mary Flanagan pushes the boundaries of medium and genre across writing, visual arts, and design to innovate in these fields with a critical play-centered approach. As an artist and scholar interested in how human values are in play across technologies and systems, she has also written more than 20 critical essays and chapters on games, empathy, gender and digital representation, art and technology, and responsible design, including the book Critical Play (2009). Flanagan is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College.

    Adeline Koh is Director of the Digital Humanities Center, assistant professor of literature at Richard Stockton College, and co-founder of #DHPoco. Her work spans the intersections between postcolonial studies and the digital humanities, 19th/20th Century British and Anglophone Literature and Southeast Asian and African studies, and games in higher education. She is also a core contributor to the Profhacker Column at the Chronicle of Higher Education. She has held a Duke University Humanities Writ Large Fellowship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the National University of Singapore.


    Elizabeth Alexander is a senior English and Black Studies double major at Amherst College from Chicago, IL. Her project, Too Much For My Weak Frame, addresses issues of trauma, embodiment, and code in histories and narratives of black women’s enslavement.

    Benjamin Bernard-Herman is a senior at Swarthmore College, where he is majoring in Sociology and Anthropology and is writing his thesis on cuisine, history and identity in Israeli culture. His other interests include postmodern ethics and religion, engaging in environmental justice activism, and baking sourdough bread.

    Mae Capozzi is a junior English major and Italian minor at Skidmore College. She is fascinated by post-colonial theory and the British-Indian colonial relationship, and would like to continue her study of this subject matter on the graduate level.

    Tessa Carter, is a senior at the University of Washington studying International Studies and minoring in French and Spanish.

    Sierra Eckert is a senior at Swarthmore College. She is an Honors English literature major and Honors Interpretation Theory minor. She’s interested in the intersection of technology and reading in the ways we collect, organize and visualize data. Her thesis, “The Indexical Imagination” focuses on the aesthetics and politics of information culture, which means she spends an inordinate amount of time reading indexes.

    Daniel Fries is a junior who will major in Comparative Literature with a focus on French and Arabic media. He is a student, artist, designer, and critic.

    Kelsie Haakenson is a sophomore history and computer science major at University of Washington, minoring in French.

    Matthew Hennigar is a Senior English Major at Hamilton College. He has been working with Professor Doran Larson on the American Prison Writing Archive for a year and a half, and in his spare time enjoys the work of James Joyce, bow ties, and long moonlit walks on the sidewalk.

    Dylan Hillerbrand is a senior at Swarthmore College, where he is completing a major in mathematics. He likes thinking about postmodern religious thought, history, renaissance and Eduardian choral music, and the pedal steel.

    Bronwen Hudson is a senior at the University of Vermont and she is currently working on an honors thesis entitled ‘Poetry as a Complex System’. Bronwen has a great deal of interest in the Digital Humanities as well as a deep love for formal lyric poetry.

    Julia Hunter is a senior at Haverford College and an independent major in Gender and Sexuality Studies, working at the intersection of queer theory, disability studies, and media studies. Though her most serious work is on reality television and the artistry of Tyra Banks, she is also a scholar of Ke$ha and various cyborg pop stars.

    Seth Kolker is originally from Arlington, Virginia, now a junior at Yale majoring in Ethics, Politics, & Economics. He’s interested in education, development, cities, philosophy, and good times with Yale’s mascot, Handsome Dan.

    Marissa Koors is a senior undergraduate in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing program at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, with a concentration in critical and literary theory. Her recent activities include writing an undergraduate thesis on critical theory and video games, becoming a HASTAC 2014 Scholar, a Books Acquisitions internship at the MIT Press, and a research assistantship at the Engagement Game Lab. In her spare time, Marissa enjoys playing the violin, writing short fiction, and cuddling with cats. She is currently working on “The Civic Media Reader”, an edited collection slated for publication by MIT Press in Fall 2015.

    A junior Art History and Computer Science double major at Smith College, Gavriella Levy Haskell spent her summer working remotely on the London National Gallery’s database of Raphael paintings, mapping their ontology to the CIDOC CRM (a standard for cultural heritage documentation). She hopes to pursue a career in academia, perhaps focusing on 19th-century British painting.

    McCleary Philbin is a double major in mathematics and English literature in her senior year at Swarthmore. On the literature side of things, she is particularly interested in archival research as a means to study the borrowing or “plagiarizing” among authors and poets in their original works.

    Jared Rankin is a student of philosophy graduating from Bard College this spring. His project was completed as a commingling of his senior thesis and work done in his time as research intern at the Bard Center for the Study of the Drone.

    Rachel Schlotfeldt is a senior at University of Washington studying English Literature and French.

    Richard G. Scott ’14 is a double major in English literature and mathematics at Swarthmore College. His research interests vary from statistics to postwar American fiction and romanticism.

    Hema Surendranathan is a senior English major and Creative Writing minor at Bryn Mawr. She gets excited about traditional and new archives, what digital experiences can tell us about the contemporary human condition and that next foodie adventure Yelp will take her on next. She likes to chat, so talk to her @hematalk.

    Hannah Weissmann is a freshman at Haverford College. She has been programming games for over 8 years. She has been engaged in several projects that involve reconceiving the nature of the book.

    Elizabeth Wicks is a sophomore International Studies and French major at the University of Mississippi, and she is specifically interested in the medical field. She became interested in maps, spectral imaging, and spatio-temporal modeling after she had the opportunity to image the Vercelli Book and the Vercelli Mappamundi as a part of the Lazarus Project team, an interdisciplinary project focused on using multispectral imaging to revive damaged documents.

    Zac Wunrow is an English Literature major and Film and Media Studies minor in his senior year at Swarthmore College. He is particularly interested in the gender and race politics of early American writings, having previously transcribed and analyzed five Quaker travel journals under the instruction of Professor Keat Murray.


    Thursday, April 3

    3:00pm Registration
    Sharpless Lobby Rotunda, Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center (KINSC)

    4:00pm Welcome
    Sharpless Auditorium, KINSC

    4:30pm “The Political Power of Play” – Keynote Lecture with Adeline Koh, Director of DH@Stockton, Assistant Professor of Literature at Richard Stockton College, and co-founder of #DHPoco
    Sharpless Auditorium, KINSC

    6:00pm – 7:30pm: Poster Presentations & Reception
    Zubrow Commons, KINSC

    Narrative and Gameplay: Adapting Physical Narratives to a Digital Medium
    Hannah Weissmann, Haverford College

    A Postcolonial ‘Distant Reading’ of 18th and 19th Century Anglophone Literature
    Mae Capozzi, Skidmore College

    Designing Dialogue: Exploring Conversations in Games
    Daniel Fries, Haverford College

    A Desktop Application for the Creation of GPS-based Audio Tour iPhone Apps
    Gavriella Levy Haskell, Smith College

    Digitalization of the Vercelli mappamundi: Analyzing spatial perspective through the use of GIS technology
    Elizabeth Wicks, The University of Mississippi

    Get Sleazy with Ke$ha: Becoming Cyborg in Postfeminist Popular Culture
    Julia Hunter, Haverford College

    An Algorithm for Serendipity: An Inquiry of Online Dating for Emotional Beings in a Digital Age
    Shireen Saxena, Bryn Mawr College

    The American Prison Writing Archive
    Matthew Hennigar, Hamilton College

    Imagining the Straight(?) Gate: Messiah, Utopia, and Queer Internet Parody
    Benjamin Bernard-Herman and Dylan Hillerbrand, Swarthmore College

    A Textual Network: Recontextualizing Amy Matilda Cassey’s Friendship Album for a Digital Readership
    McCleary Philbin, Richard Scott, and Zac Wunrow, Swarthmore College

    Newbook Digital Texts in the Humanities: The Joseph Mathia Svoboda Diaries
    Tessa Carter, Kelsie Haakenson, and Rachel Schlotfeldt, University of Washington

    Friday, April 4

    8:30am Breakfast
    Stokes 102

    9:30am Presentations Group #1
    Stokes 102

    Digital Taste and Archive Fever: The Index, the Interface, and the Politics of Information Culture
    Sierra Eckert, Swarthmore College

    The Lightning of Possible Storms: Critical Theory, Interactive Fiction, and the Pedagogy of Narrative Ludology in Bioshock Infinite
    Marissa Koors, Emerson College

    Poetry as a Complex System
    Bronwen Hudson, The University of Vermont

    Urban Manipulations, Global Insinuations
    Seth Kolker, Yale University

    10:45am Break

    11:00am Presentations Group #2
    Stokes 102

    Human Condition in the Age of Big Data
    Jared Rankin, Bard College

    Confessional Texts in New Media
    Hema Surendranathan and Archana Kaku, Bryn Mawr College

    Trauma, Enslavement, Embodiment, and Freedom: A New Media Approach to Narratives of Enslavement
    Elizabeth Alexander, Amherst College

    12:00pm Lunch
    Stokes 106 Multicultural Center

    1:15pm “Humanist Design” – Keynote Lecture with Mary Flanagan, author of Critical Play and the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College
    Stokes 102

    2:30pm – 3:15pm: Concluding Conversation
    Stokes 102

    Working Group

    Archana Kaku is a senior English and Political Science double major at Bryn Mawr College, with a specific interest in the Middle East and South Asia. She is intrigued by how digital texts can provide new platforms for minority scholars and create new opportunities for creating and understanding literature from the margins, but suffers from an inescapable love of print media and dead authors. In her free time, she enjoys working colonialism into casual conversation.

    Hema Surendranathan is a senior English major with a minor in Creative Writing. She currently has archive fever and is writing a thesis on A.S. Byatt.

    Josh Bucheister is a senior English Major at Haverford College from Pleasantville, NY. He has recently fallen deeply in love with Victorian fiction, and will be writing a thesis on Thackeray’s Vanity Fair—a love affair from which he hopes never to emerge. Since taking a class on New Media and the Gothic last spring, Josh has become obsessed with the emancipatory, ethical, and spooky potentials of new digital technologies.

    Sierra Eckert is a senior at Swarthmore College. She is an Honors English literature major and Honors Interpretation Theory minor, with a Creative Writing concentration. When she’s not writing, coding, or editing Nacht literary magazine, she’s researching for her thesis on indexes, information culture, and Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project. Her work has appeared in SURJ, The Susquehanna Review, Plain China, and Small Craft Warnings.

    Caleb Eckert is a freshman at Haverford College. He is interested in film, photography, design, social justice, and storytelling. Fascinated by media, Caleb studies the potential interactions of slow journalism, cultural history, and contemporary design. He explores what it means to create meaningful connections between digital tools and people.

    Katrina Obieta is a junior Biology and English double major at Bryn Mawr College from Buena Park, California. She is most interested in investigating and manipulating the intersections of science and humanities; using skills in both disciplines to inform the public. Katrina is also on Bryn Mawr’s Swimming Team.

  • Re:Hum ’13

    April 4-5, 2013 Bryn Mawr, Haverford, & Swarthmore Colleges

    Organized by students at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, Re: Humanities is a national, two-day symposium featuring undergraduate digital scholarship.

    #REHUM13 presents work that engages and/or critiques narrative involving multiple platforms, including interdisciplinary approaches to gaming and narrative, transmedia storytelling, infographics and infomatics, cultural criticism through the lens of new media platforms, digital forms of argumentation, visual modes of record and witness, and oral and auditory experimentation.

    Contact: rehumanities [at]

    Faculty Liaisons:

    • Laura McGrane, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Arts & Humanities at Haverford College lmcgrane [at]
    • Katherine Rowe, Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College and Director of Tri-Co DH krowe [at]

    Staff Liaisons:

    • James Weissinger, Associate Director of Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, Haverford College jweissin [at]
    • Jen Rajchel, Assistant Director of Tri-Co DH and Curator of Digital Scholarship at Haverford College Library jrajchel [at]

    Game Jam at Re:Hum ’13

    Game design is emerging as an effective way to engage students in research, creative development, and collaborative project-based learning activities. The Learning Games Network, the non-profit game-based learning studio spun out from MIT and the University of Wisconsin, has developed the Game Design Tool Kit, a set of resources to support design activities for learning. The Re: Humanities Game Jam will be a hands-on workshop that will take participants through a condensed design development and documentation process to create playful experiences around their research topics.

    About The Learning Games Network

    The Learning Games Network, spun out from The Education Arcade at MIT and the Games+Learning+Society Center at the University of Wisconsin, is a non-profit gamestudio dedicated to closing the gap between research and practice in game-based learning. Our network of industry leaders, researchers, educators, developers, and designers help realize playful learning in and out of the classroom through games, resources, and workshops.

    Our Game Jam Experts from The Learning Games Network

    Michael Suen, Middlebury College ’11 & Re:hum ’10
    Michael Suen is a producer at Learning Games Network, where he helps lead integrated social media campaigns and content development. In a past life, he worked as a copywriter at the interactive design studio yU+co.[lab]. He received his degree in English and American Literatures from Middlebury College in 2011.

    Adam Mandeville, Vassar College ’11
    Adam Mandeville is a producer at the Learning Games Network. He has also worked as a social media manager, freelance copywriter and blogger following his graduation from Vassar College in 2011.

    Keynotes ’13

    Dr. Tara McPherson is Associate Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She is a core faculty member of the IMAP program, USC’s innovative practice based-Ph.D., and also an affiliated faculty member in the American Studies and Ethnicity Department.She teaches courses in television, new media, and popular culture in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Before arriving at USC, she taught at MIT. Her book Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South (Duke UP: 2003) received the 2004 John G. Cawelti Award for the outstanding book published on American Culture and was a finalist for the Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. She is co-editor of the anthology Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture (Duke UP: 2003). Her writing has appeared in numerous journals, including Camera Obscura, The Velvet Light Trap, Discourse, and Screen, and in edited anthologies such as Race and Cyberspace, The New Media Handbook, The Visual Culture Reader 2.0, Virtual Publics and Basketball Jones. She is the Founding Editor of Vectors,, a multimedia peer-reviewed journal affiliated with the Open Humanities Press, and is a founding editor of the MacArthur-supported International Journal of Learning and Media (launched by MIT Press in 2009.)

    Dr. Angel David Nieves is an Associate Professor at Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y.  He is currently Co-Directing Hamilton’s Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi), a $950,000. Mellon Foundation Grant funded project (  He is also the Director of the American Studies Program there and is a founding member of the Cinema and New Media Studies (CNMS) minor.  He received his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the History of Urban Development and Africana Studies from Cornell University in 2001.  His co-edited book (w/Leslie Alexander), ‘We Shall Independent Be:’ African American Place-Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the U.S. (University Press of Colorado, 2008), examines African American efforts to claim space in American society despite fierce resistance.  Nieves has published essays in the Journal of Planning History; Places Journal: A Forum of Design for the Public Realm; International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics; Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies; and in several edited collections, including Places of Pain and Shame: Dealing With Difficult Heritage (2009).  He is also the Associate Editor, of Fire!!!: A Multimedia Journal of Black Studies, a new on-line only journal of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).  He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Africa Network, a consortium of national liberal arts colleges that actively promote the study of Africa through scholarship and teaching.  He is also acting as an advisor for the permanent exhibit, The Power of Place, for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture scheduled to open in 2015, and is working with a team of undergraduate students from Middlebury College on the Soweto Historical GIS (SHGIS) Project under the aegis of Hamilton’s DHi.  Nieves’ scholarly work and community-based activism critically engages with issues of race and the built environment in cities across the Global South.

    Schedule for Re: Hum '13

    DAY ONE: Thursday, April 4th

    A Feminist in a Software Lab

    Tara McPherson, Associate Professor, Gender Studies and Critical Studies, University of Southern California; Editor,VECTORS: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular


    Snow White and the Seven iPads
    Elena Johnson, Greta Jenkins, and Amelia Arnold, Bryn Mawr College

    iHershey Tour: A guided Tour of Hershey, Pennsylvania in the Industrial Age
    Megan Keller, Messiah College

    Early Novels Database
    Catherine Park and Ben Ellentuck, Swarthmore College

    The Portal Exhibition: Ethics, Colonial Photographs, and Prezi
    Aaron Maddow, Haverford College

    #OccupyTwitter: Judging Authorship and Ownership of Digital Utterances
    Connor J. Hafertepe, Temple University

    From the Berlin Wall to the Facebook Wall: Activist Art and Berlin’s Evolving Public Sphere
    Max Nesterak, Swarthmore College

    Colleen Dente, Messiah College

    Who Killed Sarah Stout?: Bringing a 17th Century Murder Trial to Life
    Rose Abernathy and Mary Clare O’Donnell, Haverford College

    POGIL in Computer Science
    Besan Abu Radwan, Haverford College

    Visualizing the Novel: Transposition of Text to Image
    Clint Mullins, Connecticut College

    DAY TWO: Friday, April 5th


    Session #1

    Co-Creation of Generative Spaces
    Mirella Deocadiz and Hema Surendrenathan, Bryn Mawr College

    Memes, Distant Reading and Finnegans Wake
    Thomas J. Murphy, Northeastern

    Mapping Before the Address: 18th Century Boston
    Lucas Rossi & Becca Giles, Carleton College
    Session #2

    Attempting to model Interactive Narrative from Historical Author to Historical Player
    Michael C Marchetti, Temple University

    Three Dimensional Modeling in Archaeological Interpretation.
    Maxwell Lopez, Hamilton College

    Oral History In The Digital Age: Audio and Spoken Narratives Cultivating Historical Skills with Social Media: An Experiment in Translingual
    Lois Rosson & Morgan Brown, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Undergraduate Research in the Spatial Humanities:Theories & Methods in the Soweto Historical GIS (SHGIS) Project
    Angel David Nieves, Associate Professor at Hamilton College,  Co-Director the Digital Humanities initiative (DHi), and Director of the American Studies Program.

    Game Jam Workshop with The Learning Games Network
    With Michael Suen, Middlebury College ’11 & Re:Hum ’10 & Adam Mandeville, Vassar College ’11
    Concluding Conversation

    Speakers ’13

    Rose Abernathy is a senior in Computer Science at Haverford College who loves making games. Her recent game-related endeavors include writing an undergraduate thesis on narrative generation for video games, interning with Final Form Games, and attending the Game Developers Conference.

    Amelia Arnold is a freshman English major at Bryn Mawr College.

    Morgan Brown graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a Bachelor Degree in History. She’s the Social Media Manager at Trade as One, an online fair trade food company. As a member of the ROUTES project for the past two years, her work focuses on Digital Humanities’ ability to reform education and Social Media’s ability to engage people in transcending geographical and cultural boundaries. She loves coffee, human connectedness, simple living, and will travel just about anywhere. She hopes to continue finding ways to combine her love of social media and her commitment to international justice in education, society and beyond.

    Ben Ellentuck is a junior at Swarthmore College, currently majoring in Philosophy. His academic interests extend to media studies, cultural anthropology, digital film production, religious esoterica and rhetoric, in addition to Digital Humanities. Other things he is doing at Swarthmore at the moment include co-DJing an absurdist-Gothic radio show set in 1984, working as a Writing and Speaking Associate for the Writing Center, serving as an editor for Small Craft (litmag), playing around with Vertigo-go (improv), and eating cookies.

    Colleen Dente is a lover of all things film, and will challenge you to a duel of movie trivia any time. She has served for two years as the Film Executive on the Student Activities Board at Messiah College, writes regularly for Cinemablography, is facilitating a switch from 35MM to digital projection in their on-campus theater, and plans to attend her first film festival next year. In addition to being a Communication major, Colleen has minors in Biology, Philosophy, and Politics, hoping to spark discussions among young people in all of these areas through writing. Colleen currently resides in Harrisburg, PA, and would love to follow you on Twitter! Reach her @CollDoll616.

    Becca Giles is a current sophomore at Carleton College who intends to major in either Political Science or History and concentrate in French and Francophone Studies. Becca hails from Eau Claire, Wisconsin and, like any respectable cheese-head, is a diehard Packer fan. At Carleton, Becca enjoys playing frisbee, participating in Model United Nations and serving as College Council Liaison for the Carleton Student Association. Becca also works as a Student Assistant in the Carleton College Career Center, and as a research assistant for Associate Professor of History, Serena Zabin. Through her research with Professor Zabin, Becca gained exposure to the digital humanities, and began to conceptualize humanities research in a different way. This summer, Becca hopes to intern with a public interest communications organization or non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. After graduation, Becca would like to pursue her interest in civic engagement by working as a community organizer, a position she feels would provide her with the skills she needs to establish a career in her chosen field: consulting.

    Conor Hafertepe is an undergraduate honors student at Temple University studying in the Film and Media Arts department. He plans to graduate this Spring.

    Megan Keller is a senior History with Social Studies Certification major at Messiah College. Keller acquired her research interests in the history of the American labor movement from growing up near Hershey, Pennsylvania. At Re: Humanities ‘13, Keller will speak about “iHersheyTour: A Guided Tour of Hershey, Pennsylvania in the Industrial Age,” her free iOS app that tells the town’s late nineteenth and early twentieth century social history using the medium of multimedia storytelling. At Messiah College, Keller works as a Smith Scholar Intern for a Department of History Professor, serves as the President of the History Club, is a Diplomat for the Department of History, is a member of the School of the Humanities’ Dean’s Student Advisory Council, and judges at National History Day competitions throughout the academic year. She was a 2011 inductee to the Alpha-Kappa-Sigma chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. Keller has also worked for The Hershey Company since 2006. She passes her spare time by reading the literary works of authors such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Keller also enjoys long-distance running and playing her electric guitar.

    Max Lopez is a sophomore at Hamilton College and an Archaeology Major with a Chinese minor. Ever since he was but a wee babe did he know he wanted to be an archaeologist. Aside from academic interests Max is an outing club officer and self-proclaimed lover of rocks, enjoying both climbing and curling.

    Michael Marchetti was born in North Eastern PA to the city of Wilkes-Barre. In his early life Michael often adventured in the mountains that surrounded his hometown, gaining an appreciation for hidden secrets, strange finds, and beautiful locations. 2012 brought his first film Directorial projects with
    “–snap”, an evocative horror film, and “The Hypnotist,” a magical realist drama. After completion of both films post production in 2013 Michael aims to begin preproduction on his first feature. Michael has also branched out into the study of interactive narrative, helping to develop two courses at Temple University that dissect videogame narrative and theory. He will be finishing his bachelors degree in film and media arts at Temple University in 2013.

    Clint Mullins grew up in Ridgefield, CT and favored English in high school. After a Python intro course at Connecticut College, he found that Computer Science was so different and refreshing that he switched his plan entirely. As a current senior, he does not regret the switch he made from humanities to the digital realm, however he wanted to combine his past interests with his new flame. This digital humanities project is his honors thesis at Connecticut College

    Tom Murphy is a senior at Northeastern University working towards an English major and Economics minor. As a scholar, Tom is interested in modernist literature, interdisciplinary methods of interpreting or explaining text, and more recently the creative outputs of “conceptual blending” to be found in literature. At Re: Humanities, Tom’s presentation will speak to all of these subjects in relation to James Joyce’s 1939 novel Finnegans Wake. When not studying, Tom enjoys maintaining an eclectic group of both friends and interests– from Olympic weightlifting to Baroque paintings. With an eye toward a fast approaching graduation date, Tom looks forward to working while pursuing further education.

    Max Nesterak is majoring English Literature and German Studies at Swarthmore College. He serves as the Co-Editor in Chief of Swarthmore’s The Daily Gazette and is a regular contributor for the online art magazine, ArtSlant. When not deleting double spaces after periods and double-checking that “Internet” is indeed still capitalized according to the AP Style Guide, Max is probably watching RuPaul’s Drag Race or intently reading a random blog he doesn’t know how he ended up at in the first place.

    Mary Clare is a Junior History & Comparative Literature major with interests in documentary filmmaking, histories of early modernity and most recently, Don DeLillo and 9/11. Along with working in the Writing Center and as a research assistant in Magill Library, she enjoys plotting her permanent escape to Mexico City. This summer she will be in London and Kolkata listening to twee pop and researching for a senior thesis on empire and affect in the East India Company.

    Lois Rosson is currently a fourth-year History major at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She’s the Program Director at UCSC’s on-campus FM radio station, KZSC Santa Cruz, and cites her work in broadcasting as a significant academic influence. Lois’ work focuses primarily on sound, with an emphasis on oral history, storytelling, and audio documentation. Her most recent work explores alternate forms of historical record through global web-based social platforms and podcasts. Lois has an affinity for old doo-wop singles, avocados, and stone lithography.

    Miriam Ward is an award winning multimedia producer and has worked for several postproduction and production houses in New York City. She is a two time winner of New York Women in Communications Foundation scholarships, including winner of the 2012 Meredith Corporation Scholarship. She also received a national scholarship from the Broadcast Education Association for 2013-2014. She is in the Honors Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz, completing a double major in Digital Media Production and History with a minor in French. Her interests lie in applying digital visualization technologies to the historical studies.

    Working Group Re:Hum ’13

    Mirella Deocadiz is a senior independent major in Comparative Media Studies at Bryn Mawr College. Her obsession with all things media-related began in the womb and she doesn’t remember wanting to do anything else. She dreams of landing a fast-paced job in the media industry and growing to be at least five feet tall.

    Sierra Eckert is a junior at Swarthmore College. She is an Honors English literature major and Honors interpretation theory minor, with a mathematics course minor and a concentration in creative writing. When she’s not writing or editing Nacht literary magazine, she studies the tensions between art and commodity in modern literature. Her work has appeared in the Susquehanna Review, Plain China, and Small Craft Warnings.

    Amanda Kennedy is a senior English major concentrating in creative writing at Bryn Mawr. She is currently writing a thesis entitled, “Negotiating the Consumerism of Girlhood Through Reading Practices in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and the Online Magazine Rookie.” Her writing has appeared in both print and online in the Bi-College News, Heart of Gold, the Intelligencer Journal/New Era, ShimmerTeen, and Bryn Mawr Now. Someday, she would like to be as awesome as Tavi Gevinson. This year, her goal is to learn how to code.

    Brenna Lash is a junior at Bryn Mawr College with a major in Growth and Structure of Cities and a minor in English. She enjoys looking at maps, in both print and digital formats, and intends to live life with her head in the clouds.

    Katrina Obieta is from Buena Park, California, and double majoring in English and Biology. She is most interested in investigating and manipulating the intersections of science and humanities; using both disciplines to translate and inform the public. Outside the classroom, Katrina swims for Bryn Mawr and is part of her dorm leadership team. She one day hopes to wake up as Beyoncé Knowles.

    Shahzeen Nasim is a sophomore Comparative Literature major, Arabic minor. She writes poems, makes posters and enjoys picking up new languages (currently immersed in Arabic and Farsi.

    Besan Abu Radwan is  a junior Computer Science major at Haverford, who is very interested in issues relating to education and its link with the sciences. She loves computer science. It is literally her jam. She spends copious amounts of time trying to perfect hardware designs for microprocessors she has helped build.

    Hema Surendranathan is a constantly hungry junior English major. She spends a lot of time concerned with citation and copyright, which is somewhat funny because the country she comes from is a notorious digital piracy hub.

  • Re:Hum ’12

    About Re:Hum ’12

    Organized by students at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, Re: Humanities is a two-day symposium featuring presentations by undergraduate scholars interested in the effects of digital media on academia. Exploring topics as diverse as digital archivalism, pop media, and the (re)tooling of textual analysis, the event seeks to develop a better understanding of of this emerging field by examining its influence on traditional scholarship as well as its potential for transforming academia.

    The Tri-College Digital Humanities Working Group:  Mirella Deocadiz, Ariel Field, Will Glovinsky, Archana Kaku, Anna Levine, Henry Linder, Shahzeen Nasim, Michael Rushmore, and Hema Surendranathan

    Contact: rehumanities [at]

    Bi-College Faculty Liaisons:
    Laura McGrane, Assistant Professor of English, Haverford College  lmcgrane [at]
    Katherine Rowe, Chair and Professor of English, Bryn Mawr College, krowe [at]

    Re:Hum ’12 Keynote Speakers

    Alexandra Juhasz, Pitzer College

    Dr. Alexandra Juhasz, Professor of Media Studies, Pitzer College, teaches media production, history and theory. She has has taught courses on YouTube, media archives, activist media, documentary, and feminist film. Dr. Juhasz has written multiple articles on feminist, fake, and AIDS documentary. Her current work is on and about YouTube, and other more radical uses of digital media.Dr. Juhasz’s innovative “video-book,” Learning from YouTube (2011), is recently published by the MIT Press. Her earlier digital effort is Media Praxis: A Radical Web-Site Integrating Theory, Practice and Politics. She blogs on this and other projects at Dr. Juhasz produced the feature films, The Owls, and The Watermelon Woman, as well as nearly fifteen educational documentaries on feminist issues like teenage sexuality, AIDS, and sex education.

    Please join us for Dr. Juhasz’s talk on “Repurposing Social Media Spaces” on March 29th at 4:30pm in Kohlberg 116, Swarthmore College

    Katherine D. Harris, San Jose State University

    Katherine D. Harris is a Tenured Assistant Professor of English Literature at San Jose State University. She is the digital scholarly editor of Forget Me Not: A Hypertextual Archive of Ackermann’s 19th-Century Literary Annual An Edition from The Poetess Archive. Dr. Harris teaches both graduate and undergraduate seminars in 19th century literature and Romanticism. She recently taught an undergraduate honors seminar on Digital Literature: The Death of Print Culture? and has been a leading voice in the the discussion of digital pedagogy and the undergraduate.

    Please join us for Dr.  Harris’s talk on “Doing the Risky Thing: Playing Around in Digital Humanities” on March 30th at 1:15pm in Kohlberg 116, Swarthmore College

    Re:Hum ’12 Participants

    Nick Allred is currently a junior at Swarthmore College planning to graduate in 2013.  He is an Honors English major and Honors Political Science minor with a course minor in Interpretation Theory.  He is interested in intersections of socioeconomic history and literary production, in particular the early novel’s relationship to the development of capitalism.  Nick worked on END part-time in the summer of 2011 and plans to pursue related research into the late eighteenth-century  “it-narrative” in 2013.

    Stephanie Cawley, who recently graduated from Stockton College as class salutatorian, is from the deep south of New Jersey but lives in Philadelphia. While at Stockton, she was the chief editor of the Stockpot literary magazine, a student researcher for the Stockton Postcolonial Studies Project, and a tutor in the Writing Skills Center. She also completed a chapbook of poems about couch-surfing and road-tripping funded by a Distinguished Student Fellowship. She currently works as an SAT tutor and volunteers at Mighty Writers, and her poems have recently appeared in BOXCAR Poetry Review and Used Furniture Review.

    Andrew Cheng is a Senior at Swarthmore College pursuing an Honors double-major in Linguistics and Religion. He first took an interest in Linguistics his freshman year and was hooked by the work of Professor K. David Harrison on documenting and preserving endangered languages. After doing summer research at Swarthmore’s Endangered Languages Laboratory, he gained a new respect for the uses to which the Internet and computer technology can be put in the effort to keep dying languages alive. When Andrew isn’t working on papers or crunching data in the lab, he likes reading blogs, playing word games, and taking photos of everything.

    Lauren Close is a senior History and Art History double major at the College of Wooster, Ohio, where she is also an amateur blogger. After studying abroad in Siena, Italy in the Spring of 2012 and revisiting Paris last January for research on her senior thesis, Lauren has officially been bitten by the travel bug. She lives for black coffee and bookstores, but dreams of living somewhere with plenty of art galleries. Since this last August, Lauren has been working on a digital equivalent of her senior thesis on the nineteenth century monumental art found in Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery and surrounding neighborhoods. Using a variety of basic web design, presentation and blogging tools, Lauren’s aim is to construct a website which engages and informs the general public about the fascinating history of Western public art. Although a work in progress, her goal is to create a map-based,virtual tour of Paris which emphasizes the importance of spatial and atmospheric context in the study of popular aesthetics.

    Jesus Espinoza is a graduating senior at San José State University majoring in English.  His current interests include Postmodernism, Library Science and the French language.  He is currently working on a project that aims to exhibit and digitize three rare artist books that he found. He will be presenting on this project at re:Humanities.  Jesus is also slightly obsessed with foreign Pop music.

    Svetlana Fenichel who hails from Belarus, is currently a senior at Richard Stockton College with a major in Literature and a concentration in Literary Studies.  She is very interested in people and different cultures and her research focuses on the representation of national identity crises as the “aftertaste” of colonialism. Her short term goal is to complete her degree at Richard Stockton College and then pursue her love of languages at graduate school. In the future, she aims to work with the United Nations or other international non-governmental agencies.

    Kimone Hyman or “Kim” is a senior at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey pursuing a B.A.. in Biology pre-professional health studies. Kim is also minoring in writing and literature. Kimone is one of several members of the ongoing Stockton Postcolonial Studies Project. Kimone was drawn into the project as a result of a developing interest and personal connections with postcolonial studies, feminism, and the digital humanities. Kim’s project, titled “A Dream Deferred,” analyzes concepts of citizenship and nation in Malaysia by creating a parallel between the marginalization of Chinese and Indian populations in Malaysia with the experience of African Americans in the United States. Kim hopes to attend graduate school to study herbal medicine, creative writing, and literature. Kim is very excited to participate in the 2012 Re:Humanities conference and is interested in hearing how digital media has influenced the work of other scholars and students.

    Pollyanna Macchiano is a student at San Jose State University studying English and Art History. Soon to graduate, Pollyanna expects to enter into a career deeply involved in publishing or writing, with art galleries and museums also a tempting possibility. Pollyanna enjoys reading, writing, visual art, fashion, hummingbirds, and books. She loves a good used bookstore and can spend days in museums and libraries perfectly content. In her free time, she plays badminton and travels; Japan is her favorite visited country thus far. A student at heart, Pollyanna enjoys being in the classroom and being hands-on. She believes literature and visual art are two worlds frequently separated, when the study of both is much more rewarding and fruitful–not to mention fun!

    Kevin McGillivray is an undergraduate student at St. Norbert College studying graphic design and music. His current research interests include graphic design history, social media, and graphic design in contemporary entrepreneurship. More specifically, Kevin has a particular interest in the roots of graphic design found in the invention of writing and the development of alphabets. His own recent design work has involved projects in children’s illustration, web design, and visual identity development.

    Austin Starin is a communications designer and senior at Saint Joseph’s University majoring in English with a minor in Communications. At Re:Humanities, he’ll speak about collaborative work and how digital stories change the way we think, learn and play.

    Re:Hum ’12 Working Group

    Hong Kong-born and bred, Mirella Deocadiz is currently a sophomore at Bryn Mawr College. She intends to propose an independent major in comparative media studies. Her interest in the digital humanities consists of examining the construction and deconstruction of virtual identities as well as the changing relationships between the consumers of media. As a blogger for HASTAC, an online collaborative space, she is excited about the work coming out of the Tri-Co, especially in terms of RE: Humanities.

    Will Glovinsky is a senior Honors Comparative Literature major at Swarthmore College. He studies modern and postcolonial literature and is currently working on a thesis on Flaubert, Faulkner, and García Márquez.  When not cloistered away in a thesis carrel he enjoys evading the notion that he should be by cooking, running, and playing the mandolin.

    Archana Kaku is an English and Political Science major at Bryn Mawr College. She is constantly torn between wanting to advance digital humanities and her unrealistic life goal of saving print media.

    Anna Tione Levine is a senior Honors English major and Interpretation Theory minor at Swarthmore College. She is currently obsessed with the 18th-century British miscellany and Ultimate frisbee.

    Henry Linder is a senior at Swarthmore College majoring in mathematics and statistics and minoring in philosophy. He is particularly interested in new types of discourse and displays of information presented by technology.

    Shahzeen Nasim is a freshman at Haverford College. Her love of cyberculture and literature drew her to digital humanities. She also likes Californians and Dadaism.

    Michael Rushmore is a sophomore student at Haverford College and blogger at the street art blog Vandalog. At Re:Humanities, he’ll speak about viral art and street art’s shift from the physical world to the digital world.

    Hema Surendranathan is a sophomore at Bryn Mawr College, majoring in English and minoring in Creative Writing. Her areas of interest include writing pedagogy, intertextuality, citation and how all of these develop on digital platforms.

    Schedule for Re:Hum ’12

    Thursday, March 29

    4:30 pm “Teaching and Learning as Making: Repurposing Social Media Spaces”| Kohlberg 116,  Swarthmore College
    Alexandra Juhasz, of Pitzer College, author of Learning from Youtube

    Friday, March 30

    9:00am  Undergraduate Presentation I  | LPAC 301, Swarthmore College
    Undergrad digital humanists present on topics ranging from  “Mapping Soweto: Collaborative Historical GIS”  to “Design for Digital Humanists.”

    10:00-10:15am Break

    10:15-11:15am Undergraduate Presentation II | LPAC 301, Swarthmore College
    Undergrad digital humanists present on topics ranging from “Viral Art for a Digital Public” to “Toppling the Ivory Tower: Dissecting the Monuments of 19th Century Paris in the Digital Age.”

    11:30- 12:30 -Undergraduate Poster Session| Science Commons, Parrish, Swarthmore College
    The session will feature undergrad digital humanists presenting on a  range of projects from “The Stockton Postcolonial Studies Project: Translating Postcolonial Studies into Digital Media” to “Designs of Meaning” which considers new modes and materialities for constructing narratives.

    1:15 pm “Doing the Risky Thing: Playing Around in Digital Humanities” | Kohlberg 116, Swarthmore College
    Katherine D.  Harris, San Jose State University, author of “TechnoRomanticism: Creating Digital Editions in an Undergraduate Classroom”

    2:30 pm  Undergrad 2.0: Changing the role of the Undergraduate |Kohlberg 116, Swarthmore College

    Want to think about what it might mean to produce a digital-born thesis? Worried about your post-grad access to JSTOR? Think undergrads should have a leading voice in the future and transformation of Higher Ed? Join us for a conversation on the possibilities and challenges of living in a networked world and producing digital scholarship.

  • Re:Hum ’10

    About Re:Hum ’10

    Organized by students at Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore Colleges, Re: Humanities is a two-day symposium featuring presentations by undergraduate scholars interested in the effects of digital media on academia. Exploring topics as diverse as digital archivalism, pop media, and the (re)tooling of textual analysis, the event seeks to develop a better understanding of of this emerging field by examining its influence on traditional scholarship as well as its potential for transforming academia.

    The Bi-College Digital Humanities Working Group: Jen Rajchel, Evan McGonagill, Jessie Taylor, and Aaron Weitz

    Contact: bicodigitalhumanities [at]

    Bi-College Faculty Liaisons:
    Laura McGrane, Assistant Professor of English, Haverford College lmcgrane [at]
    Katherine Rowe, Chair and Professor of English, Bryn Mawr College, krowe [at]

    2010-11 Participants

    Kathleen Fitzpatrick serves as the Chair of the Media Studies Department at Pomona College. Her book Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy recently opened for peer review online as it simultaneously underwent traditional, closed peer review at NYU Press.  She also serves as Co-coordinating Editor and Press Director for MediaCommons Press, a digital press devoted to supporting innovative digital media publishing. Her work moves away from isolated publishing towards a model of intellectual community that thoughtfully and provocatively interrogates access and modes of publication. Visit her blog at, or view her book online.

    Evan McGonagill graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2010 with a BA in English. Her senior thesis addressed the failure of George Eliot’s fourth novel, Romola (1862-3), integrating a discussion of the relationship between textual form and content with a critical examination of historical context. She is currently working for the Open Society Institute in New York City, participating in the development of a collaborative content-management software platform for use by NGOs.

    Amanda French has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on topics ranging between Victorian studies and digital media at New York University and North Carolina State University. Currently she serves as Coordinator for THATCamp, a collaboratory project between humanists and technologists, at the Center for History and New Media. She has been named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “10 High Fliers on Twitter,” and is currently working on a book about the poetics of Twitter. Visit her blog at

    Jen Rajchel is a senior English Major at Bryn Mawr College. Her senior thesis, a digital humanities project entitled “Mooring the Gaps: Marianne Moore’s Bryn Mawr Poetry,” explored Marianne Moore’s poetic interrogation of space and publication. It was published in the form of a digital archive and can be found at As a Hanna Holborn Gray fellow, she spent the summer of 2010 researching digital marginalia. This year she will be blogging as a HASTAC scholar and conducting an independent study on the genre of blogging.

    Evan Donahue is a senior at Brown University concentrating in Modern Culture/Media and Computer Science. His current areas of interest include improving computational “understanding” of text, understanding the relationships between art and crime, and thinking about ancient and mythic themes as they appear in modern popular media.

    Michael Suen is a senior at Middlebury College majoring in English and American Literatures. Spawned in Los Angeles and raised in Hong Kong, he has covered arts and entertainment for The South China Morning Post, HK Magazine, Geekosystem, and Gothamist. In 2009, he founded the Asian news and pop culture blog, Michael’s research interests include cultural studies, storytelling modes across media, and the relationship between truth and fiction.

    Jessie Taylor is a senior English major at Haverford College. She is currently researching a thesis focused on the radio show This American Life and its relationship to radio theory, the history of radio narrative, and changing ideas of radio documentary.

    Jeremy Gallion is senior English and American Studies major at Cornell University. His interests include World Literatures in English, and as a Mellon Mays fellow he is completing a project on South Asian American short fiction and online publications.

    Anna Levine ’12 and Richard Li ’11 are working on a joint project: For the past two summers, Swarthmore undergraduates Anna Levine ’12 and Richard Li ’11 have been working to develop and maintain the Early Novels Database alongside Swarthmore Professor Rachel Buurma. The Early Novels Database is an effort to create a web-based, open-access database of the University of Pennsylvania Library’s large collection of American and British fiction, which contains approximately one-third of all fiction published from 1660-1830. Upon the database’s completion, students and scholars will be able to track currently un-searchable characteristics of these novels, such as authorship claims, illustrations, dedications, and epigraphs. Such a database has the potential to change the ways in which explorations into the history of the novel are implemented, answering broader demographic questions about the history of fiction.

    Aaron Weitz is a senior at Haverford College where he is majoring in English and pursuing a minor in educational studies. His interests include American literature, issues of literacy and classroom discourses, and the Philadelphia Phillies.

    Gabriela Arias—Gabi for short—and Alex Benkhart are Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) Student Fellows at Hamilton College. An Africana Studies major, Gabi is especially interested in the intersections between institutions of public history and the process of historical preservation in communities across the African diaspora. Gabi processed and digitized an extensive collection on the LGBT Puerto Rican community in New York City, which will be the subject of her undergraduate thesis. Alex is a senior Religious Studies/Asian Studies double major and now focuses primarily on gender issues in Japan. Over the past year, Alex has helped create a Comparative Japanese Film Archive that is part of the DuraCloud pilot project.

    Ethan Joseph is a Senior at Haverford College where he is a music major and an economics minor. Last summer Ethan interned with Spark Productions, a New York based production company focusing on Broadway theater and small film projects. He spent spring semester 2010 studying violin and cultural history in Vienna, Austria. He plays violin in the Bi-Co Orchestra and in the band Philosoraptor.

    2010-11 Reading Group

    Join the Bi-Co Digital Humanities Student Reading Group

    In Fall 2010, students, faculty, and staff at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges are invited to discuss undergraduate research in a digital world. Working toward our symposium on digital media, Re: Humanities (November 11-12), this reading group will explore how undergraduates can make sense of and harness digital technologies for research. Across four biweekly, hour-long sessions, we’ll discuss articles, websites, YouTube clips, Twitter feeds, and all else digital media-related.
    Reading group dates: Sept 22nd, Oct 6th, Oct 20th, Nov 3rd
    Time: 7-8:15pm (with snacks!)

    Sept 22nd and Oct 6th will be hosted at Haverford in Stokes 102.

    Oct 20th and Nov 3rd will be hosted at Bryn Mawr in the English House Lounge.

    To join, email bicodigitalhumanities [at] for more information on readings and other texts for each session.

    2010-11 Schedule

    Events that are open to the public are marked * and underlined.

    Thursday, November 11

    4:30 pm – Keynote Lecture: The Future of Authorship: Scholarly Writing in the Digital Age *
    Kathleen Fitzpatrick,  Pomona College, author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy
    Sharpless Auditorium, Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center, Haverford College

    6:00 pm – Symposium Introduction with Attendees
    Humanities Center Seminar Room, Stokes 102

    7:00pm – Dinner
    Haverford College Dining Center

    Friday, November 12

    9:30 am – Attendee Presentations
    Humanities Center Seminar Room, Stokes 102

    10:45 am – Coffee Break

    11:15 am – Attendee Presentations part II

    12:00 – Lunch
    CPGC Cafe, Stokes 104

    1:15 pm“Humanities Research Methods from 1860 to 2060” *
    Amanda French, THATCamp Coordinator at the Center for History and New Media, named by Chronicle of Higher Education in April 2009 as one of “10 High Fliers on Twitter”
    Humanities Center Seminar Room, Stokes 102

    2:30 pm – Concluding Conversation – Towards an Undergraduate Digital Humanities Manifesto *
    Humanities Center Seminar Room, Stokes 102

    4:30 pm – Closing Reception *
    CPGC Cafe, Stokes 104