Digital Humanities Projects at Drew.
Candace Reilly, Sam Zatorski, Zoe Bowser
In Drew University’s copy of the Liber Chronicarum (Latin, 1493) the image and accompanying text of Pope Joan is altered. This type of user interaction is cited as a common occurrence in surviving copies of this text. We propose to study and record the different types of user engagement of Pope Joan from extant 1493 Latin copies to understand the iconoclastic treatment that this subject has suffered. We hope to provide a comprehensive and accessible census of the imagery of Pope Joan, which scholars around the world can utilize.
Rita Keane, Maura Kelly, Avianna Miller
In our DHSI summer project, we sought to identify the date and place of production of a manuscript of the Persian Book of Kings, or Shahnama, held in Drew’s Special Collections, as well as analyze the degree to which the book is a composite manuscript. We also wanted to situate the Drew manuscript in the context of Shahnama manuscripts held in other libraries worldwide: what was its date? Where was it created? Who were its artists? How did they collaborate? Our analysis was visual, utilizing comparison with Shahnama manuscripts that are accessible online, as well as based on in-person close physical study of the manuscript itself. Our research showed that several artists collaborated in the creation of images for the manuscript, and these artists were working in the Turkman Commercial Style popular in the fifteenth century in Iran. We concluded that the Drew manuscript was assembled from at least two, and perhaps more, Shahnama manuscripts; this combination occurred after the manuscripts had been created and used by owners in the fifteenth century, and perhaps as late as the nineteenth or twentieth century. These conclusions were based on analysis of artists’ hands and the color used for different images, study of the composition of the paper used in different parts of the manuscript, and analysis of patterns of damage to the paper.
Andrew Salvati, Candace Reilly, Tessa Bagby, Julia Pietro
Owing to Editor in Chief Hugh Hefner’s Methodist upbringing, Drew University Library contains a large, ever-expanding collection of Playboy magazine issues, spanning from 1955 to 2018 (bulk 1955-1979). His Electronic Materials is part of an ongoing research initiative designed to study this collection, and to examine the way in which Playboy magazine constructed a culturally aware, technologically capable, pleasure-seeking brand of masculinity.
Kristen Turner, Emily Rosales
Carlos Yordan, Sara Curley, Casey Raleigh
Peggy Kuntz, Rachel Li, Lizzie Shack
John Muccigrosso, Emma Bryer, Katie Higgins
This project used several mapping tools to create open-source geographical resources for the study of ancient Rome.
The work focused upon making the information found in Lily Ross Taylor’s book, The Voting Districts of the Roman Republic, more accessible and easier to understand visually. This project creates various maps based upon her research. Each of these maps are centered around a different variable mentioned in her work regarding the ancient Roman voting tribes.
Kimani Fowlin, Chukwuma Obasi, Erin Gruodis-Gimbel, Tess Needham
OurStory is a research and virtual documentary project created to connect Americans through stories and artwork that reflects on personal experiences lived throughout the early stages and peaks of the “COVID Era” (2020-21). Individuals and families across the country offer their stories on how this period, encompassing many profound health, social, economic, and political challenges, has impacted their lives. This diverse collective also candidly shares enduring concerns, hopes for our future, and messages of support, inspiration, and solidarity for the nation.
Interviews were conducted with residents of all 50 US states, as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Lisa Jordan, Marwa Elessawy, Graham Munro-Ludders
Jeremy Blatter, Nick Kilgore
The Drew University Participatory Archive (DUPA) is a digital humanities project with the mission of growing a decentralized, grassroots, open and appropriation-friendly digital collection of both original and archival media (art, photography, video, audio, text, etc) through the direct contributions and participation of students, faculty, staff, archivists, librarians, and the broader Drew community. http://duparchive.org/
Lisa Jordan, James Kalin, Colleen Dabrowski
Our DHSI summer study created the first systematic assessment of firearms advertising through social media. Our project identified major US firearms producers and importers, collected Twitter and YouTube posts made by industry, and coded the posts for the presence of a variety of themes first characterized in work on print advertising by Saylor, et al., Vernick, et al. and Diaz. Analysis of this data collection reveals that themes common in print advertising over the last fifty years are prevalent in internet and social media content produced today. Despite a decline in advertising through mainstream media, firearms manufacturers and dealers have effectively turned to the distribution of content through internet influencers. In evaluating 928 Twitter posts, 425 YouTube videos from manufacturers, and 239 videos from YouTube influencers, we discovered that manufacturers use social media to attract audiences to websites that sell firearms (15% Twitter posts, 54% manufacturers videos, and 90% of influencers). We also found that advertisements included women in efforts to sell handguns and pistols for the purpose of protection. The use of predatory themes of stranger rape and military assault to sell weapons is scrutinized in two prominent advertising schemes. Our study concludes with recommendations for local and national public health interventions, which may contribute to efforts to curtail the marked increase in the production and distribution of civilian firearms, and the subsequent health consequences of contemporary small arms proliferation.
Allan Dawson, Andrew Katapodis, Genesis Guedes, Gionna Del Purgatorio, Katelynn Rodriguez
We will be conducting Anthropological field work while also collecting data to be eventually used to create a digital map of the Newark area that also shows key Anthropological factors.
Wendy Kolmar, Andrew Dugan, Kassel Franco Garibay, Elizabeth Schafer
We will digitalize the archives of the Drew Acorn and create special collections and an overarching timeline that the Drew community can access online. http://drewacornarchives.com/
James Carter, Erin Feith, Kevin Lagerquist, Adam Sandonato
Students will participate in mapping various elements of rock music of the late sixties, from concert venues and ticket sales, to musical genres and styles. The scope of the project will encompass the rock music experience at Drew University, as well as the national concert schedule/map for the most prominent artists and bands of the era. http://sixtiesrockgeo.com/
Minjoon Kouh, Peiyu Guo, Kayla Rockhill
Using computational and statistical techniques like tf-idf, hierarchical clustering, and PCA (Principal Component Analysis), we analyzed topical relationships among sections from 3 volumes of open-access science textbooks (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology introductory textbooks from OpenStax). We analyzed the term usage from these 3 different disciplines. We also developed a survey to compare sample topical relationships as perceived by humans and by an algorithm. The results have been rendered as an interactive scatter plot.
Ziyuan Meng, David Nesterov-Rappoport
The goal of this project is to explore the historical and philosophical aspects of the cyber vulnerabilities. As networks and information infrastructures are being exploited at an unprecedented scale, it is important to understand the nature of digital technology and its associated risks in broader social and historical contexts. The project borrows concepts and methods from both the Phenomenology and Hermeneutics traditions to critically investigate the phenomenon of vulnerabilities found in computer systems, hoping to reveal the metaphysical and ideological assumptions concealed in key concepts of computer science and common practice of modern information technology industry.
Susan Rosenbloom, Aleko Graham, Sophia George
Our research, Neighbors in Need is a community based participatory action research (CBPAR) project involving all of the housing agencies in Morris County. Together we are doing research to design an intervention that decreases and eventually ends homelessness for the most vulnerable people in Morris County. Specifically, we are designing interventions and strategies by working with housing agencies, property owners and voucher recipients to develop a more efficient use of federal housing vouchers. This summer we will train students to digitally code and analyze data that we collected during spring 2019. The findings will then be summarized and disseminated using My Stories. Students will learn how to digitally code and analyze qualitative data and then turn those findings into engaging summaries. Students will also learn how to create digital information pieces (infographics) that communicate quantitative and qualitative data. Finally, students will prepare presentations of their work to academic and non-academic audiences. http://homes4allnj.com/
Jeremy Blatter, Lee Arnold, Kiyah Colson, Henry Giddings, Katlego Mhlongo, Kirstin Waldman
Dr. Susan Rakosi Rosenbloom, Dr. Kesha Moore, Emma Thomas, Aleko Graham
How can we use social media to help end homelessness? This community action research project partners with local housing organizations to use social science research and the power of social media to challenge the stigmatization of the poor and negative narratives about landlord-tenant dynamics. Our community partners, a consortium of all of the housing agencies in Morris County, have had a difficult time changing this zero-sum, combatant narrative to build support for promising innovative programs. The purpose of Digital Storytelling as Intervention is to explore how we can use digital storytelling as a public sociology strategy to highlight new collaborative narratives of partnerships between landlords, housing programs, and low-income residents. These products are specifically designed for social media to build public awareness and support for new collaborative efforts. We will create and disseminate original digital stories and messaging through vlogs (video blogs) using interviews with landlords, tenants and housing specialists. We aim to develop a method to engage undergraduates in public sociology through digital storytelling on social media.
Emily Hill, Jordan Reed, Leanne Horinko, Daniel (Tianhao) Xu
The AMAT project is a multi-phase digital humanities book history project aimed at identifying and analyzing trends in authorship of American textbooks. The goal of the project is to encompass internal (style, themes, presentation) and external (biographical information, correspondence, publishing information, etc.) evidence to analyze and map the authorship of the modern American textbook, beginning with textual elements indicative of individual author style.
Lisa Lynch, Catherine Araimo, Heather Dupont, Savannah Hill
This project serves two goals: it is a beginning iteration in an ongoing effort to create historical and present-day maps of the NYC media ecosystem, and it is also an exercise in creating a specific map or maps that will serve the needs of the New York Semester on Media and Communications. We will work with both archival and self-generated maps, images, and video footage to show how various media industries, from newspapers to advertising to television and beyond, have left a visible footprint on New York City, as well as how media industries continue to reshape the geography of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Our maps will be in the “Story Map” format, and project members will also research and write place-based narratives about the media industries they document. As well, we will create a map template that allows for further annotation in further New York Semesters.
Minjoon Kouh and Ji Hoon Kim
A field of knowledge, such as physics, is composed of many interconnected concepts and topics. We will employ computational techniques to automatically extract the keywords and the organization of topics. In particular, we will analyze college-level, introductory textbooks in physics, treating them as a collection of documents, whose keywords will be identified by scoring each word according to tf-idf (term frequency inverse document frequency) measure and calculate pairwise distance between documents. This analysis will allow us to examine the clustering and hierarchical relationships among the topics.
Kimberly Rhodes and Shayna Miller
We will create a “Story Map” of the first decade of the New York Semester on Contemporary Art (1967-1977) inclusive of specific locations documented in a 1973 Art Semester journal, sites not mentioned in the journal that are significant to this decade in the art world (Donald Judd’s home/studio at 101 Spring St., for example, which he purchased in 1968), and portions of the Drew University Art Collection produced and acquired by Drew in the same period of time. The “Story Map” created will be a container for three separate projects that will also exist individually: a map of the 1973 Art Semester journal, a map of the NY art world 1967-1977, and a digital catalogue and/or exhibition of the Murry Berger Collection, approximately 30 works of art, mostly abstract screen prints, dating from the late 1960s to the early 1970s donated to Drew by Berger in 1974. Each of these projects will demonstrate the long-standing synergy between Drew University and the New York City art world and be foundational for future endeavors to digitally chart all 50 years of Art Semester and catalogue the entirety of the Drew University Art Collection.
Angella Son, Huntae Chung, Seung Jin Hong, Jae Won Jang, and EunSil Kim
For the benefit of scholars, students, and the general public as a resource, the project plans to create a virtual museum as a platform to display legal documents and media content on comfort women who served as sexual slaves to the Japanese military during World War II. The project will pertain to the compilation and digital reproduction of official U. S. documents and media content from both the U. S. and S Korea.
John D. Muccigrosso, Genesis Guedes, Molly Thompson, Rae Brickey, Andrew Katapodis
There are two longer histories of early Rome that survive from antiquity, one in Latin by Livy and another in Greek by Dionysius of Halicarnassus. This summer we will be mapping the places that appear in both of those narratives as a way of looking at how ancients represented the expansion of Rome and its encounters with its early neighbors. On the technical side, we will learn about different mapping techniques and tools available to tell the story of the data. We will also engage in a few smaller projects to create and share digital representations of the ancient (and perhaps medieval/early-modern) walls of the city of Rome.