Abdullah’s Introduction

Hello,

I am Abdullah Ansar from Lahore, Pakistan. I am a Freshman who is interested in nearly everything that has to do with Humanities and Social Sciences, ranging from Economics to Philosophy and everything in between. I love nature, reading, listening to Sufi Music, watching random philosophy videos on Youtube, and late-night walks (Say Hi if you ever find me walking around at 12).

My favorite DH project is Religions in Minnesota. This is the first DHA Project I read about. Being Interested in Religion, I see how this can be a great resource for communities to share their beliefs, ideas, and heritage. It can be hard for some communities to create presentable pages for external observers, due to various challenges they face with technology or language. This is why it becomes even more important to help them.

For Data Feminism, I really liked the observation of the writer about the relation of Data and Power. While it is thought that Data is objective, it can still be affected by the subject who is collecting, analyzing, and talking about it. Knowledge or Data is not completely objective under all conditions. This is a very interesting idea, one I agree with as well.

Apart from this, I also like to take pictures of Carleton Campus sometimes (because it is so beautiful). I am adding a picture I took yesterday in its raw form without any filter. I hope to become a better photographer. Thank you for reading this.



Miyuki’s Introduction

Hello!

My name is Miyuki Mihira and I am a senior History major and Philosophy minor from Tokyo, Japan. This will be my 3rd year(!) to work as a Digital Humanities Associate. As a History major with a strong interest in Public History, I have learned and been involved in several historical digital projects. As the DH is still a growing and developing sector, I’m passionate about thinking about how digital tools can enrich humanities and achieve more inclusivity. 

<Project>

One project I especially liked among the Carleton DH projects is Mapping Masquerades from 2012. This is a historical project, and the way in which it presents history was so eye-opening for me when I first came across it that it completely changed my definition of historical writing. Although it has a number of paragraphs, using a story map and a GIS mapping, the project makes historical writing (or historical presentation I would say) more interactive and easier for users with little background knowledge to better understand.

<The History of Digital Scholarship: Glass Animals>

On the Glass Animals website, I recognized that some of the file types such as “jpg” used in the dozens of file titles. This made me think that learning the history of digital scholarship helps us understand the continuities/discontinuities in the rapidly changing digital world. With this in mind, for example, I got an impression that the file types that appear on the website remain until today because they are important to sort files and for other reasons.

<Data Fuminism>

I found the reading, “Introduction to Why Data Science Needs Feminism,” very empowering. The reading highlights the importance of intersectionality when it comes to thinking about people’s diverse experiences in the world. Revealing the hidden inequalities by using data, we are able to reframe the reality and destabilize the world which have been made to work and look in a certain way by those with power–as if turning over an iceburg. 

Thank you for reading up to here, and I’m excited to be working as a DHA for one last year! 

Isabel’s Introduction

Hi! My name is Isabel Rameker and I’m a sophomore. This is my first year working as a DHA, and I’m excited to get started. I found this position really interesting because it integrates technology and the humanities in a variety of creative ways, and I’m looking forward to learning new skills and approaches to the humanities. 

One DHA project that I found interesting was the interactive Boston Massacre game. The project approached a historical event in a way that I wouldn’t have considered, and I really liked the way it made the point of the project so accessible and interactive. 

Like any history, I think that the history of digital scholarship is important because it teaches us about the present. By exploring the history of anything, you widen your perspective on how it became what it currently is and you expand your knowledge and ability to work with the current systems. I don’t currently know much about the history of digital scholarship, especially when it comes to technical details, but I did find the Glass Animals website helpful in understanding some of the basics. 

I really appreciate the take put forward by Data Feminism on how data can be subjective and not only reflect but also contribute to inequalities. Looking through the exhibit on the history of technology, I noticed that the articles focused almost exclusively on White men and their contributions to technological advances. Although the website does focus on European history, they mentioned several (White, male) American inventors and innovators while leaving out women and people of color almost entirely. 

I’m excited to be working as a DHA this year!

Introduction yuhao wang

Hello. I am a senior majoring in Psychology and Political Science. I worked as a Disability Peer Leader before. And as someone with anxiety, I can personally attest to the importance of care and support. Accessibility of digital content is an integral part of such support for people with disabilities.

I once read an inspiring thought exercise – a mall dismisses the need of ramps at their entrance because no person with wheelchairs ever visits the mall; but in fact, it was exactly the lack of ramps that discouraged anyone on wheelchairs from ever coming.

When I think about accessibility on the web, I want to be the smart mall manager who sees the real underlying problem rather than ignoring altogether the importance of being inclusive and giving support to anyone and everyone who needs it.

Among current Digital Scholarship projects at Carleton, “Witness to the Revolution” interests me the most. Learning more about history always excites me. The project provides a novel approach to experiencing historical events through gaming, which makes learning history more fun and accessible to more students.

The Glass Animals website is running a beta (0780) version of the Glass Animals Open Source operating system. There are a few .txt files with a message from Dave and some lyrics of the band’s songs. There are also a dozen of .png and .jpg screenshots and photographs of historical looking items and events. History is important for us to talk about because we learn from what we accomplished in the past that helps guide us to where we should be working towards in the future.

In the exhibit on A Century of Technology on Europeana, white men have the power. Women who contributed equally to the advancement of technology were missing from the archive. The depiction of technological advancements in history often neglects to mention the importance of minority groups of people. It reminds us again of the importance of being inclusive when designing, narrating, and presenting information.

Frank’s Bio

Hello everyone!

My name is Frank Valtierrez and I am a Senior Economics Major from Fridley, MN. This will be my 2nd year as a Digital Humanities Associate. I definitely enjoyed working as a DHA last year and cannot wait to see what kind of projects we create this year! One of the main reasons I enjoy working as a DHA as it allows me to use the digital skills I possess and also learn new ones that will either be beneficial or even useful to have in the future.

One project I particularly liked while browsing the previous ones is Introduction to Indigenous Histories from 2020. I enjoy this project not only because I helped with the creation but also because the content and the overall look of the website is really well done. The different tools used on the website are also very cool and useful to use such as the timeline and maps.

Regarding the Glass Animals website, I believe the importance of digital scholarship and labeling different files is important for various reasons. One main reason I believe is to know what kind of file you are opening. In my digging around, knowing the extension abbreviations made it easier to navigate the screen even if it was all messy.

Looking at the exhibit we were asked to look at, it appears that the power belongs to those in more fortunate circumstances. Upon going through the entire exhibit, it appears to be missing minorities. It leaves me with the impression that technology was not initially invented to share with others. It makes me hope that in the future, although it’s gotten better, minorities are allowed the same opportunities in technology as other people.

Lastly, I just want to say that I can’t wait to continue working as a DHA this year!

Luna’s Introduction (#3)

(Alright people, let’s do this one last time.)

Hi! My name is Luna Yee and I’m now a senior Computer Science and Linguistics major planning to graduate after Winter term. This is my third year as a Digital Humanities Associate (DHA). I’ve been involved with a fair few of our group’s projects at this point, as well as support for a number of DH-involved classes. I’ve also been involved with the DH-adjacent Dakota Language Project through my linguistics work—check it out!

One reason I find DHA work rewarding is that it lets me engage as a user for digital tools. Academically, I tend to work on the development side—that is, with programming and design. By participating in like technologies as a user, support resource—and even sometimes a correspondent with the developers—I feel that I’ve gotten a good deal of practical perspective on the struggles of user experience and the design lifecycle. I expect this experience to translate positively into my professional work—and more immediately, into my CS comps.

Outside of academic and professional pursuits, I sleep enjoy reading fiction and fiddling around with creative writing. In the past few years, I’ve expanded to other fiction media and developed a taste for those as well, but a nice novel still wins in my book (ha). I’m also a member of the Aikido Club on campus, which serves as a nice enforced structured break from work—especially in the age of Zoom fatigue.

You can also see the (more formal) introduction at Digital Humanities @Carleton College page.

Marcella Bio

Hello all! My name is Marcella (she/her/hers) and I’m a senior History major with minors in Creative Writing and MARS. This is my first year working as a DHA and I’m really excited to continue expanding on skills I’ve learned in classes and become familiar with new technologies as I try to integrate my love for the humanities into the modern, digital era. In my free time I am president of an a cappella group, I play D&D with my friends, and I like to go on adventures or just watch movies with the people who are important to me. I’m excited to work with you all this year!

Miyuki’s Introduction

Hello! My name is Miyuki (she/her) and I am a junior History major and Philosophy minor from Tokyo, Japan. This is going to be my second year as a Digital Humanities Associate, and I’m excited to work on more DH projects!

As a History major with a strong interest in Public History, I have taken several history courses with digital projects at Carleton, and I’m passionate about thinking how technology can foster humanities. In the last year, I worked on projects using mainly WordPress and Omeka, so I’m hoping to tackle other tools to develop my DH skills this year.

In my spare time, I love creating art, taking photos, and strolling in the Arb.

Hello! My name is Kunsang:)

Hello! My name is Kunsang and I am a senior Math major. I am eager to be a DHA so I could develop my skills on various tools that digital humanities pertains to. I love learning new programming languages and algorithms but I’ve never quite ventured into the arts of digital humanities – this will be a fresh and an exciting experience! Over the summer, I worked as a sales development representative intern and the job required learning about various sales tools in a short period of time, in addition to data analysis and visualizations. I believe these skills will definitely prove to be helpful as a DHA.

Outside my class, I am in Carleton choir and sometimes join Synchrony dances for the good energy. I also love watching movies, playing chess, and doing yoga during my leisure hours!

You can also see the introduction at Digital Humanities @Carleton College page.

Alan’s Introduction

Hello! I’m Alan. I am a senior psychology major at Carleton and this is my first year working as a DHA. I look forward to learning different methods and approaches that scholars take to tackle projects in digital humanities. I am also excited to learn about different ways to apply data and creative methods to scrape data when working in the realm of humanities.

Currently, I am working on a non-fiction essay film about herders in China and how their traditional lifestyle/relationship to the environment are changing as different technologies are introduced into their lives. I am also developing this into a larger project. I am trying to investigate the distance between personal identity and traditional culture of the younger generation, exploring how does the coming of age in the modern era influence our identities.

You can also see the introduction at Digital Humanities @Carleton College page.