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Sareeta Amrute is currently Assistant Professor of Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2008.  Her scholarship investigates programming as a meaning-making activity that reshapes contemporary understandings of risk and race, work and subjectivities. She is currently working on a book project on Indian IT workers in Germany tentatively titled Race, Place, and Programming: an Ethnography of Indian IT Workers in Berlin. Most recently, her research has appeared in Anthropology Quarterlyand India Review.

Amrute aims to create an online, interactive archive about Indian IT lifeworlds, called Neither Cybercoolie Nor Cyberstar, in order to highlight the personal and everyday aspects of Indian programming. This archive will allow users to upload their own stories and images of Indian IT worlds and arrange online material into sets that speak to themes of their own interest.

Kimberly Cannady is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology; she researches music in Scandinavia and the North Atlantic. Kimberly has worked in several university sound archives over the past decade, including the University of Utah’s Aldrich Archive, UW’s Ethnomusicology Sound Archives and the UW Media Center. She has taught courses on American Folk Music and American Popular Music. Having just returned from five months of fieldwork with Greenlandic, Faroese, and Icelandic musicians in Copenhagen, Kimberly will relocate to Iceland in September 2011 for a final year of fieldwork.

John George is a Master’s candidate in Library and Information Science at the UW Information School, who has focused his studies on the organization of digital resources and creation of access to historic materials. This fellowship builds on recent experience preserving audio at both Experience Music Project and the UW Libraries Media Center, where he is digitizing oral histories and music recordings from the 1950s to the 1990s. As a capstone to his degree, John is currently writing a collection plan that will guide the growth of the Media Center’s Puget Sounds, a collection of local music.

Kimberly and John will be working together on the Puget Sounds collection, comprised of the three elements – CDs, born-digital recordings, and reel-to-reel tapes – that have different levels of access. The goal of the Media Center team is to make all three elements as widely available as possible, addressing issues in technology and legal rights so a broad audience can learn about the region’s rich musical history. They envision a dynamic web-based interface that will conflate all three resources and will allow end-users to fully experience the collection aurally and with metadata that will add meaning and context to the music.

Mary Childs is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature, completing a dissertation entitled, “Negotiating the Russian-Georgian Dialogue:  Imperial Imaginings, Longings and Desires.” Her academic interests include Georgian film, music, and cuisine. She is currently translating two novels from Georgian to English and exploring a new interest of applying eco-criticism to Georgian literature. She created and is co-leading the third annual UW Exploration Seminar to Georgia via Turkey.

Her project involves expanding the website Georgian in Seattle, a forum for investigating aspects of Georgian culture. She has created a format for displaying literature in a dual language presentation, with templates to expand on the material presented. To optimize the digital capacities of the website, she plans to include audio, video, and other dynamic media to complement the print material so far available. She would like to develop the website as a participatory digital collection, and be able to invite colleagues and other scholars to contribute to it on a regular, but regulated, basis.

Monica De La Torre is a first-year Ph.D. student in Feminist Studies. Her interests involve the development of racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities and the expression of these identities through cultural productions. She locates her analysis in radio production and is a member of Soul Rebel Radio, a community radio collective based in Los Angeles. Monica has a Master’s Degree in Chicana/o Studies from California State University, Northridge; her thesis is titled “Emerging Feminisms: El Teatro de las Chicanas and Chicana Feminist Identity Development.”

Nicole Robert
earned an M.A. in Museology at the UW in 2009 and is currently a Ph.D. student in Feminist Studies. Using her background in museology, Nicole’s research looks at normalizing ideologies that construct race, gender and sexuality in U.S. history museums. Uniting feminist theory with museological practice, she is utilizing social media technologies as low-cost tools that cross geographical and cultural barriers, creating opportunities for engagement of audiences in content development, presentation, and inclusive community-building practices.

Monica and Nicole will be utilizing material collected for the Women Who Rock Oral History Project to create an online platform for community engagement using free to low-cost social media tools. Inspired by feminists of color theorizing on the use of internet resources as organizing tools, they conceive of this site as a replicable resource that creates an alternative space of representation for underrepresented communities. The site is an intervention not just in content but in methods of distribution and means of participation in the project of archive-building.

Carrie Lanza is a doctoral student in Social Welfare. Integrating interests in community-based practice and research methods, participatory digital culture, and history, her research and teaching explore themes of identity, embodiment, place and space, and professionalization. Recent projects include developing and teaching a course entitled, “Community-Based Participatory Media in Indigenous Communities” with Professor Daniel Hart and a digital storytelling program with the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute’s Native Youth Enrichment Program. Lanza earned her MSW at University of Michigan in Community Organizing, her BA in Cultural Anthropology at Ohio University and a certificate in Independent Filmmaking from UW.

Lanza’s project, Creating a Digital “Hub” for the “HUB”(Social Work 500), proposes to design a digital hub for the School of Social Work’s social welfare history course. Inspired by students’ frequent requests for more visual course materials and enthusiasm regarding the exciting resources emerging from the field of digital public history, she intends to design a site that would offer the content of the course multi-modally. She would also like to further develop curricula for students to learn to critically practicehistory via employing community-based participatory strategies to conduct oral histories and create digital resources to document stories of issues, individual, and communities.

Seungwha Sophie Lee is a graduate student of International Studies at the Jackson School at the UW. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Art History in 2009 from UW.

Lee’s project, “Googling Asian Woman: Decoding Visual Codification and Consumption of Images Online,” investigates visual traces of colonial knowledge and practices on the bordered domains on the Internet. Image results from search engines suggest that raced and gendered bodies do not disappear in cyberspace, but constitute a prominent site of identity formulation, as national differences become visible through different languages or/and national networks. The digital component of this project will mimic the experience of “googling” images in order to visibly mark invisible borders and bodies and to highlight that the Internet has become a digital catalogue for consumption of images and databases.

Neena Makhija completed a M.A. in both Social Work and Public Administration from the UW in 2010. In between classes, witnessing and experiencing healing via creative expression and performing arts inspired her to re-visit the potential of sharing and listening to stories. Her passion for the Sindhi Voices Project can be traced to her grandmother’s home, the place she began hearing many of her family’s stories of migration and displacement. Listening to the details of these stories contributed to the past several years of her work with immigrant communities. She is excited to explore and be inspired by ideas relating to participatory methods for digital library creation, accessible technologies for elders, and multimedia curriculum development.

The Sindhi Voices Project (SVP) centers multimedia oral history documentation as a medium to explore constructions of identity, migration, and partitioning. SVP works to engage Sindhi communities in the documentation of their histories through the usage of participatory media and oral history practices. SVP seeks to initiate intergenerational and intergroup dialogues through: 1) building a digital web-based library archive of Sindhi voices, 2) producing a traveling multimedia exhibit of oral histories, and 3) developing an intergroup dialogue media-based curriculum for young adults to examine binary constructs of difference. The project also aims to collaborate with others wishing to re-connect communities divided by political and geographical borders via use of digital technologies.

Paige Morgan is a Ph.D. student in the English Department and Textual Studies program, where she studies the relationship between the imagination and economics; and editorial theory as it affects the creation of digital archives and editions. Her dissertation focuses on religious enthusiasm in eighteenth-century England, and reveals how imaginative literature from the mid-eighteenth century shaped the emergence of the modern discipline of economics.

Her project, Visible Prices (VP), is a collection of prices from literary & historical sources, focusing on eighteenth &nineteenth-century England. A query for London in 1789 reveals that three shillings would purchase a bushel of wheat, a quarto of translations from Diderot, or a day’s services of a crippled or deformed child as a companion to an adult beggar. VP advances literary, historical, and economic studies by allowing researchers to see prices from a different perspective than mathematical inflation calculators, and to better understand how prices, as information, were used, and how the evolving use of information shaped economic and cultural development.

Amanda Martin Sandino is completing her Master of Arts in Cultural Studies at UW Bothell in June 2011 and will continue her studies in the Writing MFA program at the University of California, San Diego. Sandino’s current research explores the dualistic and often problematic philosophies of pain, using language, especially poetry, as tools for engaging these philosophies with experiences of physical suffering.

Her project, Pain Geographies, comprises an interactive online map that engages visitors in the project of documenting pain on an ongoing basis. This map will encourage collaborators to track pain levels in relation to space, temperature, mood, etc. as determined by the user herself, and will permit users to integrate multimedia sources.  The map itself will act as a digital means through which other pain documents can be accessed, in addition to allowing for a transnational quantitative and qualitative study on the effects various elements have upon pain levels.

Anjali Truitt is a Ph.D. student in the Institute for Public Health Genetics, focusing on the implications of genomics and genetic technologies for society. She received her Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also worked in clinical practice as a health educator and on several disability-related research projects. This experience cultivated broad interests in bioethics, Discourse and Disability Studies, and specifically, interest in how representations of disability in the public discourse shape understanding of what it means to be “healthy.”

The purpose of Making Discourse Analysis Accessible is to create an online platform that shows community members how the “tools” of discourse analysis can facilitate critical thinking about the abundant information, of variable trustworthiness, the internet made available. As a case study, Truitt will use this method and an online platform to explore select user-generated media (YouTube videos and Blogs) and public documents generated by health professionals or community organizations that depict Down syndrome.

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