I am delighted to be welcoming three fantastic scholars to the Claremont Center for Digital Humanities as Mellon Digital Research and Scholarly Communication Summer Fellows. We had a great response to our call and the work that graduate students are doing in the southland is really impressive. I wished we were able bring everyone on board.
I hope to write up a more detailed discussion about Heather’s, David’s, and Ulia’s work on the Curtis project soon. They each bring a much needed area of expertise to our project. In the meantime, I introduce them to the community by way of their brief bios. If you’re in Claremont and would like to meet them, let me know and we’ll have lunch! — Jacque.
Heather Blackmore is a PhD student at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Her research interests include documentary media studies, the cultural histories of technology, the relationships of emotion and touch to media and material culture, the history of animation, and studies of festivals and curatorship.
David Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in Information Studies at UCLA, focusing on information design, new media and digital humanities, and race, ethnicity and gender. Drawing from case studies in both digital humanities and community-based arts organizations, his dissertation addresses the cultural politics of representation in digital archives and data, exploring their epistemic conditions for understanding minoritarian identity formations in the U.S. in the broader context of the current information economy and digital culture. Prior to UCLA, he has worked with various cultural institutions as archivist and design consultant, and received his MA in English from NYU.
Ulia Popova (Gosart) holds PhD (UCLA, Information Studies) and MLS (Southern Conn. State University). Her research focuses on the protection of indigenous peoples rights to culture and political participation.