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Hacking the Academy: Digital Humanities Summer Fellows Showcase
WhenMonday, Oct. 24, 2016, 4 – 5 p.m.
Campus locationAllen Library (ALB)
Campus roomResearch Commons Green A
Event typesSpecial Events

Learn more about the Simpson Center Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship program and hear three 2016 Summer Fellows talk about their work.

Darren Byler (Anthropology)

The Art of Life in Chinese Central Asia: A Repertoire of Uyghur and Han Migrant Popular Culture

Following a series of riots in 2009, officials in Xinjiang, an ethnically diverse province in Northwest China, announced multi-million yuan investments in "creative industries" across the region which address official goals of “ethnic harmony” and "anti-terrorism." By centering on Uyghur and Han art collectives, literary salons, film and photography studios that have been created as supplements to secular urban development, this project focuses on the way cultural expression responds to social precariousness across and within ethnic and class divides. Aimed at the intersection of urban studies and expressive culture, this digital project considers how Chinese urban minority and migrant life give rise to new forms of ethics and aesthetics.

Josephine Ensign (Psychosocial & Community Health)

Soul Stories: Health and Healing through Homelessness

Soul Stories is a transmedia critical policy narrative that includes a print book and a long-form digital scholarship online project. It is an exploration of the boundaries of narrative within health and healing in the context of homelessness. Soul Stories deepens our understanding of trauma and resilience, the role of narrative in health, and ways we can humanize health care for patients, providers, and communities. The Soul Stories digital online project includes a collection of essays, poems, photographs, and participatory digital storytelling (DS) videos. For this fellowship, Ensign expands the scope of the digital online component and complete the series of community-based participatory DS videos.

Minda Martin (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell)

Seattle’s Freeway Revolt

Seattle’s Freeway Revolt is a short documentary and an interactive digital archive illuminating the historical, social, and political contexts of the freeway revolts in Seattle and beyond. The interactive digital archive will feature oral histories—short, edited video interviews with activists, politicians, and others involved in the freeway revolt—and will serve as a repository of video and audio recordings of citizen testimony, maps, and other illustrative and written documents, with links to related resources.

The way in which scholars produce and publish scholarship is changing into a more open, collaborative, and iterative process.  Based on Daniel J. Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt's open access book by the same title,  the Hacking the Academy program series explores the evolution of scholarship and scholarly publishing.  This program series will highlight trends in how scholarship is produced, archived, evaluated, and reused through a series of interdisciplinary showcases, discussions, and lectures.  Have an idea for a Hacking the Academy program topic?  Contact us at

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