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September 2017 Newsletter


DH Lunch
Mellon Digital Humanities Fellows at the University of Rochester are pleased to invite you to attend our first DH lunch this semester. Please RSVP by September 18th. For more information, please see our September Newsletter below or visit our website at 

Friday, September 22, 2017 12pm
Humanities Center, Conference Room D
James J. Brown, Jr., Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Digital Studies Center, Rutgers University-CamdenRobert A. Emmons, Jr., Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Associate Director of the Digital Studies Center, Rutgers University-CamdenIn 2014, Robert Emmons and Jim Brown launched the Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE), a collection of digital artifacts made available for research and creative activities. Scholars are free to take apart, dissect, and repurpose artifacts in the R-CADE as they attempt to understand their historical and cultural significance. While the R-CADE does not preserve in the sense of keeping objects in their “original” condition, the archive is in fact an exercise in the preservation of digital culture. The R-CADE has expanded and changed in the intervening three years, and this presentation will discuss the genesis of the project, its theoretical underpinnings, and how the annual R-CADE Symposium has grown. Emmons and Brown will share some of the work that has emerged from the R-CADE and will discuss some of the project’s future directions.

New Fellows
This fall, we also welcome four new fellows to the Mellon Digital Humanities Graduate Program. More information about the incoming fellows can be found below.

Helen Davies

Education: B.A. History and Classical Civilizations with minors in Latin, Medieval Studies, Anthropology, Loyola University Chicago, 2009; M.A. Medieval Studies, University of York, 2011; M.A. Digital Humanities, 2013.

Biography: Helen Davies is a second year PhD student in English. Her interests focus on the early medieval multi-cultural British Isles, medieval maps, and digital humanities. She is digitally recovering the Vercelli Mappa Mundi through the use of multispectral imaging. This project fits into a larger dissertation on place and space in medieval literature. Helen serves as the graduate student coordinator of The Lazarus Project ( Additionally, she has helped set up and coordinate R-CHIVE, an inter-university cultural heritage imaging cooperation between the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Helen hopes to use her time as Mellon fellow to explore the intersection between Digital Humanities, Medieval Manuscripts, and pedagogy.

James Rankine

Education: BA, History with Honours First Class, University of Queensland, 2005; MA, History, University of Rochester, 2014.

Biography: James Rankine is a fifth year PhD Candidate in the Department of History. His dissertation examines the cultural and social history of pirates, piracy and violence in the early modern Atlantic. In particular, James’ work seeks to reassess our understanding of pirates’ careers and culture by highlighting the ways in which their historical reality radically differs from popular memory. James has also spent several seasons as a site supervisor for the University of Rochester’s Smith’s Island Archeology Project under Professor Michael Jarvis.. He is currently working on PirateDB a digital database which collects and displays hundreds of contemporary newspaper reports of pirate activity across the Atlantic world. Currently, James serves as a teaching assistant in the Digital Media Studies Essential Digital Media Toolkit course along with the other first year Mellon Fellows.

Oishani Sengupta

Education: B.A. in English Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, 2013; M.A. in English Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 2015.

Biography: Oishani Sengupta is a third year PhD student in the Department of English. Her work focuses on illustrated novels in the Victorian period and their role in shaping national and cultural identity. Oishani works as a Research Assistant for the William Blake Archive where she participates in two specialized teams that are prototyping digital editions of The Four Zoas and Blake’s marginalia. As an Andrew W. Mellon Digital Humanities fellow, she hopes to explore methods of designing and implementing digital image archives and study the changing relationships of image and text in the nineteenth century. Currently, she serves as a teaching assistant in the Digital Media Toolkit course with the other first year Mellon Fellows.

Julia Tulke

Education: B.A. Social and Cultural Anthropology, Free University Berlin, 2011; M.A. European Ethnology, Humboldt University Berlin, 2014.

Biography: Julia Tulke is a third year PhD student in the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies. Her work focuses on street art and graffiti as mediums of expression and dissent in cities undergoing social and political crises. In this context she has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Athens since 2013. More information on this ongoing research project can be found at As an Andrew W. Mellon Digital Humanities fellow, Julia hopes to explore the intersections between visual anthropology and digital humanities scholarship. Currently, she is serving as a teaching assistant in the digital media studies course Essential Digital Media Toolkit.

Newsletter Submission
The Mellon DH Fellows are creating a newsletter this year to serve as an outlet for DH-related events in the greater Rochester area. As we prepare for our October newsletter, we would love to include any DH-related announcements you would like to make. To make a submission, please contact us at by 12:00pm, Tuesday, October 3. The final version of the newsletter will be sent out the first week of October. Announcements must be 50 words or less and include relevant information: date and time, how to RSVP, and a link to the relevant webpage. We reserve the right to edit for space but encourage links or visuals for readers who are interested to learn more information.

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