My project is to do an interactive film database of the Italian Economic Miracle, that constructs a global filmic imaginary of the dramatic cultural changes of Italy through the period 1950-1970.
The Italian Economic Miracle, or Economic Boom, refers to a period of modernization, industrialization and economic progress in postwar Italy between 1950 and 1970. Along those years, what had been a mainly poor and rural nation, transformed into the industrial and urban power that Italy is today. The phrase “economic miracle” has been recurrently used to describe striking economic developments in particular historical periods and/or geographical areas. The expression, enthusiastic in its nature, is generally fostered by the groups or classes that beneficiate the most […]
David Foster Wallace was a prominent fiction writer in the United States in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was immensely talented, widely recognized and appreciated for both his essays and works of nonfiction, and his six works of fiction. He was famous for his long, multi-clause, run-on sentences, his immense, unique vocabulary, footnotes embedded in his work. His unique voice is contagious. In one of the many obituaries written for Wallace, A.O Scott wrote in the New York Times “Hyperarticulate, plaintive, self-mocking, diffident, overbearing, needy, ironical, almost pathologically self-aware (and nearly impossible to quote in increments smaller than a thousand words) — it was something you instantly recognized even hearing it for the […]
I have a set of handwritten baptismal records from the Catholic Archive in Tunisia, 1860-2015. I would like to look at one town in the set of records – the coral fishing village of Tabarka – and create a database for these records.
This is an abstract for a project that I am proposing to write about….
Mediterranean Intimacies: An archipelago formation between Sardinia and Tabarka.
Mediterranean Intimacies constructs patterns of mobility across the Mediterranean archipelagos by reading the Roman Catholic archival records of Sardinian children baptized in Tabarka, Tunisia at the turn of the 20 th century. Testimony of parents, godparents, and the Catholic record signify paternal origins and preserve the routes of the baptized child’s genealogy. […]
The somewhat incongruously named “Convention Army” was a group of nearly 6000 British, German and Canadian prisoners of war who were taken into custody by revolutionary forces following the 1777 surrender of British General John Burgoyne in Saratoga. A key eyewitness to the surrender and the months and years that followed the capitulation was Baroness Frederika Riedesel, who traveled from Germany to Canada to join her husband, General Friedrich Adolf Riedesel. Her journal and letters, which provide important documentation about her family’s travails and in some cases, unusually gallant treatment by their captors. The group of prisoners were escorted first to Cambridge from Saratoga, before heading back south again, to Virginia.
Nearly every American can unthinkingly recite the first words spoken on the Moon by Neil Armstrong, and the average Russian can probably easily name the first woman to enter space: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. The importance of these moments in the history of each nation is undisputed. But what led to these accomplishments? It is important to explore not only the political tensions of the Cold War and Space Race, but also the physical evidence of these turbulent times in the form of government disseminated propaganda.
The Space Race was an exciting and stressful time for both the Soviets and the Americans. Both governments argued for increased technological ability in the name of […]
DV:AV Final Project Proposal / Textually Mapping the Themes of Depression and Suicide as Displayed by Kurt Cobain
Guiding Inquiry Question
Is is possible to trace an individual’s depressive mentality and (consequential) suicide overtime through their outward expressions via the written and spoken word performances?
Individual Case Study
Kurt Cobain, heralded by some as the 90s grunge John Lennon and the voice of a generation, was the frontman and songwriter of the alternative rock band Nirvana – a title which he of course hated. Cobain was a prolific lyricist and, I personally believe, a musical genius; however, for much of his life he struggled with depression and other health issues. His journey toward achieving, as […]
I propose to conduct a stylometric analysis of one of my favorite authors, David Foster Wallace. Wallace was an incredible intellect who was famous in literary circles for his analysis, huge reservoir of empathy, ability to articulate certain features of being a human in the United States, and not least of all his unparalleled use of words and language. Wallace manipulated words, created new ones, and used words that average readers of fiction do not frequently use or see. His writing was a fireworks display, showing a reader what is possible. What Wallace is arguably most famous for, particularly in his nonfiction, and something that has made a huge impact on me and my writing, […]
Nancy Drew is frozen in time: forever eighteen and forever solving mysteries. Her world is unfettered by change, leaving her free to pursue case after case without distraction. “In my style of writing there can be no time concept, no chains binding one to the present,” acknowledges her original author (Benson, 65), and this timelessness provides the Nancy Drew series with a comforting reliability. Still, as much as we might like to imagine that Nancy’s world has remained exactly the same since it was first created in 1930, the truth is that like any fiction it is a product of its time, and as times have changed, so has […]
#digitalhappening2017 touch eachother: using quantum theory and the avant-garde to de-hierarchize digital sensation
A happening is an event or occurrence. In the 1960’s, the term was used to describe an artistic movement emphasizing the fluidity between theatrical performance and everyday-life. The purpose of a happening was not to tell a story, rather to draw artistic focus to everyday occurrences.
My project, #digitalhappening, contemporizes the “happening” as an interactive online experience drawing artistic focus to the everyday practice of engaging with digital technology. So what is a digital-happening? I see it as a multi-faceted open-access web platform fostering artistic sensations and experiences through a community of “citizen curators.” #digitalhappening2017: touch eachother will live and breathe online for 88-hours through a global community of artists and activists. My project […]
The Italian Economic Miracle, or Economic Boom, is a broadly studied economical and cultural process that transformed what was a poor, mainly rural nation into the modern industrial power that Italy is today. It is widely accepted that the Boom entailed the most important economical and cultural transformation of the 20th Century.
The modernization of the country, the urbanization of the population, or the liberalization in costumes and cultural habits, are among the principal features of the Miracle. The expression ‘economic miracle’ or ‘economical boom’, enthusiastic in its nature, was fostered by the groups or classes that have beneficiated more from the process, and manage to built its official narrative. However, the Miracle entailed some big […]
My project explores the racial and class issues surrounding midwifery legislation from the general period of the 1880s to the 1920s. In this general period, various state boards of health began to impose strict regulations on the practice of midwifery, from licensure to tradition that often singled out those in lower socio-economic brackets as well as racial minorities. As is mentioned in Fraser’s African American Midwifery in the South: Dialogues of Birth, Race and Memory, “midwifery control and regulation were predicated on the assumption of a social and political hierarchy in which racial difference was the defining factor.” Not only this, but immigrant midwives were also […]
The experience of reading a book is well defined. Over the last ten years, there have been many sparks of interest into changing the format of a book, moving from the printed form to the digital but yet the experience remains the same. People come to expect one format – centered around a chunk of text with some ability to explain connections and thoughts via forms as forewords and footnotes. For my project, I wanted to explore if you could use TEI and different viz techniques to move the process of notes and forwards into a new reading experience. There is a rich metadata that lives around books; this metadata can be extensive footnotes, […]