final projects

Below are some of the projects students created for our class. Students were encouraged to be ambitious, creative, cross-disciplinary, collaborative where appropriate, and to not feel obliged to complete the project especially if they felt that a longterm investment in the project could transform it into a centerpiece of their teaching or research portfolios. They were also encouraged a) to document their process as much as possible as a way to avoid black-boxing the knowledge production productions and b) to create their own evaluation criteria. Enjoy!

  • Georgie Archibald, in-progress wiki “Labs and Museums for Obsolete Media,” and personal website including playful prompts (pdf) for pedagogical activities in the Media Archaeology Lab as well as project briefs (pdf)
  • Laurel Carlson, “Bechdel Test Visualizer”: this project is an online tool to determine whether a film passes the Bechdel Test; data can be produced for large bodies of film, i.e. a certain director’s filmography, a certain actress’ body of work, or for the films released in a specific year. There is also a page for the project on Github.
  • Erin Cousins and Jillian Gilmer, “Virtual Tour of the Media Archaeology Lab”: this project is a beta version of a virtual tour of the Media Archaeology Lab; Cousins and Gilmer funded it in part with a kickstarter campaign and they also meticulously documented the project’s successes and failures.
  • Cayla Eagan, “Mapping Tess Durbeyfield’s Treks: this project digitally explores the Wessex landscape of Thomas Hardy’s novel, Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891). Mapping Tess Durbeyfeild’s Treks seeks to mark and research the places Tess travels to in order to offer a better understanding of the realistic locations Hardy has fictionalized.
  • Jaime Kirtz, “The Scanner Archive”: this project is an online archive on the history, technical specs, and global life of scanners housed in the Media Archaeology Lab
  • Melissa Schultheis, “Surveying Shakespeare: Digital Humanities Pedagogy and Omeka”: this project works with undergraduate students enrolled in a lower-level introduction to Shakespeare course and CU Boulder’s Special Collections to create exhibits in Omeka on topics such as marriage and gender, law and power, medicine and magic. Details on Melissa’s philosophy, timeline, student contracts and student assessment are available here
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