Projects

Elizabeth Bourne

The Select Correspondence of Elizabeth and Anthony Bourne. This collection, co-edited with Cristina Alfar, consists of a series of letters and legal documents regarding the marriage of Elizabeth and Anthony Bourne; and includes letters by Elizabeth Bourne, Anthony Bourne and Sir John Conway, a family friend and adviser. In Mistress Bourne’s complaint to the Privy Council (1582), she requests a divorce from her husband. Under contract at Routledge.

Precarious Wife

Precarious Wife: Narratives of Marital Instability in Medieval and Early Modern Literature intervenes in the propagation of the binary of privilege and marginalization inherent in discussions of the institutional identity of wife. Drawing on Judith Butler’s work on vulnerability, this dissertation questions the normative trajectory of daughter, wife, widow for medieval and early modern women that excludes people with alternate narratives or identities. By attending to the vulnerability of wives and uncovering the permeability of conjugal relationships, this dissertation refutes the notion that “wife” was a stable and knowable category sufficient to define women by showing that it was partial, at best, and ideologically inscribed, at worst.

The West Encounters the Rest

Designed and developed the digital projects with Janice Mann, Art and Art History, as part of a summer course design grant. Students in this upper division Art History course collaborated on a range of digital projects over the course of the semester. Beyond regularly contributing to a course blog, students developed concepts for curating works of art from the Samek Art Museum. They created two SmartHistory-style videos: the first assignment was based on works housed in the Samek and the second assignment was based on works housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They researched, wrote, and collaboratively edited a Wikipedia entry on Chinoiserie. The Wikipedia assignment resulted in heated and thoughtful conversations about description vs. opinion and the cultural readings and ramifications of word choice. In producing the culminating project for the semester, students worked with objects housed in the local Packwood House Museum. Students identified objects that aligned with the focus of the course and created a digital exhibition: Asian Objects at the Packwood House. The project was created in Adobe Spark. There are formatting limitations to Spark, but two of the deciding factors in using the platform was that it was free and HTML5 compatible, which means that it readily adapts to smart phones and devices. This was crucial for us in deciding on the platform because we wanted people visiting the museum to be able to use the project as a virtual tour guide.

FemTechNet Distributed Open Collaborative Course

Designed and developed the digital collaborative space for a Fall 2013 hybrid course Imagining Gender: Exploring Narratives of Technology at Macaulay Honors College, CUNY that ran as part of the Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC) organized by FemTechNet. The course mixed online and in person discussions and events that centered around issues of gender and technology in literature. Worked with the professor to plan assignments that fostered students’ digital literacy skills. Experimented with a variety of online environments—blog posts, a forum, and an interactive white board space—to facilitate student discussion. Brainstormed creative solutions in direct response to ongoing assessments of the effectiveness of the various online environments in our course. Created tutorials and ran workshops on using various digital tools, including Prezi, Soundcloud, TimelineJS, Slideshare, Mural.ly, image maps, and multiple WordPress plugins and customization features, to prepare students for their final project: a virtual companion to Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood.

A Map Project

Created for the last iteration of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s “How to Do Things with Words and Other Materials” course during Spring 2008 at The Graduate Center, CUNY, this map project is the result of a survey of 56 people. Initially, the project was an attempt to graph where people lived over the course of their lives and why they moved from location to location broadly defined by eight categories: family (child), education, relationship, family (adult), wanderlust, work, work/live, work/dream. During the initial survey, people offered stories about why they moved or what they remembered about the place, even though that wasn’t part of the request. After the map was created, a second request was sent for stories. These stories are the result of the second request. Each story is grounded in a place; the images are of the nail on the map that represents the place.

JustPublics@365

An initiative at The Graduate Center, CUNY sponsored by The Ford Foundation, “JustPublics@365 brings together media practitioners, academics, community leaders, policy advocates and digital activists to inspire informed public debate on issues of inequality and social justice.” Worked as a Project Assistant to organize and run multi-day conferences and summits; managed a $550,000 budget; oversaw contracts and payments for freelance staff and vendors; processed all invoices, reimbursements, and speaker honoraria; designed and copy edited event materials, quarterly reports, the annual report, a weekly newsletter, and a digital media toolkit; and served as a liaison to various groups within The Graduate Center community, including academic, administrative, and service departments. For more information see JustPublics@365.

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