MemberDB Bauer

DB Bauer is a doctoral candidate in Women’s Studies, a graduate assistant with the Design Cultures and Creativity Honors Program, and a Digital Studies in the Arts and Humanities graduate certificate student at the University of Maryland, College Park. DB has a background in technical media production and has worked for PBS, public radio, and other freelance outlets. DB’s scholarly work focuses on the relationship between digital technologies and notions of the human, centralizing issues of gender, affect, embodiment, and critical or scholarly maker practices, specifically using 3D printing, and more recently, virtual reality. DB uses scholarly making to position technology as both research object and research tool. Areas of interest: digital humanities;  critical and scholarly making; 3D printing(new) media studies; speculative literature, art, and design; affect; gender performance and embodiment; queer theories; new materialisms; feminisms.  

MemberCaleb Andrew Milligan

…Post-Digital Touch: Writing Embodiments, Affective Interfaces, and Haptic Media 
This project will serve as my dissertation, in which I propose that the way we read is changing with the way we touch. It builds from my published and forthcoming work to account for the importance of touch to textual encounters in an age of ubiquitous computing devices which change the ways we compose our m…

I am a Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Teacher of Record in the Department of English at the University of Florida, specializing in comparative media studies, digital humanities, and embodied rhetorics. I teach, research, and publish broadly across intersections between literature, film, and digital media. My current research project, Post-Digital Touch: Writing Embodiments, Affective Interfaces, and Haptic Media, builds from my published and forthcoming work to account for the importance of touch to textual encounters in an age of ubiquitous computing devices which change the ways we compose our media and our bodily selves. In addition to my research agenda and teaching record, I am a 2016-2018 HASTAC scholar, founding member of the TRACE Innovation Initiative, and coordinator of interdisciplinary digital humanities conferences and workshops at UF.

MemberKym Weed

My research and teaching coalesce around the literary and cultural study of science and medicine, exploring the narratives that shape understandings of illness, health, disability, and embodiment. My book manuscript, “Our Microbes: Imagining Human Interdependence with Bacteria in American Literature, Science, and Culture, 1880-1930,” merges my background in microbiology and literary studies to examine the diverse representations of microorganisms in the years between the popularization of germ theory and the widespread use of antibiotics.

MemberGrace Afsari-Mamagani

I’m a project manager and learning experience designer pursuing a PhD in literature. I’m particularly interested in digital pedagogy and technology integration in the humanities in higher ed. Professionally, I’ve worked with learners in K-12 environments, as well as college and graduate students, to make concepts like data, networked devices, and digital surveillance accessible and actionable. My literary criticism focuses on contemporary literature, the urban environment, and embodiment as a means of theorizing human-computer interaction, “play,” and experiential learning.

MemberJessica DeSpain

Jessica DeSpain is Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and is the co-director of SIUE’s IRIS Center for the Digital Humanities. She is the author of Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Reprinting and the Embodied Book (Routledge, 2014), and the lead editor of The Wide, Wide World Digital Edition, an exploration of the reprints of Susan Warner’s bestselling nineteenth-century novel. DeSpain co-edited the collection Teaching with Digital Humanities (U Illinois P, 2018). She also collaborated with faculty in English, History, Education, and STEM on the NSF-funded Digital East St. Louis Project, in which middle school students built a digital project about the history and culture of their city. She is currently the director of the NEH-funded Conversation Toward a Brighter Future project wherein middle and high school students participate in digital storytelling studios about the value of intergenerational relationships and the Digital Community Engagement Pathway an interdisciplinary general education innovation that uses digital humanities practices to address local manifestations of global problems; the project is currently in the planning stages and funded by an NEH Humanities Connection Grant.

MemberZahid R. Chaudhary

Zahid R. Chaudhary specializes in postcolonial studies, visual culture, and critical theory. His first book, Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India, provides a historical and philosophical account of early photography in India, analyzing how aesthetic experiments in colonial photographic practice shed light on the changing nature of perception and notions of truth, memory, and embodiment. His current book project, Impunity: Notes on a Global Tendency, analyzes juridical, economic, political, and aesthetic aspects of the practices of impunity from the Cold War to the present, from postcolonial states to the United States. The book considers documentary film, contemporary art, development projects, and architecture. He has also published articles in differences, Cultural Critique, boundary 2, South Asia, and Camera Obscura.

MemberLeah Phillips

I’m an interdisciplinarian with a particular interest in children’s and YA literature, the discursive category of adolescence, and the embodied state of being an adolescent girl. I’m also fascinated by contemporary media culture’s role in the production of adolescence/adolescent girls as well as how adolescent girls speak back to those productions. My doctoral work focused on our cultural concern with the adolescent female body and that body’s presentation and construction in popular media and culture. I aruged that YA fantasy offers a sub or countercultural space that is re-mapping the countours of the body and providing alterantive ways of being adolescent girl.   Within this discursive space, I’m particularly interested in how YA fantasy, while participating in bodily concern, manages to present that same body as changeable, unstable and open to possibility. The project is titled, “Myth (Un)Making: Female Heroes in Mythopoeic YA Fantasy”.

MemberTravis M. Foster

…ty.” History of the Present 5.2 (2015): 169 – 186.

“Campus Novels and the Nation of Peers.” ALH 26.3 (2014): 462-483.

“Grotesque Sympathy: Lydia Maria Child, White Reform, and the Embodiment of Urban Space.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 56.1 (2010): 1-32.

“Ascendant Obtuseness and Aesthetic Perception in The House of Mirth.” The Edith Wharton Review …