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Factivity of Emotive Verbs in Spanish
(2024-04-05) Larson, Joe
This project investigates emotive verbs in Spanish and their alleged factivity. Factivity was first described as a semantic property of certain predicates by Kiparkski and Kiparski (1970). Recent empirical studies with English data have found that factivity may not necessarily be entirely determined by the semantics of the verb, but rather subject to certain pragmatic and syntactic constraints. Thus, this project seeks to replicate these previous studies, but with Spanish data. Using two different corpora, one with journalistic data and the other with oral data, I extracted sentences with emotive predicates with que (corresponding to the relative pronoun that in English) complements. I then adopted different diagnostics for factivity from previous authors on English to Spanish with the goal of testing each sentence’s factivity. I obtained tentative results from my own judgment and diagnostics, which I plan on comparing to the judgements of native speakers.
#IntergenerationalTrauma as Narrative Capture in Instagram's Mediascape
(2024-04-05) Khanna, Mallika
My research during the IDAH fellowship year employed critical digital humanities frameworks to understand and analyze the proliferation of a specific, teleological, homogenized narrative of racialized intergenerational trauma across a spectrum of analog to digital sites. This work bolsters my dissertation’s broad argument: that embodied signifiers of intergenerational trauma have become “metrics” to validate the intrinsic knowledge of the racialized body. For my talk, I will offer a case study based on ongoing research on Instagram and Reddit. In this project, I analyze 60 instances of an infographic that brings together race and “intergenerational trauma” by positing that major, life altering events such as slavery, genocide and partition are catalysts for triggering pathological behaviors–alcoholism, eating disorders, abuse etc.–in future generations. I suggest that digital media infrastructures and affective publics enable the circulation of this post and cement its catchall explanatory power. I will use this example to illustrate how critical digital humanities interventions have helped build out my project.
Safarium: exploring routes for digital public history and pedagogy
(2024-04-05) Hermane, Matt
Safarium (from the Persian for ‘travel’) is a database of travel and travel writing that enables researchers to identify and visualize historic journeys of the early modern period (14th-18th centuries). The project endeavors to promote transregional historical studies that involve complementary sources produced by authors of disparate cultures and geographies. By searching locations in Safarium's database, users can identify travel accounts across languages that comment on the queried locale as well as view maps of the associated travel itineraries. The project strives to put users in touch with sources they may be unaware of due to research specialties or language limitations. To extract information from travelogues and present it to researchers, this project utilizes text analysis and mapping methodologies. Beyond research, Safarium aspires to be a pedagogical platform that familiarizes students and the public with both early modern history and the digital humanities.
The Edge of Cognition: Asymptotic Reenchantment in Lovecraftian Weird Fiction
(2024-04-05) Chirtel, Sam
My project aims to explain the enduring influence of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, especially among authors opposed to his racist and reactionary politics, by arguing that Lovecraft’s work presents a philosophy of “asymptotic reenchantment.” Discourses of asymptotic re-enchantment begin as realism or science fiction but then progressively approach the boundary between these naturalistic genres and fantasy, without ever crossing the border. To illustrate this epistemological shift, I use Topic Modeling to isolate characteristic topics (including “Creation,” “The Past,” and “The Apocalypse”) from a set of 12 fantasy novels and then track the prevalence of these topics across Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness” (1936) and Reza Negarestani’s Lovecraftian treatise/novel Cyclonopedia (2008). My results suggest that the magical character of these texts rises and falls periodically, cyclically disenchanting and reenchanting the world. This discourse provides an alternative epistemology to the racialized scientism and secularism of neoliberalism without abandoning science wholesale.
Mapping Material Stories: A Digital Network of García Lorca Archives
(2024-04-05) Dinverno, Melissa
Given his unexpected assassination at the start of the Spanish Civil War, the diaspora that the war initiated, and the ensuing 40-year dictatorship in Spain, materials related to modernist writer Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) are all over the world and still being discovered. Some are housed in a few well-known repositories, while others are not. My IDAH Faculty Fellowship project is the continuation of my team’s work during the 2022 IDAH Summer Incubator: the creation of a prototype for a digital network of archives related to Lorca. It will provide an interactive map of known archives and movement of materials that will allow users to understand the effects of diaspora on material and cultural history, and an archival hub that will facilitate further investigation in areas such as Lorca, literary and diaspora studies, and archival and editorial theories and practices. Based on new collaborative research, this multi-layered mapping project (via StoryMaps) will tell the stories behind the archives and material migrations. It will ultimately be housed in a website that features curatorial space for additional archival material and will have 3 map-levels: repository-based, documents-based, and works-based, each highlighting the dynamic quality of archives and the human stories they embody.