DH Projects at Bucknell

Here at Bucknell we have a wide range of active Digital Humanities projects. A few of these active projects include Moravian Lives, REED London Online, Rising Waters, and The Film Search Engine. To learn more about these projects and to stay updated on other developing projects, visit the DH Projects at Bucknell page on the DH@Bucknell website.

If you have a DH project of your own that you would like featured on DH@Bucknell, please contact Christian Howard-Sukhil at cfh008@bucknell.edu.

Welcome!

Welcome to the Digital Humanities at Bucknell website! You may ask, what exactly is Digital Humanities (DH)? Digital Humanities involves a range of research and work at the juncture of digital computing and humanistic inquiry. Digital Humanities here at Bucknell aims to expand and facilitate such digital research and scholarship through its various initiatives. These initiatives include the development of faculty and student projects, a Digital Humanities minor, and tools, resources, and collaborative working spaces for those interested in learning more about DH.

Rising Waters

Rising Waters draws on the project team’s collective strengths and interests in urban design, environmental history, and digital analysis to revive and further the original query. From an historical question – reconstructing the story of a canal basin and infrastructure once central to the city, then forgotten – this project asks what we need to know about urban waterways in order to respond to changing urban waterscapes in an era of climate change. The project uses scattered archival materials (maps, schematics, urban planning documents, photographs, landscape paintings) and digital tools that support spatial analysis and repository curation in order to assemble a narrative of the Richmond Kanawha canal basin: its plan, creation, impact, and erasure. In this way, we hope to develop a model for further research that can be applied to other cities in which we will concentrate on the combined impact of urban development and climate change upon rivers and waterways and their ultimate impact on 21st century infrastructures. The Richmond phase of the project is intended to serve as a model for other analyses of water and infrastructure in urban spaces; the first being Lewisburg, and ultimately more complex analyses.

Principal Investigator

Claire Campbell
Email: cec036@bucknell.edu

Project Collaborators

Student Research Assistant:
Annie Echeverria (Bucknell University)
Collaborators:
Diane Jakacki (Bucknell University)
Sam Pearson (Lewisburg Neighborhoods)

Project Website

Rising Waters StoryMap

Project Status

Active
Project Started: Nov. 2018

Funding

  • Mellon MAYR grant (2018-19)

The Film Search Engine

The Film Search Engine is an online tool that allows scholars and film fans to search a database of feature films using either text strings (e.g. finding all the uses of the word “love”) or objects (e.g. finding all of the flags or bicycles or guns) in the films in the database. The value of this tool is that it allows users to find relevant scenes in films without having had to watch them.

Principal Investigator

John Hunter
Email: jchunter@bucknell.edu

Project Collaborators

Student Researchers & Programmers:
Robb Alexander (Bucknell University)
Charlie Darby (Bucknell University)
Justin Kahr (Bucknell University)
Jacky Lin (Bucknell University)
Shane Staret (Bucknell University)
Digital Scholarship Coordinator:
Diane Jakacki (Bucknell University)

Project Website

http://filmsearch.bucknell.edu/#/

Project Status

Active
Project Started: Oct. 2014

Funding

  • Mellon Humanities Academic Year Research Fellowships (2019-20)
  • Mellon Summer Digital Humanities Grant (Summer 2016)
  • Digital Research Microgrant (2017)

Call for Participation

Anyone interested in investigating how to analyze film using visual inputs and criteria (e.g. color, shape, object recognition), please get in touch!