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DH L@unch

The DH L@unch is an Italian Studies + Digital Humanities workshop open to everyone in the Colby community (students, faculty, and staff) that we offered in the spring of 2017.

It met for lunch in Miller 205 on Tuesdays from 1pm to 2:30pm. Everyone was invited to come and see our digital work, ask us questions, give us feedback, and learn how to use Neatline (the platform we utilized for our geo-spatial work).

The Navigli Project is our current Digital Humanities project that we started developing in the fall of 2016 in a Humanities Lab. This Neatline exhibit displays and narrates the visual, thick history of water in the city of Milan, Italy and can be explored by clicking the points on the map, scrolling along the timeline, opening each of the listed records or by following one of the “Itineraries.”
(Lunch was provided courtesy of the Center for the Arts and Humanities)

Contact: serena.ferrando@colby.edu

The Navigli Project

The Navigli Project is a digital map of Milan’s waters that displays and narrates the visual, thick history of water in the city of Milan, Italy. It is an interactive resource for students, researchers, and the general public interested in discovering and learning about Milan’s disappeared canals and current plans to bring them back. It comprises several layers of history, politics, literature, architecture, sound, video, photography, andgeography that show the different factors that throughout the centuries have created the cityscape of Milan today. The map can be explored by clicking the points on the screen, scrolling along the timeline, opening each of the listed records or by following one of the “Itineraries.” The Navigli Project was developed in the Humanities Lab titled IT397A City of Water. Uncovering Milan’s Aquatic Geographies in the fall of 2016, and is also the main project being curated and expanded at the DH L@unch.

We are very interested in your feedback, comments, and suggestions. If you have any questions, please contact serena.ferrando@colby.edu

(Click the image above to view the interactive exhibit)

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Provocative Texts: Engaging the World

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Writing the Self

In the course “L’écriture de soi”, students explored concepts of memory and self-fashioning in French and Francophone non-canonical/non-traditional autobiographical narratives, and questioned the (im)possibilities of writing the self. Through theoretical readings and creative research projects with digital platforms such as Tumblr and Storymaps, students acquired a better understanding of the processes by which written/visual memoirs and autobiographies were produced. To help them frame their own digital project, students analyzed a variety of texts (written/visual) to understand how writers, artists, theoreticians and filmmakers were writing and conceptualizing the self. In this Humanities Lab, students put into practice what they learned in class by conducting research/creative digital projects that challenged their own notion of “self” vis-à-vis issues of race, gender, identity, and community.

Nos Éternels Sentiers

(Click the image above to view the interactive exhibit)