Carter, Shannon (PI). Remixing Rural Texas: Local Texts, Global Context (HD 5139)
National Endowment for the Humanities-Digital Humanities Grant (9/1/2011-12/31/2012)
To support: The development of a prototype for facilitating the “remixing” of various types of digitized primary sources for Web presentations (video) on rhetorical constructions of race and race relations in rural Texas within the broader historical context of the Civil Rights Movement.
From the grant–
Presentations on RRT
“Writing Democracy: A Federal Writers Project for the 21st Century” @ Imagining America. Minneapolis, MN, September 24, 2011
From conference program: After the 2008 economic crash, the idea of a new Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) was discussed in several national arenas. Though never funded, it continues to stir interest, contributing to the organization of a March 2011 conference at Texas A&M-Commerce called Writing Democracy: The Rhetoric of (T)here. The idea of a 21st century FWP can be used as a vehicle for discussing how university-community partnerships can draw attention to local stories in global and historical contexts. The session begins with an overview of the FWP under FDR in the 1930s, followed by a description of how Deliberative Theater helped promote deliberation about Pittsburgh’s current natural gas drilling boom. Finally, focus will turn toward discussing a local activist group in rural Texas to highlight how scholarship, teaching, and public programming combined to promote civic engagement.
Among the questions posed are:
- How can university-community partnerships build relationships that foster democracy by linking cultural work with local interests?
- What key themes might inform a “cultural rediscovery of America” in the current conjuncture?
Discussants are: Shannon Carter, Associate Professor of English, Texas A&M-Commerce; Tim Dawson, Document Developer, Program for Deliberative Democracy, Pittsburgh, PA; and Deborah Mutnick, Professor of English, Long Island University-Brooklyn. (see complete program)
Video presentation on RRT (Carter)
“Lightening Round” @ NEH Digital Humanities Project Directors Meeting, Washington, DC, September 27, 2011 [press release and schedule]
The constraints: Three slides, two minutes (slideshow, video available soon)
Digital Methodologies Research Series, Texas A&M-Commerce, Commerce, Texas, October 17, 2011
From press release:
DIGITAL METHODOLOGIES RESEARCH SERIES
Faculty, Students and Staff Welcome
Monday, October 24, 2011
Digital Methodologies Presentation
SRSC Innovation Room A
Dr. Shannon Carter, Literature and Languages, will present her project, Remixing Rural Texas, in the first of the Digital Methodologies Research Series.
Remixing Rural Texas is an innovative project, funded by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, which will develop an interactive prototype to allow the combination of popular remix culture with academic research and citation practices. The project which is grounded on critical race narratives in rural, northeast Texas, will utilize the digital methodologies of aggregation, remixing and geomapping to enable community and student participants to collect primary materials (including video documentaries) from historically inaccessible and underrepresented communities while enabling humanities scholarship and analysis of the materials.
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Increasingly, researchers in all disciplines are drawing upon digital methodologies to facilitate research. National grant sources are funding such research, especially when interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships can lead to the development of new programs and tools, or the innovative use of existing programs.
The Digital Methodologies Research Series plans to present two events a semester, beginning Fall 2011, to allow faculty, staff, and students who are interested in digital methodologies or who are already involved in such research to share ideas and make connections.
If you would like to present on your research, please contact Robin Anne Reid (Robin_Reid@tamu-commerce.edu), Literature and Languages.