Research

Seminars

2016-17 | Rice Seminar: Chronotopic Imaginaries: The City in Signs, Signals, and Scripts [w/ Melissa Bailar]
The ubiquity of today’s connectedness, in addition to the ongoing production, collection, and curation of massive amounts of data, has produced a new textual medium. Made of tweets, posts, messages, chats, etc. (all associated with time, date, and longitude and latitude), this new medium now flows through a pervasive network of computers, tablets, smartphones, PDAs, media players, and GPS navigation units. This “text” needs a new reader, one as critical and perceptive as previous semioticians who interpreted the signs and signals of often equally disruptive literary scripts.

2015-16 | John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures: Platforms of Knowledge in a Wide Web of Worlds: Production, Participation, and Politics [w/ Melissa Bailar and Lisa Spiro]
Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web’s public debut, the Humanities Research Center at Rice University is hosting a 2015-16 John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The seminar will incubate a broadly humanistic collaboration among tech innovators, visiting scholars, faculty and students. The goal is to explore, critique, and experience digital knowledge platforms (i.e., e-learning, publishing, collaborative research, or crowd-sourced) that uphold our academic mission to disseminate knowledge by enabling teachers, students and researchers to discover, analyze, share information without regard to barriers of space and time, and publish work widely. These same platforms, however, raise questions about what counts as expertise, who controls access to information, what gets lost in translation, what power is likely to shift from educational institutions to profit-seeking companies, how the privileging of quantification and metrics affects humanistic wisdom, and how academic autonomy and diversity are ultimately disrupted.


Maps/Geospatial Databases

  • instituteRice: An Illustrated Diachronic Map of the Rice University Campus [w/ Melissa Kean] (since 2015)
  • imagineRio: An Illustrated Diachronic Atlas of Rio de Janeiro's Social and Urban Evolution [w/ Alida Metcalf] (since 2012)

Digital Libraries

  • Sharedshelf Collections
    • Brazil's Modern Architecture (since 2016)
    • The Rice Institute [w/ Melissa Kean] (since 2015)
    • Rio de Janeiro Icopnography [w/ Alida Metcalf] (since 2014)
    • Brasilia Icopnography (since 2016)
  • arkheBrasil: An Immersive Environment for Architectural Archives [w/ John Biln and Kent Fitszimons]