Signaling Crisis

In the DHSI Physical Computing class, Anne Cong-Huyen (Whittier College), Devin Becker (University of Idaho), and I created a project we titled “Signaling Crisis” for our end of week prototype. This project was a true collaboration; everyone contributed to the ideas, code, and design. It’s also art.  Political art.  I’m usually an analysis person (not a […] Read More

Experimentation in Physical Computing and Fabrication

I’ve been blogging this week about my participation in a physical computing and fabrication course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute.  Our instructors have been the team of the University of Victoria Maker Lab, directed by Jentery Sayers.  Jentery’s work in critical making and especially historical prototyping has fascinated me for years.  My previous posts […] Read More

More on Social Networks and Provenance

There have been some really great conversations on Twitter and Facebook this morning about the article in the Atlantic on the owner of the Jesus Wife fragment.  I want to add some more thoughts that have had a little more time to simmer. Authenticity and Provenance A lot of the article focuses on the background […] Read More

Provenance provenance provenance

Ariel Sabar has a new article out in the Atlantic digging into the provenance of the papyrus known as the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife or the Jesus Wife fragment.  Sabar makes a strong case that the fragment’s owner is Walter Fritz, a Florida man with knowledge of Coptic and multiple potential motivations for this endeavor. […] Read More

Whose heritage are we remixing?

This past spring, I purchased a small 3d printer with the goal of experimenting with it to understand 3d fabrication a bit better before taking the Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication class at DHSI.  I also am really interested in the release of 3d models of museum objects, both before and in the aftermath of […] Read More

Mary Had an Arduino Kit…

My first day in Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication (yesterday) at DHSI involved playing around with an Arduino kit — basically a little computer board you can add lots of components to to make some cool electronic stuff.  Our instructors, Tiffany Chan, Katherine Goertz, Danielle Morgan, and Jentery Sayers, are in the Maker Lab here at the […] Read More

The Melanias of Late Antique Christianity

This fall, I will have the privilege of seeing a book I co-edited with the amazing Catherine M. Chin appear in print.  Melania:  Early Christianity through the Life of One Family contains articles by an incredible set of scholars all addressing the life, context, and legacy of Melania the Elder and Melania the Younger.  We are […] Read More

The Power of the “Woman Card”

Friday I traveled to my homestate of Arizona and back to celebrate the life of a woman close to me and to my family, Judge Sarah Dickenson Grant.  Sarah was my mother’s best friend, and her daughters were roughly my and my sister’s ages.  We girls grew up together, and our mothers fretted and crowed over […] Read More