Lucia Binotti (Principal Investigator) is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Binotti has always been fascinated with the cultural and social parallels that the printing revolution of the sixteenth century shares with the information technology revolution of today. Her more concrete involvement with digital humanities begins in 2009 with the development of Gnovis, an application for scholars in the humanities that will, in the long run, permit the re-conceptualization of data that have until recently been presented in rigid, non individualized formats. Gnovis is a first attempt at producing an engine that can display corpora of knowledge in multi-dimensional environments, allowing for the visualization of extensive amounts of material organized semantically in nested clusters. Gnovis was granted an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant and put Binotti in contact with the group of scholars at UNC-CH campus that have launched the Digital Humanities Lab. This dialogue in turn has allowed Binotti to envision the productive symbiosis that can be developed between her linguistic research, the Digital Humanities and social engagement.
Pam Lach (2014 Project Manager) is the Associate Director of the Digital Innovation Lab (DIL) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a PhD from UNC in U.S. Cultural History with an emphasis on gender and film history (2007), and a MS in Information Science from the UNC’s School of Information and Library Science (2012). Pam is interested in how new and emerging technologies can support and redefine scholarship and pedagogy in the humanities and hopes to bridge the divide between technology and humanists. Among her many duties, she oversees DIL staff and project work, and is the Project Manager for DH Press, a WordPress-based digital humanities toolkit, in development at the DIL.
Ashley Bennink is a doctoral student at the Universidad de Oviedo who specializes in dialectology and the medical discourse. Her current work looks at the lexical variants used by Hispanic patients during the medical interview. She has participated in the How Do You Say It? project by sharing a list of 3694 terms (variants and non-variants) related to the area of abuse and domestic violence that were collected during a literature analysis of eleven sources.
UNC Student Team Members
Anne-Shirley Harford is a PhD candidate in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include: Catholic Religious Literature, Biblical Theology, Mysticism, Mariology and Marian imagery, Fashion and Clothing, among others. In the summer of 2013 she attended Middlebury College’s Portuguese Language program. She has taught a variety of language courses in Spanish and Portuguese at UNC. She received her Master of Arts in Hispanic Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Spring of 2013.
Matthew Horton is a Chinese and Hispanic Linguistics Major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He assisted Lucia Binotti with the linguistic analysis.
Lauren Jones is a senior at UNC-CH, majoring in biology and Spanish literature. She is from Atlanta, Ga and enjoys running, being outdoors and cooking. When she graduates, she’s moving to Nashville, TN to work in clinical research at Vanderbilt University.
Vianey Lemus Martinez is a double major in Romance Languages and Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill (no picture available).
Emily Parker majored in Global Studies and Spanish Linguistics at the University of North Carolina.
Fall 2014 AMST 840: Graduate Practicum in Digital Humanities
Adam McCune (documents processing) studies British literature of the long nineteenth century, with a focus on representations of childhood. He is also researching the lives of the family of the fifth Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, and has co-authored the novel The Rats of Hamelin, based on the legend of the Pied Piper.
Ashley Peles (documents processing, data visualization) is a Ph.D. student studying Archaeology in the Anthropology department at UNC. Her current work looks at the plants and animals people were eating when they gathered at prehistoric mound sites in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Alicia Rivero (document scanning, metadata entry) is an Associate Professor of Spanish and an Adjunct in Comparative Literature. She is also affiliated with the Institute for the Study of the Americas and Global Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. from Brown University in Hispanic Studies. She teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses on Spanish American and interdisciplinary topics, including literature, civilization, the novel, the short story and essay, the Vanguard, and seminars.