Exciting news! My essay, “Dinner Table Bargains: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and the Senses of Taste,” about Jefferson, Madison, the foods they ate, and why we should care, is now available in print and online in Early American Literature 49.2. Please email me if you’d like to read the essay but don’t have a subscription to Project Muse.
Last spring, I spent a month in the Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library, conducting research for my food book. I recently wrote a blog post about that experience– and the experience, more generally, of conducing archival research. It’s now been posted on the NYPL blog, and you can read it here. Image at left: Lydia Maria Child, Letter to Ellis Loring, March 9th, 1842. Source: NYPL MssCol 532.
On March 15th, 2014, I participated in a roundtable, “Networks and the Commons,” at C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists biennial conference. My co-panelists were Ryan Cordell, Ellen Gruber Garvey, Kristen Doyle Highland, and Joanne van der Woude. (Ed Whitley provided the opening remarks). What follows are my remarks, slightly expanded and reformatted for the web. — In bringing together these roundtable contributions, Ed [Whitley] observed that our shared assumption is that “the commons as a category of analysis is the product of networks.” This is true– I think– and in the…read more
A new Colloquy, over at Arcade, features my remarks from the roundtable, “What is Data in Literary Studies?” which took place at the 2014 MLA convention the other week. The panel was organized by Jim English, and also featured remarks by Eric Hayot, Scott Selisker, Peter Logan, David Alworth, and Heather Houser. A Storify of the related tweets can be found here.
I’m pleased to announce that my essay, “The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings,’ has been published in the December 2013 issue of American Literature (85.4). You can read my essay, along with many other excellent contributions, here.
In more good news, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been awarded three research fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year. I’ve received the “Drawn to Art” fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society in order to conduct research for my second book, a cultural history of data visualization from the eighteenth century to the present. I’ve also received a one-month Mellon Foundation fellowship from the Library Company of Philadelphia for that project, which I’ll take up in May 2014. In addition, I’ve received a Food Studies Fellowship from the New York Public Library in order to complete a chapter of my…read more
I’m pleased to announce that my project with Jacob Eisenstein, Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing, has been awarded a Digital Humanities Startup Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our project, TOME, which stands for Interactive TOpic Model and MEtadata Visualization, is a tool to support the interactive exploration and visualization of text-based archives. Drawing upon the technique of topic modeling—that is, a computational method for identifying the themes that recur across a collection of texts—our tool will allow humanities scholars to trace the evolution and circulation of these themes…read more
Slides from my “Data Visualization for Early Americanists” workshop, given at THATCamp SEA 2013: Below: Joseph Priestley’s New Chart of History (1769) Viz workshop from Lauren Klein