CRDM student Desiree Dighton, was featured in CHASS News in an article titled: Twitter: A More Timely Way to Measure Neighborhood Trends?
The article presents Desiree’s recent project on using Twitter to map the pattern of discussion on neighborhood inequality. She just participated in a digital humanities institute at Purdue University, “Space and Place in Africana/Black Studies” where she further explored her ideas. In the next year, she’ll work on her project and present it at Hamilton College in New York in April 2017.
CRDMer Alex Monea has successfully defended his dissertation today, titled “Numerical Mediation and American Governmentality.” His committee was chaired by Dr. Jeremy Packer, joined by Drs. Helen Burgess, Mark Hansen, and Mark Olsen.
In the fall he will be starting his new position as Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at George Mason University, jointly appointed to their English Department and Cultural Studies Department.
Dr. Molly Hartzog, recently graduated CRDMer, was awarded the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dissertation Award. As the first CRDM student in the IGERT GES program, her dissertation is a true example of interdisciplinary work integrating the strengths of CRDM and the Genetic Engineering and Society program. Her dissertation (defended on March 22, 2016) was titled “Inventing Mosquitoes: Digital Organisms as Rheotircal Boundary Objects in Genetic Pest Management for Dengue and Malaria Control.” Her committee was chaired by Dr. Carolyn Miller, joined by Drs. William Kinsella, William Kimler, Huiling Ding, and Fred Gould.
Congratulations to Molly and her committee!
Keon Pettiway successfully defended his dissertation on May 24. Keon’s dissertation, “‘A New African in the World’: A rhetorical study of Kwame Nkrumah’s visual strategy for shaping postcolonial nationhood,” is a theoretically sophisticated, well-researched study of administrative portraiture of Nkrumah and the crucial role such portraiture played — and continues to play — in constituting post-colonial, pan-African, and African diasporic identities and nation branding.
Keon’s committee is chaired by Dr. Victoria Gallagher, and joined by Dr. Melissa Johnson, Dr. Sarah Stein, and Dr. Rebecca Walsh.
This year, the CRDM program nominated two dissertations for the CHASS Thesis and Dissertation Award: Fernanda Duarte and Molly (Hartzog) Storment.
In addition, the CRDM committee decided to implement a new Annual CRDM Dissertation award, to be chosen among the program’s nominees for the CHASS Dissertation Award.
There were several excellent nominations, and this year, the committee chose the Dissertation of Fernanda Duarte to be the recipient of the 1st CRDM Dissertation Award.
Fernanda’s dissertation, titled “openAnalogInput(): Hybrid spaces, Self-making and Power in the Internet of Things” was defended in December 2015, and her committee was: Adriana de Souza e Silva (chair), Jeremy Packer, David Rieder, and Steve Wiley.
Each year the CRDM Dissertation award winner will receive a plate, and a 250 dollar cash award.
Congratulations to Molly and Fernanda!
CRDM PhD candidate, Keon Pettiway, was featured in The Graduate School News today for his work on the recreation of MLK’s 1960 speech, which will be featured in September at Hunt Library. You can read the article here: https://grad.ncsu.edu/news/2016/04/phd-candidate-recreates-king-speech/
(photo credit: Natalie Hampton, graduate school)
CRDM candidate, Rouli Manalu, successfully defended her dissertation titled, “The Politics of Infrastructure: The Heterogeneity of Actor-Networks and the Power Mechanisms in Governing Telecommunication Infrastructure in Indonesia.” Her dissertation committee was chaired by Dr. Steve Wiley, and joined by Dr. Jeremy Packer, Dr. Jason Swarts, and Dr. Nick Taylor.
Here’s a brief description of Rouli’s work by her chair Steve Wiley:
“Rouli’s research combines actor-network theory and a Foucauldian analysis of power and governmentality to examine the history and recent developments of Indonesian telecommunication infrastructure. She developed an innovative approach to ethnographic fieldwork that treated communication technologies as non-human actors in the network of Indonesian infrastructure development and policymaking.
Rather than focusing on technology “end users” and their communication practices, Rouli analyzes the policy discourse surrounding infrastructure development and the technical affordances of specific infrastructural elements such as telecommunication satellites, fibre-optic cable, mobile broadband spectrum, and rural telecenter technologies. In this way, her dissertation contributes to our understanding of communication infrastructure itself as already political, before it becomes the material framework supporting the communication practices of users.”