Hello, HASTAC! I'm excited to join this vibrant community of scholars interested in all things digital and am looking forward to many discussions online, but first would like to briefly introduce myself to all of you. I'm a Ph.D candidate in Musicology at Cornell University working on nineteenth-century opera, ballet, and popular theater. I'm currently completing a dissertation that explores the use of the devil as a media effect in Parisian musical stage works of the mid-nineteenth century. In addition to centering on the use and critique of technology in this repertoire, my dissertation engages with the digital realm through two online appendices. I am currently using an Omeka/Neatline combo to produce a web resource that provides a digital map of the theaters I discuss, with complementary open-access information about each. A dossier of the performances will appear on another collaborative site.
Like many others, my interest in the digital humanities stems from non-academic interests. In my case, summers spent working at my father's software company and hearing about my grandfather's work on the world's first stored program computer. No longer separate, I'm now enjoying finding ways for these two strands of my life to productively coverge. This year, I'll be blogging about developing my mapping project (look out for an interview with a GIS specialist on ArcGIS), my explorations into how best to integrate collaborative digital projects into the classroom, and what this all means for the changing lanscape of the humanities.