Comparative American Studies
Department Chair:
Shelley Lee

Administrative Assistant:
Linda Pardee

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8390
Fax: (440) 775-8644

King 105
10 N. Professor Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074-1095

Digital Humanities Projects

Digital Humanities Projects

Digital humanities projects encourage interdisciplinary work in which CAS students interact with people in various parts of the College including the Allen Art Museum, the Media Center, the Environmental Studies program and Mudd Library. These projects also reflect our program's commitment to developing and sustaining meaningful engagement with community partners in the town of Oberlin, Lorain, and throughout Northeast Ohio and are an important way to share and disseminate knowledge produced through these relationships. We encourage students interested in the digital humanities to explore the projects CAS students and faculty have developed and to be part of ongoing conversations about how to continue to use new media to enhance student learning, creativity and engagement.

Visual Productions: A Dialogue on Identity and Sexuality 
CAST 202: Visible Bodies and the Politics of Sexuality
Spring 2017

Visual Productions explores visual representations that turn to the body to uphold or question social ideals about identity, sexuality, power and oppression. Students curated the six exhibits that contain a rich collection of media including architecture, photography, painting, music film and video. Exploring diverse subject matter -- from advertisements to Disney princesses and fashion design – the exhibits address how normative ideals about race, gender, sexuality, class and ability produce ideal body standards. Beyond that, the exhibits ask, how do artists, musicians, filmmakers and others disrupt or challenge those ideals to provide different ways of seeing bodies and identities. Finally, Visual Productions calls attention to the role of the curator in selecting and presenting images, in shaping what we see and, in so doing, how we come to understand the worlds around us.

Latina/o Oral History
CAST 335
Spring 2016

Asian American History
Spring 2015

Students were to produce short digital narratives informed by things they learned in the class.

Capturing the Body: Ownership and Resistance in Visual Culture
Fall 2015

Capturing the Body explores artistic representations that turn to the body to uphold or question normative ideals about identity, power, and oppression in different societies. Students worked with the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s collection to curate the seven exhibits that comprise this digital humanities project. Through a rich collection of media including collage, prints, photography, painting, sculptures, and assemblage, these exhibits consider a range of issues such as dehumanization, agency, fragmentation, and legibility. Capturing the Body examines artistic strategies that idealize, objectify, dehumanize, or individualize the body to provide insights into human experiences of vulnerability and empowerment.