Past Perfect

This site is devoted to the Department of Religious Studies‘ “REL Goes to Greece 2011” annual study abroad program–begun in 2008–which brings a small group of University of Alabama undergraduate students to Thessaloniki, Greece, for three weeks. This site’s content (i.e., the posts created by all those participating in the May 2011 trip) focuses on the ways in which different versions of an idealized past are created and communicated by different contemporary social actors–in their narratives, behaviors, and institutions.

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Mapping the Tide

Mapping the Tide is a project created and curated by Dr. Amber Buck and CRES students from the EN 639: Spatial Rhetorics course at the University of Alabama in Fall 2016. For this course, graduate students chose an aspect of a marginalized University of Alabama history/experience to research throughout the semester. Each student created a digital map using Google Maps to tell a story of campus history spatially and developed an interactive experience using augmented reality software in order to tell the story through geolocated, space-based media.

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Literary Landscapes

The literary movements and periods featured on this site represent the broad spectrum of American literature after the Civil War. For each category, students in two sections of Honors American Literature have provided an introduction to the period, biographical information about several authors important to the period, and some contextual historical information to help viewers better understand the literature of the period––the broader “literary landscape.”

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Culture on the Edge

Culture on the Edge is comprised of a core collaborative research group and its invited guests. Together they interrogate the contradiction between the historicity of identity, which is always fluid over place and time, and common scholarly assertions of a static and ahistorical origin for an identity community (whether religious, national, ethnic, etc.) against which cultural change can be measured. The collaborative has a book series with Equinox Publishers.

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Crimson Fried

Crimson Fried is a student-authored forum for delicious recipes and contemporary food-related discourse. Contributors are currently participating in an Advanced Studies in Writing seminar at the University of Alabama, entitled “Discourses of Food: Growing, Cooking, Consuming,” taught by Prof. Lauren S. Cardon. The Crimson Fried website houses student-tested recipes, local restaurant reviews, and charming food-related anecdotes.

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Carte de Visite Project

The Southern Cartes de Visite Collection is a recently-digitized group of 3,356 photographs from circa 1850 to 1900 from the A. S. Williams III Americana Collection. The ADHC was part of a larger collaboration within the University Libraries to create a digital map depicting the locations of photographers, studios, and galleries represented within the collection of cartes de visite, creating an interface in which users can browse the collection geographically, or filter it by photographer. Users can also access a link to the Acumen database to see and manipulate the cartes de visite photographs. The cartes-de-visite, or “visiting cards,” are part of the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection at The University of Alabama. The photographs represent an impressive range of southern studios during a time when the prints were the most popular and inexpensive form of portrait photography. Small (2 1/2 by 4 1/2) albumen images mounted on cardstock, cartes-de-visite allowed customers to quickly and easily share photographs with friends, family, and colleagues. Many prominent and lesser-known photographers are represented, and the collection serves as a valuable resource for historians of the South, genealogists, and the general public.

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Black Belt 100 Lenses

Digital Archive Black Belt 100 Lenses creates opportunities for high school students from Alabama’s Black Belt to comment on the region’s unique histories and cultures through photography. The project, started in 2007, has collected more than 7,000 images to date. Working with the Alabama Digital Humanities Center, the Center for Community-Based Partnerships is building a digital archive of its images. This archive will lay the groundwork for the images’ incorporation into the University of Alabama’s library collections and will also form the content for a redesign of the project’s website in Omeka.

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Art of the American South

Professor Rachel Stephens (Art History) partnered with the ADHC to allow her ARH 374 class to create a series of online exhibitions about various historical southern art topics. Each project on the site was researched, written, and curated by a student, and as new iterations of the course take place this digital resource documenting a wide variety of subjects in the history of southern art will grow, becoming a valuable point of reference for students and scholars in the field working nationally and internationally, as well as the general public.

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