The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative is pleased to announce the next class of CHDI Graduate Fellows: Cicek Beeby (Classical Archaeology), Jami Powell (Anthropology), and Angus Lyall (Geography). They were recommended by a committee drawn from the CDHI staff and the CDHI Faculty Steering Committee.
THe CDHI Graduate Fellowship represents an opportunity to expand upon each fellow’s existing interest in the digital humanities. In their applications, the fellows expressed an interest in creating projects which could serve both the public and the scholarly community. The CDHI Graduate Fellows Program features mentoring, participation in digital humanities courses, skills development, and project-based learning. Fellows receive $5,000 in summer funding and up to $5,000 in support of a digital humanities project that they will plan, execute, and evaluate over the fellowship year.
Cicek Beeby is a PhD student in Classical Archaeology. She earned her BA in Archaeology and History of Art from Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey). After receiving an MA in Classical Archaeology from the Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), she worked as an archaeologist with the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. She works primarily on Greece and Anatolia in the Iron Age, focusing on mortuary theory, human osteology, and site formation.
Beeby’s dissertation research consists of creating a series of network models that reflect hypothetical kinship structures and how they may be gradually merged into a larger collective, as well as compiling burial data from a number of settlements, creating a spatial database, and analyzing the distribution patterns against the kinship models she has created.
Jami Powell is a PhD student in Anthropology and a citizen of the Osage Nation. Powell graduated magna cum laude with her BA in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Denver and her Masters in Anthropology from UNC with her thesis Osage Ribbon Work and the Expression of Osage Nationalism: Re-Imagining Approaches to Material Culture and Nationhood. She has served as both the Treasurer and Native Leadership Symposium Coordinator for the First Nations Graduate Circle and is a member of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation Diversity Summit and Workshop Planning Committee.
Her research engages with decolonizing methodologies through the digitization of museum objects and the collaborative development of a virtual museum exhibit on Osage art and material culture.
Angus Lyall is a PhD student in the Geography Department whose work as a political ecologist critically engages relations between society and nature, particularly with respect to conflict over natural resources in Latin America. Lyall received his BA in History from Columbia University and his MA in Anthropology from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences-Ecuador. He is a recipient of the NSF Research Experience for Graduates Fellowship for his dissertation project: Urbanizing the Amazon: Post-Neoliberal Development on the Ecuadorian Oil Frontier.
Lyall plans to ground his field research in participatory and spatial methodologies (social cartographies and participatory GIS) to map the shifting experiences of territory and resettlement of everyday life in Ecuador’s ‘Millennium Cities’.
CDHI Graduate Fellows are selected from graduate programs across UNC-Chapel Hill during each of the four years of the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative. The CDHI Graduate Fellows Program is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.