IATH is pleased to announce its newest Resident Fellow, Associate Professor of Sociology Angel Adams Parham. Prof. Parham, who is also a Senior Fellow at the UVA Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, is studying the historical layers at three sites in New Orleans to look for evidence of continuity and transformation in race, gender, and power over the city’s 300-year history. She will use the IATH Fellowship to create visualizations studying social and structural changes over a 300-year period. The project, “Visualizing Historical Layers: Three New Orleans Sites 1720-Present,” will draw from maps, blueprints, building contracts, construction materials, and other historical data to create digital visualizations and interactive materials.
She is studying sites in the French Quarter and in Tremé—the latter is sometimes called one of the nation’s oldest Black neighborhoods. New Orleans is located at a key point of the Mississippi river that was home to the Chitimacha, before the area became an important port city for French, Spanish, and British colonists. From early on, it was home to European Immigrants, Creoles—both white and of African descent—and enslaved peoples of many African ethnic groups. Prof. Parham’s project will use the sites in the French Quarter and Tremé as entry points to help users grapple with very difficult aspects of the city’s history.
Associate Professor of Architectural History Andrew Johnston will begin an Associate Fellowship for his project “Framing Virginia Cultural Landscapes Fieldwork: A Digital Resource.” His research is drawing together diverse forms of site data (such as 3D scans and measured drawings) to provide an interpretive framework for Virginia’s regions, communities, and historical periods.
Every year, IATH awards a two-year Resident Fellowship to UVA humanities faculty. IATH Fellows work closely with IATH staff to design and implement research projects that use digital tools and methodology to develop and publish their scholarship. Recent fellows have examined poetic geography of Russian, early Mormon marriage patterns, the grammar and syntax of endangered languages, and prosopography in 19th and 20th century biographies of women.