Bass Connections Project Awards


A large group of faculty, staff, and students in the department are team leaders or participating in three Bass Connections projects awarded for 2017-18:

Creative Industries and the Urban Environment


The term “creative" or "cultural industries” refers to industries that combine the creation, production, and commercialization of creative contents that are intangible and cultural in nature. Cultural industries generally include printing, publishing, and multimedia art; audiovisual, phonographic, and cinematographic productions; and art creation, marketing, and design. The term encompasses a broad range of activities, including all kinds of cultural industries, artistic productions, and local art markets in the urban environment.

This Bass Connections project will examine the relationship between urban development and cultural production in specific contemporary and historical contexts. Students will form interdisciplinary research teams to investigate case studies on creative industries in the urban environment of Durham.

Faculty/Staff Team Members: Patrick Herron (Trinity - Art, Art History & Visual Studies), Fiene Leunissen (Trinity - Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Team Leader), Eric Monson (Duke Libraries - Data & Visualizaiton Services, Team Leader), Lee Sorensen (Duke Libraries - Research & Instructional Services),  Mark Thomas (Duke Libraries - Research & Instructional Services),  Hans van Miegroet (Trinity - Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Team Leader).

Graduate Team Members: Kaylee Alexander (Graduate School - Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Team Leader), Felipe Alvarez de Toledo (Graduate School - Art, Art History and Visual Studies).

Digital Cities and Cyberarchaeology


This project is aimed at the creation of an innovative digital workflow in cyberarchaeology with the use of cutting-edge technologies of remote sensing, data recording, real-time visualization and 3D online publication of models and databases. The core archaeological and anthropological question is the diachronic study of urban transformations in different societies in the first millennium BCE and in the early Romanization. Sites include the Etruscan city of Vulci and the Greek colony of Akragas and the park of the Valley of the Temples, both in Italy, and Burgaz in Turkey.

This Bass Connections project will improve the technologies used in the previous version of this project and experiment with new sensors and apps for data recording and visualization.

Faculty/Staff Team Members: Maurizio Forte (Trinity - Classical Studies, Team Leader), David Johnston (Nicholas School - Marine Science and Conservation), Regis Kopper (Pratt School - Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Team Leader), William Seaman (Trinity - Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Team Leader).

Community Team Member: Todd Berreth (North Carolina State University, Team Leader).

Digital Durham: Past, Present, Future


The Digital Durham archive project began in 1999. Since then, the project has seen continual use from academic, community, and K-12 educators and students. Digital Durham is based on the idea that understanding the past is a civic virtue. It fosters awareness of the complexity of Durham communities, including the interconnections of the white and African-American communities in the past. The project lays bare Durham’s experience of industrialization and segregation and demonstrates how that history shapes the present and the future. In addition, it promotes the thoughtful and responsible use of information technology to share and interpret historical documents.

This Bass Connections project will update and enhance the Digital Durham infrastructure and content.

Faculty/Staff Team Members: Trudi Abel (Duke Libraries & Informational Technology - Rubenstein Library, Team Leader), Joel Herndon (Duke Libraries - Data Visualization Services),  Hannah Jacobs (Art, Art History & Visual Studies), Naomi Kraut (M.A. in Teaching Program), Brian Norberg (Trinity - Technology Services), Victoria Szabo (Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Team Leader).

Community Team Members: Multiple Contributors, Durham History Hub Bob Panoff, Shodor Foundation.