Blog Post #6

The main aspect from my GMU classwork that I have been using has been mapping. The biggest project that I have done for the Sackler-Freer Galleries has been the companion map project for Ars Orientalis 50. The deeper understanding that I have developed of public history is something else that I draw from in working with my mentor on the projects. In reviewing the articles published over the existence of the magazine, I noticed a major change in the gender of the contributors. While men had dominated the articles, in the 1970’s it is clear that a concerted effort to publish works submitted by women. Sana Mirza believes this is when the magazine also hired its first female editor, which would explain this significant shift. Another thing I am looking at is where the focus of the articles is positioned geographically. So far, I am noticing a shift from a majority of articles from the Middle East to a greater number representing East Asia, especially China and Japan. For Ars Orientalis 51, I am drawing on some of the experience I gained from the Japan project that I submitted as my web submission for my GMU classes. Japan will be the focus of the next edition of the magazine, and I am tasked with doing some research on digital arts and/or exhibits. I had taken an online course on Japanese arts and cultures, so I am drawing on that as well. It has been a challenge balancing these different projects while teaching and working on a manuscript, but it has been great to see how digital humanities and public history can really add an interesting and unique dimension to various types of projects.

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