South Asian American is a coalitional identity label encompassing people who (1) live in the United States and Canada, (2) trace their heritage to the nations of the Indian subcontinent (e.g. India, Pakistan), and (3) advocate for new solidarities with other people of color as well as with internally marginalized groups (e.g. along caste, class, religious lines) within their umbrella community.
Since 2017, I have worked with students to create an on-campus film studies archive that has been evolving in exciting ways. It has grown from a few dusty metal cabinets to an overflowing office of 250 films,12,000 slides, numerous media journals, books, and posters, and a menagerie of editing and viewing equipment. Last year, we developed a partnership with University Relations for a new campus space to ensure the long-term expansion of the archive, and we have begun moving into the new space. With the field's digital turn in mind, we also have successfully digitized our first film. All of these efforts have expanded opportunities for student research and professionalization. Having centered this year’s pilot study on migrating our collection into a new space, this forward-looking project continues to explore the many challenges, questions, and opportunities that analogue and digital humanities tools present for today’s media scholars, as digitization offers new means for creating, preserving, sharing, and “thinking” moving image archives. The overall objectives and methods of this project include providing access to rare materials and developing spaces for collaborative projects (with Association of Moving Image Archives), while engaging in dynamic forms of scholarly production and online publishing.
This research is being pursued through an evolving ‘green building’ data base. Students in graduate level classes continually expand the data base, identifying project attributes deserving deeper study. Annabelle has been doing internet-based background research on specific questions on identified projects, verifying the information on record, filling in metrics where they can be found, and identifying specific technologies and design integration strategies. In addition to this, we interview practitioners and other experts in the field to document their best practices and thoughts on the future. Jessica's work over the last year has focused on the specifics of integrating photovoltaic power generation capacity into buildings as the means of meeting the net-zero energy standard. Several clear conclusions have been drawn, but the data has proven too unreliable and scattered to develop the intended rules of thumb. The objective of this request will be to both refine the data and experiment with other ways of seeking to capture the relationships at play in order to generate reasonable rules of thumb.