Michael J. Price Lab for Digital Humanities

Jacque Wernimont and Jessica Rajko (Arizona State University)

Jacque Wernimont and Jessica Rajko (Arizona State University)

Jacque Wernimont is a founding co-Director of the HS Collab and an assistant professor of English at Arizona State University, where she specializes in literary history, feminist digital media, histories of quantification, and technologies of commemoration. She directs their new Graduate Certificate program in Digital Humanities and is currently a Fellow of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, where she works on new civil rights in digital cultures with a particular emphasis on the long histories of our technologies and practices. She is an active part of the FemTechNet collective. Her other affiliations include ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Synthesis, the Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Identity, the Nexus Lab for Transdisciplinary Informatics and Digital Humanities, and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

She is also working on a monograph that traces long histories (21st century to 16th century) of particular technologies like archives and body counts. She took a Ph.D. and M.A. in English Literature from Brown University and a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa, where she also studied Molecular Biology. She cut her digital humanities teeth at the Brown University Women Writers Project, where she began as an encoder and later worked as the project manager and textbase editor. Prior to ASU, she taught at Harvey Mudd College as a fellow and visiting assistant professor and at Scripps College as an Assistant 

Jessica Rajko  is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the liminal space between dance, the body, wearable technology, and interaction design. As an assistant professor at Arizona State University, her current work investigates the ethical and corporeal implications of big data and the quantified self. Jessica is a founding co-Director of the ASU Human Security Collaboratory and is affiliated with the Arts, Media and Engineering Synthesis Center as a collaborative researcher/artist. She serves on the steering committee for the PAVE Program in Arts Entrepreneurship and is the mentor for the dance MFA concentration in Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance. Jessica has presented and performed in various collaborative works nationally and internationally, including Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival and New York City’s Gotham Festival at The Joyce Theatre.  She is the co-founder and co-director of urbanSTEW ( urbanSTEW.org ), a non-profit arts collective that creates participatory, art/tech installations to engage local communities in multisensory, felt experiences. Jessica received her MFA in Dance and Interdisciplinary Digital Media at Arizona State University in 2009 (outstanding graduate of the year) and her BA in Dance and Psychology at Hope College in 2005.

March 26, 2018
Humanities Conference Room, Williams Hall

2017-18 Mellon Seminar Series