Shatian Wang and I will be working on a project stemming from my senior thesis examining two queer women communities in contemporary urban China. At hand we have ethnographic data (in-depth, personal interviews) of twelve queer women across the class strata living in two major metropoles, Shanghai and Shenzhen, PRC.
At the moment, we conceptualize a website comprising of visual representations of every narrator’s life framed through their migration (within and outside of China) patterns, educational and work paths as well as personal voices and experiences. For each interlocutor’s story, we hope to contextualize their personal narrative through a historical lens by means of researching archives of local history of gender and sexuality, which will be done mainly through overviewing academic sources. We would like to utilize various GIS tools to help visualize and present our data (both contemporary ethnography and historical sources illustrated in academic literature) and we will store our data in a database format. The analysis of primary data is mostly accomplished as I have already transcribed and translated interviews needed for the project. The next concrete step we would need to take is to search through academic literature for history of each city/town that our interviewees have been in with special regards to gender and sexuality. As we mentioned before, our way of presentation will be an integration of mapping and personal narratives. In other words, we wish to present an interactive map through which personal narratives will be told and explored.
Our schedule for execution is as following–
- Prepare personal narratives extrapolated from interviews
- Research for city histories
- Learn the GIS/web development tools we will be using to build our website
- Finish building the framework of our website
- Complete website with personal stories and geographical markers for our project
- Presentation and final touch
To model our DH project, we have found inspiration from two different existing project presented as following, both of which will be beneficial in helping us formulate our own template for presentation.