CDSC Spring Symposium 2019

Reframing Landscapes: Digital Practices and Place-based Learning

Landscapes are persistent and dynamic characters in our lives, yet they often go unexamined. We may easily take for granted the crisscrossed and subdivided roadways, zoning ordinances, waterways, and cultural assumptions that give shape to our online maps and automated GPS systems. At the heart of WSU’s land grant mission is the idea that places matter, that they have a history, that our relationships to places are deeply connected to the people with whom we share them and the histories that animate them. But how can we better make places a conscious factor in our scholarship and research, our decision-making, our teaching, and our community-building efforts that extend beyond the University landscapes? How can we reframe landscapes that are indelibly marked by colonial and violent histories? The 2019 Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation’s Spring Symposium will highlight projects both external and internal to WSU that seek to reframe assumed narratives, representations, and relationships to and with place, new digital projects and techniques, and innovative pedagogical practices with an eye toward collaborations and meaningful partnerships.


Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, WSU Libraries, WSU English Department, WSU History Department, WSU College of Education, WSU Native Programs, Pettyjohn Memorial Fund, WSU Office of the Provost, WSU School of Languages, Cultures, and Race, WSU Fine Arts Department, Fine Arts Forst Fund

March 4th: Day 1 Symposium (FACEBOOK EVENT)

Monday, March 4th, 10:00am-3:00pm

CUB Junior Ballroom



Welcome, Dr. Kimberly Christen, Director, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation




Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos), Adjunct Instructor, Art Practices, Portland State University

Sara Siestreem Bio

Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos, 1976-) is a master artist from the Umpqua River Valley on the South Coast of Oregon. She comes from a family of professional artists and educators, her training began in the home. Siestreem graduated Phi Kappa Phi with a BS from PSU in 2005. She earned an MFA with distinction from Pratt Art Institute in 2007. Her studio work is multi-disciplinary. Her primary language is painting, but she also works in photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, video, and traditional Indigenous weaving. She has been represented by Augen Gallery since 2010.

Her art practice branches into education and institutional reform. Siestreem created and runs a weaving program for the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. She teaches collegiate arts at PNCA and PSU. Her work in institutional reform relates to curatorial and educational practices regarding Indigenous Fine Art.

She was the recipient of a Ford Family Gold Spot Residency at Crows Shadow and a Matrix Residency in Missoula, MA. Her work has been shown at Museum of Northwest Art, Missoula Art Museum, Hallie Ford Museum, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, The Whatcom Museum of Arts, The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Museum of Contemporary Native American Art, Grants Pass Museum of Art, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Evergreen Longhouse, Newport Visual Arts Center, Spaceworks Gallery, Littman Gallery, Archer Gallery, Royal Nebeker Gallery, Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center, COCC, OSU,1Spot Gallery, Jacobs Gallery, Columbia City Gallery, Pratt, Mark Wooley Gallery, Modern Zoo, The Life Gallery, Zeitgeist Gallery, Pip Gallery, and City Center Gallery. Her work figures in public and private collections around the world. She lives and works exclusively in the arts in Portland, Oregon.




Beyond the Grammar of Settler Apologies
Dr. Mishuana Goeman, Associate Professor, Gender Studies; Chair, American
Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program and Associate Director, American Indian
Studies Research Center
  • Mishuana Goeman BioDr. Mishuana Goeman, Tonawanda Band of Seneca, is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies, Chair of American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program, Associate Director of American Indian Studies Research Center, and the new Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Affairs at UCLA. She is the author of Mark My Words: Native Women Mapping Our Nations (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and a Co-PI on two community based digital projects, Mapping Indigenous L.A (2015) and Carrying Our Ancestors Home (2019).


mapping migration: beyond the migrant “problem”
Dr. Roopika Risam,  Assistant Professor of English and the Faculty Fellow for
Digital Library Initiatives at Salem State University
  • Roopika Risam BioRoopika Risam is an Assistant Professor of English at Salem State University where she serves as Faculty Fellow for Digital Library Initiatives, Coordinator of the Digital Studies Graduate Program, and Coordinator of the Secondary English Education Program. Her research interests include postcolonial, African American, and US ethnic studies, as well as the role of the digital humanities in these areas. Risam is the author of New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy (Northwestern UP, 2018), co-editor of Debates in the Digital Black Atlantic for the Debates in the Digital Humanities series, and works on multiple digital projects, including The Harlem Shadows Project, Visualizing Du Bois, and Digital Salem.


Ethnographic Mapping and Indigenous Cartographies
Dr. Brian Thom, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Victoria
  • Brian Thom BioBrian Thom is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Victoria where he founded the Ethnographic Mapping Lab ( Our lab is a centre for collaboration between Indigenous communities, UVic faculty, and graduate students to work on cartographic projects that attend to Indigenous priorities in land and resource rights, inter-generational knowledge sharing, and public education.  We work to provide extensive training and expertise for Indigenous communities interesting in deploying Google Earth Google Earth and related tools for re-storying Indigenous landscapes.


Reframing Landscapes Roundtable: Perspectives from the Plateau (FACEBOOK EVENT)


Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center


Welcome to Floyd Center, Paula Groves-Price, Associate Dean for Diversity and International Programs; Professor, Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education; Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center Scholar in Residence

Introduction to Panel, Zoe Higheagle Strong, Director, Plateau Center for Native American Research and Collaborations; Director of Tribal Relations and special assistant to the provost, WSU


Bobbi Rose (Spokan), Archives and Collections Assistant Manager, Spokane Tribal Preservation Program

Michael Holloman (Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation), Associate Professor, Fine Arts, Washington State University

Nakia Williamson (Nez Perce) Cultural Resources Program Director, Nez Perce Tribe

Moderated by Dr. Kimberly Christen, Director, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation

Reception following Roundtable at 5:30


March 5th: Day 2 Workshops (Facebook Event)

Tuesday, March 5th

Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, 4th Floor, Holland Library



Using Scalar for History and Perceptions of Place with Andrew Gillreath-Brown, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, WSU


Digital Storytelling with Rebecca GoodrichClinical Assistant Professor, Digital Technology and Culture faculty, WSU




StoryMaps with David Bolingbroke, PhD Candidate, Department of History, WSU




Panel: Place-based Pedagogy


Faculty from Architecture, English, History, and the MASC will share ideas on successful “place-based” approaches they have used in their teaching. This afternoon session seeks to stimulate discussion by providing an informal setting in which the audience and panel participants can pick up new ideas that may be discipline-specific, but applicable across disciplinary boundaries.

Kate Watts, Senior Instructor; Interim Assistant Director of Composition, Department of English, WSU

Debbie Lee, Regents Professor & Assistant Director of the Visiting Writer Series, Department of English, WSU

Ayad Rahmani, Associate Professor, Architecture, School of Design and Construction, WSU

Trevor Bond, Head, WSU Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections; Co-director, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation

Jeff Sanders, Associate Professor, Department of History, WSU