Essays and Interpretations
Essays & Interpretations enables scholars to create works that support discovery, inquiry, and deeper understanding of the histories and ideas represented in the collections of the USC Digital Library.
We invite our community of users to incorporate their insights and questions into our environment in the form of scholarly and interpretive works. Please contact us for more information, and follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates.
Essays in Visual History
This series invites established scholars to create authoritative multi-media essays, focused on particular histories, themes, and collections. The initial entries—starting with an essay by Paul Jenkins titled Reading an Image in the Other Context—were made possible by a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional visual essays will be published at regular intervals over the coming months.
Reading an image in the Other context
by Paul Jenkins
Paul Jenkins explores questions about representation, cultural context, and historical meaning in a photograph by Basel Mission doctor Rudolf Fisch. The photograph was taken at the beginning of the 20th century in Akwapim, the traditional Akon Kingdom in Ghana.
This format is more open, welcoming proposals from our entire community of users and making inventive use of the full range of materials in the USC Digital Library. Interpretations are meant to encourage new modes of inquiry, with a particular focus on emerging work in the digital humanities. We are excited to begin this series with two pioneering efforts that were originally commissioned by Paul Jenkins for the Basel Mission Image Archive, which is now part of the USC Digital Library.