Torn Apart is part of our Mobilized Humanities interventions. MH brings together digital tools to equip broad social awareness and help in global critical situations. We mobilize humanities faculties, libraries, and students with relevant language, archival, technical, and social expertise to nimbly produce curated and applied knowledge. MH sits away from state and non-governmental organizations and is scholarly activism in a global context.
Torn Apart is a result of intense 6-day collaboration between xpMethod (Manan Ahmed, Alex Gil, Moacir P. de Sá Pereira, Roopika Risam), Borderlands Archives Cartography (Maira E. Álvarez, Sylvia A. Fernández), Linda Rodriguez, and Merisa Martinez. A special acknowledgment for Moacir P. de Sá Pereira who hand-cranked the code for everything here.
Manan Ahmed is an Associate Professor for South Asia in the Department of History at Columbia University. He is a co-founder of xpMethod.
Maira E. Álvarez is a Ph.D. Candidate and currently a Research Assistant for the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Houston. Her research interests lie in the study of U.S. Latino, U.S.-Mexico Border, and Latin American Literature as well as Women’s Studies, Latinx Art and Digital Humanities. Along with Sylvia A. Fernández, she founded, in 2017, the Borderlands Archives Cartography (BAC) a project that consists of a digital map that displays U.S.-Mexico border newspapers cartography that records geographic locations of nineteenth and mid-twentieth century periodicals.
Sylvia A. Fernández is a Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston and a Research Fellow with Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage. She is the co-founder of Borderlands Archives Cartography
Alex Gil is Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia University Libraries and Affiliate Faculty of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is co-founder and one of the current moderators of the Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities.
Merisa Martinez is a PhD candidate in The Swedish School of Library and Information Science at the University of Borås, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Cambridge University Digital Library, and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow in the Digital Scholarly Editions Innovative Training Network (DiXiT ITN). She is currently writing a doctoral dissertation on the interplay between cultural heritage digitization, bibliography, and textual criticism. She can generally be found on twitter using the handle @merisamartinez.
Moacir P. de Sá Pereira is a scholar of literature & space, focusing on the way digital techniques can help elucidate novels of the 20th and 21st centuries. This focus expresses itself in his scholarship and teaching in the Department of English at New York University. He is a member of Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities.
Linda Rodriguez is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. Her research focuses on race and the visual arts in early nineteenth-century Havana, including using digital methods to explore these histories.
Roopika Risam is an Assistant Professor of English at Salem State University. She is the author of New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy (Northwestern UP, 2018)
We began with ICE/CBP websites and got the public geo-data that they serve. We then began looking into business records, federal records, and news records culling data about locations used by federal, state, and private for-profit agencies. Simultaneously, we were assembling data about “Allies”– those working to resist, assist, or alleviate this crisis. However, our largest data tranche came via our discovery of the “November 2017 ICE Detention Facility Lists”, which exists because of the FOIA efforts of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and the National Immigrant Justice Center. Our visualizations thus combine these sets of data. We are extremely grateful to ILRC and NIJC for making the ICE data publicly available. Our full sources of data are in the bibliography. For access to our data set, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to acknowledge the work of Josh Begley’s Prison Map: What does the geography of incarceration for United States look like? for inspiring our “The Eye”.
The website is based on @muziejus/leaflet-quickstart, a GitHub repository that lets learners build much, much simpler maps online quickly. But it would not be possible without the efforts of everyone who has ever written a tutorial or answered a question about programming online. It makes use of the following open technologies:
- Leaflet, which powers the maps
- d3, which provides the charts and more complex visualizations
- Bootstrap, which allowed us to quickly develop a coherent visual style
- Jekyll, which provides the structural frame for the project
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (2018).