Caribbean Women Healers: Decolonizing Knowledge Within Afro-Indigenous Traditions, is a collaborative research project developed by Dr. Ana-Maurine Lara (Anthropology) and Dr. Alaí Reyes Santos (Ethnic Studies). Since 2016 they have conducted ethnographic research with women healers in the Caribbean and the quickly expanding Caribbean diaspora in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Their research contributes to existing scholarship on Caribbean healers by highlighting how women mobilize their knowledge and roles as healers, teachers, and community leaders within Afro-Indigenous Caribbean healing traditions to effect change well beyond the traditional centers of those communities.
This digital humanities project provides open access to interviews with women healers, and an ethnobotanical guide for researchers, students, and the general public with support from UO Faculty Research Award, Center for the Study of Women in Society Research Grant, and the UO Libraries Digital Scholarship Center's Faculty Digital Projects Grant Program. It also gives a virtual space for Caribbean communities living in diaspora-away from the islands-to maintain intergenerational transmission of traditional healing methods and knowledge production, and a virtual space for interviewees to share their healing traditions with the desire to use media as a way to reproduce knowledge across generations as well as across communities.
The study of color, once more the province of art historians, is now a burgeoning field at the intersections of material culture, the history of science, cultural and intellectual history, and economic history. Color technologies - from the vermillion used in face paint to cochineal-based trade cloth- traveled swiftly around the world (sometimes several times over) and had illuminating stories to tell about globalization and cultural responses to it.
RED is a digital exhibit featuring the research of Dr. Vera Keller (History) and nineteen students from her winter 2018 Honors College 400-level colloquium, the Global History of Color. This virtual exhibit links collections from UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History through an accessible and engaging student-research based theme. It gives students a sense of ownership of their research and provides future iterations of the course, a guide to researching campus objects. It also provides perspectives on a topic for teachers and members of the public interested in utilizing a "red thread," offering an "in" to teaching with collections that might otherwise appear inaccessible due to lying outside of the faculty member's expertise. Additionally, RED gives scholars access to global stories that the objects tell, such as the passage of vermillion between China, Europe, and the Americas, or of cochineal between the Americas, Europe, and China. In tandem with this digital project, the UO Libraries Beach Conversation Lab is collaborating with Dr. Keller to develop a traveling scriptorium.