Grace Afsari-Mamagani
RESEARCH COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT

research community management

RESEARCH COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT

RESEARCH COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT

I’m committed to interdisciplinary and community-engaged research and teaching across all the facets of my work. Since the fall of 2018, I’ve served as the project manager for NewYorkScapes, a research collaborative that brings together students, faculty, librarians, administrators, and community members who are interested in the intersection of cultural heritage, place-based inquiry, and digital methods.

My primary charge in this role is the cultivation and maintenance of scholarly community across channels. I help manage the collaborative’s web presence and digital communications, support relationship-building and outreach efforts, and plan and execute events at multiple scales.

In 2019, I ran the organization’s annual Culture Mapping conference, with a special focus on “migration” as a key term. I was responsible for drafting the conference CFP, soliciting submissions, devising the conference program, corresponding with presenters, designing and disseminating informational materials, and supporting logistics prior to and during the event. We were grateful to host over thirty presenters and around 100 total attendees from across the country, as well as to launch a digital community to continue conversations begun in-person.

Skills & technologies:
- project & program management
- event planning & execution
- print & digital collateral design
- email marketing & web maintenance
- vendor management
- in-person and digital community-building
- Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign
- MailChimp
- WordPress
- Humanities Commons

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 Smaller-scale events I’ve helped manage have included datathons focused   on authoring and compiling cultural heritage data, scholar talks, and   community mixers.

Smaller-scale events I’ve helped manage have included datathons focused on authoring and compiling cultural heritage data, scholar talks, and community mixers.

 As a fellow in digital research & pedagogy and the founder and organizer of the  Digital Culture/s Colloquium  in NYU’s Department of English, I consult with faculty and students on their digital projects and on technology integration in the classroom. Whether I’m formally advising on curricular design or informally directing students toward useful resources, I maintain that engagement with technology and methods should always strive toward intentionality and thoughtfulness.   Via NewYorkScapes, I have also helped conduct team-driven historical research making previously inaccessible New York City records available for scholarly and personal use. For example, I collaborated with a small team to digitize 19th-century longhand records held by the Department of Health and housed at the city’s municipal archives. In addition to contributing to the development of data schemata and an information architecture, I spearheaded the development of a public-facing site for the project and produced data visualizations based on the newly-digitized information.    Skills & technologies:  - data modeling & management  - archival & historical research  - record digitization from microfiche - data analysis & visualization - Plot.ly, Gephi, Carto, CanvasJS

As a fellow in digital research & pedagogy and the founder and organizer of the Digital Culture/s Colloquium in NYU’s Department of English, I consult with faculty and students on their digital projects and on technology integration in the classroom. Whether I’m formally advising on curricular design or informally directing students toward useful resources, I maintain that engagement with technology and methods should always strive toward intentionality and thoughtfulness.

Via NewYorkScapes, I have also helped conduct team-driven historical research making previously inaccessible New York City records available for scholarly and personal use. For example, I collaborated with a small team to digitize 19th-century longhand records held by the Department of Health and housed at the city’s municipal archives. In addition to contributing to the development of data schemata and an information architecture, I spearheaded the development of a public-facing site for the project and produced data visualizations based on the newly-digitized information.

Skills & technologies:
- data modeling & management
- archival & historical research
- record digitization from microfiche
- data analysis & visualization
- Plot.ly, Gephi, Carto, CanvasJS

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