A Dunhams

A Dunhams



We live in a fast-paced, information-overloaded world. The idea of reading a book, never an easy task in itself, seems especially challenging in light of all the information that is available these days. But in order to stimulate your mind, to encourage deep thought and creativity, fiction to guide people through problematic situations is a poignant tool.



It was operated by Ron Dunham in a location on Northwestern Highway west of Telegraph Road. The original store gained exposure through advertisements in Newsweek and fishing shows hosted on radio. The original store burnt down in 1946 but was promptly rebuilt. (Source:

WE ARE… Dunham’s Sports, the Midwest’s largest sporting goods chain! Our roots go back to 1937 in West Bloomfield, MI, when a small shop called Dunham’s Bait & Tackle opened. Over the years with hard work, great customer service and attention to detail we have grown into a full line sporting goods chain serving customers in 22 states, from Nebraska to Maryland. (Source: www.shopjaspermall.com)

Our motto at Dunham’s Sports is Big Names…Low Prices. That is what we do everyday, give our customers the choice of the name brands that they want at the lowest prices possible. You will notice this in every Dunham’s Sports store you go into where you will find Hot Deals and Sport Values at prices that may be too low to advertise. Stop in for one of our awesomely low priced ad items and may walk out with a couple of hot in-store deals as well. (Source: www.shopjaspermall.com)

Dunham’s Data is a three year project (2018-2021) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC AH/R012989/1), under the direction of Kate Elswit (PI, University of London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) and Harmony Bench (CI, The Ohio State University). Through this project, we explore the kinds of questions and problems that make the analysis and visualization of data meaningful for dance history. We do so through the case study of choreographer Katherine Dunham, manually cataloguing a daily itinerary of Dunham’s touring and travel from the 1930s-60s, the dancers, drummers, and singers in her employ during that time, and the repertory they performed. These curated datasets provide new means to understand the relationships between thousands of locations, and hundreds of performers and pieces across the decades of Dunham's career, and ultimately elaborate how movement moves. The core project team is joined by UK industry partners One Dance UK’s Dance of the African Diaspora and the Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as international knowledge exchange partnerships with digital projects at Ohio State (US), Ludwig Maximilians Universität Munich (Germany), and the University of New South Wales (Australia). We are thrilled that our team — Bench, Elswit, Antonio Jimenez-Mavillard, and Tia-Monique Uzor — is recipient of the 2021 ATHE-ASTR Award for Excellence in Digital Theatre and Performance Scholarship. (Source: www.dunhamsdata.org)

Harmony Bench is Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University, where she is also affiliated faculty with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Translational Data Analytics. Her research addresses practices, performances, and circulations of dance in the contexts of digital and screen media. She is author of Perpetual Motion: Dance, Digital Cultures, and the Common with University of Minnesota Press in 2020. She has also contributed to The Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies, Routledge Dance Studies Reader (3rd ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen, Choreographies of 21st Century War, and Dance on Its Own Terms, as well as Dance Research Journal, The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, Participations, and Performance Matters, among others. For several years, Harmony has collaborated with Kate Elswit on bringing the digital humanities and dance history into greater dialogue, most recently with Dunham’s Data: Katherine Dunham and Digital Methods for Dance Historical Inquiry (Ref: AH/R012989/1). From 2014-2019, she was co-editor of The International Journal of Screendance with Simon Ellis. (Source: www.dunhamsdata.org)

Antonio Jimenez-Mavillard joins Dunham’s Data from the CulturePlex Lab, Western University (Canada). His main research interests lie in the use of data analysis to understand society and culture. He applies methods from the Digital Humanities and Machine Learning to cultural data in order to gain insight into a wide diversity of cultural phenomena. His doctoral work took a computational approach to gastronomic culture, resulting in publications in AI & Society and Digital Studies/Le champ numérique, among others. Additional interests include the application of such approaches to psychology and human behavior, new and social media, storytelling communities, and indigenous peoples, to name a few. His most recent project is at the crossroads between writing and sociology, in which he analyses one million stories from the online storytelling platform Wattpad to examine millennials’ motivations and needs according to their fictional self-expressions in Wattpad stories — this interdisciplinary project aims ultimately to understand modern society’s needs and motivations. Antonio continues to work as Research Assistant at the CulturePlex. (Source: www.dunhamsdata.org)


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