Mentored Advanced Project Research

A Mentored Advanced Project is an approved course of faculty-directed scholarly or creative work that is the culmination of significant preparatory work. It serves to integrate the knowledge and skills gained by the student’s course of studies and aims to produce results that merit presentation to the wider scholarly world.

Summer 2023 MAP Research

The Transition of Vodou Lore to Digital Platforms – The Analysis of Indigenous Archetypes through Role-Playing Game (RPG) Design research analyzed role-play game (RPG) profiling designs and their ability to adopt indigenous archetypes and narratives to digital platforms.  Haitian history and narrative are being reborn in digital spaces. In Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games author Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall analyzes how films and video games from around the world have depicted slave revolt, focusing on the Haitian Revolution. The Instagram platform @Vodou.Renaissance has transformed Vodou archetypes from their traditional Catholic iconography with the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Through this research, we investigated the structure of digital RPG design and its potential to become the new landscape to continue the Vodou lwas (deities) and their narratives. The findings at this stage will assist with developing base markers and standard contemporary iconography to identify Vodou imagery and influences used by Haitian artists who incorporate digital-born artwork into their repertoire.