Describing & Categorizing People for Image Descriptions (Prof. Rachel Levit Ades)

2 students are sought for a project on “Describing & Categorizing People for Image Descriptions” with Prof. Rachel Levit Ades that will begin on 6/9/2024 and last for 6 weeks

Project Description:

Image descriptions, sometimes known as “alt text,” explain images for people who are blind and low-vision. However, almost all guides neglect when and how to describe the social categories—such as the race, gender, and disability status—of people portrayed. How do we create a “good image description” when that image contains a person? For example, when is it relevant or important to mention someone’s race? My summer project involves looking to how other disciplines describe people as a way of offering context and guidance for what current accessibility practices should be. We will examine how questions of race and description have been addressed by those in art history and the library sciences, and extrapolate techniques and wisdom from these disciplines to answer the issue now posed by electronic image description.


Experience in art history, philosophy, sociology/anthropology, English, digital humanities and/or museum studies preferred

Special Comments

Students should plan on working in person at least 4 out of the 6 weeks of the project. We will work virtually June 23-June 29.

Project Information

Estimated Start Date: 6/9/2024

Estimated End Date: 7/19/2024

Maximum number of students sought: 2

Contact Information: Prof. Rachel Levit Ades (