Upcoming Events


Fall 2019 Open House

September 23 4:30–6:00 PM

Please join us to celebrate the start of the year and to learn about CDH projects, meet our staff, and enjoy food and beverages.

Reading Group

Reading Group Meeting

September 25 12:00–1:20 PM

Presented by Heidi Nance and Ian Bogus

Our partnership with ReCAP and the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation gives us access to collections that are vast, varied, and owned and managed by many universities and organizations. Join us to explore data visualization examples of our collective collections. After brief presentations, we will conduct an active learning activity to brainstorm how Princeton University Library can best use and represent the millions of items available for research. Heidi leads Resource Sharing Initiatives for the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation and Ian leads ReCAP, a consortium that includes Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, and NY Public Library. They will share Tableau visualizations and discuss ideas for developing intuition to navigate the complex landscape of library resources today. This session assumes no prior knowledge about consortial agreements.

Past Events


Building Bridges with Data

April 12 8:30–5:30 PM

How do we ethically engage with physical (print) archives in the twenty first century? How do we access, create, and maintain archives for global change? In short, how do we build transcontinental bridges across cultures and institutions through a shared interest in archival data? “Building Bridges with Data” addresses these issues with a series of roundtable discussions around how archives — and archival data — allow for the creation of powerful cross-continental conversations. This symposium will invite conversations from renowned global scholars about sustainable methodologies and strategies for engaging with archives and material.

Please R.S.V.P. by April 10, 2019.



  • Alberto Manguel, Former Director of the National Library of Argentina
  • Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez, Librarian for Latin American Studies, Latino Studies, and Iberian Peninsular Studies, Princeton University
  • Gabrielle Winkler, Special Collections Assistant for the Latin American Ephemera Collection
  • Alex Gil, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Humanities and History Division, Columbia University Libraries
  • Francesca Giannetti, Digital Humanities Librarian, Rutgers University
  • Luiza Wainer, Metadata Librarian, Spanish/Portuguese Specialty, Princeton University
  • Marcy Schwartz, Professor of Spanish, Rutgers University
  • Rubén Gallo, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr., Professor in Language, Literature, and Civilization of Spain, Princeton University
  • Jessica Mack, Postgraduate Research Associate in History and Digital Humanities, Princeton University
  • Robert Karl, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University
  • Nora Benedict, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Digital Humanities, Princeton University



8:30 AM – 9:00 AM  - Breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM  - Welcome

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM - Panel 1: Accessing Materials and Data

Fernando Acosta-Rodríguez, Gabrielle Winkler, and Alberto Manguel 

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM - Coffee Break

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM - Panel 2: Creating and Curating Data for Change

Alex Gil, Francesca Giannetti, and Luiza Wainer 

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM -  Lunch Break

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM -  Panel 3: Maintaining Materials for the Future

Rubén Gallo, Marcy Schwartz, Robert Karl, Jessica Mack, and Nora Benedict

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM  - Coffee Break

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM  - Closing Remarks & General Discussion





Slavic DH Workshop: Russian Literary Studies in the Digital Age

May 28 9:30–5:00 PM

On May 28, the Slavic DH Working Group at Princeton will host a day-long workshop combining discussions, demonstrations and hands-on exploration of cutting-edge digital humanities approaches to the study of Russian literature. Frank Fischer and Boris Orekhov from the Higher School of Economics Centre for Digital Humanities (Moscow) will lead the workshop. Researchers at all levels of familiarity with DH are welcome to attend.

9:30–10:30am Introduction: The State of Digital Humanities in Russia

10:45am–12:15pm Programmable Corpora: A New Infrastructural Concept for Digital Literary Studies
Hands-on work with the Russian Drama Corpus

1:30-3:00pm Tolstoy Everywhere: Unleashing the Information Hidden in the 90-Volume “Collected Works”
An overview and exploration of the 91st Volume Project, a digitized index for the collected works of Leo Tolstoy

3:30- 5pm Neural Network Poetry Meets Distant Reading: Analyzing Computer-Generated Echoes of Russian Literary History

A discussion of the historical origins of computer-generated poetry and an introduction to neural-net approaches as a new practice of distant reading.

RSVP by Thursday May 2. Please note that non-Princeton guests must RSVP for access to Firestone Library. 

This event is sponsored by the Princeton Slavic Department and the Center for Digital Humanities.

Reading Group

Reading Group: Meeting 9

June 6 12:00–1:20 PM

In 2108-2019, the the CDH Reading Group will partner with the Princeton University Library to explore the topic of "Collections as Data," and consider how Princeton’s library collections can be leveraged to support computationally-driven research and teaching. We invite members from the Princeton research community who play various roles in the creation, dissemination and use of library collections. Through short readings, discussions, presentations and hands-on activities, this group will identify ways that PUL collections are currently being exposed as data, and explore ways to better coordinate efforts to support and sustain cutting-edge data-driven scholarship at Princeton.


Digital Humanities and Visual Resources: The Material and Digital Lives of Eastern European and Russian Artifacts

September 3 - 6

This four-day workshop organized by the Princeton Slavic Digital Humanities Working Group will combine instructional sessions, keynote lectures, works-in-progress presentations by participants, and time for individual research. The event will also include a trip to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, home of the renowned Russian & Soviet Nonconformist Art collection.

Keynote talks will be by Glen Worthey, Digital Humanities Librarian in the Stanford University Libraries and  Toma Tasovac,  Director of DARIAH-EU and Director of the Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities.

Hands-on instructional sessions will be led by Quinn Dombrowski (Academic Technology Specialist, Stanford University) and Andy Janco (Digital Scholarship Librarian, Haverford College). Topics include: structured metadata design, platforms and tools for digital exhibits (OmekaS, Wax, IIIF), and computer vision.

For schedule and more information, see: https://slavic-dh.princeton.edu/2019-summer-workshop/

This workshop is co-organized by digital humanists at Princeton University, the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Stanford University and Haverford College. Event sponsors include the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), the Slavic Department, the Center for Digital Humanities, the Humanities Council, the Princeton University Library, the Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES), the Department of Art History, the Center for Collaborative History, and European Cultural Studies.

Guest Lecture

Speaking Figuratively: What Does Text Have To Do With Image?

Glen Worthey
September 3 4:30–6:00 PM

What is the relationship between “image” and “text”?  Are they utterly distinct data types, or are they rather ranges on a continuum?  Or are they the same, but only differently-scaled? This talk will give a digital humanities spin on examples from the Russian baroque to Pushkin to early Soviet picture books; from OCR to AI.

Glen Worthey (Stanford) will deliver the opening keynote for the Princeton Slavic Digital Humanities Working Group's 2019 Summer Workshop:  Digital Humanities and Visual Resources:  The Material and Digital Lives of Eastern European and Russian Artifacts

Glen Worthey has been Digital Humanities Librarian at Stanford since 1997, and was founding head of Stanford’s Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR).  He’s held many roles in the international DH community, most recently co-chair of the DH2018 conference in Mexico City.  His graduate work (ABD) was in Russian children’s literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

Guest Lecture

Thinking Infrastructurally: What's In It for Humanities Scholars?

Toma Tasovac
September 5 4:30–6:00 PM

How can humanities scholars think infrastructurally? How would that effect the way we conduct and disseminate our research? Can we build research infrastructures without subscribing to the insidious master narratives of efficiency and progress? This talk will also touch upon the value of infrastructural thinking for the Slavic Studies field, citing examples from the Raskovnik Serbian dictionary platform and the Prepis.org transcription project.

Toma Tasovac (DARIAH-EU and Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities) will deliver the closing keynote for the Princeton Slavic Digital Humanities Working Group's 2019 Summer Workshop:  Digital Humanities and Visual Resources:  The Material and Digital Lives of Eastern European and Russian Artifacts

Toma Tasovac is Director of the Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities (BCDH) and Director of the pan-European Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH). His areas of interest include lexicography, data modeling, TEI, digital editions and research infrastructures.

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