Fall 2017 Events

Workshop

Puerto Rico Mapathon

Nora Benedict
Jim Casey

Puerto Rico Disaster Relief | Princeton Mapathon Oct 18 – Open House 12-4 PM

Next week, we are holding an event on the Princeton campus to assist relief efforts in Puerto Rico and other areas impacted by recent disasters. Many aid groups report difficulty delivering much-needed goods and services to remote areas because currently-available digital maps are inadequate.

Join us on Wednesday to improve those maps through the Open Street Maps project. No experience or knowledge is required, only a laptop: come when you can, leave when you must! Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Learn more about mapathons happening across the country from PBS NewsHour. 

Puerto Rico Mapathon - View flyer
Oct. 18, 2017
Open from 12-4 PM
Center for Digital Humanities (Firestone Library, Floor B)

Co-conveners include:
Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, Princeton University Library, @elvia_arroyo
Nadirah Mansour, Near Eastern Studies, @NAMansour26
Nora Benedict, Center for Digital Humanities, @NoraCBenedict
Jim Casey, Center for Digital Humanities, @jimccasey1

Contact jccasey@princeton.edu with any questions.

View the Quick Guide to participating in the mapathon at home: Quick Guide to Mapping Puerto Rico

October 18 12:00–4:00 PM
Panel

Crowdsourcing Cultural Heritage Communities: The Prozhito Project in Perspective

Jim Casey

Join us for a conversation about crowdsourcing, public humanities, and organizing volunteer communities in various national and cultural contexts.

Nataliya Tyshkevich from Prozhito, an electronic corpus of Russian-language diaries from the 18th-21st centuries, will discuss her experiences with the CDH’s Jim Casey. Jim has led the award-winning Colored Conventions Project, which invites volunteers to transcribe records of nineteenth-century African American political organizing.

Nataliya Tyshkevich (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences) is the Project Manager for Prozhito. She is a computational linguist by training and is part of a research group on social network analysis of Russian drama. Nataliya’s academic interests include digital public history, genre studies, information extraction and markup practices.

Jim Casey is the Perkins Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton. He has expertise in print culture, nineteenth-century American literature, African American studies, and the history of editing. Jim co-founded and led the Colored Conventions Project, and his next project, A Committee of the Whole: Social Networks of the Early Black Republic of Letters blends public humanities with digital research methods to rediscover a longer history of collective Black activism in the United States.

This event is supported by the CDH Slavic DH Working Group and Public Digital Humanities Reading Group. It is connected to the Slavic Department conference, "Grafting the Self" (October 19-21, 2017).

October 19 4:00–5:00 PM
Guest Lecture

Ancient World Research and Tools in Synergy

Mark Depauw

“To use tools well, we must, in some real sense, understand them better than the tool maker. The best kind of tools are therefore the ones that we make ourselves.” Dennis Tenen, Debates in DH 2016

Starting from the example of Trismegistos (www.trismegistos.org), this talk will discuss how digital tools are transforming antiquity research. Heuristics used to be the most time-consuming task of the scholar, but are increasingly a matter of a few mouse-clicks. This implies that scholars of the ancient world will have more time to do what lies at the core of the humanities: asking questions and study ancient society and culture critically. On the other hand some of these new questions can only be answered by developing new tools.

Co-sponsored by the Program in the Ancient World and the Center for Digital Humanities. Full event details.

November 14 4:30–6:00 PM
Workshop

Geo-referencing Literary Texts and Historic Maps: A Pelagios and Pleiades Workshop

Sarah Bond

Almost every text we work with—historical or otherwise—has a spatial component to it. Whether it is mapping Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or exploring the margins of the Mediterranean in Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, geography is an important part of many texts. This workshop explores the textual annotation tool within Pelagios.org’s Recogito feature, which allows professors, students, and the public to annotate, tag, and visualize locations from texts automatically. This workshop will teach you how to upload texts and easily create interactive maps to allow deeper engagement with texts. It will also introduce attendees to the basic tenets of linked open data as applied within the realm of HGIS.

Lunch will be provided.

Sarah Bond is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Iowa, where she is also an affiliated scholar with the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio. She received her BA in Classics and History with a minor in Classical Archaeology from the University of Virginia (2005) and her PhD in Ancient History from the University of North Carolina (2011). She is the author of numerous articles on tradesmen and law in the later Roman empire. Her recent book, Trade and Taboo: Disreputable Professions in the Roman Mediterranean, was published with the University of Michigan Press in 2016. Additionally, she teaches GIS workshops and digital pedagogy as an associate editor for the Pleiades Project online gazetteer (a digitization of the Barrington Atlas) and is a pedagogy editor for the Pelagios Project. She is a regular columnist at Forbes, a contributor to Hyperallergic, and a frequent blogger.

World - Outline by FreeVectorMaps.com

November 15 12:00–1:20 PM
Guest Lecture

Digital Humanities and Social Justice

Sarah Bond

Although people have been caught up in the correct definition of the term "digital humanities," we should perhaps be more concerned with the how of DH rather than the what. This talk focuses on how digital approaches—3D modeling, augmented reality, GIS, and textual analysis, to name just a few—have begun to reveal evidence for social inequality, misogyny, racism, and marginalization. This talk highlights just a few local and international DH projects working to these ends; from redlining maps to the statistical analysis of the gender pay gap at public universities. Clearly, it is not about who is and is not a digital humanist that is the real issue in 2017. All humanists—digital or otherwise—have the power to band together in order to bring about transparency and hasten social awareness. If democracy truly "dies in darkness," then perhaps DH can contribute some flashlights to the cause.

Sarah Bond is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Iowa, where she is also an affiliated scholar with the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio. She received her BA in Classics and History with a minor in Classical Archaeology from the University of Virginia (2005) and her PhD in Ancient History from the University of North Carolina (2011). She is the author of numerous articles on tradesmen and law in the later Roman empire. Her recent book, Trade and Taboo: Disreputable Professions in the Roman Mediterranean, was published with the University of Michigan Press in 2016. Additionally, she teaches GIS workshops and digital pedagogy as an associate editor for the Pleiades Project online gazetteer (a digitization of the Barrington Atlas) and is a pedagogy editor for the Pelagios Project. She is a regular columnist at Forbes, a contributor to Hyperallergic, and a frequent blogger.

World - Outline by FreeVectorMaps.com

November 15 4:30–6:00 PM