Fall 2019 Events


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.


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

Heidi Nance
Ian Bogus
September 25 12:00–1:20 PM

Data Visualization of our Collective Collections

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.

Please RSVP.


Ada Lovelace Day Graduate Mixer

October 10 5:00–7:00 PM

The Center for Digital Humanities, in partnership with the Graduate Student Government, invites you to a celebration of Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. Come meet fellow students with an interest in DH and learn more about the CDH’s opportunities for grads. No previous experience, tech skills, or passwords required. Drinks and dinner from Nomad will be provided!


Graduate Fellowship Deadline

October 15 12:00–12:00 AM

Graduate students are invited to apply for semester-long CDH Graduate Fellowships in Digital Humanities to explore a field of DH research or professional development. 

Deadline: October 15, 2019

The award is $750/semester, and no previous experience with DH or specific technical skills are required. Fellows are expected to be active participants in the life of the CDH by attending events and workshops and reaching out to CDH staff and fellow students. Fellows attend monthly cohort meetings that provide the opportunity to workshop ideas with peers.

Please see https://cdh.princeton.edu/graduate-fellowships/ for details and application requirements.

Guest Lecture

The Auctioneer’s Genre: Digital Approaches to Category Construction and the Rhetoric of the 18th Century Art Market

Matthew Lincoln
October 17 4:30–5:30 PM

What makes a painting “British”? What makes an artist an “Old Master”? We know that these are highly constructed categories, their definitions less a function historical fact than of rhetoric and the position of the one doing the describing. As part of a larger project in the history of the art market, we combine close and distant reading techniques to examine a large corpus of auction catalogs. What simulation and statistical modeling gets right when trying to chart these categories, as well as what it gets wrong, give crucial insights into the historicity of these modern categories, and demonstrates how the history of the art market can be about much more than price alone.


Critical Art Historical Data Visualization

Matthew Lincoln
October 18 10:00–12:00 PM

This workshop will introduce the use of mapping, network analysis, and other data visualization methods in art historical research. Using provenance data from the Getty Research Institute, attendees will learn how to use the freely-available Palladio platform, and will also learn how to critically assess the decisions behind a dataset generated from archival source.

Reading Group

Building Communities of Data-Curious Humanists: The Test Case of Slavic DH at Princeton (and Beyond)

Natalia Ermolaev
Thomas F. Keenan
October 30 12:00–1:20 PM

How can PUL’s collections and staff expertise be leveraged to advance digital scholarship in the humanities? This session will discuss how Princeton’s Slavic Collections and the Slavic Digital Humanities Working Group have helped make Princeton one of the leaders in DH for Slavic Studies and a crucial node in a developing international network of DH scholarship focused on Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Topics covered will include: grants & funding, working with students, international partnerships, professional/scholarly organizations, conferences & events. This session will provide ideas for engaging audiences through digital collections and building new partnerships with faculty and students. 

Please RSVP.


Seed Grant Deadline

November 1 12:00–12:00 AM

Faculty, staff and post-doctoral fellows are invited to apply for CDH Seed Grants to support individual or collaborative research projects.

Deadline: November 1, 2019 

Awards of up to $1,000 are intended to support exploratory thinking and early-stage development for projects that may eventually become CDH collaborations. 

Please see https://cdh.princeton.edu/grants/seed-grants/ for details and application requirements.

Reading Group

Managing Research Data in the Humanities

Grant R. Wythoff
Wind Cowles
November 20 12:00–1:20 PM

Data in the humanities can take many forms -  Grant and Wind will explore the joys and challenges of working with humanities research data, leading a discussion of how to approach data management in the humanities, using specific examples of humanities datasets.

Guest Lecture

The Greek Revolution of 1821 online: A Digital Archive and a Research Project

Ada Dialla
December 5 12:00–1:15 PM

Presented by Ada Dialla, Associate Professor of European History at the Department of Theory and History of Art, School of Fine Arts (Athens) and Visiting Fellow in the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton, Fall 2019.

Professor Dialla's presentation aims to discuss the collaborative and the interdisciplinary research project “The Greek Revolution of 1821: Digital Archive” (organized and implemented by the Research Center for the Humanities based in Athens). The project seeks a) to build a digital archive b) to provide a platform for researches and the broader public with a variety of material (archives, collections, works of art, everyday objects, folk songs, and other historical artifacts) c) to raise new research questions with an emphasis on the European, transnational and global
context of the Revolution. Professor Dialla will also present a) material concerning Greek-Russian trans-cultural relations and b) examples of using the archival content to produce digital historical narratives, scenarios, and exhibits.

This event will be co-sponsored by Hellenic Studies, the Slavic Digital Humanities Working Group, and the Center for Digital Humanities


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