My name is Wafa Isfahani, and I’m a second year MA student in Near Eastern Studies. I study Indo-Islamic thought in the 18th and 19th centuries, especially the reception of ideas of prophecy and revelation and the ways in which they were employed by South Asian thinkers in the articulation of their reformatory ideals. Besides my research, I enjoy reading Urdu poetry, listening to Indo-Pakistani ghazals, or cooking with my housemates.
May 2019 Updates
This spring, I taught a new Freshman Seminar at Princeton ( FRS 154) called “Weird Data,” a CDH course sponsored by the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning. The goal of the course was to provide a wide-ranging introduction to the world of data in all its forms, ideas, and, well, weirdness. A key idea in this semester-long exploration was that data is not a single thing, nor is it usually as simple as we might assume.
CDH Graduate Fellows have so many opportunities to learn about how DH is practiced at Princeton. Throughout the spring semester, the current cohort of 10 graduate fellows met monthly to learn about and support each other’s projects, covering a vast range of subjects from conceptions of race, gender, and resistance, to 20th-century French music, to ancient Chinese texts. Each meeting provided glimpses of new ideas, tools and techniques so that, as a group, they gained valuable skills and insights not only from their own research but from their peers’ experiences.
The Center for Digital Humanities is now accepting nominations for our 2019 Senior Thesis Prize, to be awarded to the thesis that best directly utilizes, engages with, or contributes to the field of digital humanities. The prize may be received by up to two students and carries an award of $1,500.