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While our offices may be closed...

The CDH is still open, working together while hunkered down at home. We can be contacted via email ( or our consult form. Reach out if you're looking for input on a project, thinking about the coming academic year, or just want to talk.

April 29 is Day of DH!

Join us at 2 pm EDT on April 29 for a Zoom hangout, co-hosted by CDH and our friends at Haverford, Rutgers, and Swarthmore, to recognize Day of DH, an international celebration of the work digital humanists do.

Our New Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Perkins Fellow!

We are very excited to announce that Sierra Eckert will be joining us next year as the new Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Perkins Fellow in the Council of the Humanities! Sierra joins us from the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature, where she is finishing her dissertation, The Research Aesthetic: Information and the Form of the Victorian Novel. Stay tuned for a full announcement in the months to come. We're all looking forward to collaborating with her soon!

Building Online Archives in African American History—Together

From left, Perkins Postdoctoral Fellow Jim Casey and CDH University Administrative Fellows Elena M'Bouroukounda and Julia Grummitt pose with a birthday cake during Princeton's Douglass Day event. Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass did not know his birthday, so he chose February 14 to celebrate.  

Infrastructure First, Shiny New Things Second

In 2017, the Princeton Art Museum radically expanded public access to its collections, but not through free admission (it already had that) or special events (it had those, too). Instead, it quietly released a piece of vital digital infrastructure: an open API, giving the public access to collection metadata and images.

Linked Data More Than a Millennium Old

Organizing and comparing more than 12,000 pages of text written by dynasties separated by one hundred and fifty years is no easy task. But this is exactly what Professor Anna Shields in Princeton's East Asian Studies (EAS) department and her team are working toward in their Tang History Database, with support from the Center for Digital Humanities' dataset curation grants.

Tracking the Sounds of Early Chinese Texts

How did puns and clichés function in ancient societies? The Digital Intertextual Resonances in Early Chinese Texts (DIRECT) Project helps scholars of ancient China ask these kinds of questions and more, including: what did ancient Chinese sound like? How do these phonetic qualities highlight the ways in which similar sounds in ancient Chinese texts obfuscate their original meanings?

Coding with Unknowns

A deeper dive into a bit of the code behind the Shakespeare and Company Project to explore how we might represent ambiguity in code when a machine requires certainty.

Spring 2020 Undergrad Courses on Data, Tech, and Digital Culture

This Spring semester, Princeton is offering over a hundred undergraduate courses at the intersections of technology and culture. Disciplines and fields include the history of technology, digital humanities, media theory, applications in programming, science and technology studies (STS), and media art. View the comprehensive list of these courses below.
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