Doctoral cluster between Penn, Oxford, and Toronto targets environmental injustice
Through a unique partnership between Penn, the University of Oxford, and the University of Toronto, a research group aims to train future leaders in environmental humanities.
The Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image celebrates 25 years
The Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image has spent the past 25 years digitizing collections from the Penn Libraries, partnering cultural institutions, and private collections.
Archiving empire with religious studies’ Megan Robb
A long-unseen archive centered on an 18th-century Mughal woman will soon be publicly accessible, thanks to the work of religious studies professor Megan Robb of the School of Arts & Sciences and a team of Penn students.
Mapping the Mughal empire
This summer, professor of South Asia studies Ramya Sreenivasan worked with four undergraduates to get behind the façade of the Mughal military conquest state, using GIS and deep mapping to ascertain how the empire was formed and maintained.
‘Living with the Sea’
A student-led exhibition at the Penn Museum features objects from the rarely seen Oceanian collection.
Price Lab for Digital Humanities launches eight-episode podcast series
The Price Lab for Digital Humanities created an eight-episode podcast series featuring interviews by managing director Stewart Varner and digital experts. Four paid student interns worked as editors on episodes, making it possible to complete the series in time for a summer release.
Engaging with the climate crisis, online
Across a quartet of digital platforms, including one for this week’s Climate Sensing and Data Storytelling convening, the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities is encouraging public engagement and the pairing of environmental art and science on climate issues.
‘May the force be with you’ and other fan fiction favorites
Researchers have created a unique digital humanities tool to analyze the most popular phrases and character connections in fan fiction based on blockbuster film series, starting with “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings,” and “Harry Potter.”
An Inca ceremonial center, recreated in a digital landscape
Students use computer graphic technologies to bring historic sites to life as part of a summer research program and fall semester course that unites anthropology and computer science.
Gifts to Penn Libraries enrich Judaic scholarship and digital humanities
The gift includes collections of more than 11,000 items, totaling $12 million and covering four centuries of American Jewish history, and the world’s first endowed position in Judaica digital humanities.
In the News
Digital Humanities for Social Good
Penn’s Data Refuge project, which archives public climate-change data, was highlighted as an example of digital humanities work “responding to our contemporary moment.”
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From Doctoral Study to … Digital Humanities
The School of Arts and Sciences’ Stewart Varner explained that “digital humanities” isn’t technically a field on its own. “But,” said Varner, “it is often treated as such by people who consider themselves digital humanists as well as those who adamantly do not.”
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Want to Change Facebook? Don’t Delete Your Account—Use It for Good
The Annenberg School for Communication’s Sandra González-Bailón and Ph.D. candidate Ashley E. Gorham wrote that the movement to delete Facebook profiles to protest privacy violations is self-defeating. The authors say that a more effective option would be using the site as a tool to deliver a collective demand for democratization.
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