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Digital Humanities and Theology in Finland

Digital Humanities and Theology in Finland

In February I had the pleasure of visiting the University of Turku, Finland with my colleague, director of CODEC, Pete Phillips. We were participating in a consultation of sorts that brought together computer scientists, theologians, and professionals to discuss how each of us were approaching relevant questions and technologies from our disciplinary perspectives.

For my part, I attempted to put ‘digital theology’ in the context of digital humanities and considered the potential of the University of Turku’s new Laboratory for Computational Humanities.

We also had a chance to use some augmented reality and virtual reality apps that Turku’s Technology Research Center had created, including their Wordsmith app:

Through eight scenes set in various parts of Turku Cathedral the Wordsmith app brings events from the sixteenth century to life for its users. The scenes can be viewed on your own tablet device as you move through the Cathedral with the characters virtually present in the building.

The app is part of a project called MIRACLE (Mixed Reality Applications for Culture and Learning Experiences), a nearly €1 million project that brings together Finnish Universities and industry partners.

How You Should Use Academia.edu?

How You Should Use Academia.edu?

Dr Sarah Bond, a US scholar of Classics and DH, has recently written to tell fellow scholars using the popular academic social network Academia.edu, “It is time to delete your Academia.edu account.” Her primary concerns are the website’s for-profit character and its lack of true open-access. Continue Reading

SBLCentral: A personalised (digital) research assistant for SBL members

SBLCentral: A personalised (digital) research assistant for SBL members

I recently presented at the SBL in a section in which John F. Kutsko, executive director of SBL, also presented. He shared about funding the Society has received to pursue the development of SBLCentral, which “…envisions a highly customized and automated research platform…”. “The research platform would provide access to specialized content, including books, reviews, journal… Continue Reading

Three thoughts on commentaries on Luke and Acts

Three thoughts on commentaries on Luke and Acts

I spent a lot of time with Luke-Acts the past few years, including with many of its commentators. Here are three random thoughts from recent reflection: Howard Marshall’s NIGTC Luke commentary from 1978 is still one of the most useful commentaries for quickly thumbing to a specific passage and finding the major issues laid out. And he did it in… Continue Reading

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My book picks from Princeton Profs’ Summer Reading

My book picks from Princeton Profs’ Summer Reading

I am always interested in the books that other academics are hoping to read. Recently Princeton released the summer reading that a handful are hoping to tackle this Summer. From those recommendations, I have highlighted the following for my own list: From AnneMarie Luijendijk’s list: Carol Harrison, The Art of Listening in the Early Church… Continue Reading

Reducing Oneself to a Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Reducing Oneself to a Curriculum Vitae (CV)

It recently occurred to me that the academic Curriculum Vitae (CV) is not only an instrument through which a scholar presents the scholarly self to the scholarly world, but also an instrument through which the scholar presents the self to the self. In other words, the CV functions like a (highly skewed) window through which the world can see… Continue Reading