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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

Chad Wellmon on Reading, From Augustine to Digital Humanists

Chad Wellmon on Reading, From Augustine to Digital Humanists

Chad Wellmon, in “Sacred Reading: From Augustine to the Digital Humanists,” recounts various shifts in the conception of reading over the centuries–how we read, for what we read, the telos of reading, etc. Underlying the compelling narrative Wellmon crafts is a comparison of ‘close’ and ‘distant’ (sometimes equated with ‘computational’) reading: Continue Reading

A Brief Description of Digital Humanities

A Brief Description of Digital Humanities

I reflected once before on the issue of defining the ‘digital humanities’. Here’s the description I typically give now: The digital humanities is a field that (i) applies the questions and methods of computing to the humanities (e.g., sentiment analysis of 19th century Scottish literature); and/or (ii) applies the questions and methods of the humanities to computing (e.g.,… Continue Reading

Questioning DRM and Encrypted Media Extensions

Questioning DRM and Encrypted Media Extensions

Danny O’Brien from the Electronic Frontier Foundation says: There is more encryption in the protected pathway that you have built in (without asking) for Hollywood movies to be presented on your screen without you being able to somehow tap them between the computer and the screen…than any of the encryption that actually protects your communications. It’s… Continue Reading

List of 1123 Greek Mss. at British Library

List of 1123 Greek Mss. at British Library

Get the spreadsheet here (.xlsx file). From the British Library: The completion of the third phase of the Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project is as good a time as any to release to this world a handy spreadsheet containing details of the Greek manuscripts held by the British Library. The spreadsheet includes a brief description of the… Continue Reading

Changing Paratexts of Bibles over Time

Changing Paratexts of Bibles over Time

Recently I gave a CODEC Research Seminar on how the paratexts of Bibles–those framing features of Bibles such as book form, covers, page layout, etc.–have changed over time. A recording of the seminar is now available here: “From Scrolls to Scrolling.” The original abstract is as follows: Biblical texts have been recorded upon (or in) various media… Continue Reading

Digital Humanities’ Relation to the Humanities

Digital Humanities’ Relation to the Humanities

Help in thinking about how Digital Humanities relates to the humanities (and communicates its relation) can be found in Ryan Cordell’s lecture-turned-blogpost, “How Not to Teach Digital Humanities.” As the title suggests, Cordell’s main focus is on teaching DH, and he presents the failures and successes of one of his own undergraduate courses as exhibit A. Along the way he touches… Continue Reading