Digital Humanities Series

The ‘Crisis’ Humanities, and the Digital Humanities? New Directions in the Humanities

Date: November 14, 2017

We invite you to take part in a conversation about the future of the humanities. Where should we be headed, how are we responding to the ‘crisis’ in the humanities, and what is the role and significance of the digital humanities within these new trajectories?

Starting with brief presentations from some of those leading new initiatives in the humanities, the event will be devoted primarily to discussion with the audience: come and be part of the conversation.

Speakers to include:

Gigi Dopico
Dean of the Humanities in Arts and Science, NYU

David Hoover
Professor of English, NYU

Julie Mostov
Dean of Liberal Studies, NYU

Marion Thain
Director of Digital Humanities, NYU

David Wrisley
Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, NYU Abu Dhabi

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
United States

Queer Encoding: Encoding Diverse Identities

Date: April 28, 2017

How can the practice of digitization better respond to, and represent, geographically, culturally and otherwise, diverse textual identities? Come and hear leading practitioners in the field talk about how we might work creatively with mark-up languages to be more inclusive, and see strategies in action in the Project Hack.


  • 10:30AM — Introduction: What is TEI and why might I be interested? by Peter Logan (Professor of English and Academic Director of the Digital Scholarship Center, Temple University) and Marion Thain (Associate Director of Digital Humanities, New York University)
  • 11:00AM — Morning Keynote: Using TEI to Encode the History of Chinese Buddhism by Marcus Bingenheimer (Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Temple University)
  • 12:30PM – Lunch
  • 1:30PM — Afternoon Keynote: Encoding Identity by Julia Flanders (Digital Scholarship Group Director and Professor of the Practice of English, Northeastern University)
  • 3:00PM — Afternoon Break
  • 3:15 - 5:00 PM — Project Hack: Queer Encoding in Action! & Closing Remarks
    • Queerness of Space Time and Text in the Independent Crusaders Mapping Project by Katherine Briant and Stephen Powell (Fordham University, MA Center for Medieval Studies)
    • Queer Encoding Challenges in The Making and Knowing Project by Sohini Chattopadhyay and Benjamin Hiebert (Columbia University)
    • Queer Encoding and Identity Formation in the Nineteenth-Century Manuscript Diary by Cherrie Kwok and Nicole Cote (New York University)

Program Partners:

  • NYU Digital Humanities
  • Fordham Digital Humanities Group, and Office of Research
  • Digital Scholarship Center, Temple University

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
United States

When the Digital Humanities Meets Art Galleries

Date: March 28, 2017

Scholars from across NYU are collaborating with artists and art galleries on innovative digital projects. Join us to learn about some of this work. We hope this event will serve as an opportunity for all those interested in the field to gather, connect, and discuss.

Projects will be presented by:

  • Glenn Wharton, Clinical Associate Professor of Museum Studies, NYU
  • Jonathan Hay, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Professor of Fine Arts, NYU
  • Sarah Demott, Data Services Specialist, NYU Libraries
  • Deena Engel, Clinical Professor, Computer Science, NYU & Joanna Phillips, Conservator, Time-Based Media, Guggenheim Museum

This event is moderated by Marion Thain, Associate Director of Digital Humanities, NYU.

Co-sponsored by NYU DH.

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
United States

Inscription, Digitization and the Shape of Knowledge

Date: February 7, 2017

How does the digitization of archival information influence knowledge? Learn about Dr. Lauren Kassell's 10-year project to digitize one of the largest surviving sets of private medical records in history—the 80,000 consultations recorded by the seventeenth-century astrologer-physicians Simon Forman and Richard Napier—with responses from New York University thought leaders across various fields. Panelists will respond from the varying perspectives of their own work.

Participants include:

  • Lauren Kassell, Director of the Casebooks Project, Reader in the History of Science and Medicine, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
  • Cliff Siskin, Henry W. and Alfred A. Berg Professor of English and American Literature, New York University
  • Lisa Gitelman, Professor of Media and English, New York University
  • Matthew Hockenberry, PhD Candidate, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
  • Moderated by Marion Thain, Associate Director of Digital Humanities for the Faculty of Arts and Science, New York University

Co-sponsored by NYU's Department of English.

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
United States

NYU DH Internship Project Showcase

Date: October 18, 2016

This event showcases the work done by the Brine and Polonsky Digital Humanities Scholars in 2016. The projects represent a wide range of disciplines, and a vibrant diversity of topics (e.g. text encoding; visualization; mapping), on which the graduates have collaborated with faculty mentors over summer 2016. Cosponsored by the Graduate School of Arts and Science.

Brine Digital Humanities Scholars* and Polonsky Digital Humanities Scholars**



Kris Minhae Choe: "Digital Aponte: Writing, Painting, and Making Freedom in the African Diaspora"
Regina Harsanyi: "Artist Archive Project: David Wojnarowicz Knowledge Base and Website"
Lia Kramer: "documenting computer-based artworks in the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum"


Irene Soto: "Mapping Coins: A Visualization of Economic Integration in 4th-Century Egypt"
Yanoa Pomalima Carrasco: "Inka Road System: history and voices of a living heritage"



Cherrie Kwok: "TEI and Literature: Encoding the 'Michael Field' diaries"
Jonathan Armoza: "The New Fascicles"


Josh Krutchen: "The Interface Experience: 40 Years of Personal Computing"
David Sugarman: "The Map Precedes the Territory"

* Funded through the generous support of the Jessica E. Smith and Kevin R. Brine Charitable Trust.
** Funded through the generous support of the Polonsky Foundation

Marion Thain
Associate Director of Digital Humanities, NYU

Deena Engel
Clinical Professor, Department of Computer Science, NYU

Tom Augst
Associate Professor, Department of English, NYU


Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
United States