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Featured Projects 2018

Modes of Composition in Seven Authors

A book project that investigates what, if anything, happens when writers change their method of producing text (handwriting, typing, word processing, dictation).

Early Digital Humanities: German Idealism and the Development of Cybernetics in the mid-20th Century

This project tells the story of this strange encounter between cybernetics and German Idealism for the first time.

Featured Projects 2017

Geo-referencing Daguerreian Studios in New York City

This project — to study the time, place and context of the development of early photographic businesses in America — begins with research into the locations of early photographic studios in New York City.

Digitized Dissent: Mocking Monarchy in Absolutist France

A multi-year project linking literature, politics, and digital humanities to provide a new way to read and study the pamphlets written against French monarch Louis XIV (1643-1715).

The Original Influencers: Sogdians and the Silk Road

A collaborative project aimed to develop a digital exhibition about the Sogdians, a mercantile people from Central Asia (200 CE- 800 CE) who helped form what has come to be known as the Silk Road.

Humanities for STEM: Using Archives to Bridge the Two Cultures Divide

The two-year research collaborative, Humanities for STEM, focuses on how the study of primary sources, archival research, and associated methodologies of the humanities can be used to enhance the understanding of science (including medicine), technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Voices of New York

The goal of the project is to hear the voices of immigrant communities in New York City (NYC), and learn about the people behind them.

Featured Projects 2016

The Artist Archives Project – David Wojnarowicz

The Artist Archives Project develops information resources for the display and conservation of contemporary art. The initiative responds to a growing need for museum and archive professionals to work with artists in documenting their production methods, and building knowledge for future treatment and re-activation of their work.

Local Contexts 2.0: Implementing the Traditional Knowledge Labels

This project involves the development of a set of protocols, standards, tools, and resources relating to digital curation and stewardship of Indigenous cultural heritage that assists non-Native collecting institutions and local Native American communities to enhance access and management of knowledge about humanities collections.

Interactive Pedagogy: Social Media Repurposing in Cinema Studies

This is a collaborative class project that analyzes the potential contributions of social networking tools to the documentation of personal moments in film history, and proposes an alternative, networked mode of film historiography.

Art & Politics in the City

Art & Politics in the City is a 3-semester, co-located, co-taught course led by Professor Alejandro Velasco in NY, and Florencia Malbran in Buenos Aires. Each semester, a (new) cohort of students investigates the correlation between street art and politics (electoral, cultural, economic, etc.) by using several pieces of technology to document, map, and analyze the graffiti in specific neighborhoods of NY and BA.

Featured Projects 2015

Identifying 3D Roman Portraits in the Classroom

Since the Renaissance, scholars have used the fact that Roman coins name the Emperor under whose authority they were produced as one aide in identifying otherwise unnamed marble and bronze sculptures. Sebastian Heath of NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World is enabling his students to follow that same process.

The English Channel

The English Channel is designed both as a site that showcases the activities of the NYU English department’s students and faculty.

Digital Experiments Group

Digital Experiments is a graduate-faculty working group in the Department of English at New York University. The group pursues a broad understanding of the intersection between digital tools and humanistic inquiry by engaging in collaborative practices of research, writing, and discussion.

Print Disability and New Reading Formats

This project offers the first broad history of electronic reading technologies for blind and print-disabled people, and their co-evolution with mainstream reading practices. Beyond the introduction of new formats such as audiobooks and electronic books, print access efforts in the twentieth century gave rise to numerous technical innovations that transferred to other branches of electroacoustics and computing.

Sculpted Glyphs: Egypt and the Musée Charles X

Institute of Fine Arts PhD candidate Elizabeth Buhe’s ‘Sculpted Glyphs: Egypt and the Musée Charles X’ is a digital humanities article published in the online journal Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide (Spring 2014). The article presents a three-dimensional, high-resolution, and fully-navigable model of the Louvre’s first Egyptian museum, the Musée Charles X, which opened in 1827.


Surfacing, a digital map of undersea cables, enables users to traverse the geographies of global network infrastructure.

The Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium

Founded in 2011, the Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium (VLLC) is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization composed of teachers, scholars, programmers, librarians, students, and enthusiasts devoted to the challenge of creating interactive digital archives of life-writing extending from the coronation of Queen Victoria to the outbreak of World War I.

Manifest; Supply Chain Platform

Manifest is a digital humanities platform and investigative toolkit for visualizing, analyzing, and documenting historic and contemporary supply chains, production lines, and trade networks.

The Margaret Sanger Papers Project

The Margaret Sanger Papers Project, sponsored by NYU’s Division of Libraries, has gathered, identified and published a two-series 101-reel microfilm edition of Margaret Sanger’s papers (ProQuest, 1986-87), and is completing a four-volume book edition, the Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger, published by the University of Illinois Press.

New York Scapes

NewYorkScapes is a research community exploring the application of concepts, tools, and resources in the digital humanities to the study of urban space. Through conversation and collaboration among scholars, archivists, artists, and activists, it seeks to facilitate the development of projects related to interpretation, curation, and communication of the documentary record of New York City, and projects engaging with the aesthetics, art, literature, design and other experiences of the city.

Brine Digital Humanities Scholars Program

Encoding the ‘Michael Field’ Diaries

During the late Victorian era, Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper published over 40 works under their joint pseudonym as ‘Michael Field’. But the couple’s most culturally-significant material is arguably in their unpublished diaries. These have, however, been inaccessible to most scholars for two reasons. Firstly, they are tucked away in the British Library archives. Secondly, the […]

Selling the Interface

Dr. Kimon Keramidas’s recent exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center, “The Interface Experience: Forty Years of Personal Computing,” and its subsequent online exhibition both seek to explore what the historical evolution of the user interface tells us about our relationship to personal computing, and what it reveals about ourselves. How are tools used for computing, entertainment, and work […]

Digital Aponte: Writing, Painting, and Making Freedom in the African Diaspora

José Antonio Aponte was a free man of color, carpenter, artist, and alleged revolutionary who led an anti-slavery rebellion to free colonial Cuba in 1811-1812. For the project, we developed “Digital Aponte”, a site dedicated to providing a platform to “read” Aponte’s lost “book of paintings”. Its physical copy no longer in existence, the “book […]

The Reformer and the Neighborhood: the Case of Mary Simkhovitch and Greenwich House

This project uses digital tools to make visible forms of geographic thought found in the settlement house movement, focusing in particular on the work of Mary Simkhovitch, founder and director of Greenwich House. It sees Simkhovitch’s understanding of neighborhoods responding to and diverging from mainstream attitudes about community-based planning and reform, suggesting ways in which […]

Women Readers in Federalist-Era New York

Drawing on the early circulation records (1789-1805) of the New York Society Library, New York’s first social library and one of its oldest cultural institutions, the project explores the reading histories of the Library’s female members with an eye toward genre, publication history, and borrowing trends. “Women Readers in Federalist-Era New York” complements the Library’s […]

The Downtown Magazine Database

This is a public digital archive providing access to optimized archival scans of historic literary magazines from New York’s creative explosion following the Vietnam era, as represented by the Downtown Collection at the Fales Library. Many of the writers and artists included in the Collection wrestled with the Post-Structuralist and Existentialist theories that are taught today, […]

A Website for Time Landscape

Working with the artist Alan Sonfist and art historian Robert Slifkin, Anderson has created a website detailing “Time Landscape,” Sonfist’s site-specific land art installation originally proposed for New York City in 1965. Sonfist envisioned “Time Landscape” in a series of at least 100 settings, each of which would recreate the natural landscape paved over in […]

Polonsky Digital Humanities Scholars Program

A prototype for public humanities websites about the Inka Road System

For over 5 hundred years, the Inka Road has become a unique living heritage of the south American area. Its construction gave rise to an extraordinary road network that stands as the physical remnant of a very organized empire. Thanks to the Inka Road, the Incas were able to integrate a wide range of people […]

40 Maps: Baltimore

40 Maps: Baltimore is a website designed to serve as a digital atlas of Baltimore City. If atlases are typically concerned with mapping roads and highways, 40 Maps: Baltimore maps the social, economic, and historical currents that run through the city. 40 Maps: Baltimore looks at the cracks in sidewalks, the potholes in roads, the grass in parks and the […]

Documentation of Computer-based Artworks in the Collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Computer-based artworks are quite complex and can be challenging to document comprehensively. Often the native environment of the work becomes outdated within a relatively short period of time; as technology advances, old hardware and software become obsolete. Proper documentation contributes to preservation of the artwork by creating a thorough record of how the work is […]

The Artist Archives Project at Fales Library

Regina project contributed to creating greater public visibility for artist David Wojnarowicz (1954-1992). Wojnarowicz was a key figure in the New York City downtown art scene from the late 1970s until the early 1990s, who has gained a resurgence in popularity during the last decade.  Wojnarowicz‘s works are especially challenging to categorize because of his […]

Digital Map and Database of Coin Hoards in Ancient Egypt

For her internship project, Irene developed a digital map and database of the mints represented in coin hoards in Egypt. The economic role of the city of Alexandria as a major ancient port of the Mediterranean has not been well researched. Recent archaeological data uncovered along the Red Sea coast and within all of Egypt however, […]

The New Fascicles

For over a hundred years, Emily Dickinson’s poems have largely been studied separately and apart from her original ordering. Her poems were discovered in her room after she died. More than 800 poems of her almost 2000 work oeuvre were hand sewn into little books known as “fascicles.” These book orderings were mostly neglected until […]

Inside New York City’s House of the Good Shepherd

Tierney Gleason’s project focuses on nineteenth-century public records for the House of the Good Shepherd, a Magdalen reformatory for “fallen” women and “delinquent” girls that was located on East 90th Street and the East River from the 1860s to the 1920s. Run by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, an order of Roman Catholic nuns […]

IFA Chinese Pictorial Art Portal

In this project, Hui Fang worked as both a researcher and a website editor on a Glossary entitled Epistemologies of Ink Painting including 270 terms on a WordPress-based IFA research portal. Each glossary entry includes a discussion of the term varying in length from one to several paragraphs, followed by a relevant bibliography. During the internship, she […]

The David Wojnarowicz Project at Fales Library

This project addressed the creation of a database for the use of scholars who are researching the work of David Wojnarowicz, an artist who was active in downtown New York from the 1970s until the early 1990s. The artist’s archive in the Fales Downtown Collection is the major source of information for the database. A […]

Illuminating the Scriptorium: Using TEI and Social Network Analysis to Understand Monastic Books and Book Production from the Medieval Monastery of St. Michael in Egypt

Andrea Myers Achi explored modeling strategies and methodologies for organizing and analyzing the core work of her dissertation. Specifically, she became proficient writing XML documents with TEI, and versed in social analysis packages in R Studio. In tandem with mastering these digital methods and tools, she translated the Coptic colophons in the manuscript corpus. The […]

The Das Labyrinth Project

This project intends to aid the opera community by enhancing access to operatic sheet music. Frequently the resources necessary to present fully-staged operas are inaccessible; orchestral parts are particularly hard to come by. The Das LabyrinthProject website will make freely available clean orchestral parts and scores for Das Labyrinth, the 1798 sequel to Mozart’s The Magic Flute. In […]

Decoding Historic Landscapes: Mapping Residential Migration and Real Estate in 20th-century NYC

This multi-platform mapping project is the first step in a larger effort to track residents of two houses-turned-museums in New York City: The Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the Weeksville Heritage Center. What happened to the residents of these houses after they moved out? Race-based-mortgage-lending policies made home-ownership difficult for African-American Edward DeGrant. Meanwhile, […]

Language Attitudes of Twitter Users Toward American English Regional Dialects

Twitter has been recognized as an important resource for social scientists and humanists alike. However, investigations of textual and linguistic phenomena such as geographically delineated lexical variation (i.e., differences in use of synonymous words and phrases, such as pop versus soda versus coke) have focused on differences in production. This student argues that Twitter represents an untapped resource for the […]

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