Multispectral imaging of a medieval manuscript—at this particular moment, with a wavelength that appears as green to the human eye. (Part of the Library of Stains imaging process.)

Multispectral imaging of a medieval manuscript—at this particular moment, with a wavelength that appears as green to the human eye. (Part of the Library of Stains imaging process.)

Digital Methods for Premodern Studies

Advanced undergraduate and and graduate seminar. 

This course explores intersections of literary and cultural history in the study of premodern societies (loosely defined for the purposes of this class as global cultures prior to the use of print). Students will become familiar with digital methods including cultural analytics, databases and text mining, digitization and digital editions, archaeological techniques such as geophysical surveying, imaging techniques such as multispectral imaging, and digital pedagogies. Course material will survey the use of such methods in fields across the humanities and humanistic social sciences—literary studies, linguistics, history, art history, history of science, archaeology, anthropology, and human geography—in periods ranging from prehistory to (roughly) the fifteenth century. At the culmination of this course, students will design proposals for original digital scholarship on premodern language, literature, and/or culture utilizing the method of their choosing (ideally, in the case of graduate students, pertaining to their own research agenda).