MAA 2016 Toponymic Strata in a Large Corpus of Medieval French

David Joseph Wrisley
@DJWrisley
“Place in Corpora” panel
Medieval Academy of America
Boston, 26 February 2016

Computational models are “however finely perfected, they are temporary states in a process of coming to know, rather than fixed structures of knowledge.” (McCarty, 26)

A view from down under

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visualization 1:  Peripleo.  A geographic view of many different digital objects related to the places of Herodotus.  Click here to explore the same query live.

Herodotus at Peripleo

 

 

Visualization 2: The places of Joinville’s Vie de saint Louis, data by @DJWrisley

places of Joinville

 

Visualization 3: Top 50 Places names in the medieval French corpus.

Visualization 4: The literary geographies of the full corpus of Christine de Pizan.  Open geodata set by myself (about 1000 place names) for download.

CdeP

 

Visualization 5: Full dataset with a Time Slider (almost 10000 place names, 60% geocoded). 

VMP time slider

 

 

 

Visualization 6: A Faceted Browser for Placenames in Medieval (French) Literature (with Stefan Jaenicke, DH 2013) (almost 3000 place names).

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Visualization 7: Medieval French corpus place names layover with high population areas c 1300. (base map: Richard Hoffmann)

Visualization 8: Medieval French corpus place names layover with agricultural systems c. 1300. (base map: Richard Hoffmann)


Visualization 9: Comparative Cross-Language Literary Geographies of Marian poetry: Gautier de Coincy, Gonzalo de Berceo, Alfonso el Sabio (Old French, Castilian, Galician) (608 points) (map data by myself)


Visualization 10: Comparative Arabic-French late Medieval Historiography (al-Nuwairi Al-Iskandarani vs. Guillaume de Machaut) (map data by myself, accessible color palette)

 

 

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Call – Faculty Learning Committee “Digital Humanities at AUB”

 

AMERICAN UNIVERISTY OF BEIRUT

Center for Teaching and Learning

NEW Faculty Learning Community (FLC)

Dear Colleagues,

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) would like to announce a new Faculty Learning Community (FLC) entitled DIGITAL HUMANITIES AT AUB. Registration is now open for motivated faculty members, graduate students and professional staff (librarians & IT).   Deadline is extended till February 8, 2016.

For registration please click the link: https://survey.aub.edu.lb/index.php/885891/lang-en

What is a Faculty Learning Community?

It is a “special kind of community of practice,” “a group of trans-disciplinary faculty, graduate students and professional staff group of size 6-15 or more (8 to 12 is the recommended size) engaging in an active, collaborative, yearlong program with a curriculum about enhancing teaching and learning and with frequent seminars and activities that provide learning, development, transdisciplinarity, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and community building…” Read more

This topic-based Faculty Learning Community will focus on the expanding fields of practice called “Digital Humanities.” The “Digital Humanities” are an evolving set of practices that both adapt traditional questions of humanistic scholarship to new digital environments, and open up new modes of inquiry and analysis altogether. Technologies such as data mining, visualization and mapping, and multi-modal archival environments, combined with an increasing numbers of open-access, socially-networked platforms, are not only changing the ways humanists investigate and teach their source material, but are also forging new means of interdisciplinary scholarly communication and research dissemination. The Digital Humanities are a challenge both to the researcher and to the university community in which s/he works.

In this FLC, we will explore theoretical and practical approaches to the humanities in computational environments to analyze, curate and disseminate materials of the human record. We will explore how making and doing in humanities pedagogy and research enact new forms of knowing.  We will also explore new modes of dissemination and scholarly communication. Depending on the interests of the faculty members involved we can explore different media (text, image, sound, objects) as well as various forms of computational analysis.

Check out these two major events already held at AUB on the Digital Humanities in 2013 and 2015.

The purpose of this FLC is for us to try to find answers to the following questions:

1. How are the digital humanities meaningful to our cultural environment?

2. What are we already doing that falls under the DH umbrella?

3. What other kinds of curriculum and research digital innovation could be facilitated at AUB between computing and the humanities?

4. What kinds of curricular structures at AUB might support digital humanities learning?

The Digital Humanities FLC will run for one academic year, from Feb., 2016 to Dec 2016.

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