Associate Professor, American University of Beirut

My NYU Abu Dhabi Spring 2017 courses

@DJWrisley undergraduate digital humanities courses – NYU Abu Dhabi – Spring 2017


CADT-AD 2  Digital Curation TuTh 1015-1140


In this Arts, Design and Technology core course we examine what it means to be a curator of content online. We begin with basic questions: What is an author? What is a collection? What are ways we curated collections before the digital age? Who is our audience? We explore popular forms of curation in everyday life, historical examples and those found in contemporary social media (Snapchat, Tumblr, Instagram stories, Storify, shareable playlists). We look at politics and trends in digitization and the open cultural data movement, exploring what makes a digital object and what constitutes a web-based digital collection.  We examine a variety of open content management systems (bbpress, WordPress, Scalar and Drupal) and the ways they are used in the museum and academic sector for cultural heritage.  We will use, and critique, one of the most common platforms for academic exhibit building: and Students will think about their own digital identity and citizenship, as well as critical thinking including their own social media practices.  It will also be a chance for students to be creative, co-creating new content, remixing and building upon the “vast and growing digital creative commons.” The course is for any student interested in information sciences, content creation and the GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives and museums). Student work consists of open, reflective blog writing about curation, as we build web-based exhibits in student web hosting.


AHC-AD 139 Spatial Humanities TuTh 1150-105


This course explores making digital maps and 3d models about the human cultural record, in both contemporary and historical contexts.  The course has a regional focus and will be organized around specific case studies: Abu Dhabi & the UAE, the historical Arabian peninsula and ancient Egyptian archeology. Alongside theoretical readings about the spatial turn in the humanities, students will explore conceptual and technical elements of digital content building. Students will explore modeling, representing and analyzing location-based phenomena in order to tell stories in space, time and dimension. We will learn how to map data with a locational dimension, while doing research within the city of Abu Dhabi on urban cosmopolitanism.  We will manipulate digitized maps of the general area of the Arabian Peninsula to explore how the Arabian Gulf, the Red Sea and the UAE have been represented in historical cartography. Lastly, we will explore some of the many z-axis representations that have been created about ancient Egyptian civilization to reflect on the use of 3d for the study material culture and historical built space.  Students interested in literature, history, geography, Arab Crossroads Studies, as well as Interactive Media and the social sciences will benefit from this course.

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