Short presentations from Digital Humanities / Digital Classics MA students

Various speakers

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies seminar 2015

Friday June 26th at 16:30, in Room G31, Foster Court, Malet Place, WC1E 6BT

Emma King (Digital Humanities, King's College London)

Strand Lane Baths 1776-1778: 3D modelling historic spaces

The Strand lane baths are the National Trusts most central London property and is the last remaining London relic of the Eighteenth century fashion for cold bathing. The bath is currently in a state of neglect that makes it difficult for the public to gain access and has been severed from the surrounding structures, which makes it difficult to imagine how the space was once experienced. I will discuss how 3D modeling can further research questions and enable visitor engagement of historic sites.

Lauren Knight (Digital Humanities, King's College London)

The City of London as a Museum

The increasing level of technology readily available through smartphones is changing society in a multitude of ways, but could it even change the way a “museum” is seen? Through basic smartphone capabilities, users will be able to curate collections of their own in and out of museums around London. This project has the potential to reshape and rethink what traditional collections offer and give a broader perspective to topics of study through basic mobile phone features such as location tagging, camera phones and crowd-sourced content.

Ioanna Kyvernitou (Digital Humanities, University College London)

Reconstructing a historical knowledge representation of “Women” on the Semantic Web

The dissertation aims to create an ontology called “Women” and by reconstructing the concept of women, to demonstrate relationships between women and cultural heritage materials. These relationships can be used in applications in order to present/structure digital feminist content(s) and thus rediscover women’s participation in the digital world. As part of the dissertation research, the creation of the ontology WomenInClassicalAthens will take place. The designed ontology will aim to connect vocabularies that describe datasets related to women’s history and the ancient world in order to reconstruct conceptions and social roles of women in Classical Athens.

Argula Rublack (Digital Humanities, King's College London)

Digitally interlinking manuscripts of the twelfth-century Arabic-Latin translation movement

The twelfth-century Arabic-Latin translation movement is often cited as the main channel of transmission which facilitated the reintroduction of lost classical learning along with new scientific and philosophical materials into medieval Europe. Despite the topic’s relevance to the study of the fields of medieval history or the reception of classical learning among others, research in this area remains constrained by the lack of comprehensive, centralised access to the relevant manuscript evidence. The presentation will explore the application of digital methods to gather this evidence and allow the interlinking between the Arabic and Latin versions as a remedy for these current limitations. It will then be concluded how this approach may provide not only new possibilities of simultaneous access to the manuscripts but also new perspectives to explore the history of their transmission.

Katherine Steiner (Digital Humanities, University College London)

Digital methods in classical research: an EpiDoc case study

Digital projects have been a part of classics research since the 1960s and earlier. Now, computers are ubiquitous in both our daily lives and our research. Electronic publishing allows writers to present their ideas differently than in print, with fewer limitations on space, use of hyperlinking, and opportunities for reusing and sharing data. My master’s dissertation aims to examine the effect digital classics projects are having on research methods within the discipline. It focuses on a case study of projects using EpiDoc, an application of the TEI developed in the 1990s, now a popular schema for digital projects in epigraphy and elsewhere. This talk will summarise my progress and findings so far.

Lucia Vannini (Digital Humanities, University College London)

Virtual reunification of papyrus fragments

Many Latin and Greek papyrus fragments, originally belonging to one roll, are currently divided among different institutions. While it is impossible to rejoin these fragments physically, they can be virtually reunited thanks to digitisation and image processing. This presentation focuses on how many examples of virtual reunification have been realised and with which methods; if databases of papyri share information about the related fragments of different collections; and what contribution virtual reunification of other objects, for example dispersed manuscripts of the same author, can provide from a methodological point of view.


The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.