The Iron Streets of Pompeii and the Curious Case of Liquid Roman Iron

  One of the great joys and frustrations of academia is coming up against a phenomenon that defies explanation. In 5CollDH undergraduate fellow Juliana van Roggen’s case, it’s asking why there are small iron deposits scattered around the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. In collaboration with an ongoing archaeological project, she’s creating a public, digital resource that maps the city in new and unusual ways. In her own words: Unlike my colleagues, my project does not focus on creation. Instead, I am … Read More

Parables for Proto-Space: An Introduction

    Digital humanities offers the opportunity to imagine the future of how we live with and through our technologies. 2014-15 5CollDH undergraduate fellow Craig Campbell’s project speculates on the architectures of cyberspace, and explores the ways that we already (and have always) live in digital space. In his own words:    In mathematics, the parabola is defined as the arching shape that results from intersecting a cone with a plane parallel to one of its sides. The parabola is immediately evocative … Read More

An Imagined Product Launch for a Very-Not-Imaginary Product

    Where does the device stop and you begin? What’s it like to live as a machine? These are familiar questions to science fiction literature, but take on shocking new stakes in 2014-15 5CollDH undergraduate fellow Wouter Schievink’s project. Through a series of public art installations exploring robotics, organic material, and interactivity, his project interrogates our physical relationships with ephemeral technologies. In his own words:    Hello, my name is Tom, co-founder of Skinskin.I’m so glad that all of you could make … Read More

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