Spring 2016 DH Projects Seeking Undergraduate Research Apprentices

The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) brings together undergraduate students, faculty, visiting scholars, curators, and graduate students to pursue research for the semester. Below, we have selected several URAP projects where students will engage with digital humanities tools, methods, and critical perspectives. Apprentices have curated exhibits, built databases, traveled to archives abroad, learned web design, and later conducted their own research in the digital humanities.

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DH Fellow Elizabeth Honig and Team Launch Revamped Janbrueghel.net

Brueghel team Christmas party group picture

2015 has been a busy year for DH Fellow Elizabeth Honig, Associate Professor in History of Art, and her team of research assistants and URAP apprentices. Over several years, the team has developed janbrueghel.net, an extensive, open source catalogue raisonné of Flemish painter, Jan Brueghel the Younger (1601 - 1678 AD). The enormous output of the Brueghel family’s workshop and their use of various templating technologies for duplicating painting elements (e.g. a windmill, background figures) poses interesting challenges for attribution.

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DH on the Syllabus: Courses from Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

Across departments, instructors are experimenting with different ways to incorporate digital humanities methods and critical perspectives into undergraduate and graduate courses. Students are engaging with the digital by exploring computational methods, building models and reconstructions, and developing theoretical critiques and artistic creations. Below, we highlight a few current and upcoming courses taught by DH Fellows and other campus partners.

Fall 2015

The first set of courses featuring new components funded by DH at Berkeley made their debut this fall.

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An Undergrad Education in DH: Ashley Jerbic and 3D Modeling in Art History

Ashley Jerbic presenting Mission San Gabriel virtual model

How is the production of art affected by the environment in which it is meant to be presented? DH Intern Ashley Jerbic, a double-major in Art Practice and History of Art, has spent her undergraduate career exploring 3D modeling as a way to approach this question. Through classes and internships with faculty DH Fellows, Jerbic has applied 3D modeling to a variety of disciplines.

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Art as Data: DH Fellow Elizabeth Honig on Art History in the Age of Big Data

What does the advent of big data have to offer art historians? What do art historians, well versed in the study of images, have to offer researchers in computational methods? What approaches are available to scholars studying large collections of images, and what types of research questions do these engender? How can we connect large image collections with rich metadata? Elizabeth Honig, DH Fellow and Associate Professor in History of Art, and Melissa Geisler Trafton, Senior Researcher, Fitz H.

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DH Fellow Eduardo Escobar on Analyzing Social Networks and Semantic Networks in Assyriology

DH Fellow Eduardo Escobar, a PhD candidate in Near Eastern Studies, has turned to network analysis to study semantic and social networks in the history of science. In network analysis, a graph’s nodes (e.g. people, places, words) and their connecting edges (kinship, trade routes, synonyms) are visualized, with the goal of providing scholars with new insights.

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