Category: Research

“The Bay Area in the 1970s: A Digital Archive”

“The Bay Area in the 1970s” is a DH-oriented research project in collaboration with the Bancroft Library and in synch with the American Studies program. The larger project will capitalize on, and work to curate, the excellent Bay Area-related primary source holdings of the Berkeley library system, and will be linked to a course (also titled “The Bay Area in the Seventies”) to be regularly offered in the American Studies program.

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MayaLab: Sharing Maya archaeology within and outside the research community

This project will develop a web portal for MayaLab, an international collaborative environment for exploration of the archaeology of the Classic Maya city-state network that developed in Central America between AD 250 and 800, one of the most significant examples of a literate ancient society in the world.

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Creating Immersive, Interactive Environments for Engaging with Ancient Egyptian Coffins

Since 2015 and thanks to funding from two earlier collaborative research grants, I have been building 3D models of selected ancient Egyptian coffins from the Egyptian collection housed at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. This category of artefacts is central for the study and understanding of the ancient Egyptian funerary religion, literature and iconography. Coffins were elite items for protecting a mummy and enabling the deceased’s soul to travel in the netherworld and therefore they were richly decorated inside and outside by scribes and artists of the time.

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Images of Eternity in 3D. The visualization of ancient Egyptian coffins through photogrammetry

Expanding on work accomplished through an earlier collaborative research grant, this project aims to build a new digital platform for an in-depth study of the ancient Egyptian funerary culture and its media. The main outcome will be a digital platform that allows to display a coffin in 3D and where users will be able to pan, rotate, and zoom in on the coffin, clicking on areas of text to highlight them and view an annotated translation together with other metadata (transcription of the hieroglyphic text, bibliography, textual variants, museological data, provenance, etc.)

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Italian Record of Nazi-Fascist War Crimes Prosecution Archive

The Italian Record of Nazi-Fascist War Crimes Prosecution project seeks to build the first digital archive in the world that documents Italy’s prosecution of Nazi war criminals, prosecutions that began shortly after World War II and continued through 2013. These proceedings concern war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Third Reich forces during their occupation of Italy between 1943 and 1945.

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Developing a Modified Version of the Lacuna Collaborative Annotation Platform

This grant will support our third year of an ongoing collaborative research program with Stanford’s Poetic Media Lab, who designed Lacuna (www.lacunastories.com), an online annotation platform designed to facilitate collaborative research and teaching. In our modification of the platform, we have adjusted it to support qualitative and collaborative inquiry for researchers looking to develop language and practices for the study of the Contemporary, including contemporary art, literature, and culture. 

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Automatic Authorship Attribution in the Hebrew Bible and Other Literary Texts

The Hebrew Bible is a composite text written by many authors and compiled over hundreds of years. With much of the academic analysis of the Bible dedicated towards discerning nested authorship, scholars closely examine word choice and style to infer distinct components. Despite centuries of advancement in understanding authorial layers within the Bible, attribution for many verses is still heavily debated. The principal aim of our research project is to develop a set of machine learning algorithms to contribute to the analysis of biblical authorship.

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Cuneiform Name Authority - Ur III Period

The goal of the present project is to create a name authority for the Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000) in ancient Mesopotamia, based on a corpus of 94,790 transliterated texts. The name authority will collect various spellings and morphological forms of each name and will put side by side the transliteration of the name (name form) and its normalization (morphology removed).

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A Digital Corpus of Texts for the Study of Magical Ritual

The proposed project is connected with my in-progress PhD dissertation, in the departments of Classics and Medieval Studies, on primary source texts associated with magical ritual and the continuity and transmission of these practices from antiquity through medieval Europe and into the modern period. I focus in particular on incantations, used in healing and protective magic as well as aggressive magic. A major component of the dissertation is the collection of a corpus of such documents covering the period in question, where none had previously existed.

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