Welcome to CESTA

At CESTA, students and faculty combine the power of humanistic investigation with new technologies to document, analyze and understand the changing human experience.

Reflections on the Digital Humanities

A Stanford Arcade and CESTA collaboration

Articles and interviews of digital humanities practicioners and professors at Stanford. Curated and edited by Charlotte Lindemann (PhD Candidate).

Introducing our Taxonomy of DH Methods and Approaches

Read about a unique feature of our new publications page: a taxonomy of methods and approaches which can be used to filter our publications

"Data That Divides Us" Symposium

May 31st. Join us for a day-long symposium to end a year of seminar series, funded by the Mellon Foundation, on challenges and possibilities of using data methods for digital humanities research.

2024 DH Research Showcase

Join us to learn about what has been happening at CESTA and to celebrate a year of Digital Humanities projects and collaborations!

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Featured Project

The Senegalese Slave Liberations Project, led by Professors Richard Roberts, Joel Cabrita, and Fatoumata Seck at Stanford, Babacar Fall and Ibrahima Seck in Senegal, and Rebecca Wall at Hamilton College, together with Joshua Goodwin at Stanford and Erica Ivins at Columbia University, is investigating slavery and  freedom in  19th-century West Africa.

How is humanities research transformed in a digital age? How can we harness the power of digitization in order to recover, preserve, and curate cultures and cultural artifacts? Like no other place on campus, we work across the boundary typically separating the humanities and technology, asking essential questions about the future of humanistic thought.
Giovanna Ceserani
Faculty Director


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Duplicate screenshots of the same page from a Slave Emancipation Registry from National Archives of Senegal in Dakar in different colors.

Becca De Los Santos graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor's Degree in French, with Departmental Honors and Distinction. I have sat down with her on May 22nd, 2024 to talk about academic journey at Stanford, her work in for the Senegal Liberations Project, and her internship journey with CESTA.
Giovanna Ceserani's (CESTA Faculty Director, and Associate Professor of Classics, and by courtesy of, History) second book, A World Made by Travel is published today! It is Stanford University Press's latest digital publication.
Stanford Report publishes an article on the CESTA's Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series, "Data That Divides Us".
Throughout my time with CESTA, I've had the opportunity to learn and work on many different things that I'm interested in, such as working with historical documents, coding music analysis programs, and graphic designing for the anthology. In each project I've been a part of, it has been exciting to see how much technological innovation has to offer for humanities research, and how interdisciplinary study can enhance collaboration from people with different backgrounds and perspectives.
Kiana Hu
Undergraduate Research Intern

CESTA is open to all persons concerned with the study and teaching of digital humanities, in that field’s most capacious definition. Our Center welcomes researchers and interested participants from all walks of academic life, including, but not limited to, faculty and academic-related staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduates and undergraduates, independent scholars, and technological experts. We aim to encourage an environment of collegiality and collaboration, diversity, inclusion, and academic freedom for all participants.

We explicitly affirm the right of students and junior faculty to receive supportive, professional mentoring that respects their intellectual freedom and personal integrity. We expect anyone coming to CESTA, or representing CESTA, to abide by and promote these values so that together we may build a stronger, more welcoming, considerate, and equal community.