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.

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

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


Thursday, November 30, 2023. 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Wallenberg 433A
Thursday, December 7, 2023. 10:00am - 11:00am
Wallenberg Hall, 4th Floor
Tuesday, January 9, 2024. 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Wallenberg Hall, 433A


Banner for the Undergraduate Research Internship program.

Applications for CESTA's Undergraduate Research Internship are now due by Thursday, November 30th! 

Graduate Education for a Thriving Humanities Ecosystem (Modern Language Association Press, Fall 2023).

Will Fenton, Associate Director of CESTA, recently published an essay on "Generative Collaboration and the Digital Humanities" in the volume Graduate Education for a Thriving Humanities Ecosystem (Modern Language Association Press, Fall 2023), edited by Stacy M. Hartman and Yevgenya Strakovsky.

Photo of CESTA bookshelf by Alix Keener

The next time you stop by CESTA, take a look at the bookshelves across from our coffee station: you'll see a newly refreshed collection of DH reference titles for your enjoyment while in the center, as well as a growing collection of faculty/CESTA affiliate books.
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CESTA, I've had the opportunity to learn and work on many different things that I'm interested in, such as working with historical documents, coding music analysis programs, and graphic designing for the anthology.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.