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.

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CESTA DH Research Showcase 2022

Every year, the DH Graduate Fellowship supports graduate students and postdocs to produce original DH research. Join us to see the 2021-22 cohort of scholars' projects!

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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CESTA affiliate and former faculty director Elaine Treharne has been interviewed by the School of Humanities and Sciences about her new book: Perceptions of Medieval Manuscripts. Read the full article here.
Congratulations to Professor Michael Penn for the award of a 2022 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to support work on the project: 'The Church of Baghdad Project Description: Research and writing leading to a history of the Christian church in early medieval Syria, drawing on the recently published letters of Patriarch Timothy I (d.
Congratulations to Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Tsuyoshi Ishihara, Ronald Jenn, France Holger Kersten, and Selina Lai-Henderson on the publication of their work (which was in part supported by CESTA!) in the Journal of Transnational American Studies.
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CESTA, I've had the opportunity to learn and work on many different things that I'm interested in, such as working with historical documents, coding music analysis programs, and graphic designing for the anthology.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.