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Core Labs

CESTA provides infrastructure, research support, and intellectual community for DH labs and projects.

As the hub for digital humanities inquiry at Stanford, CESTA is home to multiple labs that build and use computational tools for humanities research and pedagogy. On any given day, you'll find CESTA's interdisciplinary research space buzzing with innovative projects, ideas, and conversations that involve researchers and students from diverse departments - from art history to biology, computer science to classics. The Center's modular structure fosters both academic rigor and collaborative creativity.

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Chinese Railroad Workers in North America

The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project seeks to give a voice to the Chinese migrants whose labor on the Transcontinental Railroad helped to shape the physical and social landscape of the American West.
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Humanities + Design

Producing new modes of design thinking to serve data-driven humanities research.
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Literary Lab

Analyzing literary texts by quantitative means.
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Poetic Media Lab

The Poetic Media Lab designs and builds creative platforms and products that promote new ways of conducting research, teaching, and learning in the 21st century.
Hexbin plot showing occlusion of "exposed" locations throughout the city of Philadelphia.

Spatial History Project

A collaborative community of scholars engaging in creative spatial and visual analysis.
Screenshot from the Medieval Networks of Memory project, showing a network of contributors to a thirteenth-century mortuary roll

Text Technologies

Text Technologies combines digital methods with book historical approaches to investigate the long history of textual communication.