Global Horizons of the Digital and Public Humanities

Global Horizons of the Digital and Public Humanities is an international research institute developed in collaboration between Stanford University’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) and the Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH) with the support of the Stanford Humanities Center.

The institute will convene an international cohort of faculty, graduate students, and practitioners at two convenings in 2023-24. The first meeting will be hosted at VeDPH in Venice between October 9-13, 2023, and the second will meet at CESTA between April 22-April 26, 2024.

The goals for the inaugural year are to promote intellectual exchange between scholars at CESTA and VeDPH and to produce a collaborative white paper on the digital public humanities. As both Stanford and Venice confront existential challenges related to water, the theme for the inaugural year is Cities and Water.

October 2023 Convening

Global Horizons in the Digital and Public Humanities, October 2023

Monday, October 9

16:00-18:00: Session 1: The City and the Archive: Data extraction from archival records and documents 

VeDPH Lab, Sala Piccola, Palazzo Malcanton Marcorà

Chair: Simon Levi Sullam (Ca’ Foscari)

  • Dorit Raines (Ca’ Foscari), "Data extraction from archival sources: models, solutions, prospects"
  • Laura Stokes (Stanford), "Water rights in an early modern murder case: Using digital reconstructions to decipher historical motivations"
  • Giovanna Ceserani (Stanford), "Travel, computation, and digital publishing: historical knowledge in open access"

Round Table with Federico Boschetti (VeDPH/CNR-ILC), Flavia Bruni (Chieti/Pescara), Valentina Dal Cin (Ca’ Foscari), and Ilaria Sicari (Ca’ Foscari)

Tuesday, October 10

9.00-14.00: Guided Tour of the Marciana National Library and visit to the Biennale Architettura 2023

15.00-16.45: Session 2: Travel Itineraries, Entities, and Editions

VeDPH Lab, Sala Piccola, Palazzo Malcanton Marcorà 

Chair: Benedetta Bessi (Ca’ Foscari)

  • Roey Sweet and Richard Ansell (Leicester), "War, Travel and Cultural Exchange: William Gell and the British in Iberia, 1750-1830"
  • Rachel Midura (Virginia Tech), "Rivers and Roads: The Beauty and Danger of Waterways in Early Modern Itineraries" [online]
  • Anna Toledano (Stanford), "Living Scientific Names of Félix de Azara’s Lost Bird Collection"
  • David Wrisley (NYU Abu Dhabi), "Mapping Itineraries to the Eastern Mediterranean (15-16th c.)"

17.15-18.45: Session 3: Water Policies and their Impact on Communities and Identities 

Chair: Flavia Bruni (Chieti/Pescara)

  • Franca Tamisari (Ca’ Foscari), "Indigenous cultural values in ‘water country’ and their recognition in Australia"
  • Elena Zapponi (Ca’ Foscari), "Waterscapes in Havana. Imaginaries of the ocean and of the Malecón"
  • William Parish IV (Stanford), "Indigenous Water Rights and Machine Learning: New Forays"
  • Fabio Pittarello (Ca’ Foscari), "Bauhaus of the Seas Sails: Designing Sustainability, Social inclusion and Beauty for the European Coastal Cities"
  • Corinna Guerra and Pietro Omodeo (Ca’ Foscari), "Managing the Lagoon. Digital Edition of Archival Sources from the Early Modern Period"
Wednesday, October 11

9.00: Saluti istituzionali Roberta Dreon, Rector’s delegate for Humanities Research

Sala Berengo, Ca’ Foscari

  • Daniele Baglioni, Director of Department of Humanities
  • Giovanna Ceserani, Director of CESTA 
  • Franz Fischer, Director of VeDPH

9.15-10.45 Session 4: Cities and Water - Public History 

Chair: Stefano Dall’Aglio (Ca’ Foscari)

  • Will Fenton (Stanford), "Ghost River: Restorative Storytelling and Limits of Consultation"
  • Fabrizio Nevola (University of Exeter), "Hidden Venice: Geolocated Apps, Urban Space and Public History"
  • Alessandra Valentini and Elena Missaggia (Ca’ Foscari), "Women’s Lives, Women’s Histories Project: Matronae Podcast"
  • Fabio Pittarello (Ca’ Foscari), "Remembering the City: Stumbling Stones, Memory Sites and Augmented Reality"

11.00-13.00 Session 5: Digital and Public Approaches for Literary and Linguistic Research 

Chair: Will Fenton (Stanford)

  • Chloé Brault (Stanford), "Islands that Repeat Themselves"
  • Enrico Chies (Ca’ Foscari), "Epic Fail & Epic Win - Annotating Iliadic themes and motifs"
  • Ella Elbaz (University of Haifa), "Traveling and Stationary Metaphors: Darwish and Al-Qasem Over Water"
  • Renana Keydar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), "What is ‘the Environment’ in contemporary legal thought: Insights from a computational text analysis of human rights documents"
  • Charlotte Lindemann (Stanford), "River Passages in Manhattan Novels"
  • Jessica Puliero (Ca’ Foscari), "The dialect of Pellestrina"

14.00-15.30 Session 6: Digital Cultural Heritage and the Public 

Chair: Diego Calaon (Ca’ Foscari)

  • Elisa Corrò and Nevio Danelon (Ca’ Foscari), "Venice Actions for Neuro Humanities: A New Initiative for a Neurohumanistic Hub at Ca’ Foscari"
  • Mateusz Fafinski (University of Erfurt), "Digital Silence: Fragments, Catalogues and Seeing the Diverse Heritage"
  • Stefania De Vincentis (Ca’ Foscari) and Martin Critelli (CNR), "Moving a IIIF panorama. The Galleria Borghese case study"
  • Heiner Krellig (Ca’ Foscari/Berlin), "A visual history of the Lagoon of Venice (in forma virtuale)"

17.00-18.30 VeDPH Seminar 

Mark Algee-Hewitt (Stanford): "Truth in Climate Fiction: Communicating Real World Facts through Unreal Worlds"

Thursday, October 12

Field trip to Pellestrina

Vecchia Remiera di Portosecco; Museo della Laguna e Piccola Pesca; Casoni di Pesca, Fisherman’s Boat Trip

Guide: J. Puliero

Friday, October 13

International Conference: Paving the Way to the Rediscovery of Ancient Greece: Cristoforo Buondelmonti and Other Travelers (15th-19th century). New Approaches and Methods

9.30-13.00: The Digital Rediscovery of Ancient Greece 

CFZ, Ca’ Foscari Zattere

Chair: Franz Fischer (Ca’ Foscari)

  • 9.30-10.00: Benedetta Bessi and Daniele Fusi (Ca’ Foscari), "Modelling the Archipelagus. The Digital Edition of Cristoforo Buondelmonti’s Liber Insularum"
  • 10.00-10.30: Brady Kiesling (ToposText), "Textualizing the Mediterranean: Lessons from Pausanias and ToposText"
  • 10.30-11.00: Eleni Gadolou and George Tolias (Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece), "Mapping Greek Antiquities in the 19th Century: the Case of the French Scientific Mission"
  • 11.30-12.00: Giovanna Ceserani (Stanford ), "Introducing the Grand Tour Explorer: Digital Humanities and the History of Travel"
  • 12.00-12.30: Maria Cristina Manzetti (University of Cyprus), "Mapping the Impressions of Grand Tour Travellers in Greece"

15.30-17.00: On the Path of Erasmus and Greek Studies in Venice with Caterina Carpinato, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

About the Collaborators

The Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) is an internationally renowned digital humanities center based in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. Affiliate students, researchers, and practitioners explore places, global spaces, texts, textual artifacts, data visualization, digital curation, preservation, linked data and interoperability, and sustainability. As a scholarly community, CESTA supports and encourages cutting-edge work across the humanities and the interpretative social sciences.

The Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH) is part of the Department of Humanities of Ca' Foscari University of Venice. VeDPH supports and encourages the improvement, accessibility, and dissemination of advanced projects in the fields of Digital and Public Humanities. The Centre seeks to promote collaboration between students, researchers, and organizations.

The Stanford Humanities Center (SHC) sponsors advanced research in the humanities and the interpretive social sciences by investing in experiences—fellowships, workshops, lectures, and other events—that enrich knowledge in and across the disciplines. Through a partnership with the renowned Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), the Humanities Center, also based in the School of Humanities and Sciences, embraces emerging digital methods to complement traditional kinds of analysis and interpretation.

Please contact cesta_stanford [at] (cesta_stanford[at]stanford[dot]edu)  with any questions about this new initiative.