Save the date: Digital Humanities seminars in April and June

Digital Humanities at The Open University is delighted to announce the next two events in the Digital Humanities in Practice 2014/15 series.

The BL Labs

Date: 13 April 20151pm-3pm

Speaker: Mahendra Mahey (British Library Labs)

Abstract: to follow

Modelling the medieval pilgrim experience – ‘Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals, Past and Present’

Date: 3 June 2015, 1pm-3pm

Speakers: Dr Dee Dyas (University of York) and Dr Marion Bowman (The Open University)

Abstract: The AHRC-funded, three-year research project entitled ‘Pilgrimage and England’s cathedrals, past and present‘, involving Dee Dyas, University of York (PI), Marion Bowman, The Open University (Co-I), Simon Coleman, University of Toronto (Co-I) and post-doctoral researchers Dr John Jenkins and Dr Tiina Sepp (based at York), centres on historical and contemporary case studies of four cathedrals – Canterbury, York, Durham and Westminster – chosen to represent a range of historical, geographical, social and denominational settings. Using a combination of methods, researchers will examine pilgrimage and engagement with sacred sites in England from the 11th to the 21st centuries, assess the growing significance of England’s cathedrals as sacred/heritage/tourist sites today, and suggest ways to enhance visitor experiences in the future.

One outcome of the project is an interactive animated visualization of medieval pilgrims’ experience at Canterbury Cathedral. At the Digital Humanities Seminar, Dee Dyas will demonstrate some of the work she has done previously on the construction of digital models of churches and cathedrals, before discussing the underlying research and technicalities involved in building the Canterbury Cathedral model.

The Digital Humanities Seminar will be preceded by an overview of the ‘Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals, Past and Present’ project, presenting working methods and preliminary findings, by Marion Bowman and Dee Dyas, from 11am to 12pm.