MELC Digital: Research Projects

MELC faculty and students are engaged in a wide array of digital humanities research projects.

co-authored with Jared Nistler.

Librarians are well aware, as are many faculty, of the intricate relationships between digital humanities (DH) and literacies—information literacy, visual literacy, digital literacy, data literacy, and the like. Scholarship centered on this intersection is spread across books and journals in numerous disciplines, however. Because of this broad range of publication venues, the scholarly conversation around DH and literacies has not… Read more

Abstract: This paper explores the practical aspects of teaching digital humanities skills to undergraduate students primarily from humanities and social science backgrounds. The results are presented in the form of a case study of a course titled Introduction to Digital Humanities taught at the University of Washington between 2015 and 2018. While many students who took the course had little to no previous experience in the field, the majority chose the course in order… Read more

The research project, Turkey in Seattle Oral History, aims to record, archive and preserve the oral histories of people who immigrated from Turkey to the Pacific Northwest Region in the United States, no matter what their race, ethnicity and/or religion.  The overarching goal of the study is to to leave a legacy of the people of Turkey who reside in the… Read more

Mahmud AbdulBaki (1526-1600) wrote poetry under the penname Baki (Bāḳī = the Enduring) during the reigns of 4 Ottoman sultans.  As the acclaimed “Sultan of Poets” during the so-called “Golden Age” of Ottoman literature, Baki’s influence as a poet echoed down through the centuries.  He was also a regular guest at the salons and private entertainments of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (reigned 1520-1566) and a noted scholar and jurist who rose to become the Chief Magistrate of… Read more

Emma B. Andrews is best remembered for her association with the millionaire lawyer turned archaeologist/art and antiquities collector, Theodore M. Davis. Traveling to Egypt with him between 1889 and 1912, she kept detailed journals of these voyages along the Nile, including his important yet under-reported excavations of 20 significant tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Emma provides a vital commentary on the archaeology and pioneering Egyptologists of the time. She paints a revealing picture… Read more

The University of Washington Svoboda Diaries Project, in collaboration with Iraqi researcher Nowf Allawi, is engaged in the digital production of a set of personal diaries written in Iraq at the turn of the 19th century.

The Svoboda diaries collection is comprised of 50 personal diaries 48 by Joseph Mathia Svoboda and two by his son Alexander Richard Svoboda.… Read more