Course Details

Course Name
Mapping the Grand Tour: Digital Methods for Historical Data
Course Type
Course
Institution
Stanford University
Department
Classics
Information
https://dhminor.stanford.edu/courses/classics-115-history-238c-italian-115-english-115-mapping-grand-tour-digital-methods
Curriculum
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Status
record actively maintained
Course Language
English
Start Date
2019-01-07
ECTS
5
Lecturer
Giovanna Ceserani
PID
Disciplines: History
Techniques: Georeferencing, Mapping
Objects: Map, Text, Visualization
Access Requirements
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Description
Classical Italy attracted thousands of travelers throughout the 1700s. Referring to their journey as the “Grand Tour,” travelers pursued intellectual passions, promoted careers, and satisfied wanderlust. They wrote letters, published literary accounts of their journeys, sought visual depictions of the sites they visited, while also collecting ancient remains to fill museums and private houses. What can digital approaches tell us about who traveled, where and why? How can we transform innovative scholarship on eighteenth-century literary, visual and material culture of travel into original digital methods for the study of the past? We will read, discuss, and interpret travel accounts and collections, and experiment with parsing, curation and visualization of historical data. Final projects will form credited contributions to the Grand Tour Project, a cutting-edge digital humanities platform (see https:// grandtour.stanford.edu). No prior digital humanities experience necessary.
Keywords
Disciplines: History
Techniques: Georeferencing, Mapping
Objects: Map, Text, Visualization