Center for Digital Learning at SUNY Geneseo

History department to offer fall course in digital humanities

Partial page from Columbia University manuscript collection Partial view of a manuscript page from a collection of works on astronomy and astronomical instruments in the Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The collection is part of the Muslim World Manuscripts project, with which Geneseo history professor Mohammad Sadegh Ansari worked in preparing his doctoral dissertation on the science of music in the medieval Islamic world. Public domain. Learn more about Professor Ansari’s work with this and other manuscripts in this interview on the Columbia University Global Studies Blog

This fall, Geneseo Assistant Professor of History Mohammad Sadegh Ansari will offer a 4-credit course in digital humanities. The course, Digital Tools in History: Digital Humanities (HIST 303), will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.

The course has no prerequisites.

Here’s the full course description:

Digital technologies are reshaping scholarship in fields across the humanities from literature to music to history. In this course, we will explore the perspectives of scholars who have thought about what “digital humanities” means and the technologies and tools being used to shape research, scholarship, and publishing, with a particular focus on the discipline of History. Topics will include the history of the digital humanities, textual studies, computational and new media, and emerging work around text, image, and new media curation and visualization. The final two weeks of the course will be dedicated to the study of the field of Digital Humanities in a non-Eurocentric setting and with a non-Latin script, in this case, Arabic script and the History of the Islamic world. Active engagement by all participants is expected. Students will contribute to the field with a creative final project that they develop over the course of the semester.

If you have questions about the course, don’t hesitate to email Dr. Ansari: