Research, English, Teaching

Digital Humanities: Networking the Geography of the Book

December 12, 2013

The SFU Library digital humanities project, Networking the Geography of the Book, is a research initiative to create an electronic archive of the English Lake District rare books held in SFU’s Special Collections. A major objective of the project is to map communication routes from the remote Lake District region in the Northwest of England to the Canadian Pacific Northwest and comparatively analyse three networked environments: bibliographical, geographical, and digital.

Simon Fraser University
Lake District, U.K.

This coming semester (Spring 2014), the Department of English is offering an upper-level undergraduate seminar that will enable students to engage with SFU Library’s rare book collection and encourage them to explore the implications of translating unique artifacts of local origin into global digital space.

The course is open to students in all disciplines interested in thinking critically about applying digital tools and methods to further our understanding of the role of transmission in producing interconnections between culture, history, and place. Students will learn how books have always functioned as technologies—not only as information technologies, but also often as multi-media events.

This research and learning project is supported by a Teaching and Learning Development Grant, SFU Small SSHRC, the SFU Library Digitization Fund, and the Department of English.

For more information about the course see “Future of the Victorian Book” or contact Margaret Linley.

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