On Mapping Diasporas

How do we “map” cultures in diaspora? The advent of the digital humanities provides an opportunity to re-think culture in diaspora by looking at data, social media, and the web as interconnected platforms that may carry this metaphor to an entirely new level.

This project explores digital humanities approaches to diasporic culture through hands-on research focusing on cultural heritage objects held in The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mapping Diasporas is a Digital Humanities Special Topics Seminar, taught by Francesco Spagnolo. The project is funded through the Andrew W. Mellon grant, Capacity Building and Integration in the Digital Humanities, administered by Digital Humanities at Berkeley, a project of the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities and Research IT at UC Berkeley.


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