The working group on mapping diasporas is continuing its monthly meetings for the Spring Semester.
Meetings involve the exploration of theoretical issues, collaborative collection research (based on the holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life), and the critical examination of digital tools and platforms.
The second meeting of the semester will include:
- Mapping Languages in Diaspora:Robyn Perry, a graduate of UC Berkeley’s iSchool, an inaugural Fellow of the Center for Technology, Society & Policy and a collaborator in the Aikuma app project (a platform aiming a preserving unwritten languages) will discuss information-based approaches to migration and language in diaspora
- Research on hanukkah lamps in The Magnes Collection: the question about how did lamps specifically designed to accommodate nine lights came into existence, and how their use spread and changed across Jewish history, is rather thorny. We will discuss the topic of mapping history through objects by looking as some examples being selected for an upcoming exhibition
- More questions about Virtual Reality: VR is increasingly gaining traction as an emerging platform, and we will continue to explore this topic
More engaging discussions to come!