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Data Visualization for Art Historians and Historians: A Digital Humanities Workshop
WhenFriday, Jan. 25, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Campus locationCommunications Building (CMU)
Campus room202
Event typesWorkshops

This session explores the significance of new data-driven methods in the humanities and historical studies. It includes a discussion of methodology and approach, along with a hands-on workshop component using the data analysis and visualization software Tableau. This workshop is aimed at graduate students who have little or no experience working with humanities datasets, but see the potential of visualizing or mapping aspects of their research. Students should arrive at the workshop with their laptops, fully charged. Before the workshop, all registered participants will receive instructions on how to obtain free access to the software that we will be using.

Nancy Um is Professor and Chair of Art History at SUNY-Binghamton. She teaches broadly in the archaeology, arts, architecture and urbanism of the Middle East and South Asia, and her research examines the visual culture and built environments of trading communities around the western Indian Ocean rim in the early modern period. She is the author of Shipped but Not Sold: Material Culture and the Social Protocols of Trade during Yemen’s Age of Coffee (2017) and The Merchant Houses of Mocha: Trade and Architecture in an Indian Ocean Port (2009).

To register, contact Sonal Khullar (Art History) at

Part of Rethinking the Global Turn, a Next Generation Humanities PhD project of the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

Um also delivers a lecture on "Wrinkles in the Global Narrative of Porcelain: Coffee Cups in the Red Sea," at 4 pm on Thursday, Jan. 24.

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