Spring 2018

Spatial Humanities: The Social Lives of Buildings, HURC 432/632.004, 3 cr., Dr. Elisabeth Narkin

This course introduces spatial theory and digital technologies as methods of conducting humanities research. Deploying these tools, participants in the studio will examine the architectural, urban, and social spaces of early modern France (1500-1700), exploring how these spaces shaped individuals’ and groups’ interactions. Stretching from the Italian Wars to the court's reorganization at Versailles, this dynamic era’s spaces advanced human goals, but they also transformed economics, politics, and religion. Together, we will explore technologies for mapping (ArcGIS, Google Earth), modeling (Sketch-Up), and network analysis (Palladio, Tableau).

Open to undergraduate and graduate students from all fields. No prior technical experience is required.




Spatial Humanities: Procedural Greco-Roman Cities, HURC 432/632.003, 3 cr., Dr. Marie Saldaña

Procedural modeling enables the efficient modeling of entire cities from scripts, or "rules." In this course, students will learn critical and hands-on approaches to the interpretation and documentation of the historical built environment through the use of GIS databases and procedural 3D scene creation. Students will work with the Roman City Ruleset, a library of procedural rules for Esri CityEngine, to model different sites in Roman Asia Minor. Choosing from a selection of site plans, students will apply the ruleset to model a comprehensive view of the city and its landscape, while critically investigating the procedural methodology through a series of theoretical readings and discussions.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students from all fields.




Spatial Humanities Master Class, HURC 450/650, 3 cr., Dr. Farès el-Dahdah, Dr. Laura K. Richardson, Dr. Kyle G. Sweeney

The Spatial Humanities Master Class will introduce students to the newly-forming spatial humanities canon, as well as to prominent scholars working in the field. The course will be structured around the visits of nine such scholars, who will give public lectures during regularly scheduled class time. In addition to the public lectures on Thursdays, class meetings on Tuesdays will be used to look into ongoing research that not only stems from a surge of scholarly interest in space but that also exploits a vast assortment of information technologies; explore, critique, and experience the modeling and mapping of historic sites and events; and together incubate a multidisciplinary and broadly humanistic collaboration among interested tech innovators, faculty, and students.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students from all fields.