Hello, everyone! This is just a first post to introduce myself to folks. I am a first-year Ph. D. student at Fordham University in the Bronx, working primarily on medieval environmental history, with occasional forays into the history of mapping, and Canadian political history. As a masters student, I started working on power dynamics and drainage developments in Romney Marsh, and started looking for ways to engage with a landscape that kept moving, and which had to be understood through a much wider range of factors (administritive, geological, hydrological, and chronological) than could be mapped conventionally (my efforts with push-pins, transparencies, and multiple-colored permenant markers notwithstanding). I resorted to digital humanities out of desperation, but have kept with it out of interest. Like my other field, environmental history, the digital humanities have the potential to bring together a tremendous range of approches, from statistical analysis to close reading.
I have been involved in a couple of digital mapping projects with the Fordham Center for Medieval Studies (The Oxford Outremer Map, and Exploring Place in the French of Italy), but I am interested to broadening my horizens into digital editing and text analysis, and coding applications.
Thank you, everyone, for this wonderful resource and community -- I look forward to interacting with and learning from you all.