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"Salve, munde!" -- Introduction

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.

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Welcome, Tobias, I enjoy your classically-inspired computer programming greeting!

We have a HASTAC group for DH workers in Classics, Medieval Studies and Renaissance/Early Modern Studies called TAMeR. For the last HASTAC Conference we proposed a panel and were accepted, and I hope to do one again for HASTAC 2016 if you are interested.

Also, since you're in New York, you may want to check out some of the DH projects we're doing at CUNY / The Futures Initiative, and MARC (Med-Ren Center) at NYU.

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