Hello everyone! My name is Maryam, and I'm a senior at Princeton University. I study Intellectual History (in the History department). More specifically, I'm interested in intellectual and cultural exchange between the Near East and Early Modern Europe (say, the 17th and 18th centuries). I'm currently swamped with fellowship applications for the next year, while also trying to write a senior thesis examining the reception of Copernicus in the Ottoman World.
I have a bit of a background in computer science, and "discovered" the digital humanities through random stumbling on the internet at the beginning of my sophomore year. I was enamored by the Stanford Republic of Letters project, and knew that Digital Humanites would be how I could combine my simultaneous interests in History and Computer Science.
By chance, Princeton had just formed what is known as the "Digital Humanities Initiative" and at the end of my sophomore year I met the faculty director, Prof. Meredith Martin, and asked if I could be their new undergraduate assistant. I've been helping them ever since, and am mosly involved with administrative tasks like organizing talks and publicity.
I'm not currently conducting a DH project, though in the past I've done some textual analysis "research" on Machiavelli's texts, and hope to do more in the future. I would have to say textual analysis and corpus linguistics are what intrigue me the most, since I am, at heart, obsessed with texts and manuscripts.
I'm really looking forward to creating these working groups and working with you all on some fantastic projects!