Event—Center for Renaissance Studies

Word and Image in Print and Digital Archives


This workshop takes a long view of the effects of technological change on word-image relations. Beginning with the print resources of the Newberry, we will ask the following questions: How were particular methods of visual and verbal representation key to the organization of knowledge in the early modern period? How did the spatial and temporal affordances of maps, atlases, and historical timelines contribute to emerging views of the “globe”? We will then turn to several of the most important digital archives for early modern studies, including “Digital Newberry.” How have digital tools altered the affordances of image-based archives? How has the reproduction and circulation of words and images shifted in relation to digital searchability, addressability, and information architecture? Finally, participants will be introduced to the process of publishing their archival research from the Newberry using digital tools relevant to work in public humanities, such as Omeka and Timeline JS. Participants will be encouraged to use these tools to produce a publishable timeline, digital archive, or story from the Newberry archive that will be shared on the Center for Renaissance Studies's consortium blog: CRS Stories.

Learn more about the instructors: Jennifer Waldron and James A. Knapp.