Materialising History: Digitisation, Visualizations and Epistemological Questions in the Study of the Past
Gjesteforelesning av Anna Foka, HUMlab, Umeås universitet
Humanistic uses of digital technologies have opened up new ways to think about, communicate, and discuss historical research. The common use of digital tools to visually represent ancient cultures and sites, however, has also introduced new issues. For example, critics have argued that digital visualisations, largely synonymous with reconstruction in 3D models, often attempt to represent a photorealistic-artificial vision of the past, and may often prove to be a way to communicate history to a large(r) audience. Against this backdrop, this talk will discuss precisely how technology may help immerse researchers into historically situated life, and radically advance historical research through critical experimentation. Adding to related criticisms of ocularcentric traditions of knowledge production, this talk seeks to demonstrate the potential of digital humanities to move beyond mere representations on screen and to 1) discuss interactive mapping interfaces for geospatial analyses of ancient texts and 2) immersive visualizations in order to mobilize other senses as a historically situated component for research. For this purpose, I focus on my current projects mekhane and digital models, and a project on sounds and movement in the roman amphitheatre. I will discuss the implications of one point digital maps, new tools for semantic geospatial annotation, and the use of immersive infrastructures for humanistic research.