Digital Humanities and Visual Resources: The Material and Digital Lives of Eastern European and Russian Artifacts

Workshop DH and Visual Resources
Fotos: Shelley Szwast
Princeton University, September 3-6, 2019

This four-day workshop will combine instructional sessions, keynote lectures, works-in-progress presentations by participants, and time for individual research. The event will also include a trip to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, home of the renowned Russian & Soviet Nonconformist Art collection.

Keynote talks will be by Glen Worthey, Digital Humanities Librarian in the Stanford University Libraries and Toma Tasovac, Director of DARIAH-EU and Director of the Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities.

Hands-on instructional sessions will be led by Quinn Dombrowski (Academic Technology Specialist, Stanford University) and Andy Janco (Digital Scholarship Librarian, Haverford College). Topics include: structured metadata design, platforms and tools for digital exhibits (OmekaS, Tropy, Wax, IIIF), and computer vision.

Keynote lectures are free and open to the public. Workshop participation requires registration. Please contact Natalia Ermolaev (

The schedule is:

Tuesday, September 3 

9:30am: Welcome & Opening Remarks
      Location: Center for Digital Humanities, Firestone Library, B Floor
10:15am-12pm-: Special Collections & Artifacts
      Location: Rare Book and Special Collections Classroom, Firestone Library, C Floor
1:30-3:30pm: Hands-on session – Structured Metadata: Connecting Material Objects in the Digital Sphere
       Location: Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, 399
4:30 Keynote – Glen Worthey: Speaking Figuratively: What Does Text Have To Do With Image?
       Location: Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, 399

Wednesday, September 4
Location: 245 East Pyne
9:30am: Project presentations/lightning talks by participants
1:30-3:30pm: Hands-on session – Platforms and Tools for Digital Exhibits 1
3:45-5pm: Discussion – Legal and Ethical Issues in Working with Digitized Visual Resources

Thursday, September 5
Location: Wallace Hall, 300
9:30am: Hands-on session – Platforms and Tools for Digital Exhibits 2
1:30-3:30pm: Hands-on session – Computer Vision
4:30pm: Keynote – Toma Tasovac: Thinking Infrastructurally: What’s In It for Humanities Scholars?

Friday, September 6
Location: Chancellor Green, 105
9:30am: Concluding Discussion – Reflections on workshop and discussion of international collaborations
1:3pm:  Trip to Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)


This workshop is co-organized by Princeton University, the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, and Stanford University. Event sponsors include the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), the Slavic Department, the Center for Digital Humanities, the Humanities Council, the Princeton University Library, the Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES), the Department of Art History, the Center for Collaborative History, and European Cultural Studies.