CESTA - Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis

CESTA - Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis The Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) is comprised of the Spatial History Project, Humanities + Design, and the Literary Lab. The Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) is an international digital humanities center based in Wallenberg Hall at Stanford University.
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Formalized in 2012, we have links to all disciplines at Stanford. Supported by the institution, the Dean of Research, the Dean of Humanities and Sciences, donors, and major grants, CESTA is at the vanguard of innovative and ground-breaking research. Through collaboration with partners across campus, across America and across the world, CESTA investigates pressing questions about human history, experience and endeavor. We explore places, global spaces, texts, textual artefacts, data visualization, digital curation, preservation and display, linked data and interoperability, and sustainability. We support and encourage cutting-edge scholarship at the nexus of tradition and innovation, the theoretical and practical, and the historical and predictive. CESTA pushes the boundaries of digital knowledge at Stanford and beyond, committed to excellence in dynamic research now, creating innovation for scholarship of the future. CESTA labs pursue research that utilizes data and information visualization spanning a variety of methodologies, disciplines, and departments. Collaboration is the norm, with teams comprised of members from the Stanford community as well as researchers from other institutions, both nationally and internationally. Our core research groups include Humanities + Design, Literary Lab, Poetic Media Lab, Spatial History, Text Technologies, Chinese Railroad Workers in North America. Faculty projects also develop from a faculty member's individual scholarship: DH Asia, The Grand Tour, Kindred Britain, and the Medieval Sourcebook. There are even more student projects from the DH Fellows program, where graduate students produce original research projects. Work at CESTA is supported by funding from the Mellon Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, the Stanford Presidential Fund for Innovation in the Humanities, the Stanford Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Stanford Vice Provost for Graduate Education, and the Stanford Humanities Center.

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CESTA - Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis's cover photo
03/04/2021

CESTA - Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis's cover photo

CESTA - Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis's cover photo
03/04/2021

CESTA - Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis's cover photo

Join us today at CESTA at noon for a seminar with Shane Denson. Register at tinyurl.com/algorithmsandaesthetics for a ta...
11/03/2020

Join us today at CESTA at noon for a seminar with Shane Denson. Register at tinyurl.com/algorithmsandaesthetics for a talk and discussion on the post-cinematic computational image and the media-phenomenological conditions of the present.

stunning slide from Dr. Hanjo Hamman's CESTA seminar.
10/23/2020

stunning slide from Dr. Hanjo Hamman's CESTA seminar.

Please join us next Tuesday at noon with Dr. Christina Hodge on the new virtual exhibit, Modeling Mesoamerica at the Sta...
10/15/2020

Please join us next Tuesday at noon with Dr. Christina Hodge on the new virtual exhibit, Modeling Mesoamerica at the Stanford University Archaeology Collections:
https://tinyurl.com/yxwy67ce

cc: Stanford Archaeology Center

Hi! Please join us for Dr. Hanjo Hamman's seminar on the black box of legal eduction in Germany, starting shortly.
10/06/2020
Distant Reading the Law | Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis

Hi! Please join us for Dr. Hanjo Hamman's seminar on the black box of legal eduction in Germany, starting shortly.

Dr. Hanjo Hamann introduces the concept of "distant reading" into the German legal discourse. He uses a unique corpus of sample solutions for bar exams administered in Germany since 2007 to explore what they might tell us about the knowledge required of German lawyers. By trying out various descript...

Data Practices: Challenge application deadline EXTENDED to Sept. 6. Stanford PhD candidates and recent recipients are in...
09/03/2020

Data Practices: Challenge application deadline EXTENDED to Sept. 6. Stanford PhD candidates and recent recipients are invited to submit proposals for a day of workshops, presentations, and discussion held virtually on Oct. 9. More information and CFP at datapractices.stanford.edu.

Explore the landscapes of the Ottoman Empire with MapOE, a CESTA-affiliated project that uses big data, spatial and netw...
08/31/2020

Explore the landscapes of the Ottoman Empire with MapOE, a CESTA-affiliated project that uses big data, spatial and network analysis, visualization, and other digital methods to understand areas of the 18th- & 19th-century Ottoman Empire. Learn more: cesta.stanford.edu/news/mapping-ottoman-epirus-website-launched

'Data Practices' application deadline EXTENDED to Sept. 6: Stanford PhD candidates and recent recipients are invited to ...
08/28/2020

'Data Practices' application deadline EXTENDED to Sept. 6: Stanford PhD candidates and recent recipients are invited to submit proposals for Data Practices Challenge, a day of workshops, presentations, and discussion held on Oct. 9. More information and CFP at datapractices.stanford.edu.

CESTA is excited to announce 'Data Practices:' two online trans-disciplinary events exploring the methods and sources be...
08/27/2020

CESTA is excited to announce 'Data Practices:' two online trans-disciplinary events exploring the methods and sources behind data science and digital humanities! On Oct. 2 join us for the Conference: a keynote speech watch party followed by Q&A, open to the public. Then on Oct. 9 at the Challenge, Stanford PhD candidates and recent recipients will workshop and present their work in conversation with faculty and library staff. More info, CFP, and conference registration at datapractices.stanford.edu.

08/08/2020
Life in Quarantine

Head over to the new Life in Quarantine website for stories and art reflecting on our experiences of the pandemic!

Life in Quarantine's new website is finally up!

Check it out here: http://liqproject.org/

07/31/2020
Midura & Kim "The Traveler’s Companion: International Currency & Mileage Conversion," CESTA Stanford

Throughout August, we'll be posting recordings from our 2019-2020 Seminar Series to our YouTube channel! Check out the first talk with Rachel Midura and Evan Kim, entitled 'The Traveler’s Companion: International Currency & Mileage Conversion, 1550-1650'
https://youtu.be/LbBbILWZfvI

CESTA Spring 2020 Seminar Series, June 2nd Rachel Midura and Evan Kim join CESTA to present: "The Traveler’s Companion: International Currency & Mileage Conv...

Check out a new podcast from PoeticMedia/CESTA sponsored project Life in Quarantine, in partnership with the NoiseFilter...
07/30/2020

Check out a new podcast from PoeticMedia/CESTA sponsored project Life in Quarantine, in partnership with the NoiseFilter Podcast!

We are excited to announce our partnership with the NoiseFilter Podcast!!

NoiseFilter is a NOLA based podcast, hosted by Community Health and Infectious Disease doctors Dr. Eric Griggs and Dr. Mark Alain Dery. The goal of their podcast is to produce a 10 minute, bite-sized production every day sharing updates about COVID-19 to keep themselves and loved ones healthy. Check out their website to read more! https://www.noisefiltershow.com/

Today's podcast launches our partnership with NoiseFilter! Listen to an LiQ story read aloud by their author on today's episode on Spotify or Apple Music!

Follow NoiseFilter on Spotify or AppleMusic in order to stay updated with COVID-19 news, and hear more LiQ stories!

Listen to today's episode!! https://open.spotify.com/episode/7JT02tON1ZCxQwptyAnPfR?si=_ocucFe3SmaxmyvoLUFEdA

Spotify link to NoiseFilter: https://open.spotify.com/show/6Ts6BMClZgPnlqM1m3rNIQ?si=47Gt3EkWQUaQXMPJPbiH9Q

AppleMusic link to NoiseFilter: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/noisefilter/id1512359749?mt=2&app=podcast

Stanford undergrads--experience virtual Italy and fulfill WAYS and DH Minor requirements with a new digital humanities c...
12/06/2018

Stanford undergrads--experience virtual Italy and fulfill WAYS and DH Minor requirements with a new digital humanities class in Winter Quarter. Mapping the Grand Tour: Digital Methods for Historical Data (CLASSICS115, HISTORY238C, ITALIAN115, ENGLISH15) will be co-taught by Prof. Giovanna Ceserani and Rachel Midura.

CLASSICS115 (cross-listed as HISTORY238C, ITALIAN115, and ENGLISH115)
Winter 2019, TTh 10:30-11:50 AM, 200-107

https://explorecourses.stanford.edu/search?view=catalog&filter-coursestatus-Active=on&page=0&catalog=&academicYear=&q=Classics+115&collapse=

On a new book by Prof. Amir Eshel, Faculty Director of the Poetic Media Lab, in collaboration with artist Gerhard Richte...
11/01/2018
Stanford Comparative Literature

On a new book by Prof. Amir Eshel, Faculty Director of the Poetic Media Lab, in collaboration with artist Gerhard Richter.

Amir Eshel collaborates with the German artist Gerhard Richter on a multimedia book.

Great profile of Stanford University senior Lena Zlock's expansive digital humanities project building a database of Vol...
09/27/2018
New Stanford project gets inside Voltaire’s mind | Stanford News

Great profile of Stanford University senior Lena Zlock's expansive digital humanities project building a database of Voltaire's personal library. Hat tip to faculty mentors Dan Edelstein and Mark Algee-Hewitt, also Stanford VPUE, Voltaire Foundation, Oxford and many others!

Stanford undergraduate Lena Zlock is developing a first-ever digital humanities study of Voltaire’s personal library, which contains over 6,700 books.

A few examples of the many amazing digital humanities posters created by our interns this summer! To see the rest, visit...
09/12/2018

A few examples of the many amazing digital humanities posters created by our interns this summer! To see the rest, visit the link in our bio. @ Stanford University

Hard to say goodbye to al of these incredible interns! So thankful for all their hard work and commitment to propelling ...
08/31/2018

Hard to say goodbye to al of these incredible interns! So thankful for all their hard work and commitment to propelling digital humanities research forward.

What a way to end the summer! Congratulations to all our research interns for completing amazing work.  @ Stanford Unive...
08/28/2018

What a way to end the summer! Congratulations to all our research interns for completing amazing work. @ Stanford University

"The more you look at history, the more clearly you can see how it's a cyclical process... all of it: city formation, gr...
08/18/2018

"The more you look at history, the more clearly you can see how it's a cyclical process... all of it: city formation, growth, and the methods in which people are displaced."


• Sandro Hall, BA candidate in Urban Studies 2020

Click the link in our bio to read more!

Reminiscing on our Stanford Special Collections visit on this #NationalBookLoversDay  @ Stanford University
08/09/2018

Reminiscing on our Stanford Special Collections visit on this #NationalBookLoversDay @ Stanford University

CESTA invites the campus community to explore the #digitalhumanities at our Research Showcase—poster presentations, talk...
08/09/2018

CESTA invites the campus community to explore the #digitalhumanities at our Research Showcase—poster presentations, talks, and faculty driven discussion. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

See you there!

"Exploring the intersection between technology and humanities has opened my eyes to methods of making information access...
08/08/2018

"Exploring the intersection between technology and humanities has opened my eyes to methods of making information accessible to scholars and student alike.”


• Irene Han BAS candidate in CS + English, 2021

Read more by clicking the link in our bio!

“Through creating these stories as a learning experience and not primarily as scholarly published projects, we are openi...
07/23/2018

“Through creating these stories as a learning experience and not primarily as scholarly published projects, we are opening up the world of academia.” •

• Izzy Ampil, BS candidate Earth Systems 2021

For more click the link in our bio.

“...research isn’t all about finding answers right away.” ••• Lily Nilipour, BA candidate in English 2021Find her story ...
07/17/2018

“...research isn’t all about finding answers right away.”


• Lily Nilipour, BA candidate in English 2021

Find her story here cesta.stanford.edu/news/intern-spotlight-lily-nilipour.

“...the environments which we live in and interact with are incredibly important in shaping our culture, our community, ...
07/09/2018

“...the environments which we live in and interact with are incredibly important in shaping our culture, our community, and our legacy.”


• Vincent Nicandro, BS candidate in Computer Science 2020

For his full story click here https://cesta.stanford.edu/news/ri-spotlight-vincent-nicandro.

“...with my project LandTalk, I’m not only redesigning a website, but simultaneously learning about how to develop an ed...
07/06/2018

“...with my project LandTalk, I’m not only redesigning a website, but simultaneously learning about how to develop an educational curricula.”


• Chris Tan, BS candidate in Computer Science 2021

Read his full story at https://cesta.stanford.edu/news/ri-spotlight-christopher-tan

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