Digital Humanities

Rather than being fixed and immutable, the urban body is in a permanent state of transition, one that persists through, rather than in spite of, its transformations. The changing needs and desires of inhabitants in the present – with an eye to possible futures – continually shape the urban fabric of the past, an ongoing and vibrant negotiation in which we too are shaped. The dynamic urban body must be understood as a plurality of actuated and possible narratives bound into the urban body. In telling its stories we have recourse both to the form and experience of the urban environment as it stands now – sites of past cultural inscription still active in the present – and the enormous body of extant visual, textual and aural materials generated in the process of cultural emergence. In the digital era, the wealth of archival material accessible today gives us unprecedented access to this plurality of perspectives from the past. This project aims to chart the influence of the long-lost Dominican convent of St Catherine’s on both the physical urban fabric and the functional role of the St Catherine district in the heart of the Hanseatic city of Bremen in North-western Germany. The fragmentary survival of the convent’s buildings, coupled with a weak archaeological record, has meant that comparatively little scholarly work has been done on this important medieval site. 

 

Collaborators:

  • This work is being conducted in collaboration with the Bremen State Offices for Conservation and Archaeology. 

Publications:

  • Senior TJ, Wiencek F, Szabo V (2013). A Collaborative Engagement With Urban Heritage. IEEE Xplore Digital Library, Digital Heritage International Congress, 2013(2):349 – 352
  • Senior, TJ (2014). Der Dominikanerorden in Bremen: Die Formung einer religiösen, kulturellen und städtischen Struktur. Schriftenreihe des Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Bremen, 11:97-109

Teaching:

  • Jacobs University and Duke University (Spring semester, 2013). University Studies Course: “Digital Cities” (020079; ISIS 380S; VMS 380S)
  • Duke University (Spring semester, 2011): Undergraduate Course: “The place of Memory” (ISIS 120.01; VISUALST 190.02; GERMAN 198.02)