Jun 5, 2018
Jesuit Science Network
- 12:30 to 14:00
- Digital Humanities Workshop
- Research IT
- Dagmar Mrozik
On Realizing a Digital Prosopography: The Jesuit Science Network
Since its foundation in 1540, the Society of Jesus has been inextricably linked with the teaching, consolidation, and creation of knowledge. Among the topics treated extensively by the Jesuits, we also find the early modern precursors to today's mathematics and natural sciences. However, when it comes to the involved Jesuit scholars, we have so far looked in vain for a comprehensive overview - a situation that I hope to remedy with the launch of the Jesuit Science Network, a digital prosopography on Jesuit scholars in the early modern sciences.
The Jesuit Science Network is conceived as a biographical database coupled with a corresponding project website that allows access to the collected data. This data includes information on the general biography, education, career, and interpersonal relationships of the Jesuit actors and their non-Jesuit counterparts; the attached website offers display, complex search functionalities, and graphical visualizations of the information.
This project hence does not set out to answer a specific research question, but wants to provide a tool that others can use in their own work. My talk will mirror that by focusing on how the Jesuit Science Network came to be, discussing which parts did and which did not work well, and reflecting on my collaboration with a professional developer.
MPIWG, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Contact and Registration
All are welcome to attend, regardless of prior experience of the digital humanities. Registration is required for external participants. To register, and for further information on the Digital Humanities Brown Bag Lunch series email Research IT Group.
About This Series
The Digital Humanities Brown Bag Lunch Workshop occurs bi-weekly. Each session explores a new topic; workshops are usually interactive, and we often invite external speakers. Please feel free to bring your lunch, and a laptop or notebook in order to participate!