This May I had the chance to attend Digital Humanities workshop held at the University of Guelph. A full week of seminars on various topics presented me with my first foray into the world of digital humanities. Out of the list of seminars on offer, I opted for Spatial Humanities: Exploring Opportunities in Humanities, which was to give me an introduction into mapping and the use of technology in creating interactive, rich, and informative maps.
Last week, the NMCGSA within my department organized the annual symposium, which is celebrated this year in its 20th year! We ended up hosting this year’s festivities at the prestigious Hart House, one of UofT‘s distinct icons. As our department is a mix between the ancient, mediaeval, and modern Near East, we experienced a huge variety of topics from queenship in Old Kingdom Egypt to a recent survey in Kurdistan and investigations into the legal theory on Islam.