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Digitally annotated medieval city view. Image credit: Edward Triplett


The primary goal of the Sandcastle project is to enable researchers to visualize non-Cartesian, premodern images of places in a comparative environment that resembles the…

Hypothetical floor plan for a setting in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Image credit: Victoria Szabo & Cosimo Monteleone

Visualizing Lovecraft’s Providence

This project explores the use of historical and cultural visualization techniques to instantiate the imagined Providence, Rhode Island of author H.P. Lovecraft. H.P. Lovecraft famously…

Sketch of the road leading up to Duke Chapel with written annotations describing the landscape along the road.

World Building at Duke in an Emerging Durham: 1924-1932

This project is part of the 2023-2024 Bass Connections Duke’s Centennial popup theme. The establishment of the Duke Endowment in 1924 enabled the massive building…

Painting of a white man sitting with books and a door behind him. Superimposed: Dictionary of Art Historians. Image Credit: Lee Sorensen

Dictionary of Art Historians Hear from Dictionary co-PIs Lee Sorensen and Hannah Jacobs about the history of the project. The Dictionary of Art Historians started as a long-standing…

3D model of the Nazi architectural plan for Krakow. Model created by Davide Contiero

Mapping Occupied Krakow

As is well known, Krakow became a key location within the National Socialist plan for military expansion and the implementation of genocide in Eastern Europe…

Our research forms the dynamic center of our teaching, lab work, and outward-facing scholarship. Three thematic areas connect our research: study of objects, consideration of cultural spaces and systems, and questions of the scale of cultural analysis.

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