Linking the Big Ancient Mediterranean, June 6-8, 2016 Led by Paul Dilley (Religious Studies and Classics, CLAS), Sarah Bond (Classics, CLAS), and Ryan Horne (History, UNC-Chapel Hill), this open-access project integrates GIS tools, network analysis, and textual annotation/data-mining capabilities to explore and visualize ancient texts in new ways. The first module within BAM, Terra Biblica, opens biblical and early Christian texts to readers. On June 6-8, 2016, a group of 11 visiting scholars will join the organizers to discuss the incorporation of new datasets within the larger BAM project, leading to development of a full prototype. All talks are free and open to the public. Of special note is the keynote lecture at 6:00 pm on June 7 in the Old Capitol Senate Chambers by Tom Elliott (Associate Director of Digital Programs, ISAW-NYU; Managing Editor and Founder of the Pleiades Project) on digital classics and the continued definition of the digital humanities. A full listing of speakers and events can be found at: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/bam/
Dr. Dilley joined the University of Iowa in 2011. He has a joint appointment in Religious Studies and Classics and is a member of the Public Humanities in a Digital World initiative. Dr. Dilley conducts research in the religions of the Mediterranean world and Iran, from the Hellenistic period to early Islam.
A graduate student in History, Ryan Horne's research primarily focuses on Ancient History with specialization in settlements and identity in Anatolia during the Hellenistic Age, as well as work on sacred space in Greek thought.
Sarah E. Bond is an Assistant Professor in Classics at the University of Iowa. She is interested in late Roman history, epigraphy, late antique law, Roman topography and GIS, Digital Humanities, and the socio-legal experience of ancient marginal peoples. She received her PhD in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011) and obtained a BA in Classics and History with a minor in Classical Archaeology from the University of Virginia (2005). Her book, Trade and Taboo: Disreputable Professionals in the Roman Mediterranean, is forthcoming from University of Michigan Press (...