Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities
Susanna De Beer
University Lecturer, LUCAS
Areas of interest
Relational databases, Visualization, Deep reading, Interoperability, Digital heritage, Geographical annotation, Digital text resources, Intertextuality
Susanna de Beer (PhD 2007, University of Amsterdam) is University Lecturer of (Renaissance) Latin at Leiden University. She specializes in Humanist Latin Poetry, Classical Reception Studies and Digital Humanities. In 2009 she co-edited The Neo-Latin Epigram. A Learned and Witty Genre (Leuven UP) and in 2013 she published The Poetics of Patronage. Poetry as Self-Advancement in Giannantonio Campano (Turnhout: Brepols). She is currently involved in a book project regarding the Renaissance Visions of Rome, in the context of which she has developed the virtual research environment ‘Mapping Visions of Rome’. She also coordinates the web portal www.digitalromanheritage.com
Mapping Visions of Rome
Mapping Visions of Rome (MVR) is a web-based virtual research environment (VRE) dedicated to the literary and artistic discourse about the city and symbol of Rome. This environment, designed in the context of my VENI project Visions of Rome and currently in development with support of a LUF grant, includes ca. 150 Latin poems and 25 works of art (see http://digitalromanheritage.com/mapping-visions-of-rome). This VRE, designed in the Nodegoat platform, facilitates the annotation of primary sources according to the elements of the Roman legacy that are referred to, in the following categories: 1. persons, 2. locations, 3. events from history and myth, 4. topics, 5. symbols and 6. literary templates. It also includes historical and artistic background information, and adds further metadata to the separate categories, such as geographical coordinates. For some visualizations on this basis, see http://rome.nodegoat.net/viewer. The goal of the VRE is to get a better understanding of the uses of the ancient legacy of Rome in the Renaissance and of the complexity of the resulting discourse. In addition the annotation model is designed in such a way that it facilitates the interoperability with other digital resources dedicated to the legacy of Rome.
Digital Roman Heritage (www.digitalromanheritage.com)
This web portal is the virtual home of Digital Roman Heritage, an international research collaboration network that brings together Digital Humanities initiatives with regard to the physical, artistic and literary legacy of Rome. The main aims of this network are to share best practices, and to facilitate the digital linkage between projects from various disciplines related to the city and symbol of Rome. To this purpose the network 1) hosts a web portal to present projects and activities 2) meets regularly to discuss collaboration 3) applies for grants to further data exchange.