Reading between the lines. Unveiling long hidden patterns. Venturing off the map. Chasing the shadows of colonial history. Interrogating Silences. Conjuring archival ghosts. Recovering the lost. Visualizing the invisible.

towards a digital history from below

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Exploring and traversing the liminal spaces between history and geography; the analog and the digital; the humanities and the social sciences; the precolonial, colonial, and post-colonial; the textual and visual; the quantitative and qualitative....

Mapping Conquest

A Spatial History of the Spanish Invasion of Indigenous Peru (ca. 1528 - 1537)

A cartographic and visual re-imagining of one of the most dramatic and consequential events in world history. By re-visualizing and re-mapping the events of the Spanish conquest of Inka Peru, this book re-animates a dynamic, complex Indigenous world.

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Toponymia Americana

Extracting Indigenous Toponyms from a Dataset of 4 million place names

Mapping and Analyzing the resilience of Indigenous place names and - by extension - Indigenous history, as inscribed in the landscape.

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Texts as Databases

Early Colonial Andes Corpus

Uncovering hidden patterns long buried in early colonial texts using digital text analysis and text-mining methods. What new insights emerge by mining and mapping patterns within a digital text corpus of some 10 million words?

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Millions of Migrants

Analyzing and Tracing Migration Flows in the 1930s from Census and Other Data

Millions of Americans chose to move in the 1930s, a period of economic volatility and environmental crisis. Why did people move? And why did they move where they did? This project seeks to answer this question by integrating statistical and spatial analysis of the census records of 131 millions Americans with county-level agricultural, economic, and environmental data.

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125 Years of Historical Scholarship

Text-Mining and Analysis of 100,000 Historical Book Reviews, 1895-2020

How has historical scholarship changed in the last 125 years? What can we learn from a distant reading of 100,000 book reviews?

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