Projects:

The Virtual Humanities Lab at Brown University (VHL) was created in 2004 thanks to a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The VHL builds on the work done by Brown scholars over the past 15 years in the Departments of Italian Studies, History and History of Art and Architecture, in collaboration with the Brown Scholarly Technology Group (now Center for Digital Scholarship) and scholars worldwide. Its goal is to develop digital resources for the study and teaching of Italian literature, history and culture, from the Middle Ages to the 21st-century.

Below are our current projects ranging from the Medieval and Renaissance Era to the Modern and Contemporary Era. Past and archived projects can be accessed down below.

THE DECAMERON WEB

THE THEATER THAT WAS ROME

This XML electronic edition of Boccaccio's Decameron and other works, and the accompanying hypermedia archive of contextual materials, are conceived as an encyclopedic gateway into late Medieval life and culture. The Decameron Web was awarded two consecutive NEH grants for the years 1998-2002. The guiding question of this project is how contemporary informational technology can facilitate and enhance the complex cognitive and...

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This selection of works from the extraordinary collection of Vincent J. Buonanno '66, focuses on printed views, maps and illustrated books from and about the Eternal City from the 16th-18th centuries. Along with illustrated books, festival prints and architectural treatises from the collection of the John Hay Library, and Francesca Consagra's inventories of the de Rossi print shops...

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THE GARIBALDI & RISORGIMENTO PROJECT

HELIOTROPIA

The Garibaldi / Risorgimento digital archive seeks to provide a comprehensive resource for the interdisciplinary study and teaching of the life and deeds of one of the major protagonists of the Italian unification process (1807-1882), reconstructed with the help of materials from special collections at the Brown University libraries. At the heartt of this digital archive is a dynamic visualization of the Hay library's unique Garibaldi moving panorama...

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Heliotropia is a peer-reviewed journal that was created to provide a widely and readily available forum for research and interpretation to an international community of Boccaccio scholars. Its role, first and foremost, is to promote and disseminate recent scholarship in a form that is both efficiently accessible and cost-free...

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PROGETTO PICO / PICO PROJECT

FLORENTINE RENAISSANCE RESOURCES

The Brown-University of Bologna Pico Project began as a collaborative online annotated edition of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola's Oration on Human Dignity (1486), presented here in its first printed edition (Bologna, 1496). It now includes Pico's Conclusiones Nongentae Disputandae (1486), or 900 Theses, an extraordinary attempt at a synthesis and "reconciliation" of all known philosophical and theological ideas...

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This site gives access to a database (c. 165,000 records) with information about office holders of the Florentine Republic during its 250-year history. The data base was developed initially by Professor David Herlihy at Harvard and Brown Universities, and then completed under the direction of Professors R. Burr Litchfield and Anthony Molho at Brown with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities...

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Archived Projects:

NARRATIVES FOR THE NEXT MILLENIUM
This project is linked to a pedagogical experiment, a hybrid between a literature and a creative writing course focused on the work of Italo Calvino and Umberto Eco. Students adopt Calvino's categories of lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, multiplicity and consistency along with the concepts of hyper-history and hyper-plot derived from Eco in order to produce their own fictional or non-fictional narratives...
DIGITAL PINOCCHIO: REFLECTIONS ON THE POST-HUMAN
This pedagogical experiment approaches Carlo Lorenzini's (Collodi's) "coming of age" tale from a contemporary angle, focusing on Pinocchio as a "technological construct" and an icon of emerging artificial intelligence and life. Students look at Pinocchio's many reincarnations in illustrated books, films and games, and made their own Pinocchio in various media, including an experiment in VR, the Brown Cave...