Game Archive

Professor Erik Peterson (History) assigned his students to make a digital resource about the history of games and gaming in course HY300-001. The games considered range from the Royal Game of Ur (2500+ BCE) to Monopoly (1933), to video games such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and in the course of a compact May-mester, students wrote session reports documenting the experience of game play which they posted to this online archive. Research and Instructional Services Librarian Brett Spencer collaborated with Professor Peterson and the ADHC, furnishing a tailor-made bibliographic instruction session which taught students how to find appropriate secondary sources about different facets of the history of gaming.

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Epic Writing

This website is the first iteration of a project exploring early modern epic writing from Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene to John Milton’s Paradise Lost. In this first incarnation, the project focuses on commonplaces, scrutinizing Spenser and Milton’s engagement with these as a way of understanding how they are structuring their epics, and in turn, how these are crucial components defining what it meant to write epic in English. The site will house a digital commonplace book documenting Spenser and Milton’s use of recurring literary touchstones including images, rhetorical and logical structures, and lexis, and visualizations of these commonplaces, the first of which are being forged by Dr. Emma Annette Wilson and her graduate class, EN668, at the University of Alabama in Fall 2015.

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Headed by University of Alabama graduate students in the Department of English, in partnership with Dr. Emma Annette Wilson and the ADHC, the Early Modern Network Of Networks, EMNON, uses Digital Humanities techniques to visualize the intricate network of relationships connecting key figures in early modern literary and intellectual culture. Centering on the networks belonging to and shared by poets and politicians Andrew Marvell and John Milton, EMNON offers a new understanding of how early modern writers and thinkers related and interacted. An ongoing project, the site will continue to grow in coming years as students and researchers here and further afield contribute to it, allowing us gradually to visualize the social network of key early modern writers and thinkers.


Early American History Project

Heather Miyano Kopelson is creating a pedagogical project with her students in repeated iterations of HY107 American Civilization to 1877, exploring America’s history before permanent European settlement. The website houses student video projects on a particular facet of early American history, in addition to a student-generated webliography on different important topics in this field for use by other students and scholars in this field. Students have also taken a creative approach by designing their own historical monuments commemorating moments in this period of history which they determine to be of particular historical significance, and these are also displayed within this digital resource, and will continue to be augmented by students in future semesters.

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British Literary Student Timeline

This website is designed for and populated by undergraduate students taking survey courses in British Literature. Students are responsible for writing short texts situating the literary works which they are studying in the time period in which these works were created. These student-generated blurbs appear on a digital timeline to enable users of this website to achieve an understanding of British literary texts in the context of the historical and literary cultures surrounding their original production. This project will continue to grow with each new iteration of students taking EN205 with Geoffrey Emerson, enabling peer-to-peer learning from semester to semester.


ARTmap was created by Professor Jenny Tucker to be used in conjunction with the introductory level ARH 252/253 course work. The project covers the history of art from the Stone Age to the late 20th century. Each module provides a deeper look into key art works, establishes geographic context, and provides opportunity for discussion. The site is centered around an interactive map that links students to text, images, videos, and museum websites. ARTmap supplements the course curriculum by creating a more comprehensive understanding of the function of art in society past and present.

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ARH 373: The Small Treasures Project

In conjunction with the exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and their Contemporaries, on view at the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) from January 31- April 26, 2015, students enrolled in ARH 373 (Dr. Tanja Jones, Northern Baroque Art) at the University of Alabama are conducting research dedicated to the paintings in the exhibition. This project represents an opportunity for students to gain exposure to original works of art produced in Flanders and the United Provinces in the seventeenth century. It is part of an effort to enhance experiential learning beyond the walls of the lecture hall and involves tours of the exhibition facilitated by BMA curators and staff, research in University libraries, and the sharing of research findings via this website, designed by faculty and staff in the Alabama Digital Humanities Center (ADHC).

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