Elizabeth Honig, Professor

Closed (1) Brueg(h)el Family Research Websites: Pieter Bruegel

Closed. This professor is continuing with Fall 2018 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Spring 2019.

Our project, brueghelfamily.net, is a cluster of websites centered on the works of the painters Pieter Bruegel and his son Jan Brueghel. Each object these artists created (paintings, prints, and drawings)has its own page with basic metadata, and secondary pages page where bibliography and curatorial files are stored and where attribution, dating, and interpretive issues can be debated by the larger art historical community.

In the coming semester we will be completing our umbrella website, brueghelfamily.net, where we will gather a range of scholarly content sections including maps, chronologies, timelines, etc. See the website essentialvermeer.com for an example of a high-quality single-painter website.

The site currently receives about 1400 visitors per month.




We need people to work on two aspects of the project. One will be researching and writing biographies of the artists and patrons connected to Pieter and Jan Brueghel. For this, good succinct writing is necessary.

The second project element on which we are still working involves compiling geographical data for the map of travels that we will include on the website. This would involve making spreadsheets of all the locations to which key artists and patrons traveled, including geocoding locations. This is not that complicated: we will show you how to do it!




Qualifications: You should be well-organized, energetic, and careful in your work. You need to be a good team member, working independently on your own task but within a group of about 2-3 other students. *Students with an interest in digital humanities are encouraged to apply. *Students with a background in Computer Science are encouraged to apply. *Students who know German, Italian, or Dutch are encouraged to apply. Sophomores or Juniors (or even Freshmen) who are willing to keep working on this project for an extended period are preferred. Summer employment opportunities may arise for students who do good work as URAP apprentices.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated
Related website: http://pieterbruegel.net

Closed (2) Living/Lodging/Dwelling in Renaissance England

Closed. This professor is continuing with Fall 2018 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Spring 2019.

Starting from the basis of texts and a set of Elizabethan wall paintings that tell the Biblical story of Dives and Lazarus, this project seeks to understand concepts of habitation described as living, lodging, and dwelling, and how they were associated with different types of possession and social class in this period.

To search through texts on the online text database EEBO (Early English Books Online) for terms describing habitation, especially lodging and dwelling, making note of the contexts in which they are used. I will train you to use EEBO if you have not done so before; it is not difficult.

Qualifications: Would probably be useful if you had some knowledge of 16th-century English literature.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Closed (3) Rubens bibliography

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

Help prepare an annotated bibliography on the 17th-century painter/diplomat Peter Paul Rubens. In consultation with the professor, look up specific sources and write 3-4 sentence descriptions of what they contain. Collaborate on a running outline-based document containing all this material. Could use somebody with a little editing experience to go over and regularize the entries, check for formatting errors etc.

Finding publications online or in stacks, reviewing their contents, and describing those contents succinctly.

Qualifications: Ability to write succinctly. Reading knowledge of German or Italian would be great but is definitely not required.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Closed (4) Poster for DH Faire: Humanists on the Move

Closed. This professor is continuing with Fall 2018 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Spring 2019.

Design and produce a poster that illustrates and comments on the work done in AH39, Humanists on the Move, last semester. Poster will be displayed at the DH Fair in April 2017.

Using images from our shared files and class notes, design poster in consultation with Professor Honig & Rebecca.

Qualifications: Student should have taken AH39, Humanists on the Move.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs