Lab 4

Looking forward I am particularly interested in biblical analysis, into my career and in this class. I am also interested in Christian history, especially in the south. It might be cool to take a look at records of when and where churches in Tuscaloosa were founded.

Early schema might include founding year, guiding bible verses, and congregation size.





Lab 4

Given what we’ve been going over in class so far, I think that I’d like to look into a project having to do with text analysis. Moreover, I’d like to look at antisemitic texts and newspapers published during the time of the Holocaust and then in the same way apple does, create a map that allows the viewer to see where in the world the texts originate from.

To work through this project I’ll need to gather data from what I can only assume are archival collections. I think a good place to start would be with the Holocaust commissions around the United States.

Lab 4

For the final project, I am interested in creating a distribution map that shows the major religions throughout the country. I would make a point distribution to see where religion is clustered throughout the country and see obscurities like religion is low population areas. I am interested to see this because it could tell you a lot about culture of a certain area. You could also tell a lot about the types of people that live in certain areas. I would have to research places of worship in large cities through America. For example I would research the amount of Jewish temples in California place a dot at each one. If I do this throughout the country, it could tell an interesting story about religion in the United States.

Lab 2

For lab 2, I choose to take a look at “The Delek Achives”. This project is a research initiative by the Delek Education Foundation that intends to identity and shine light on religion-based discrimination in India’s schools. This project is different from most by the way it uses real first hand accounts of discrimination rather than data from surveys. Most stories from the project are written by people who are directly associated with the education system in India. The posts are usually concerned with deeply traumatic experiences that come from teachers, students, administration, and even parents. The hope of the Delek Archives is to reimagine the act of archiving as an open collaboration. The project aims to demonstrate that discrimination is just as much a personal narrative as it is a systemic pattern.

I like the approach this project takes. It uses a story to shine light on discrimination rather than relying on data to tell how horrible something like discrimination is. I think people respond much stronger to a personal anecdote than to data. To me, this project is successful and more projects dealing with emotional matter should consider a personal narrative approach.

Lab 1

I choose to highlight this exercise because it demonstrates how important time when dealing with data. When time is not important, the spiral is very loose and with a lot of space in between. When time is the most important component, the closeness becomes very precise and crucial.

For the schema, I would look at how much time was spent actively driving vs how much time the car was parked. This would be fairly straight forward as I would go down the list of times and note when the car was a rest stop, getting food, getting gas, etc. I would then total that time and the time spent driving which is indicated by the long stents in between stops. For the data diaries, I will be doing “How many variations to a line”, “Draw your breathe”, and “Color palette testing”.

Lab 1 Carter Sheldon

This exercise was by far my least favorite exercise I completed in the observe collect draw book. for the first couple of pallets, it was fine, but by the end of the exercise, it became a galactic pain in the butt. My hands were cramping up and trying to choose a new color without repeating the prior one was tedious.

I can see how this exercise will become important long term because you can see different colors next to one another. It served as a testing ground, however still tedious.

My favorite of the exercises was the variability exercise, It was fun trying to find ways to make the image increasingly complex, sequentially. As you see, when I was adding sides to the triangle I thought it would be interesting to add a thrid demension to the shape. Thus i added a square, then I went into 3D!

With the Star I was running out of ways to add points onto the star without it looking super tacky, so what if the star has to convey a point. thus he has been given a text bubble.

Taking what we see in the varriability excercise we can see how adding petals to flowers we can track the food stops from Prof. Weiringa’s roadtrip. When creating this I added a flower for each day on the trip, and a petal per stop for the day. Any stop at starbucks got marked in green. This was a fun way to see the effcts of color difrention.


Hey there friends! This is Carter Sheldon and I am a Junior at Alabama looking to grab a bachelors in religious studies and a bachelor in creative media. I think that DH is relevant to my career because it sits in the intersection of my two fields of study.

This is going to be me setting up my posts…

Welcome to REL 315 – Fall 2022

Welcome to a new year and a new edition of Digital Humanities in Religious Studies.

This semester we are focused on theories, methods, and technical skills for doing humanities research with computational tools and in digital spaces. We will explore what can be gained but also what the risks are in seeing the world as data and as open to computation.

As you settle into the course, please notice the links to the syllabus and schedule at the top. This information is also available to you in Blackboard and on the paper syllabus distributed in class. More details about the major assignments and labs will be posted in the coming days.

Let’s go make stuff!


Welcome to Fall 2020

Welcome to Digital Humanities in Religious Studies, Fall 2020 edition! I for one am excited for the semester and I hope you are too.

I hope you have been following the Religious Studies blog over the summer for news on how we are approaching the fall semester. If not, go ahead and read our department plan for running a safe semester.

A few things to let you know before we begin on Thursday.

First, given the uncertainty surrounding the semester and the fact that at some point you may need to isolate, this course is being run as “remote first.” This means that regardless of what happens, our primary platform for interaction will be digital in the form of Zoom calls and a course Slack channel. Think of it as prep for working from home for your future jobs.

Second, I have been following the news and am making the call that we will begin the course with no “in person” option. This means that on Thursday, August 20th, I will see you in our Zoom meeting room and we will talk through the nuts and bolts of how this is going to work. You will receive the meeting room link via email and Slack.

And finally, the syllabus is live here on the course website so you can look around to see what I am planning for us this semester. The course is be structured with Tuesday discussions and Thursday “labs” to give us a mix of theory and hands-on technical work every week.

Please email me at any time – – if you have any questions, concerns, or particular challenges with regards to the fall semester.

I am looking forward to meeting you, virtually for now and in person in the very near future.

– Jeri