Creating a Sustainable Digital Infrastructure for Research-Based Teaching in Byzantine Studies (DiBS – Bigital Byzantine Studies)

– Funded by Volkswagen Foundation – Start: October 2022 (6 years). 
– PIs: Prof. Dr. Claudia Sode (Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Cologne) and Dr. Claes Neuefeind (Cologne Center for eHumanities).

Based on an already existing research focus on Byzantine Sigillography, the strategic concept “Creating a Sustainable Digital Infrastructure for Research-Based Teaching in Byzantine Studies” aims at the innovative advancement of a cluster of four Byzantine sub-disciplines – Sigillography, Numismatics, Epigraphy, and Greek Manuscript Studies. This strategy relies on a number of discipline-wide measures, consisting of research, creation of a digital teaching infrastructure, strengthening of human and material resources, introduction of new, pioneering teaching formats, internationalization, and transfer of knowledge to non-academic institutions. The work is based on three modules: (1) Research: Object-related scientific exploitation and analysis of collections, development and processing of broader historical questions and interpretation of historical knowledge. (2) Teaching: Development of new teaching modules for existing BA and MA study programs and subsequent enhancement of the existing course offering. New, innovative teaching formats expose students to collection-based research at the highest scholarly level and offer a digital understanding of the relevant objects. They provide students with the ability to find their way around the rapidly evolving field of Digital Humanities and train qualified researchers who are capable of preserving and analyzing, as well as of transferring knowledge and enhancing the visibility of cultural assets. An integrated system of online courses, live-streamed lectures, asynchronous learning, webinars, and podcasts creates a dynamically reusable curriculum in conjunction with a sustainable digital teaching infrastructure. (3) Outreach: Knowledge transfer in museums and collections. This strategy is a prerequisite for future-oriented access to knowledge from past centuries and strengthens Byzantine Studies not only at the University of Cologne, but in the German and international research landscape.

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Author: Dr. Bernard Mulholland

Dr. Bernard Mulholland is a Byzantinist, archaeologist, historian and Patristics scholar with a Ph.D. in history (QUB, 2012). Bernard's publications include: Fiction: Bernard Mulholland, Nazareth Quest (2022). Non-fiction: Bernard Mulholland, The man from MENSA - 1 of 600: Mensa research (2016). ---, The man from MENSA - 1 of the 600: Politics 1990-1995 (2016). ---, Ratio analysis of financial KPI in the Higher Education sector: a case study (2018). ---, Early Byzantine Ireland: a survey of the archaeological evidence (2021). ---, Navan Fort, Ireland: archaeological and palaeoecological analysis (2021). ---, The Early Byzantine Christian Church (Oxford, 2014). ---, 'Identification of Early Byzantine Constantinopolitan, Syrian, and Roman church plans in the Levant and some possible consequences', Patristic Studies in the twenty-first century: proceedings of an international conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Association of Patristic Studies, ed. Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony, Theodore de Bruyn and Carol Harrison (Turnhout, 2015), 597-633. Mulholland, B. (2021). 'Can archaeology inform the climate change debate?' Academia Letters, Article4385.

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