In the News

In the News features articles on current topics in the Humanities, publications and projects by Berkeley faculty and fellowship participants, and general Townsend Center news.

November 29, 2012
Image of the book cover for The Politics of Memory and Identity in Carolingian Royal Diplomas.

Historians turn to diplomas, the authoritative documents issued by a ruler, to flesh out the legal and administrative “plot” of the past. In this month’s Berkeley Books selection, Professor of History Geoffrey Koziol points out that diplomas make good sources not only because they have survived but because they were constructed to serve precisely that purpose.

November 15, 2012
Image of the Unicode logo.

You can’t spell “digital humanities” without letters, and you can’t make letters appear on a computer screen without character encodings.

November 06, 2012
Academic men and women work at a large meeting table.

The Townsend Fellowships for Assistant Professors program, one of the oldest fellowships at the Townsend Center, allows newly appointed faculty the opportunity to focus on their research and writing.

November 05, 2012
Image of a map of the undersea cables wrapping the coasts of Africa.

What economic, political, and historical forces shape the development of digital infrastructure in different areas of the world? And what impact do these divergent trajectories have on access—not only access to the internet, but access to information, speech, social participation and economic mobility?

October 31, 2012
Diagram with arrows explaining how to use Google Trends.

From predicting election results to offering insight into sensitive topics that might not be revealed with traditional research methods, Google search data offers exciting research capabilities. Still, it's important to recognize that the results are more suggestive than predictive.

October 25, 2012
Image of the book cover for Father of the Church.

Professor Susanna Elm's book delves into the two universalisms of the fourth century — Christianity and the Roman Empire — and how their debates underscore the role of textual interpretation and rhetorical consensus in shaping cultural and public life.