Alexandra Bolintineanu, Assistant Professor, teaching stream, who teaches courses in Medieval Digital Studies at the Centre and Woodsworth College, has just won the Outstanding Early Career Award of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities — Société Canadienne des Humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN).
At the graduate level, Prof. Bolintineanu teaches MST 3124H Medieval Studies in the Digital Age: From digitized corpora of texts and manuscripts to virtual and augmented-reality reconstructions of objects, buildings, and archaeological sites, the materials of medieval history, literature, and cultural heritage archives are increasingly entering the digital realm. The aims of this course are twofold. The first aim is to familiarize students with the intellectual landscape of digital medieval studies—from editions, archives, and tools, to communities of practice and theoretical approaches. The second aim is to invite students to critically engage with debates in the field of digital humanities from a medievalist’s point of view, examining the fault lines in digital tools and approaches that are revealed through their contact with fragile, fragmentary medieval data.
At the undergraduate level, Prof. Bolintineanu teaches two courses through CMS:
Introduction to the sound, sight, and touch of the distant past, telling the story of the Middle Ages through objects from animal skin parchment to enameled icon. Lectures are complemented by hands-on learning in weekly tutorials featuring text- and narrative-oriented digital methods, along with medieval drama and music performance.
From world maps to tales of pilgrimage, trade, and exploration, from imagined other worlds to historical cityscapes, this course tells the story of the Middle Ages through the places and spaces that defined medieval culture. Lectures are complemented by hands-on learning in weekly tutorials featuring network visualization and digital mapping.