Giza, Great Pyramids, Egypt.
College of Arts & Sciences
"Digital Egypt" represents the initiative of several UW units (Near Eastern Languages and Civilization [NELC], Comparative Religion Program [CRP], Jewish Studies Program [JSP], Jackson School of International Studies [JSIS], UW Libraries, and Program for Educational Transformation Through Technology [PETTT]). It contains three components.
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the Middle East had received increased media attention. Some of this attention has focused on Egypt, but said coverage has paid little attention to Egypt's long and unique cultural history and its role in shaping present day Egypt. The Digital Egypt project aims to place Egypt in a broader historical context, and provide a springboard for discussing issues of ethnic and religious violence, religious pluralism, ethnic and cultural diversity, economic dependen~cy, and cultural tourism.
Egypt also has proven to be a popular subject among students. NELC's courses on the hieroglyphic Egyptian language and early Egyptian history regularly bring in large numbers, and regional public interest has resulted in the formation of a Seattle Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt.
In addition, last year saw the creation of a newly formed major option within NELC that focuses on the ancient Near East. While the major option does offer a few courses on ancient Egyptian language and history, no single course brings together the entire time period in question, and courses on late antique Egypt or Coptic language are offered only periodically (and with limited enrollment). The Digital Egypt course, therefore, will create greater cohesiveness both in NELC and across campus units, and would provide the participating units with new opportunities for drawing majors.
The "Digital Egypt" project uniquely integrates graduate students into the creation of the required technologies. The scanning and archiving involved naturally require that the graduate assistants undertake additional research. Thus, imbedded into the project's technological and content infrastructure is an interdisciplinary graduate student learning initiative that bridges student interests and expertise with emerging technologies.
Professor Scott B. Noegel
Near Eastern Languages& Civilization
|Date Funded:||June 2002|
Tools for Transformation Funded Proposals