Presentations and Outreach
Physical & Digital Cultural Heritage in the Modern Digital World
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
I intend to contribute to a culture of inclusion and equity through current programs available at my workplace, a land acknowledgment, and new programs promoting equity and diversity that I could help initiate, based on models I saw in the Diversity Peer Educators at Rutgers. My research, teaching, and service experience has helped me achieve one of my personal goals as an academic, which is to create a safe space in a culturally diverse campus where ethnic, cultural, religious, and gender differences are respected regardless of personal demographic characteristics.
Open Access Scholarship
Open Access: My Assets in SOAR (Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers)
The Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers (SOAR, https://soar.libraries.rutgers.edu) is a repository to collect, share, and circulate scholarship developed and published by the Rutgers community, through Rutgers Libraries digital collections and a shareable Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The goal is to champion open access scholarship, ranging from books, articles, and websites, to conference presentations and posters.
Book Chapter, peer-reviewed
“Communicating across Cultures: The Case of Primo Levi, Italo Calvino, and Pliny the Elder.” In Translation, Globalization and Translocation: The Classroom and Beyond. Ed. Concepción Godev. New York-Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2018: 63-77. Book Chapter, peer-reviewed
Translation, Globalization and Translocation: The Classroom and Beyond, in the Palgrave Studies in Translating and Interpreting series
"Revealing Data: Ars de statica medicina, 1614." An invited blog post for the "Revealing data" series in the National Library of Medicine blog "Circulating Now" (5 November 2020)
"Explaining Words, in Nature and Science: Textual Analysis in Galileo’s Works." This post is part of a series published by Northeastern University with projects from the 2019 Advanced Institute on Text Analysis, on Word Vectors, with support from the Women Writers Project and the National Endowment for the Humanities in July 2019 (22 June 2020)
"Digital Humanities Tools in Online Humanities Classes." A blog post on digital pedagogical tools, for the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative (5 June 2020)
Caterina Agostini (Co-Author, collaborator, and curator); Laura Morreale (Director); Monica Keane (Curator of an exhibition); Christine Kralik (Curator of an exhibition), et al., "Image du monde Challenge Project." Collaborative transcriptions of Image du monde, a medieval treatise by Gossuin (Gautier) du Metz (24 February 2021)
"A Sourcebook for Health from the Sixteenth Century." A sourcebook on sixteenth-century treatises on syphilis. 1 July 2019. Funded by the Open Knowledge Practicum Fellowship at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria, British Columbia (May 2019)
"Santorio's Medical Method." A digital presentation of the early modern physician Santorio Santorio (9 May 2018)
"Art in the Time of Syphilis." Digital Humanities Conference and Colloquium, 06/07/2019 - 06/08/2019, University of Victoria, British Columbia
More Blog Posts
Co-authored Blog Posts
Caterina Agostini and Ben Bakelaar, "Introduction to IIIF." A blog post on digital pedagogical tools for the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative (29 June 2021)
Caterina Agostini and Ben Bakelaar, "Special Interest Group on IIIF." A blog post on digital pedagogical tools for the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative (21 June 2021)
Luigi Pirandello in Translation
Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Cultural Heritage... without Borders
Recently, the beauty of medieval fresco cycles has earned Padua, my hometown, to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in July 2021.
Padua Urbs Picta: 'The Painted City'
Giusto de' Menabuoi, A view of Padua in the 1300s, from the Chapel of the Blessed Luca Belludi in the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua
I am presenting this research at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, MI (May 2022, online):
“Digital Cultural Heritage: Medieval Padua Art in the UNESCO World Heritage List” for the panel “Teaching the Middle Ages Using Digital Mapping,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 9-14 May 2022 (online)
Medieval Padua Painted City
What is Digital Storytelling?
Digital storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to create, tell, and share stories. This is a powerful tool in the cultural heritage sector, as it can help you communicate while you engage with your audiences.
In the Europeana Storytelling Task Force (1 September 2020 - 31 March 2021), I collaborated on the following projects and strategies:
Europeana Network Association, "New Task Force Launches: Europeana as a ‘Powerful Platform for Storytelling’ Task Force: Report and Recommendations" (16 September 2020). License: CC BY-SA
"Europeana as a Powerful Platform for Storytelling" (March 2021)
In the Europeana Communicators Community, we discussed examined three case studies of digital storytelling:
“A Picture of Change for a World in Constant Motion” by Jason Farago (The New York Times, 7 August 2020), narrating Hokusai’s woodblock print through Storiiies, a IIIF-based digital tool
#MetKids, a digital resource from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, presenting an interactive map and a digital discovery strategy designed for, with, and by children
‘You are Flora Seville’ from the Egham Museum, on Twitter, made by the Egham Museum (@EghamMuseum) in the UK. Follow the story of Flora Seville in 1887, as she entered the new Royal Holloway College for Women.
The Europeana Storytelling Task Force
More Resources at Europeana
Literature Review: Accessibility, Public Domain, and Open Access
Here are some of my personal interest readings, for an ongoing literature review
John G. Palfrey. Bibliotech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2013.
Stay Tuned 🎵🎤📻
This year, I have been collaborating on conference presentations and articles. Topics include:
Pedagogical cases for digital image standards, transcriptions, and annotations to showcase medieval fresco cycles in Padua, Italy, as celebrated by the UNESCO World Heritage List
My invited talk, “Digital Traveling: Maps in Dati’s La Sfera” at The New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Sarasota, Florida (4 March 2022)
The Transcription Challenge Framework established by Laura Morreale (Georgetown) and Ben Albritton (Stanford)
About Caterina Agostini, Ph.D.
Caterina Agostini is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Notre Dame. She earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University Department of Italian (Spring 2021), where she specialized in early modern science and medical humanities. Caterina holds an MA in Italian from Rutgers University, an MA in Classics and the History of Science, and a BA in Humanities and Classics from Padua University. At Rutgers, Caterina also served as Teaching and Research Assistant, a Part-Time Lecturer, and a digital humanities graduate research specialist at the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative and Lab (2020-2021). Dr. Agostini has been awarded the 2021 Rutgers School of Graduate Studies Award for Excellence in Outreach and Service, for her commitment to digital scholarly communication, outreach, and engagement with diverse audiences.
As a scholar writing on Galileo and early modern science, she is a digital expert in cultural heritage collaborating at IIIF, the Transcripton Challenge Framework, Europeana Pro and The International Consortium of Photo Archives. Caterina was the inaugural D’Argenio Fellow in History and Data Visualization at Seton Hall University. She is the forthcoming Eugene Garfield Fellow at the American Philosophical Society and Museum (2023). Caterina is a Phi Sigma Iota member advocating for Italian language, literature, and culture.