Constantinople as Palimpsest

Constantinople ScreenshotThis project was initiated by Jesse W. Torgerson’s Spring 2015 course, Re-imagining East and West: Constantinople between Rome and Istanbul. Students in the course collaborated on a GIS-based database that “plotted” scholars’ current knowledge of the topography of medieval Constantinople.

Future instances of the course will see students combining their efforts with research by “Travelers Lab” collaborators to further develop our database, and normalize the collection of data.

The project pursues two long-term goals:

(1) equip Wesleyan students to manage and curate the only all-inclusive database on medieval Constantinople
(2) facilitate Wesleyan students’ collaborations with professors and students at other institutions in pursuit of space-based analyses of medieval Constantinople, both as it might have been, and as it has come down to us in the present