Alexandra Bolintineanu

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream Alexandra

Alexandra Bolintineanu is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in Medieval Digital Studies, at the University of Toronto.  She is cross-appointed to the Centre for Medieval Studies and Woodsworth College.  Her current project, Technologies of Unknowing, is a study of medieval wonders in digital environments.  She holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies and a B.Sc. in Computer Science (University of Toronto).  Her research interests include digital humanities, Old and Middle English narrative, marvels, monsters, and imaginary geographies.

2016-2017 Courses
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CCR 199H1S    Introduction to Digital Humanities 
From Facebook and Pokémon to digital museum archives, medical files, and climate research records, the data deluge of the twenty-first century presents many new challenges. How do we distil stories and insights from the deluge of data?  How do we preserve our digital cultural heritage as its size and diversity grow?  How do we participate in and understand digital cultures with rigour, nuance, and ethics?  In this course, you will learn about digital humanities (DH), an emerging discipline at the intersections of the humanities with computing.  DH investigates culture—literature, philosophy, history, art, music—through digital tools and platforms.  At the same time, DH investigates digital tools and cultures through humanist lenses, examining how the digital shapes, and is shaped by, its wider cultural context.  Besides learning about the history and intellectual landscape of DH, you will learn best practices in data curation, project management, and digital development.  And in hands-on, instructor-led workshops, you will learn to use digital technologies to create your own projects, from multimedia narratives and video games to 3D printed objects and digital archives.

MST200Y1-Y   Getting Medieval: The Many Middle Ages
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. A series of lectures by senior faculty is complemented by hands-on learning in weekly tutorials, along with medieval drama and music performance.