Welcome to Mitchell from Classics at Queen’s!
I’m interested in learning about new technologies and how people in others humanities departments are making use of them. I also would like to discuss some of the photographic techniques that have been of use in my research on Egyptian ostraka. I feel that people studying damaged or barely visible texts would find it worthwhile and useful to hear about. Learning about other technologies that would be applicable to my field is also an important reason that I would like to attend.
I’m a graduate student in the Department of Classics at Queen’s University. I’m currently working on the research portion of my degree, which for me involves working with the Royal Ontario Museum’s collection of Egyptian ostraka. Most of these artifacts have text written on them, and in the vast majority of cases, this text has faded considerably over the past two millennia. Using infrared photography it is possible to bring the text back to a much more legible state, thus allowing for further study of pieces once considered illegible. I’m planning to continue my academic career in classical studies after I finish my master’s degree and hope to learn as much as possible about imaging techniques that are applicable to my field.