UNF Pilgrimage Project

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CONFERENCE: DHI Digital Projects Showcase

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Sheffler, David; Boyles, Michael; Lukens-Bull, Ron; Luksha, Lawrence; Robertson, Cogan
Digital Humanities; European History; History of Religion; Medieval History; Social and Cultural Anthropology
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The University of North Florida Pilgrimage Project combines interdisciplinary approaches with digital and STEM technologies and applies them to the study of pilgrimage. The broad definition of pilgrimage employed by the project encompasses the flow of people, ideas, technology and trade along a sacred or spiritual route. This project focuses on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain and grew out of the 2015 study abroad trip led by the Department of History and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. In 2017, a new study abroad trip added student landscape readings and GIS mapping projects focused on the final 113 km of the pilgrimage route from Sarria to Santiago. In addition, students conducted ethnographic interviews with fellow pilgrims from diverse backgrounds and nationalities. Recordings of these interviews and a compilation of student mapping projects will be made publically available through the DHI.Publication through the Digital Humanities Initiative will contribute to a more thorough and multidisciplinary understanding of the phenomenon of pilgrimage, while allowing students from the various colleges to engage and contribute. At the same time, by participating in the production and dissemination of new knowledge, students will develop valuable research and technological skills essential for academic and career success. This is particularly important in a workplace that values both creativity and technological knowhow.