23 May 2019

Living Pasts: a new multidisciplinary course on the history of Utrecht

Next semester, University College Utrecht and the Utrecht University faculties of Humanities, Geosciences, Science and Social Sciences start a joint course combining historical data across disciplines to realise an augmented reality (AR) application that tells the story of De Neude across the centuries. 

In the 10-week course based on the principles of co-design, students will employ various research methods to uncover the history of the De Neude square in Utrecht. They will investigate social dynamics, interview locals, use linked data architectures and interactive technologies as a research aid, and integrate their own experience in the process. Students will work in teams to build prototypes for the Utrecht Time Machine, a part of the European network of Time Machines, which aim to make a rich vein of European history visible and shareable.

Mary Bouquet, fellow and lecturer at University College Utrecht: “As we will work in multidisciplinary groups across the disciplinary spectrum, this course is tailor-made for Liberal Arts and Sciences students. It will also be an asset for teachers to be able to cooperate with colleagues from a range of disciplines to dig into a place in the urban landscape and to experiment with augmented reality.”

‘Living Pasts: Augmenting Urban Landscapes and Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age’ runs from September to November 2019. University College Utrecht and Utrecht University students may sign up for this elective course in Osiris (course code: BETA-B3LH) until 3 June 2019 (post-registration until 30 June 2019).