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North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC 27607)
John N. Wall (Project Director: October 2010 to August 2013)

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Digital Humanities

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$50,000 (approved)
$49,998 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2011 – 11/30/2012

New Methods of Documenting the Past: Recreating Public Preaching at Paul's Cross, London, in the Post-Reformation Period

Research to study acoustics for sermons at St. Paul's Cross using advanced modeling and acoustic algorithms.

My goal is to develop a virtual research environment for study of the performance of sermons at Paul's Cross in the churchyard of St. Paul's Cathedral, England's most important public pulpit in the early modern period, where official religious policies were defended and religious controversies of the Reformation were debated. This innovative use of digital technology will be highly multidisciplinary, combining software for architectural modeling and acoustic simulation with historic visual and textual records as well as recent archaeological evidence. We will be able to hear recordings of Paul's Cross sermons performed in its original pronunciation from various locations within the historic space and in the context of a background of extraneous noises and the hubbub of human activity, recreating the challenges both preachers and worshippers confronted in such large public gatherings.