The REL Digital Lab (RELdl) — directed by Dr. Jeri Wieringa and located in the Department’s former library — builds on curricular and research initiatives in the department by bringing together old and new technologies for creating and disseminating scholarship, and provides a central hub for the digital activities of the Department of Religious Studies. With a variety of computers, audio recording equipment, scanner, and a new high-definition display, the RELdl is a space that supports collaboration among faculty and with students, with the goal of developing shared projects along with co-authored grant submissions and publications. The RELdl is also exists virtually, consisting of this website, the REL Digital Lab on Github, and the Religion in Culture MA Workspace on Slack.
The RELdl is a resource for those interested in using digital tools and methods in their research and teaching. We aggregate information and resources for doing digital scholarship and host regular workshops and brown bags to introduce tools and projects relevant to our members’ work. Our goal is to ease the process of getting started with digital projects and to develop new projects for faculty and students to collaborate on. We rely on campus partnerships—such as eTech and the ADHC—to support project development, hosting, and archiving and preservation.