Digital Cultures talk with Professor Tom Herron, East Carolina University

Join us for a Digital Cultures talk with Professor Tom Herron, East Carolina University, at 4pm on Thursday 14 October, 2021 for his talk Castle to Classrooms: Developing an Irish Castle in Virtual Reality.


About Castle to Classrooms

The project is currently funded by a NEH Digital Humanities Advancement grant. Four collaborators from different disciplines (English Literature, History, Archaeology) and institutions (university and high school) are adapting for teaching and public use in Virtual Reality a highly detailed 3-D digital model of Kilcolman Castle currently found on the website Centering Spenser: a digital resource for Kilcolman Castle.  Kilcolman is the late-medieval Desmond tower house best known for being the adopted home of the early modern English poet and administrator Edmund Spenser (c.1552-1599). The goal is to help students, teachers, and the public better experience an Irish castle on their phones and computers as well as to better understand Spenser's life and works within the context of the imperial and colonial developments he participated in.

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About Thomas Herron

Thomas Herron is Professor of English at East Carolina University, specializing in teaching English renaissance literature. He is author of numerous works on Shakespeare as well as Edmund Spenser and Irish history, archaeology and culture, including a monograph, Spenser’s Irish Work:Poetry, Plantation, and Colonial Reformation (Ashgate 2007). He has edited numerous multidisciplinary collections, including Ireland in the Renaissance, c.1540-1660 (2007) and Dublin and the Pale in the Renaissance, c.1540-1660 (2011), both co-edited with archaeologist Michael Potterton and published with Four Courts Press. His co-edited collection on John Derricke’s Image of Irelande: with a Discoverie of Woodkarne (1581) is forthcoming with Manchester UP. He co-curated the exhibit Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland at the Folger Shakespeare Library in 2013, including an extensive catalogue.

Herron’s digital work focuses on the website Centering Spenser: a Digital Resource for Kilcolman Castle, which he wrote and directs, and he is PI of the Castle to Classrooms project that brings Spenser's Kilcolman Castle to life in VR for pedagogical purposes.