The following people are associated with the Digital Humanities Institute – Beirut 2017:

Nadine Aboulmagd (AUC) is the Online Content Developer at The Center for Learning and Teaching at The American University in Cairo. In this role, she assists faculty in online and blended learning course design, content design and development, educational technology and digital pedagogy. She is also currently pursing her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education at the Graduate School of Education at AUC. She is a connected, online, collaborative lifelong learner with a growing research interest in online and blended learning, MOOCs, digital pedagogy, digital humanities, educational technology, instructional design and faculty development. She tweets at @Nadinneabo and blogs at Here’s to Firsts.

Vera Al Ashkar (AUB) is a Digital Imaging Specialist in the Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department at AUB University Libraries since 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the Lebanese University-Faculty of Arts. During her studies Vera designed an Arabic Typeface
Currently she is leading in the manipulation of digital images activities at the library and she is assisting in different digitization and OCR initiatives. She was responsible in re-touching all the digitized photos from the Manug Collection that was exhibited last year at AUB. Also she processed several digital images that were used in different activities for the AUB 150th Anniversary in addition of manipulating digital images of hundreds of books, documents and photos part of the AUB UL digital collections
Away from the Digital word, Vera enjoys drawings and singing part of AUB Zaki Nassif Ensemble for Arabic Music

Loa Aoude (AUB) is currently an instructor in the Computer Science Department. She holds an MS in Computer Science from AUB and teaches several courses including Programming for Digital Arts, Digital Media Programming, Introduction to Computing Systems & Computers and Programming for the Sciences. During her graduate studies, Loa conducted research in web engineering and more precisely in the field of adaptation of web applications, and extractions of adaptation aspects from requirements texts. She was also a research assistant in the School of Business.

Maha Bali (AUC) is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, where the core of her work is faculty development. She is an open and connected educator, with digital interests in open education, equity, critical digital pedagogy and intercultural learning. She is the co-founder of Virtually Connecting, International Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab, and editor at the journal Hybrid Pedagogy. She writes on pedagogy and technology as a Prof Hacker blogger and DML Central blogger. She also has her own blog and Tweets at @bali_maha

Michel Chammas (UOB) is a researcher in the Digital Humanities Center at the University of Balamand. He holds a BS in Computer Science, a Master of Science in Networking and Communication and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology. Since 2012, he is involved in several DH projects: Database of the Arabic Manuscripts of the Four Gospels, The National Virtual Reality Museum for Modern Art -Lebanon, Digital Newspapers and Journals Library, and many more. His research interests include digital archives, digital heritage, virtual and augmented reality, education technologies. He tweets @MichelChammas.

Fatmeh Charafeddine (AUB) Head of Research and Instruction Services Department at the University Libraries, involved in Information Literacy course design and assessment, and working on several library digitizing and  indexing and projects.

Elie Dannaoui (UOB) is the Director of the Digital Humanities Center at the University of Balamand. He Holds a PhD in History (Eastern Christian Studies from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome), a Masters degree in History (PIO-Rome) and a further Masters degree in Multimedia Engineering for Education (Poitiers, France). Since 2009 he has worked as a Researcher in the Institute of History, Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies. In 2012, he established the first digital humanities center in Lebanon. He is involved in several DH projects: Database of the Arabic Manuscripts of the Four Gospels, The National Virtual Reality Museum for Modern Art -Lebanon, Digital Newspapers and Journals Library, and many more. His research includes Educational technology, computational linguistics, digital corpora of Arabic ancient texts, the history and reception of the Arabic translations of the Gospels, data visualization and digital cultural heritage.

Rayane Fayed (AUB) is an Instructional Designer  in the Office of Information Technology at AUB. Since 2005, she has been fully involved in researching teaching methodologies and effective practices for exemplary course design. Her digital interests include data analytics and the investigation of the instructional systems design. She tweets at @rfayed1.

Nina Ghannam BouMjahed (AUB) is the Digitization Quality Assurance Supervisor at AUB University Libraries. She holds a BA degree from the American University of Beirut. Directly after her graduation in 1999, she started her career with UNDP to support NGO’s as an Assistant Manager in different projects. In 2002, Nina Joined AUB University libraries where she gained lot of experience in different library areas by assuming different roles and responsibilities. In the last few years, she was engaged in different digitization initiatives such as the Arabic Collections Online project, an initiative led by NYU to digitize thousands of Arabic books in the public domain. She was heavily involved in the digitization and OCR of “Al Adab Archives”. Nina participated in different workshops and conferences regarding digitization and OCR at Brill publisher (Leiden) in 2014, New York University (US) 2015 and lately attended a conference on digital humanities in Leipzig (Germany) 2017.

Till Grallert is a research associate at the Orient-Institut Beirut of the Max Weber Foundation. As a social historian of late Ottoman Bilād al-Shām he works on a genealogy of urban food riots. His digital interests focus on early Arabic periodicals, their digital remediation, and computer-based analysis of linguistic changes and reading cultures. In his project “Open Arabic Periodical Editions (OpenAraPE)” he works on open, collaborative, scholarly editions of Muḥammad Kurd ʿAlī’s journal al-Muqtabas and ʿAbd al-Qādir Iskandarānī’s al-Ḥaqāʾiq. He is one of the people behind Project Jarāʾid, a chronology of nineteenth century Arabic periodicals and known their holdings. He tweets at @tillgrallert and occasionally blogs at

Mario Hawat (AUB) has earned his BA in English Literature with a Minor in Archaeology from the American university of Beirut in Fall 2016. He is currently involved in multiple DH research projects, including the Linguistic Landscapes of Beirut project, DH Shakespeare and DH Milton, Macroanalysis of Books Published in Beirut among others. Mario’s experience with DH ranges from textual analysis to stylometry, mapping, modeling and visualization. Mario is also a musician, having toured with his band The English Way for 6 years before focusing solely on composing for film and games and his solo career. He is also involved in the filmmaking industry as an art-director and VFX supervisor, working on indie movies such as Contact (2016) and Verso (2015). As a published 3D artist and freelance graphic designer, Mario has also worked in game development as a game designer and environmental artist for games such as Forsaken Sanctum (2014).

Najla Jarkas (AUB) is a Senior Lecturer and Assistant Director of Writing in the Disciplines in the Department of English at AUB. Her digital interests include digital timelines, visualizing tools, deep mapping, and digital pedagogy. She recently translated Voyant-Tools into Arabic with David Wrisley. She is working on a digital project with her students in her literature courses entitled “Books Read in Lebanese High Schools over Space, Time, and Emotion”

Ghassan Mourad (Lebanese U) is Professor of Computational Linguistics at the Lebanese University, and ex-director of the Center of Language Sciences and Communication, a coordinator in the laboratory of language engineering. Researcher at LALIC laboratory, Sorbonne, he holds a PhD in applied mathematics to humanities, Sorbonne (2000), a Diploma in Language Engineering, INALCO (1997), a Diploma in Communication Sciences (1991), and a Diploma in Computer Engineering, Sofia University (1988). He organized and participated in Arabic and international conferences. He published in international scientific journals; he published the book Digital Humanities: Taming the language in order to be processed automatically [in Arabic]  (All Prints Distributors & Publishers, Beirut 2014) as well as  Punctuation Marks Between Semantics and Computational Linguistics [in French] (University Publications EU, 2016).

Dalal Rahme (AUB) is a Research Data Services Librarian at AUB Libraries and an instructor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the Lebanese University teaching Digital Preservation. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois with a concentration in Data Curation and Socio-Technical Data Analytics. Providing research data for AUB community, managing AUB Institutional Repository for data and assisting researcher in Data Management Planning are some of the tasks she is involved in. She is also involved in several Digital Preservation projects at Jafet Library. Her areas of interest include data curation, Network analysis, data visualization, intellectual property and scholarly publishing. Her current research is entitled Co-Authorship Patterns at the Medical School of the American University of Beirut between 2004 and 2014  ( Some of her guides:  and

Magdalena Turska is a software developer at eXist Solutions and an elected member of the TEI Consortium’s Technical Council. She has recently completed her DiXiT Marie Curie experienced researcher fellowship at IT Services, University of Oxford where she was a member of the TEI Simple project and one of the authors of TEI Processing Model. She was a co-editor of the Corpus Ioannes Dantiscus’ Texts and Correspondence. She teaches advanced TEI encoding, XSLT and XQuery and often helps projects with data modeling and application design.

David Wrisley (AUB) is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at AUB and in 2016-17 Visiting Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at New York University – Abu Dhabi.  His digital interests include maps and networks in literary studies, forms of distant reading in medieval French as well as different aspects of the spatial humanities including historical gazetteers, participatory mapping and the social creation of spatial data. The digital projects he contributes to include Visualizing Medieval Places, Linguistic Landscapes of Beirut and Mapping Beirut Print Culture.  He tweets at @DJWrisley. He founded DHI-B in 2015.