Bactriana

Bactriana is a multi-purpose research and teaching website. It is maintained by James Pickett, who is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at the University of Pittsburgh (curriculum vitae).

First and foremost this website hosts research projects in the digital humanities — both James' and (especially) those of students of the digital humanities at Pitt. Bactriana follows the model set by David Birnbaum's Obdurodon and Elisa Beshero-Bondar's Newtfire.

Why "Bactriana"? James' research focuses on a cultural world (the Persianate sphere) that historically transcended traditional area study divisions (especially Central Asia, South Asia, and Eurasia). Bactria was a region situated in what is now northern Afghanistan, and is just vague and archaic enough a term to gesture at a bygone cultural arena.

Alexander's Route