These days, I wear two hats: I’m a specialist in the ancient Near East (i.e. southwest Asia from the earliest times to but not including Alexander) and a digital humanist (someone who promotes the design and use of cutting edge digital tools for Humanities research and publication).
I obtained my PhD in Akkadian Language and Literature from the University of Toronto in 2004 (minors Semitic Linguistics and Sumerian), and have been employed at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2003. I’m one of the authors of the Unicode encoding of Sumero-Akkadian cuneiform.
I did my first degree at the University of Waterloo, graduating in 1984; my specialization was Computer Science. So I’m excited to be able to apply the skills I learned then in my current vocation.
I also hold an MDiv from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.
I like to play guitar, bombarde, and biniou kozh, and build remote control submarines. I also enjoy boating, fishing, and gardening. I have a black belt in Shorin-ji Ryu karate as well.
From time to time I post on my personal website at blog.feuerherm.ca.
I have several research interests.
My PhD thesis examined cuneiform economic and related documents from Larsa (a city near the southern Euphrates) during the reign of Rim–Sin (ca. 18th c. BCE); I continue to work with cuneiform documents from that area and era.
I am also working on a digital project relating to the Hebrew Bible, beginning with a comprehensive grammar and study tools focusing on the primeval narrative of Genesis 1–11. I hope to make this work available under open access.
I am currently involved in the Ancient Studies programme, for which I teach the following courses:
I also offer the introductory course for our new Applied Digital Option:
I am willing to supervise graduate students in history or with an interest in digital tools.