Project Charter

Project Charter

Project Name: Lilith Through the Times: Demoness to Feminist Icon

Project Owner: Shukirti Khadka

Summary: The project will trace Lilith’s journey in scriptures, literature, and art from ancient Babylonia to the 19th century. Presenting Lilith as the perennial symbol of patriarchal narratives written by men, this project will trace her journey throughout history to see her transformation from a demoness who killed infants and the women who bore them to a feminist icon who has become a symbol for autonomy, sexual choice, and control of one’s own destiny.

The project will be presented in a website created through WordPress, and will include a timeline tracing Lilith throughout the years. The website will include an About menu, with an ‘About the Project’ and ‘About Lilith’ page. Under a Lilith menu, pages such as ‘Lilith in Ancient Texts’, ‘Lilith in Art and Culture’, ‘Lilith Transformed’, etc. will be available. These will elaborate on the different time points on the timeline. The website will also include a Sources menu, wherein the Bibliography and Documentation page can be seen.

My potential audience would be faculty, students and scholars interested in college research, digital humanists, people who are interested in Jewish culture, and women.


What I have:  

  • Primary sources and secondary sources 
  • Research Topic 
  • Research question 
  • Basic wireframe of the website
  • Points in the Timeline

What I need:  

  • More secondary sources  
  • Website using WordPress 
  • Timeline using Timeline JS 
  • Organized structure of the website (number of pages, menu names, fonts, etc.) 
  • Images (20)


 Week 1 (6/7 – 6/11)
Organize previous research Search for images
 Week 2 (6/14 – 6/18) 
Project charter  
Search for more images
Look for more secondary sources
Basic outline of the Timeline
Finalize website structure
 Week 3 (6/21 – 6/25) 
Try to confirm dates of all events Make Timeline JS  
More images
Finish text for Lilith info
Week 4 (6/28 – 7/1) 
Create a website using WordPress Color, text, Font More images
Week 5 (7/6 – 7/9) 
Visualization due 
About text, sources bibliography, and Documentation page finalization
Make sure everything works smoothly  
 Week 6 (7/12 – 7/16) 
First project draft    
Week 7 (7/19 – 7/23) 
Finishing touches: editing, color, Font, background, placement.
Final project draft   
Week 8 (7/26-7/30) 
Practice presentation    Presentation 

End of Life/Future Plans: This work is a ‘project’ that can extend for a long period of time and be taken in different directions. Lilith’s story spans across time, and she is reimagined continuously. Further work can go into detail about Lilith’s story in relation to Eve and women in the Bible or Jewish Mythology who have similarly been demonized. Lilith’s story can be explored further in terms of her influence on Jewish Feminism (especially during the Second Wave of Feminism), her characterizations in pop culture, etc. There is much scope for evolving this project.

Written by Shukirti Khadka, Gettysburg College Class of 2024, and part of the DSSF 2021 Cohort.

Reflective Post 1


When first thinking about the phrase “Digital Humanities”, I thought it to be very self-explanatory. To me, Digital Humanities was simply “Humanities gone digital”, humanities research and scholarship digitized- brought to the digital world of websites and scanned PDFs from the analog world of published research and graphs. However, the digital humanities are so much larger than just digitalized humanities research, and I’m only beginning to realize that.

In A Digital Humanities What, Why, & How, after lamenting on the over-definition of the word, Amanda Visconti describes it herself, defining Digital Humanities as research and scholarship in the field on humanities not only transformed to a digital form but also interpreted and applied with countless digital tools.

Digital Humanities provides scholars, educators, and students exposure to a range of tools through which they can translate their research into digitalized forms. With a plethora of techniques including making and using websites, software, online showcases, timelines, blogs, maps, graphs, mobile apps, Digital humanities equips us with the opportunity to make our work all the more interactive, engaging, and thus memorable and impactful. As much as Digital Humanities is about transforming humanities research, it is also about utilizing digital technologies and applying it to humanities thinking. It may be using timelines to draw different interpretations about the changes in society of certain time periods, about changes in attitudes, art, culture, etc. in the span of several decades, and even about the nature of change between different eras. It may also be things such as using digital webs to discover and establish connectivity among various events. The scope of digital humanities is wider than I ever would have guessed.

What I found most interesting is that Digital Humanities is distinct field with its own set of core values. In This Is Why We Fight”: Defining the Values of the Digital Humanities, Lisa Spiro lists five values she says the Digital Humanities aspires to achieve: openness, collaboration, collegiality and connectedness, diversity, and experimentation. Digital humanities as a field continues to attempt to meet these five core values and operates within the guidelines of these values. There is great importance to the notion of open access, shared knowledge, group work, diversity in techniques and ideas (brought about by diversity in the people who think them), digital and physical connectivity, as well as a sense of spontaneity and openness to experimentation.

For me, DH is an opportunity to learn more, to better myself. My DH is an open space of building projects with ever increasing scopes of techniques to foster my creativity. It is a diverse space that allows collaboration, constant feedback, and experimentation of a variety of ideas and techniques. DH is a project that is constantly changing, always iterated and reiterated, and I am excited to see what evolutions my project (and I) will go through throughout the course of this fellowship.

Written by Shukirti Khadka, Gettysburg College Class of 2024, and part of the DSSF 2021 Cohort.