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Duke University (Durham, NC 27705-4677)
Dean J. Smith (Project Director: April 2022 to present)

DR-288439-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 11/30/2023

Hawai’i Is My Haven: Race and Ingenuity in the Black Pacific

Hawai’i Is My Haven maps the context and contours of Black life in the Hawaiian Islands. This ethnography emerges from a decade of fieldwork with both Hawai’i-raised Black locals and Black transplants who moved to the Islands from North America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Nitasha Tamar Sharma highlights the paradox of Hawai’i as a multiracial paradise and site of unacknowledged anti-Black racism. While Black culture is ubiquitous here, African-descended people seem invisible. In this formerly sovereign nation structured neither by the US Black/White binary nor the one-drop rule, non-White multiracials, including Black Hawaiians and Black Koreans, illustrate the coarticulation and limits of race and the native/settler divide. Despite erasure and racism, nonmilitary Black residents consider Hawai’i their haven, describing it as a place to “breathe” that offers the possibility of becoming local.

Duke University (Durham, NC 27705-4677)
Dean J. Smith (Project Director: April 2022 to present)

DR-288671-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 11/30/2023

Infamous Bodies: Early Black Women's Celebrity and the Afterlives of Rights

The countless retellings and reimaginings of the private and public lives of Phillis Wheatley, Sally Hemings, Sarah Baartman, Mary Seacole, and Sarah Forbes Bonetta have transformed them into difficult cultural and black feminist icons. In Infamous Bodies, Samantha Pinto explores how histories of these black women and their ongoing fame generate new ways of imagining black feminist futures. Drawing on a variety of media, cultural, legal, and critical sources, Pinto shows how the narratives surrounding these eighteenth- and nineteenth-century celebrities shape key political concepts such as freedom, consent, contract, citizenship, and sovereignty. Whether analyzing Wheatley's fame in relation to conceptions of race and freedom, notions of consent in Hemings's relationship with Thomas Jefferson, or Baartman's ability to enter into legal contracts, Pinto reveals the centrality of race, gender, and sexuality in the formation of political rights.

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Ellen Chodosh (Project Director: June 2022 to present)

DR-290413-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 5/31/2024

Open-access edition of Sitting in Darkness: Mark Twain's Asia and Comparative Racialization by Hsuan L. Hsu

Sitting in Darkness: Mark Twain's Asia and Comparative Racialization is the first book to examine Mark Twain's archive of writings about US relations with China and the Philippines, and demonstrates that his ideas about race were not limited to white and black, but were profoundly comparative. Based on interdisciplinary research as well as new readings of classic novels such as Huckleberry Finn and Pudd'nhead Wilson and lesser known texts such as Ah Sin and "To the Person Sitting in Darkness," Hsuan Hsu broadens Twain's reputation as a chronicler of the American South by reconsidering him as a western and transpacific author. In so doing, the author develops a new model for formal literary analysis that considers the complex histories and mechanisms of comparative racialization.

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Ellen Chodosh (Project Director: June 2022 to present)

DR-290414-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 5/31/2024

Open-access edition of Loving Justice: Legal Emotions in Blackstone's England by Kathryn D. Temple

Loving Justice: Legal Emotions in Blackstone's England by Kathryn D. Temple focuses on William Blackstone's influential work, Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769), which transformed English legal culture and became an international monument to English legal values. Blackstone believed that readers should feel, as much as reason, their way to justice, and as a poet as well as a jurist, was ideally suited to condense English law into a form that evoked emotions. In Loving Justice, Kathryn D. Temple reimagines the aesthetic and emotional world of 18th century English law and provides the first sustained close reading of Commentaries as a work of high art and sensibility. Employing a unique blend of legal, literary, and political history and theory, the author argues that Commentaries offers a complex map of our relationship to juridical culture and continues to inform our understanding of the concepts of justice and injustice today.

University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN 55455-2009)
Douglas M. Armato (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290424-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 12/31/2023

Open-access edition of "Profit over Privacy" by Matthew Crain

An open-access digital edition of "Profit over Privacy: How Surveillance Advertising Conquered the Internet" by Matthew Crain.

University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288)
Mark Simpson-Vos (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290429-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 5/31/2024

Open Access Edition of Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf by Lane Demas

This project will publish the book Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf, written by NEH Fellow Lane Demas (Federal Award Identification Number FT-61703-14), in an electronic open access format under a Creative Commons license, making it available for free download and distribution. The author will be paid a royalty of at least $500 upon release of the open access ebook.

University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288)
Mark Simpson-Vos (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290430-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 5/31/2024

Open Access Edition of Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay by Shanna Greene Benjamin

This project will publish the book Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay, written by NEH Fellow Shanna Greene Benjamin (Federal Award Identification Number FT-58636-11), in an electronic open access format under a Creative Commons license, making it available for free download and distribution. The author will be paid a royalty of at least $500 upon release of the open access ebook.

University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288)
Mark Simpson-Vos (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290431-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 5/31/2024

Open Access Edition of Technocrats and the Politics of Drought and Development in Twentieth-Century Brazil by Eve E. Buckley

This project will publish the book Technocrats and the Politics of Drought and Development in Twentieth-Century Brazil, written by NEH Fellow Eve E. Buckley (Federal Award Identification Number FT-62004-14), in an electronic open access format under a Creative Commons license, making it available for free download and distribution. The author will be paid a royalty of at least $500 upon release of the open access ebook.

University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288)
Mark Simpson-Vos (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290432-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 5/31/2024

Open Access Edition of Medicine, Science, and Making Race in Civil War America by Leslie A. Schwalm

This project will publish the book Medicine, Science, and Making Race in Civil War America, written by NEH Fellow Leslie A. Schwalm (Federal Award Identification Number FT-60490-13), in an electronic open access format under a Creative Commons license, making it available for free download and distribution. The author will be paid a royalty of at least $500 upon release of the open access ebook.

Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL 61801-3620)
Laurie Matheson (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290434-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 11/30/2023

Open access edition of Across the Waves: How the United States and France Shaped the International Age of Radio by Derek W. Vaillant

In 1931, the United States and France embarked on a broadcasting partnership built around radio. Derek Vaillant provocatively examines this sonic alliance in an era of increased global media production and distribution. Focusing on the period from 1931 until France dismantled its state media system in 1974, Vaillant considers how different strategic agendas, aesthetic aims, and technical systems shaped U.S.-French broadcasting and its accompanying cultural politics. He examines mobile actors, circulating programs, and shifting institutions that shaped international radio's use in times of war and peace. Documenting the achievements, miscommunications and failures, and the limits of cooperation between America and France as they shaped a new media environment, Vaillant shows how radio's power as an instantaneous mass communications tool produced, legitimized, and circulated various notions of states, cultures, ideologies, and peoples as superior or inferior.

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN 37240-0001)
Gianna Mosser (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290440-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 3/31/2023

Open-Access Edition of Manifold Destiny: Arabs at an American Crossroads of Exceptional Rule

This project will result in the publishing of the electronic open-access version of the book Manifold Destiny: Arabs at an American Crossroads of Exceptional Rule, authored by NEH Fellow John Tofik Karam (NEH grant number FT-248802-16). The open-access format will be published under a Creative Commons license, rendering it free for download and distribution. With the release of the eBook, John Tofik Karam will receive at least $500 in royalty payment.

Research Foundation for the State University of New York (Albany, NY 12207-2826)
James Peltz (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290443-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 11/30/2023

Open-access edition of Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger

This project will publish the book Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds, written by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger (eISBN 9781438480138), in an electronic open access format under a Creative Commons license, making it available for free download and distribution. The book analyzes beliefs that materials can have an effect on both humans and deities beyond human intentions. Flueckiger begins with Indian understandings of the agency of ornaments that have the desired effects of protecting women and making them more auspicious. Subsequent chapters offer more examples, from a south Indian goddess tradition that transforms the aggressive masculinity of men who wear saris, braids, and breasts, to the presence of cement images of Ravana in Chhattisgarh that perform theologies and ideologies that differ from dominant textual traditions. Accessibly written and based on extensive fieldwork, the book expands our understanding of material agency as well as the parameters of religion more broadly.

University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN 55455-2009)
Douglas M. Armato (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290448-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 12/31/2023

Open-access edition of "The Affect Lab" by Grant Bollmer

An open-access digital edition of "The Affect Lab: Instruments, Aesthetics, Empathy, and Emotion" by Grant Bollmer.

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
Mahinder Singh Kingra (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290452-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 5/31/2024

Open-access edition of Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR by Adeeb Khalid

In Making Uzbekistan, Adeeb Khalid chronicles the tumultuous history of Central Asia in the age of the Russian revolution. He explores the complex interaction between Uzbek intellectuals, local Bolsheviks, and Moscow to sketch out the flux of the situation in early-Soviet Central Asia. His focus on the Uzbek intelligentsia allows him to recast our understanding of Soviet nationalities policies. Uzbekistan, he argues, was not a creation of Soviet policies, but a project of the Muslim intelligentsia that emerged in the Soviet context through the interstices of the complex politics of the period. Making Uzbekistan introduces key texts from this period and argues that what the decade witnessed was nothing short of a cultural revolution.

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
Mahinder Singh Kingra (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290453-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 5/31/2024

Open-access edition of Unbuttoning America: A Biography of "Peyton Place" by Ardis Cameron

Published in 1956, Peyton Place became a bestseller and a cultural phenomenon, its lurid story of murder consumed as avidly by readers as it was condemned by critics and the clergy. In Unbuttoning America, Ardis Cameron mines extensive interviews, fan letters, and archival materials to tell how the true story of a patricide in a small New England village circulated over time and was transformed into a literary sensation. She argues that Peyton Place, with its frank discussions of poverty, sexuality, class and ethnic discrimination, and small-town hypocrisy, was more than a tawdry potboiler: It was part of a larger postwar struggle over belonging and recognition, surfacing the hidden conversations and secret rebellions of a generation no longer willing to ignore the disparities and constraints of Cold War America.

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
Mahinder Singh Kingra (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290456-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 5/31/2024

Open-access edition of An Academy at the Court of the Tsars: Greek Scholars and Jesuit Education in Early Modern Russia by Nikolaos A. Chrissidis

The first formally organized educational institution in Russia, the Slavo-Greco-Latin Academy, was established in 1685 by Greek monks trained in the Jesuitical tradition. When they created their school in Moscow, the founders emulated the structures, methods, and program of studies of their Jesuit prototypes. As Nikolaos A. Chrissidis shows in An Academy at the Court of the Tsars, this academy had a profound and lasting impact on Russian and Eastern Orthodox intellectual practices, Russian-Greek cultural relations, and contact between seventeenth-century Russia and Western Europe. By uncovering the origins of higher education in Tsarist Russia, this book details how the arrival of European pedagogy worked to eventually bring Russia into the modern intellectual mainstream.

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
Mahinder Singh Kingra (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290457-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 5/31/2024

Open-access edition of Incidental Archaeologists: French Officers and the Rediscovery of Roman North Africa by Bonnie Effros

In Incidental Archaeologists, Bonnie Effros examines the archaeological contributions of nineteenth-century French military officers, who, raised on classical accounts of warfare and often trained as cartographers, developed an interest in the Roman remains they encountered when commissioned in the colony of Algeria. By linking the study of the Roman past to French triumphant narratives of the conquest and occupation of the Maghreb, Effros demonstrates how Roman archaeology in the forty years following the conquest of the Ottoman Regencies of Algiers and Constantine in the 1830s helped lay the groundwork for the creation of a new identity for French military and civilian settlers. Effros uses France’s violent colonial war, its efforts to document the ancient Roman past, and its brutal treatment of the region’s Arab and Berber inhabitants to underline the close entanglement of knowledge production, the professionalization of archaeology, and European imperialism.

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
Mahinder Singh Kingra (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290458-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 5/31/2024

Open-access edition of Suspect Saints and Holy Heretics: Disputed Sanctity and Communal Identity in Late Medieval Italy by Janine Larmon Peterson

In Suspect Saints and Holy Heretics, Janine Larmon Peterson investigates regional saints whose holiness was contested. She scrutinizes the papacy's toleration of unofficial saints' cults and its response when their devotees challenged church authority about a cult's merits or the saint's orthodoxy. As she demonstrates, communities that venerated saints increasingly clashed with popes and inquisitors determined to erode any local claims of religious authority. The case studies she presents detail how the political climate of the Italian peninsula allowed Italian communities to use saints' cults as a tool to negotiate religious and political autonomy in opposition to growing papal bureaucratization.

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
Mahinder Singh Kingra (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290459-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 5/31/2024

Open-access edition of Russian Hajj: Empire and the Pilgrimage to Mecca by Eileen Kane

In the late nineteenth century, as a consequence of imperial conquest and a mobility revolution, Russia became a crossroads of the hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. The first book in any language on the hajj under tsarist and Soviet rule, Russian Hajj tells the story of how tsarist officials struggled to control and co-opt Russia's mass hajj traffic, seeing it as not only a liability but also an opportunity. To support the hajj as a matter of state surveillance and control was controversial, given the preeminent position of the Orthodox Church. But nor could the hajj be ignored, or banned, due to Russia's policy of toleration of Islam. As a cross-border, migratory phenomenon, the hajj stoked officials' fears of infectious disease, Islamic revolt, and interethnic conflict, but Eileen Kane innovatively argues that it also generated new thinking within the government about the utility of the empire's Muslims and their global networks.

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
Mahinder Singh Kingra (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

DR-290460-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2022 – 5/31/2024

Open-access edition of Invisible Weapons: Liturgy and the Making of Crusade Ideology by M. Cecilia Gaposchkin

Throughout the history of the Crusades, liturgical prayer, masses, and alms were all marshaled in the fight against Muslim armies. In Invisible Weapons, M. Cecilia Gaposchkin focuses on the ways in which Latin Christians communicated their ideas and aspirations for crusade to God through liturgy, how public worship was deployed, and how prayers and masses absorbed the ideals and priorities of crusading. Placing religious texts and practices within the larger narrative of crusading, Gaposchkin reveals an aspect of crusading that is too easily forgotten—the practice of prayer and its dynamic relationship with the practice of arms—and urges us to remember that medieval Latin Christians were as serious about their faith as they were about their warfare.

Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, IL 62901-4302)
Amy J. Etcheson (Project Director: November 2022 to present)

DR-292377-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2023 – 9/30/2024

Open-Access Edition of Utopian Genderscapes by Michelle C. Smith

In Utopian Genderscapes, author Michelle C. Smith explores the interconnected rhetoricity of gender, class, and work through the case studies of three nineteenth-century utopian communities: Transcendentalist Brook Farm, the Harmony Society, and the Oneida Community. By looking at the networks of bodies, spaces, objects, and discourses that defined women’s work in these distinct communities, Smith reveals how labor was not only gendered but also raced and classed. These communities offer evidence of how industrialization differentiated labor across gender, class, and race and what gender reforms were thinkable in the mid-nineteenth century. This innovative rhetorical history advances valuable lessons for contemporary discussions in the discipline of teleological rhetorics, rhetorics of exceptionalism, and rhetorics of choice.

Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
LeAnn Fields (Project Director: November 2022 to present)

DR-292392-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2023 – 9/30/2024

Open Access edition of Racing the Great White Way: Black Performance, Eugene ONeill, and the Transformation of Broadway by Katie N. Johnson.

This project will allow us to publish the book Racing the Great White Way: Black Performance, Eugene ONeill, and the Transformation of Broadway by Katie N. Johnson in an open access format under a Creative Commons license making it available for free download and distribution. The author will be paid a royalty of five hundred dollars upon release of the open-access ebook.

Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
LeAnn Fields (Project Director: November 2022 to present)

DR-292393-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2023 – 9/30/2024

Open Access edition of Black Power of Hip-Hop Dance: On Kinethic Politics by Naomi Macalalad Bragin

This project will allow us to publish the book Black Power of Hip-Hop Dance: On Kinethic Politics by Naomi Macalalad Bragin in an open access format under a Creative Commons license, making it available for free download and distribution. The author will be paid a royalty of five hundred dollars upon release of the open-access ebook

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
Mahinder Singh Kingra (Project Director: November 2022 to present)

DR-292399-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2023 – 9/30/2024

Open-access edition of "Stalin's Quest for Gold: The Torgsin Hard-Currency Shops and Soviet Industrialization" by Elena Osokina

Stalin's Quest for Gold tells the story of Torgsin, a chain of retail shops established in 1930 with the aim of raising the hard currency needed to finance the USSR's ambitious industrialization program. At a time of desperate scarcity, Torgsin had access to the country's best foodstuffs and goods. Initially, only foreigners were allowed to shop in Torgsin, but the acute demand for hard-currency revenues forced Stalin to open Torgsin to Soviet citizens who could exchange tsarist gold coins and objects made of precious metals and gemstones, as well as foreign monies, for foods and goods in its shops. Through her analysis of the large-scale, state-run entrepreneurship represented by Torgsin, Elena Osokina highlights the complexity and contradictions of Stalinism.

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
Mahinder Singh Kingra (Project Director: November 2022 to present)

DR-292400-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2023 – 9/30/2024

Open-access edition of "Morbid Undercurrents: Medical Subcultures in Postrevolutionary France" by Sean M. Quinlan

In Morbid Undercurrents, Sean M. Quinlan follows how medical ideas, stemming from the birth of the clinic, zigzagged across the intellectual landscape of the French Revolution and its aftermath. It was a remarkable "hotspot" in the historical timeline, when doctors and scientists pioneered a staggering number of fields—from forensic investigation to evolutionary biology—and their innovations captivated the public imagination. During the 1790s and beyond, medicine left the somber halls of universities and hospitals to become profoundly politicized, inspiring a whole panoply of subcultures. In reconstructing this labyrinthine medical underworld, Quinlan argues that the place and authority of medical science evolved, in part, out of an attempt to redress the dislocation produced by the French Revolution.

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
Mahinder Singh Kingra (Project Director: November 2022 to present)

DR-292401-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2023 – 9/30/2024

Open-access edition of "Heaven's Wrath: The Protestant Reformation and the Dutch West India Company in the Atlantic World" by D. L. Noorlander

Heaven's Wrath explores the religious thought and religious rites of the early Dutch Atlantic world. D. L. Noorlander argues that the Reformed Church and the West India Company forged and maintained a close union, with considerable consequences across the seventeenth century. Dutch merchants, officers, sailors, and soldiers found in their faith an ideology and justification for mercantile and martial activities. The West India Company supported the Reformed Church financially in Europe and helped spread Calvinism to other continents, while Calvinist employees and colonists benefitted from the familiar aspects of religious instruction and public worship. Yet the church-company union also encouraged destructive military operations against Catholic enemies abroad and divisive campaigns against sinners and religious nonconformers in colonial courts.

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
Mahinder Singh Kingra (Project Director: November 2022 to present)

DR-292402-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2023 – 9/30/2024

Open-access edition of "Tamizdat: Contraband Russian Literature in the Cold War Era" by Yasha Klots

Tamizdat tells the old story of the Cold War from a new perspective: through the history of the contraband manuscripts sent from the former USSR to the West. A word that means publishing "over there," tamizdat manuscripts were rejected, censored, or never submitted for publication in the Soviet Union and were smuggled through various channels and printed outside the country, with or without their authors' knowledge. Yasha Klots demonstrates how tamizdat contributed to the formation of the twentieth-century Russian literary canon: the majority of contemporary Russian classics first appeared abroad long before they saw publication in Russia.

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
Mahinder Singh Kingra (Project Director: November 2022 to present)

DR-292403-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2023 – 9/30/2024

Open-access edition of "Among Women across Worlds: North Korea in the Global Cold War" by Suzy Kim

In Among Women across Worlds, Suzy Kim excavates the transnational linkages between women of North Korea and a worldwide women's movement. Women of Asia, especially those espousing communism, are often portrayed as victims or pawns of a patriarchal Confucian state. Kim undercuts this standard analysis through detailed archival work in the international women's press, and finds that North Korean women asserted themselves in unexpected places from the late 1940s—just before the official beginning of the Korean War—to 1975, the year designated by the UN as International Women's Year.

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14850-2820)
Mahinder Singh Kingra (Project Director: November 2022 to present)

DR-292404-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2023 – 9/30/2024

Open-access edition of "Snapshots of the Soul: Photo-Poetic Encounters in Modern Russian Culture" by Molly Thomasy Blasing

Snapshots of the Soul considers how photography has shaped Russian poetry from the early twentieth century to the present day. Drawing on theories of the lyric and the elegy, the social history of technology, and little-known archival materials, Molly Thomasy Blasing offers close readings of poems by Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetaeva, Joseph Brodsky, and Bella Akhmadulina, as well as by the late and post-Soviet poets Andrei Sen-Sen'kov, Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, and Kirill Medvedev, to understand their fascination with the visual language, representational power, and metaphorical possibilities offered by the camera and the photographic image.

Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL 61801-3620)
Laurie Matheson (Project Director: November 2022 to present)

DR-292415-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2023 – 9/30/2024

Aaron Copland in Latin America: Music and Cultural Politics

Framed by four State Department-sponsored cultural diplomacy tours in Latin America that Aaron Copland undertook between 1941 and 1962, this project traces the exchange of ideas between Copland and the critics, composers, performers, and scholars he encountered. Author Carol Hess connects American classical music with Latin American music of the twentieth century while also connecting Copland’s cultural diplomacy to U.S. government objectives, arguing that the reception of Copland’s music by Latin American critics encapsulated many of the geopolitical tensions of the moment. Drawing on hundreds of Spanish- and Portuguese-language documents; on interviews and correspondence with composers who either knew or worked with Copland during his 1963 tour; and on Copland’s diaries, this project sheds new light on the composer’s biography, the reception of his music worldwide, and U.S.-Latin American relations as enacted via the broader narrative of cultural diplomacy and its policy agendas.

University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN 55455-2009)
Douglas M. Armato (Project Director: November 2022 to present)

DR-292419-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2023 – 3/31/2024

Open-access edition of "Good Pictures Are a Strong Weapon" by Louise Siddons

Creation and dissemination of an open-access edition of "Good Pictures Are a Strong Weapon: Laura Gilpin and Navajo Sovereignty" by Louise Siddons, to be issued under a Creative Commons license and published on Manifold Scholarship digital platform in Fall 2023.

Penn State (University Park, PA 16802-1503)
Eleanor Goodman (Project Director: November 2022 to present)

DR-292427-23
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2023 – 9/30/2024

"Sorcery or Science? Contesting Knowledge and Practice in West African Sufi Texts" by Ariela Marcus-Sells

In Sorcery or Science? Ariela Marcus-Sells focuses on the scholars known as the Kunta who rose to prominence in the Western Sahara Desert in the late eighteenth century. The book shows how their prolific Arabic writings and pedagogical networks decisively influenced the development of Sufi Muslim though in West Africa. These scholars rose to prominence under the leadership of Sidi al-Mukhtar al-Kunti (d.1811). First Sidi al-Mukhtar, and then his son, Sidi Muhammad (d. 1826), established a vast pedagogical network; they produced prolific manuscript texts covering the breadth of the classical Islamic disciplines; and argued for their social authority as Sufi friends of God. Marcus-Sells demonstrates that the Kunta scholars understood human life as governed by the overlapping forces of the material, visible world and a vast invisible realm that both surrounds and interpenetrates with the world of the senses. These theologians presented and provided explicit instructions for practice.

Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA 24061-2000)
Tom Ewing (Project Director: July 2022 to present)

HC-290491-22
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2022 – 7/31/2023

Shared Horizons II: Data, Health and the Digital Humanities (DH2)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, working in cooperation with the Office of Digital Humanities at the NEH and the National Library of Medicine at the NIH, propose a symposium, workshop, and edited volume on the intersections of data, health, and the digital humanities.

Shared Horizons II will enhance the humanities by building further bridges into medicine and data based on ever expanding research located at the intersection of data, health, and the digital humanities, which asks how records of human experience in the history of medicine include numerical representations requiring rigorous examination by scholars and students trained in both humanities inquiry and data analytics. Through the involvement of participants drawn from a variety of areas in biomedicine and the humanities, Shared Horizons II will focus on themes and topics intersecting the digital humanities and health data, including transnational studies, data and health before the modern period, health and data experts from underrepresented populations, experiences of marginalized communities. The workshop will result in the publication of an edited volume of original research contributions.

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI 48824-3407)
Elizabeth Sneller (Project Director: June 2021 to present)

HAA-284835-22
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,908 (approved)
$99,908 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023

Building and Disseminating an App for Ethnographic Remote Audio Recording

The development and testing with humanities scholars of an open source mobile recording app for collecting “audio diaries” for use in research and public engagement. 

This project builds on the success of an existing prototype for a remote recording mobile app used to collect "audio diaries" in 2020-2021. We aim to redevelop the code for the front end of the app and refactor the code for the back end, resulting in a shareable app infrastructure that may be adopted by researchers at any number of institutions. We will bring together a user community of beta testing researchers across the humanities who may benefit from a remote recording app, which we hope to expand during the second year of funding into a broad user community and support system. The code and user manual will be published on a public GitLab repository, enabling future improvements by the user community.

Northeastern University (Boston, MA 02115-5005)
Ellen Cushman (Project Director: June 2021 to September 2023)
Julia Hammond Flanders (Project Director: September 2023 to December 2023)
Julia Hammond Flanders (Co Project Director: December 2021 to present)
Benjamin Elliott Frey (Co Project Director: September 2023 to December 2023)

HAA-284836-22
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$99,957 (approved)
$99,957 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023

Translating Cherokee Manuscripts: Creating a Writing Environment for DAILP

The further development of user interfaces for collective translation of the collections in the Digital Archive for American Indian Languages Preservation and Perseverance (DAILP), a digital archive of Cherokee-language manuscripts and lexical resources.

Cherokee language documents are a ready source of valuable insight into the cultural, linguistic, and historical legacy of the Cherokee people. With an online environment to facilitate translation, Cherokee language experts and scholars could translate these documents collectively with Cherokee language learners of all ages who are found in online classes, immersion schools, university classrooms, and communities. And their translation work could be supported with ready access to the lexical datasets found in dictionaries, wordlists, and grammars. The Digital Archive for American Indian Languages Preservation and Perseverance (DAILP) seeks to address these needs by creating a digital archive of Cherokee-language manuscripts and lexical resources to support the collective translation of American Indian language manuscripts, and to advance indigenous language learning, translation, and documentation.

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN 37240-0001)
Markus Eberl (Project Director: June 2021 to present)

HAA-284842-22
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$49,289 (approved)
$41,515 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023

Changing Communities of Ancient Builders: Machine Learning-based Analysis of Mortars from Caesarea Maritima (Israel)

The creation of machine learning methods to identify microartifacts from archaeological sites. 

Mortars are ubiquitous and essential parts of construction. Ancient builders prepared them as members of changing communities of practice. We ask to what degree interactions among contemporaries led to standardized mortars and whether builders learnt from culturally different predecessors. These issues require studying a large data set objectively. Our Level 1 project proposes to analyze 1000 mortar samples and ~1 billion particles with a dynamic image particle analyzer. We train machine learning algorithms to identify experimentally reproduced mortar constituents in archaeological samples. The latter come from the ancient port city of Caesarea Maritima that Roman, Jewish, Byzantine, Abassid-Fatimid Muslim, and Crusader builders constructed between 22 B.C.E. and 1265 C.E. Our approach – dynamic image analysis, experimental archaeology, and machine learning – can be extended to other parts of the ancient Mediterranean as well as to other microartifacts.

Lindenwood University (Saint Charles, MO 63301-1693)
Geremy Carnes (Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Margaret Smith (Co Project Director: December 2021 to present)

HAA-284844-22
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$49,938 (approved)
$49,938 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 6/30/2023

Expanding Access to the Digital Humanities in St. Louis

Developing a workshop and building a network for supporting and disseminating methods in digital humanities pedagogy for secondary and post-secondary institutions in the St. Louis, Missouri region.

“Expanding Access to the Digital Humanities in St. Louis” will build a digital humanities network for the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, linking faculty, students, and community members across the region’s educational and cultural institutions in a community of pedagogy and practice. This network will bridge the K-12-college divide and emphasize active advancement of digital humanities pedagogy and access for underserved populations. Rather than focusing on faculty research, this network will center student learning, particularly at the often neglected secondary and undergraduate levels. At a workshop held in September 2022, network members will establish processes that will allow secondary and post-secondary students throughout the region to participate remotely in digital humanities projects headquartered at participating institutions. They will also identify other collaborative goals for the network to pursue toward improving digital humanities pedagogy in St. Louis.

St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO 63103-2097)
Daniel Nickolai (Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Kathleen Llewellyn (Co Project Director: January 2022 to present)
Amy Wright (Co Project Director: January 2022 to present)
Sarah Bauer (Co Project Director: January 2022 to present)
Christina Garcia (Co Project Director: January 2022 to present)

HAA-284849-22
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

Totals (outright + matching):
$275,000 (approved)
$225,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 12/31/2024

iSpraak: A web-based application for second language pronunciation instruction, assessment, and research

Scaling up development and dissemination of the iSpraak application as a free and open source language pronunciation instruction and learning tool. 

This NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant proposal outlines the plan to enhance, scale, and provide free access to the web application iSpraak. This digital platform equips educators and scholars with an innovative tool for second language pronunciation instruction, assessment, and research. Originally developed for internal use at Saint Louis University in 2014, iSpraak has now been used by tens of thousands of students and instructors across the globe. NEH funding is currently sought in order to continue development, remove cost barriers to access, and to make the platform fully open and accessible to all interested parties.

Trustees of Indiana University (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)
John Anthony Walsh (Project Director: June 2021 to present)
J. Stephen Downie (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)

HAA-284850-22
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$325,000 (approved)
$325,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023

Tools for Open Research and Computation with HathiTrust: Leveraging Intelligent Text Extraction (TORCHLITE)

The development of web-based tools and documentation to allow both novice and expert users to interact with data from the HathiTrust Digital Library.

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) seeks $325,000 in funding for a period of 2 years, through the Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program, Level III, for the development of next-generation web-based, interactive visualization and analytical tool dashboard that consume existing data from our one-of-a-kind, fully open Extracted Features dataset, along with a well-documented API to allow our user community to develop its own tools for interacting with data from the 17.5-million-volume HathiTrust Digital Library. We will develop and promote these tools and API through a robust community outreach program that includes a public event and hack-a-thon focused on tool building.

University of Richmond (Richmond, VA 23173-0001)
Lauren Tilton (Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Taylor Arnold (Co Project Director: October 2021 to present)

HAA-284853-22
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$324,693 (approved)
$324,693 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 12/31/2024

PGVis: Digital Public Humanities Software for Visualizing Image Collections

The creation of software to easily allow non-programmers to develop interactive public humanities digital projects.

The Photogrammar Visualization Software (PGVis) is an open-source tool for the visualization and exploration of image collections. PGVis will allow anyone with a collection of digital images and associated metadata to create, with no prior programming experience, their own digital public humanities projects in the form of public websites. In addition to the software, the project will produce six case studies that will model and highlight how the software can be used in a variety of different domains, data sizes, and types of institutions.

Association of University Presses, Inc. (New York, NY 10018-9228)
John E. Sherer (Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Erich van Rijn (Co Project Director: December 2021 to present)

HAA-284855-22
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$49,680 (approved)
$49,680 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2022 – 7/31/2023

Understanding the Impact on Print Revenue When University Press Books are Open Access

A survey of scholarly presses and the preparation of a report on revenue models for open access publishing.

The project seeks to understand empirically whether the availability of Open Access (OA) editions of scholarly books has a quantifiable effect on the sales performance of print editions. University presses publish an estimated 4000 monographs annually. While many university presses have pursued experiments with OA publishing, sustainable financing of all publishing operations is a significant concern. This study will gather sales data on a significant number of both OA and traditionally published titles across multiple disciplines from a wide array of non-profit scholarly publishers in order to answer one of the biggest questions in humanities book publishing: does an OA option decrease sales, increase sales via greater discovery, or have no discernible effect? The research will be essential to inform future OA book programs and models, pointing the way to expanding sustainable open publishing operations.

Boise State University (Boise, ID 83725-0001)
Kelly Arispe (Project Director: June 2021 to present)

HAA-284870-22
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 12/31/2023

Evaluating the Practices and Impact of Digital Scholarship on World Language Pedagogy in K-12 Urban and Rural Contexts

An evaluative study on the impact of teaching world languages using Open Educational Resources (OERs) in K-12 classrooms across Idaho.

This Level II proposal addresses the third program priority to implement an evaluative study on the practices and impact of digital scholarship on pedagogy to enhance teaching and learning in the humanities. Our project, Pathways, is an Open Educational Resource (OER) that is a repository of more than 700 high-quality, editable digital materials (activities) that supports standards-based pedagogy centered on human inquiry for ten world languages and cultures. This project is innovative because we evaluate K-12 urban and rural pedagogy impacted over time as we explicitly train teachers to use Pathways and other digital humanities materials aligned to world languages and cultures. The findings from this evaluative study will provide new opportunities to communicate the impact of digital scholarship on pedagogy by characterizing the beliefs, perceptions, interests, and teacher practices of urban and rural K-12 humanities teachers, a profoundly under investigated population.

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Tega Brain (Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Elaine Ayers (Co Project Director: December 2021 to present)
Ahmed Ansari (Co Project Director: December 2021 to present)

HAA-284880-22
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2022 – 2/28/2024

Inverting the Wunderkammer: Rethinking the Digital Humanities through Botanic Histories and Archives

Convening of a series of participatory design workshops to enhance discovery and use of the Mitten Collection of moss for humanities research.  

This submission to the NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant requests support for a Level I project titled Inverting the Wunderkammer: Rethinking the Digital Humanities through Botanic Histories and Archives, to be hosted by New York University (NYU) in partnership with the New York Botanical Gardens (NYBG). Building and expanding on histories of botany and responding to the ongoing violences of colonial collecting, preservation, and display at work in western cultural institutions, our project tackles the digital representation of a perhaps surprising plant that travels the globe in unusual ways at multiple scales: moss. Moss, in all of its miniscule, microscopic mundanity, might initially seem an odd choice of subject for a humanities-based project, especially after an arduous year of existential, ecological, and political challenges.

Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890)
Christopher Warren (Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Matthew Lincoln (Co Project Director: October 2021 to April 2022)
Samuel Lemley (Co Project Director: October 2021 to present)
Max G'Sell (Co Project Director: October 2021 to April 2022)

HAA-284882-22
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[Media coverage]

Totals:
$324,931 (approved)
$324,931 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 12/31/2024

Freedom and the Press before Freedom of the Press: Tools, Data, and Methods for Researching Secret Printing

The scaling up of tools and methods to allow scholars to identify and decipher illicit printing in documents predating and associated with the First Amendment. 

In response to the NEH's “More Perfect Union" initiative, this application contends that some of the most fascinating stories of the First Amendment’s prehistory are yet to be told – and that they can only be discovered with tools, data, and methods developed in digital humanities. Evidence for clandestine printing often lies below the threshold of human attention – in minute typographical details, recurring pieces of damaged type, similar or divergent paper stocks, or tiny variations in print shop practices, observable only at scale. At the same time, it takes sophisticated information architecture for researchers to move effectively from minute physical details to broader, more consequential patterns. Freedom and the Press before Freedom of the Press will ameliorate persistent challenges in studying clandestine printing by scaling up an established suite of tools, data, and machine learning methods developed to help researchers discover hidden information in letterpress print.

Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ 07043-1624)
John Soboslai (Project Director: June 2021 to present)

HAA-284888-22
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$39,176 (approved)
$39,176 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 3/31/2023

Seeing What Takes Place: Exploring Immersive Experiences of Religious Rituals

Convening a group of religious studies scholars and technologists to research best practices and evaluate the appropriateness of recording and interpreting religious rituals in extended reality (XR) for teaching religion.

This project seeks to convene a meeting of religious studies scholars and experts in XR modalities to explore the creation of immersive videos analyzing and explaining religious rituals. The proposed two-day advisory meeting will evaluate the best practices for creating stereoscopic (360 degrees) videos combined with documentary style analysis and discussion into resources aimed at teaching about religion. The meeting will consist of presentations by scholars of various religious traditions and experts in educational immersive technologies, paired with brainstorming sessions considering appropriate representations of diverse religious traditions, suitable methods regarding the filming and dissemination of such videos, and concerns around maintaining connections between practices and the living communities that hold them sacred. Information generated by our collaboration will be made publicly available and serve as the backbone for a blueprint towards the creation phase of the project.

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Jennifer Stertzer (Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Bayard Miller (Co Project Director: December 2021 to present)
James P. McClure (Co Project Director: December 2021 to present)

HAA-284893-22
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$44,570 (approved)
$44,570 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2022 – 12/31/2023

Planning a Federated Early North American Weather Records Digital Resource

A series of meetings to develop a prototype for a federated digital resource on North American weather and climate data collected during the 18th- and 19th-centuries.

The proposed project is a collaborative effort between the Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University, the Center for Digital Editing at the University of Virginia, and the Center for Digital Scholarship at the American Philosophical Society. The project is seeking level one funding to support planning meetings, a workshop, drafting of technical specifications, and the development of a prototype for federated weather and climate records digital resource. Planning and experimentation work during this grant period will lay the groundwork for the future development of a federated weather and climate records platform. This platform will support both the editorial preparation (broadly conceived) and publication of weather and climate records. Planning and development work will ultimately result in the publication of the Federated Early North American Weather Records Digital Resource.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA 02139-4307)
Cagri Hakan Zaman (Project Director: June 2021 to present)
Caroline Ann Jones (Co Project Director: December 2021 to present)

HAA-284908-22
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$50,000 (approved)
$50,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 3/31/2023

Latent Archive: Immersive Storytelling Platform for Examining Spatial History

Prototype development of a new digital tool that will allow users to identify and study objects and landscapes appearing in moving image scenes.

We seek Level I funding for planning and early prototype development of the Latent Archive tool, conceived as an immersive media platform for studying moving image archives. The project has been developed in collaboration with MIT Transmedia Storytelling Initiative (TSI) and MIT Virtual Experience Design Lab (VxD).

Arizona Board of Regents (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Jennifer Lei Jenkins (Project Director: June 2021 to present)

HAA-284912-22
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[Grant products][Media coverage][Prizes]

Totals:
$324,573 (approved)
$324,573 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2022 – 12/31/2024

Tribesourcing Southwest Film: Digital Repatriation

A series of workshops in Arizona, New Mexico, and California and the development of a digital curriculum on the creation of culturally-appropriate descriptive metadata and narration for Native American films based on the Tribesourcing Southwest Film website.

Tribesourcing Southwest Film digitally repurposes a collection of midcentury educational and sponsored films about Native peoples of the Southwestern U.S., reclaiming visual content through recording culturally-informed alternate audio tracks voiced by Native narrators from within the cultures represented. This process, which we have termed “tribesourcing,” has the double benefit of repatriating historic images and decolonizing these archival films, visible at Tribesourcingfilm.com. In this proposal, we seek to extend the project by: recording additional narrations in Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico; developing a digital curriculum for workshops; and to begin decentralizing the project through a series of workshops to help communities who wish to do their own tribesourcing with their own archived audio-visual materials.

University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288)
Mark Simpson-Vos (Project Director: July 2021 to present)

DR-284952-22
Fellowships Open Book Program
Digital Humanities

[Grant products]

Totals:
$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2021 – 5/31/2023

Open Access Edition of Race Characters: Ethnic Literature and the Figure of the American Dream by Swati Rana

This project will publish the book Race Characters: Ethnic Literature and the Figure of the American Dream, written by NEH Fellow Swati Rana (NEH grant number FEL-XXXX), in an electronic open access format under a Creative Commons license, making it available for free download and distribution. The author will be paid a royalty of at least $500 upon release of the open access ebook.

University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY 82071-2000)
Isadora Helfgott (Project Director: July 2021 to present)
Paul Flesher (Co Project Director: December 2021 to present)

Participating institutions:
University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY) - Applicant/Recipient
Cardiff University (Cardiff, Wales) - Participating Institution

HND-284954-22
NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2022 – 10/31/2024

Finding a place: advancing digital methods to unlock the use of digitized book illustrations in cultural institutions

A research project on identifying and analyzing patterns in book illustration (c 1750 – 1940) using digitized books from collections in Wyoming, Wales, and England. The UK partner, Cardiff University, is requesting £245,912 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Book illustrations span centuries and represent ideas about identities of people and place from Wales to Wyoming. They foreground complexities of local and foreign, indigeneity, colonized and displaced subjects. Material objects that circulated globally, illustrations were easily accessible and expressed key ideas and subtexts not always conveyed in text. They contain cultural information about the beliefs of those who created and encountered them that can be revealed through digital methods, which expand possibilities for the scope and depth of comparative analysis. Opening this material to new analysis can shape cultural institutions’ strategies for display and interpretation across collections. This research is humanities-driven: it identifies humanities materials neglected by cultural institutions and develops digital methods for identifying and analysing them that reveal marginalized and hidden histories and global connections.