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HAA-263807-19

Regents of the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN 55455-2070)
J.B. Shank (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Benjamin Wiggins (Co Project Director: November 2018 to present)
Building a Digital Portal for Exploring Bernard and Picart’s Religious Ceremonies and Customs of the World

The development of an online, open-access portal bringing together the multiple editions of The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World, an important Enlightenment volume about world religions and customs.

The project team will build an open-source online portal to facilitate the study of the transformative Enlightenment blockbuster, The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World. Despite the massive influence of its numerous and variable lavishly illustrated editions, its unstable print history has deterred scholarly study of the work, not least because its many variants are strewn all over the globe. Our portal will allow digitized copies of diverse editions from disparate repositories to be accessed in a single virtual space, permitting searching and comparative inter-textual study of word and image across multiple versions and in conjunction with other books from the era. It will also serve as a model for other comparative projects based on curated aggregations of texts, images, and collections in a way that avoids copyright problems and prohibitive costs.

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Project fields:
Intellectual History; Media Studies

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$95,220 (approved)
$95,220 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2019 – 7/31/2021