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Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)
Wendy Belcher (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Increasing Access to and Developing Digital Tools for Early African Literature: The Princeton Ethiopian, Egyptian, and Eritrean Miracles of Mary Project

The creation of a web-based platform and tools to enable scholars to search and engage with a unique online collection of African literature.

The Princeton Ethiopian, Egyptian, and Eritrean Miracles of Mary project (PEMM) is working to provide scholars and students with access to data about the hundreds of vivid stories written for centuries in Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia about the miracles that the Virgin Mary performed for the faithful, whether sinners or saints. Emerging out of the ancient African Christian tradition and in dialogue with the Islamic and Western Christian traditions, these Marian folk stories preserved in the ancient African language of G???z (classical Ethiopic) are rich repositories of intellectual history and cultural knowledge, illuminating how Africans make sense of the human in the context of precarity. PEMM is seeking funding to build a public-facing open-access web application and data portal to share the stories in, images about, translations of, and scholarship on this crucial body of medieval African literature and to build upon our innovative prototype tool for searching in G???z.

Project fields:
African History; African Literature; Folklore and Folklife

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2024