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HC-230697-15

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA 24061-2000)
Thomas Ewing (Project Director: 01/12/2015 to present)
Amy Nelson (Co Project Director: 04/07/2015 to present)

Images and Texts in Medical History: An Introduction to Methods, Tools, and Data from the Digital Humanities

A cooperative agreement between the NEH and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to organize a two-day workshop for medical historians, librarians, archivists, and graduate students on computational approaches to studying medical images and textual materials.  The workshop would be held at the US National Library of Medicine and would include the participation of the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Wellcome Trust from the United Kingdom.

This workshop is designed to provide medical historians with an opportunity to learn about tools, methods, and texts in the digital humanities that can inform their teaching and scholarship. Presentations by leading scholars in digital humanities will demonstrate how emerging approaches to the analysis of texts and images can be used by scholars and librarians in the field of medical history. By focusing on the new methods, tools, and data related to images and texts, this workshop will engage key issues in the history of medicine, including, but not limited to, the spread of disease, the rise of health professions, scientific research, health policy, and cultural definitions of health and disease.The workshop format is designed to provide attendees with a broad awareness of potential digital humanities applications, practical advice on the value of digital tools, and guided instruction on the application of these tools to understanding materials directly relevant to their research and scholarship. By the end of the workshop, attendees should have a widely expanded toolkit for research and teaching in medical history as well as an appreciation for potential future directions in their field.

Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$70,000 (approved)
$65,579 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 9/30/2016