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University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Jennifer E. Guiliano (Project Director: September 2013 to April 2014)
Julie Greene (Project Director: April 2014 to April 2017)
Transforming the Afro-Caribbean World (TAW)

A two-day workshop exploring appropriate digital collections and tools that would facilitate archival research on the relationship between Afro-Caribbean labor and migration history and the construction of the Panama Canal from 1904-1914.

The Transforming the Afro-Caribbean World (TAW) project seeks NEH startup funding to bring together scholars of the Panama Canal, Afro-Caribbean history, and experts in the digital humanities, data modeling, and visualization for a two-day planning workshop that will discuss a large-scale effort to explore Afro-Caribbean labor, migration, and the Panama Canal. The TAW workshop has several aims: 1) digitization of a subset of the proposed records to evaluate potential costs and preservation issues; 2) exploration of structured data tools; 3) the creation of annotated bibliographies for use by teachers and the public as they begin to explore the centennial anniversary; and 4) identification of other archives and repositories to be included in the larger project.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Digital Humanities

$28,961 (approved)
$28,831 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 8/31/2016