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HND-284954-22

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

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

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Cultural History; Literature, Other

Program:
NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions

Division:
Digital Humanities

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

Grant period:
2/1/2022 – 10/31/2024