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HND-284964-22

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)
T. Mills Kelly (Project Director: July 2021 to present)
Deepthi Murali (Co Project Director: December 2021 to present)
Subaltern Histories of Global Textiles : Connecting Collections, Expanding Engagement

Data collection, analysis, and construction of a prototype website to explore the use of Indian-style textiles in the African diaspora in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The UK partner, the University of Edinburgh, is requesting £58,271 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. 

We propose a born-digital project on the use of Indian and Indian-imitation textiles by the African diaspora in the Americas in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Knitting together material from three collections--Victoria and Albert Museum, London, University of Glasgow Archives & Special Collections, and Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New York--the project re-centers the locus of global textile trade from White Euro-American markets to African diaspora markets and contributes to decolonization in the humanities while highlighting contributions of under-represented communities to global cultures of fashion. For the exploratory level grant we will produce a design document and proof-of-concept prototype including a stand-alone website with interactive data visualizations, annotated narratives, and dynamic maps built on a networked metadata collection that links partnering institutions.

Participating institutions:
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) - Applicant/Recipient
University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh) - Participating Institution

Project fields:
History, General

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

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$49,999 (approved)
$49,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2022 – 4/30/2023