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ACLS Awards 2013 Digital Innovation Fellowship to Seven Scholars

3/26/2013

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships. The seven fellows, who were selected from a very competitive pool of applications, will spend a year dedicated to a major scholarly project intended to advance digital humanistic scholarship in powerful new directions. The projects span disciplines, methodologies, and digital formats, but all engender innovative approaches to scholarly research and communication. Applications to the program were evaluated by a committee of scholars with wide-ranging expertise in the digital humanities. 2012-2013 marked the eighth year of the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship Program, generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“The 2013 ACLS Digital Innovation Fellows are forging exciting pathways for scholarship in the humanities, providing widespread access to previously unavailable sources and creating tools to aid scholars at all levels of study,” said ACLS Director of Fellowships Nicole Stahlmann. “From transforming traditional ideas of literary genre to modeling changes in regional speech patterns over time, the fellows are finding new ways to channel big data for greater humanistic understanding.”

Among this year's supported projects is a new searchable, digital archive of coroner's reports that allows scholars to view the American South of the Civil War-era through the eyes of a crime scene investigator; a tool for students and advanced scholars alike to explore Pompeii through a GIS model that maps bibliographies of existing scholarship onto relevant points throughout the famous archaeological site; and a bi-lingual, multimedia online book that probes new directions in both performance studies and scholarly publication.

Information about the 2013 ACLS Digital Innovation Fellows and their projects is available here.

This year's Digital Innovation Fellows:

  • Stephen Berry (Professor of History, University of Georgia)
  • Allison Booth (Professor of English, University of Virginia)
  • Gregory Downs (Associate Professor of History, The City College of New York)
  • William Kretzschmar (Professor of English, University of Georgia)
  • Eric Poehler (Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Diana Taylor (Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, New York University)
  • Ted Underwood (Associate Professor of English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

More information about ACLS fellowship programs, is available here.

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