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ACLS Names 2012 Digital Innovation Fellows


ACLS is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Digital Innovation Fellowships. The nine fellows will spend a year dedicated to a major scholarly project intended to advance digital humanistic scholarship by broadening understanding of its nature and exemplifying the robust infrastructure necessary for creating such works. These projects span disciplines and methodologies, but all create new means of scholarly investigation and sharing.

Fassler_Margot_tn Margot Fassler (Professor, Theology and Music, University of Notre Dame) will create a digitized, sounding model of Hildegard of Bingen’s conception of the cosmos, employing the advanced technology of Notre Dame’s Digital Visualization Theater.
Rodin_Jesse_tn Jesse Rodin (Assistant Professor, Music, Stanford University) and his Josquin Research Project will develop new tools for making Renaissance music searchable.
Kansa_Eric_tn Eric Kansa (Independent Scholar, The Alexandria Archive Institute and the University of California, Berkeley) will develop a Data Journal for archaeology studies, a project that will make data sharing part of the mainstream of scholarly communications.
Kastor_Peter_tn Peter Kastor (Associate Professor, History and American Culture Studies, Washington University in St. Louis) will analyze governance in the decades following adoption of the U.S. Constitution, combining narrative and statistical analysis with humanities computing to model forms of cross-disciplinary conversation, and culminate in an online collection for researchers.
Lollini_Massimo_tn Massimo Lollini (Professor, Romance Languages, University of Oregon) will make Petrarch’s early manuscripts available to scholars online via an interface that provides new tools for rich linking and layering of texts as well as visualizations of documents.
Sluyter_Andrew_tn Andrew Sluyter (Associate Professor, Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge) will build a Geographic Information System (GIS) of nineteenth-century Atlantic trade networks that will give agency to long-ignored actors like slaves and conceptually transform the Atlantic into a dynamic space of flows rather than a dead space of separation.
Sullivan_Elaine_tn Elaine Sullivan (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Egyptology, University of California, Los Angeles) will integrate GIS and three-dimensional modeling to investigate the important cemetery of Saqqara, Egypt, an ancient cult and burial place neighboring the capital city Memphis, allowing researchers to virtually experience the landscape in ways that were previously impossible.
Tice_Jim_tn James Tice (Professor, Architecture, University of Oregon) will use GIS to update the Forma Urbis Romae, a cartographic masterpiece of ancient Rome, and then republish it as an interactive website. The end result will highlight the continuity between ancient and modern and reveal how ancient buildings shape subsequent urban form.
Sack_Warren_tn Warren Sack (Associate Professor, Film and Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz) observes that “software now constitutes a new form of logic and rhetoric, a new means of expression, articulation, and argumentation.” His book project will explore digital ideology and the writing/programming of the institutions of digital life.

See project abstracts.

“The Digital Innovations Fellowship program continues to evolve and expand,” said ACLS Director of Fellowships Nicole Stahlmann. “The current group of fellows, which is the seventh cohort funded through the program, showcases creative research in the digital humanities through the use of innovative research methods, the representation of research results in new and digitally enhanced ways, as well as projects that engage analytically with new forms of knowledge creation.”

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