ACLS Awards Seven Digital Innovation Fellowships


In its tenth annual competition for the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships, the American Council of Learned Societies has made seven awards to a diverse cohort of scholars pursuing groundbreaking digital scholarship. Selected from a highly competitive field of applicants, the awardees will dedicate a year to projects that further the digital transformation of humanistic research. The program is generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

"ACLS’s Digital Innovation Fellowships support scholars employing sophisticated computational methods to open new and promising avenues of inquiry into complex humanistic problems," said John Paul Christy, director of Public Programs at ACLS. "And this year’s lineup of awardees shows just how vibrant and diverse this work can be. The 2015 fellows will pioneer new techniques in textual analysis and sound studies, trace the far-flung lives of texts as they cross linguistic and national boundaries, and bring long underrepresented voices into the digital scholarly domain."

Applications for the fellowship are subjected to demanding peer review by an interdisciplinary panel of scholars with broad expertise in digital scholarship. Among the supported projects are a study of readers of Jane Austen that uses neurological data to broaden understandings of literary cognition; a suite of tools to help scholars illuminate the intertextual networks linking classical Greek and Roman texts; an exploration of the kinds of knowledge about sound, musical expression, and the body that can be gained from mis-tuning musical instruments; and a new series of born-digital scholarly publications designed to spark new inquiry into the rich history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American newspapers.

The 2015 ACLS Digital Innovation Fellows and project titles:

  • Pramit Chaudhuri (Associate Professor of Classics, Dartmouth College) Computational Analysis of Intertextuality in Classical Literature
  • Ryan Cordell (Assistant Professor of English, Northeastern University) Global Viral Texts: Mapping the Circulation of Nineteenth-Century Newspaper Literature across Oceans and Languages
  • Kim Gallon (Assistant Professor of History, Purdue University, West Lafayette) The Black Press Born-Digital Project
  • Marit MacArthur (Associate Professor of English, California State University, Bakersfield) Poetry Performance and Pitch Tracking: Tools for Sound Studies
  • Natalie Phillips (Assistant Professor of English, Michigan State University)
  • Daniel Smail (Professor of History, Harvard University) The Documentary Archaeology of Late Medieval Europe
  • Daniel Trueman (Professor of Music, Princeton University) Scordatura: On Re-Mapping (and Mapping)the Body to Sound

More information on this year's seven funded projects is available here.