ACLS Awards Digital Extension Grants to Five Humanities Research Projects


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the recipients of ACLS Digital Extension Grants in 2017. The awards of up to $150,000 are designed to advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects and extending their reach to new communities of scholars. The program, now in its second year, is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“ACLS Digital Extension Grants enable recipients to broaden the impact of collaborative digital research projects,” said John Paul Christy, director of public programs at ACLS. “The diversity and continued high quality of the applications for these awards are compelling reminders of the power of the digital current in the humanities.” 

Building on the successes of the long-running ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship Program, ACLS developed the Digital Extension Grant Program to foster diverse communities of users around the most compelling approaches to digital inquiry in the humanities. This year’s grantees were chosen from a multidisciplinary field of over 80 applications by a panel of scholars with expertise in digital scholarship.

Among the awardees are an open online hub for digitized and born-digital materials on transgender history, a portal that extends and expands the archival records of Native American cultural artifacts in museums with tribal knowledge and perspectives, and a toolkit for analyzing data-rich ethnographies from Africa and its diaspora.

The projects selected for 2017 ACLS Digital Extension Grants are:

The Africana Digital Ethnography Project (ADEPt) with Video-EASE Toolbox (Encoding and Analysis of Sound and Embodiment)
Principal Investigator: Aaron Carter-Enyi, Assistant Professor, Music
Morehouse College

Big, Bad Data and the Birth of Death As We Know It: How Our Mortality Became Disciplined to Science, the State, and Actuarial Tables
Principal Investigator: Stephen Berry, Professor, History
University of Georgia 

Collaborative Curation: Extending the Plateau Peoples' Web Portal
Principal Investigator: Kimberly Christen, Associate Professor, Digital Technology and Culture
Washington State University

Developing the Digital Transgender Archive
Principal Investigator: K. J. Rawson, Assistant Professor, English
College of the Holy Cross

Sustaining and Extending the US Papers of the War Department Digital Edition
Principal Investigator: Sheila A. Brennan, Associate Professor, History and Art History
George Mason University

The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 74 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS’s work. This year, ACLS will award more than $20 million to over 300 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.