The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the results of the 2013-14 ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship competition. The seven awardees, representing a variety of disciplines, methodologies, and institutions, will pursue intellectually significant research that advances the digital transformation of scholarship in the humanities. 2014 marks the ninth year of the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship Program, generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
“The 2014 ACLS Digital Innovation Fellows were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants for their potential to move beyond the application of basic digital capacities to accomplish groundbreaking digital scholarship,” said Steve Wheatley, vice president of ACLS. “The research projects of this year’s fellowship recipients will probe massive collections of data in novel ways, resuscitate and preserve marginalized primary sources, and pioneer new forms of multimedia scholarly publication.”
An interdisciplinary panel of scholars with broad expertise in digital scholarship evaluated applications for the fellowship. Among this year's supported projects is a new geospatial model of human movement in the Great Lakes region of the late precontact era that redresses an overlooked area of scholarship literally under our feet; an ambitious archival project that weaves together disconnected collections to create a centralized online hub for transgender history; and a digital analysis of the production and transmission of letters in Renaissance Italy that highlights the manifold role of court secretaries in early modern bureaucracy and statecraft.
2014 ACLS Digital Innovation Fellows
Steve F. Anderson (Associate Professor of Media Arts and Practice, University of Southern California)
Technologies of Cinema: A Critical Digital Archive and Multimodal History of the American Technocultural Imaginary
Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Professor of English, Northeastern University)
Early Caribbean Digital Archive and Network Visualization Project
Megan Howey (Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of New Hampshire)
Building Geospatial Models of Movement: Past Monumental Landscapes in the Great Lakes
Anne MacNeil (Associate Professor of Music, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
K. J. Rawson (Assistant Professor of English, College of the Holy Cross)
Building the Digital Transgender Archive
Nicolas Tackett (Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley)
The Rise of the Chinese Meritocracy: A Digital Approach to the Study of Cultural Change in Tenth-Century China
Matthew Wilkens (Assistant Professor of English, Notre Dame University)
Literary Geography at Scale
Further information on this year's fellows and their projects is available here.