ACLS Digital Innovation Fellows

The ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. It is hoped that projects of successful applicants will help advance digital humanistic scholarship by broadening understanding of its nature and exemplifying the robust infrastructure necessary for creating further such works.

2014-2015 marked the tenth and final year of the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship Program, generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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John M. Flower
John M. Flower  |  Abstract
This project explores the histories, beliefs, livelihoods, and local identities in Xiakou Village, China, in order to understand Xiakou as an evolving cultural landscape, defined as the interwoven field of physical environment, historical memory, and moral agency. The project comprises an online monograph, media archive, and information structures integrating essays, multimedia artifacts, and GIS maps. The project's digital form vividly reveals the interconnected dimensions of village life, highlights the relationship between source and interpretation, opens up non-linear paths through the ethnography, and pioneers digital ethnography as a widely applicable model for the presentation of humanities research.

Associate Professor, History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte  -  Moral Landscape in a Sichuan Mountain Village: A Digital Ethnography of Place

William G. Thomas
William G. Thomas  |  Abstract
This project explores the social consequences of railroad growth in mid-nineteenth-century America. The fundamental concern of this work is an examination and representation of the national development of the railroad network across space and over time and its multivalent effects on American communities. The central humanities question in this study is understanding the complex social consequences of railroad development across the nineteenth century, through the documentation, representation, and visualization of how Americans experienced these transformative modern developments. The significant outcome of the project is the largest historical database of railroad and social change available over the web for wide access and use in research and teaching.

Professor, History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln  -  Railroads and the Making of Modern America

Anne Sarah Rubin
Anne Sarah Rubin  |  Abstract
This project explores the myriad ways Americans have remembered William Tecumseh Sherman's 1864-65 march through Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. It uses memories of the march to examine Americans’ thoughts on war in general and the American Civil War in particular. It shows different ways of presenting layers of information, primarily through maps and images, but also through sound and text, and incorporates census data, fiction, film, and photographs. This is the digital component of a larger project exploring the impact of the march on the landscape of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Associate Professor, History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County  -  Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and America Mapping Memory

Yuri Tsivian
Yuri Tsivian  |  Abstract
This project involves the completion of the online application Cinemetrics, an extensive, multifaceted collection of digital data related to film editing. Currently programmed to handle the aspect of editing known in film studies as cutting rates, cinemetrics is expanding into a site that provides a comprehensive multifaceted picture of the factors that effected film editing in the span of its 100-year long-history. Users will view the correlations that exist between the film’s dynamic profile, its genre, and its type of story; access the way in which cultural factors define the tempo of film editing; and get a sense of interdependency between cutting rates, on the one hand, and shot scales, staging practices, acting styles, and camera movements on the other.

Professor, Art History, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, and Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago  -  Cinemetrics: an Open-Access Interactive Website Designed to Collect, Store, and Process Scholarly Data about Film Editing Across the History of Cinema

Patricia Seed
Patricia Seed  |  Abstract
The project digitally analyzes the earliest nautical charts of western and southern Africa both to discover their method of construction and to locate African communities and landscapes on the eve of contact with Europeans.

Professor, History, University of California, Irvine  -  The Development of Mapping on the West and South Coasts of Africa by Portuguese Navigators and Cartographers from 1434-1504