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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Richard Freedman
Richard Freedman  |  Abstract
With the help of an international team of scholars and information technologists, this project advances the study, teaching, and performance of Renaissance music by reconstructing missing voice parts for an important but neglected repertory of sixteenth-century French polyphonic songs. Reconstructions are combined with facsimiles and scholarly commentaries via the Music Encoding Initiative, which fulfills for musical texts the dynamic opportunities already afforded by the Text Encoding Initiative. The results will be a collaborative tool for use by all scholars, students, and performers of early music. This digital project will remain a permanent part of Centre d'études supérieures de la Renaissance (Tours, France), and its Programme Ricercar.

Professor, Music, Haverford College  -  Recovering Lost Voices: A Digital Workshop for the Restoration of Renaissance Polyphony

Massimo Riva
Massimo Riva  |  Abstract
The Garibaldi & the Risorgimento digital archive provides a comprehensive resource for the interdisciplinary study of the Italian unification process, within the context of nineteenth-century Europe. At the heart of the archive is a dynamic visualization of the Garibaldi panorama (1861). This proposal envisions the implementation of new forms of collaborative scholarship through the use of new tools such as Humanities Bubbles, an open-source environment being developed for digital humanities scholarship, funded by Microsoft Research. Scholars will be able to annotate the panorama, linking it to digital sources and related multimedia documents residing in the Brown Library repository. The archive will thus evolve into an open resource for collaborative research, accessible across a full range of platforms, from desktops to Surfaces, Tablets, and Pads.

Professor, Italian Studies, Brown University  -  Building the Garibaldi & the Risorgimento Digital Archive at Brown University: New Applications for Collaborative Scholarship

Ruth A. Mostern
Ruth A. Mostern  |  Abstract
“The State of the River” is an event database, a geographic information system, and a book about the history of the Yellow River. Collectively these works explain how a central state—with limited knowledge and resources, and with contradictory objectives in the core and the periphery of the empire—lived with and attempted to manage one of the world’s most unpredictable hydrological systems. Owing to the remarkable cultural, linguistic, and political continuity of Chinese civilization, records of human responses to catastrophes and environmental degradation along the river, and their efforts to turn the river to human advantage, constitute a 3,000 year documentary corpus and the basis for a new work of digtial infrastructure.

Associate Professor, History and World Cultures, University of California, Merced  -  The State of the River: Three Thousand Years of Imperial Engineering in North China

Susan L. Wiesner
Susan L. Wiesner  |  Abstract
This study builds upon the ARTeFACT Project and combines KWIC methods used in corpus linguistics with the use of motion capture technologies. That is, that the statistical analysis of words, collocations, and concordances equate to body parts (=words) used in movements (=collocations) and dances (=concordances). The subsequent analysis of those statistics generated by movements captured in a 3-D motion capture studio elucidate choreographic preferences in relation to theories of conceptual metaphor argued by Lakoff and Johnson, specifically focusing on CONFLICT.

Adjunct Faculty, Dance, Kennesaw State University  -  Movement, Metaphor, and Motion Capture