Five Humanities Research Projects Receive ACLS Digital Extension Grants in 2019


The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 ACLS Digital Extension Grants. The awards provide up to $150,000 to enhance established digital projects by extending their reach to new communities of users, fostering team-based collaboration, and creating new sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities. The program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“ACLS Digital Extension Grants allow projects to grow in new, productive directions and to enhance their long-term sustainability as resources for humanities scholars,” said John Paul Christy, director of public programs at ACLS. “This year’s awardees share a commitment to the kinds of community building – across disciplines, institutions, languages and cultures – that strengthen the enterprise of the digital humanities.”

This year’s funded projects include an effort to study and preserve the Zapotec language while developing replicable models of community-engaged digital scholarship; an expansion of the Media History Digital Library that will facilitate research on national cinemas and the transnational exchange of films; and an intensive digital humanities institute for scholars from minority-serving institutions designed to enhance access to the digital humanities and bring new voices into the field.

Recipients of Digital Extension Grants are selected by scholars with extensive expertise in scholarly communications, digital research development, and project management from a range of higher education institutions. The grantees in 2019 are

Ticha: Advancing Community-Engaged Digital Scholarship
Haverford College
Investigators: Xochitl Flores-Marcial, California State University, Northridge; Brook Danielle Lillehaugen (PI), Haverford College; Felipe H. Lopez, Independent Scholar; Michael Zarafonetis, Haverford College

Expanding the Corpus and Repository of Writing: An Archive of Multilingual Writing in English
University of Arizona
Investigators: Bradley Dilger, Purdue University; Shelley Staples (PI), University of Arizona

New Storytellers: The Research Institute in Digital Ethnic Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Investigators: Joy Castro, Jeannette Eileen Jones, Kenneth Price (PI), and William G. Thomas III, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The AudiAnnotate Project
University of Texas at Austin
Investigators: Ben Brumfield, Sara Brumfield, Brumfield Labs; Tanya Clement (PI), University of Texas at Austin

Globalizing and Enhancing the Media History Digital Library
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Investigators: Kelley Conway and Eric Hoyt (PI), University of Wisconsin-Madison

More information about the recipients and their projects is available on our website.