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Event showcases digital scholarship in the humanities

Emory Report | Nov. 5, 2015

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) are partnering to present “Connect with Research,” a showcase of ways faculty in humanities and humanities-related fields are using digital technology as part of their research.

The event is set for Thursday, Nov. 12, from 2-4 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Robert W. Woodruff Library. You can attend in person or join the live web stream via Adobe Connect at this link. Attendees are asked to register by Nov. 5.

During the showcase, four faculty presenters will talk for about 10 minutes about their digital scholarly projects. After the presentations, presenters and participants will then have an opportunity to talk about each presented topic at rotating round-table discussions.

Presenters include the following:

• Abdullahi An-Na’im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, will talk about his blog, “The Future of Sharia,” which takes the controversial concepts from his research and writing and opens them up to global public debate. The blog builds on his 2008 book, "Islam and the Secular State," in which he tackles complex issues about government secularism and Sharia (Islamic law).

• Cheryl Crowley, associate professor in the Department of Russian & East Asian Languages & Cultures, will discuss her project titled Hacking Haiku. In partnership with the ECDS, she is working to digitize a travel journal written by the Japanese poet Tagami Kikusha in the 19th century. Kikusha wrote haikai, the genre now called haiku. She and the ECDS team have been creating a database of the hundreds of poems, linking them to the GPS coordinates of the sites the poet visited and other information.

• Jesse Karlsberg, post-doctoral fellow in digital humanities publishing in ECDS, is editing a digital critical edition of Joseph Stephen James’s 1911 "Original Sacred Harp," a companion to the Centennial Edition he edited published by Pitts Theology Library and the Sacred Harp Publishing Company this February. The digital edition uses Readux, a tool for annotating and publishing digital critical editions developed by a team from ECDS and the library’s software development team, with which he has served as lead scholar.

• Michael A. Elliott, professor of English, will speak on the future of the monograph in the digital era. At the request of the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, a group of Emory faculty met over the course of last year to consider issues related to the digital publication of long-form scholarship in the humanities. Elliott will summarize the findings of that group and its report to Mellon, including key questions that remain unresolved as university presses adopt new digital publication formats.