NEH Early Modern Digital Agendas Institute Summary

Early Modern Digital Agendas is a three-week summer institute to be hosted by the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library in July 2013. Jonathan Hope, Professor of Literary Linguistics at the University of Strathclyde, will direct a survey of the most current resources and methods in digital research. It is supported by an Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities.

Early modernists have at hand a robust set of digital tools with period-specific challenges and limitations. Early Modern Digital Agendas will create a forum in which participants can historicize, theorize, and critically evaluate current and future digital tools and approaches in early modern studies, with discussion growing out of, and feeding back into, their own projects (current and potential). Throughout the institute, attention will be paid to the ways new technologies are shaping the very nature of early modern research and the means by which scholars teach their students and present their findings to other scholars.

In this intensive and high-level exploration, twenty participants will be guided through a series of hands-on interactions with the most advanced digital tools, resources, and methodologies available. From 8 to 26 July 2013, this summer institute will gather a diverse group of early modern literary scholars with different levels of expertise in digital humanities and at different stages of their academic careers. While participants need not have a project at hand, they must be able to articulate their motivations for understanding digital initiatives that involve early modern English texts and describe the skills and digital tools that they would like to develop during the course of the institute. Application guidelines and materials are now available; the application deadline will be 4 March 2013. In the meantime, please contact Early Modern Digital Agendas Project Director Owen Williams with any questions.

About Owen Williams

Dr. Owen Williams is the Folger Institute's Assistant Director for Scholarly Programs.
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