Early Modern Digital Agendas
Funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities through its Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities programs, the Folger Institute offers Early Modern Digital Agendas to foster the development of digital approaches to early modern texts. These multi-week institutes explore the robust set of digital tools with period-specific challenges and limitations that early modern literary scholars of English have at hand. Following the success of EMDA2013, the Office of Digital Humanities generously funded a second Early Modern Digital Agendas institute for the summer of 2015. Information about the 2015 Early Modern Digital Agendas can be found here: EMDA2015.
In July 2013, “Early Modern Digital Agendas” created a forum under the direction of Jonathan Hope, Professor of Literary Linguistics at the University of Strathclyde. It afforded the opportunity for twenty faculty, information staffers, and advanced graduate student participants to historicize, theorize, and critically evaluate current and future digital approaches to early modern literary studies—from Early English Books Online-Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP) to advanced corpus linguistics, semantic searching, and visualization theory—with discussion growing out of, and feeding back into, their own projects (current and envisaged). With the guidance of expert visiting faculty, participants paid attention to the ways new technologies were and are shaping the very nature of early modern research and the means by which scholars interpret texts, teach their students, and present their findings to other scholars.
Folgerpedia articles produced and resources compiled by EMDA2013 participants
Video Introduction: A three-minute, “lightning-talk” of the project was made at the ODH Project Directors meeting.
Again under the director of Professor Jonathan Hope, EMDA2015 allowed fifteen participants to explore even more advanced topics in the digital humanities. Preliminary information, including a link to a "Dear Colleague" letter to prospective applicants, may be found here. The curriculum is now available here, and information on visiting faculty can be found here.