Green Awarded Humanities Without Walls “Global Midwest” Grant

Harriet Green -- English and Digital Humanities Librarian, University LibraryHarriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded $50,000 from the Mellon-funded Humanities Without Walls initiative to pursue her project entitled “Humanities Collaborations and Research Practices: Exploring Scholarship in the Global Midwest” (HCRP). HCRP is an eighteen-month project in collaboration with Indiana University Libraries and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.

HCRP will explore the community of practice engaged in the Humanities Without Walls initiative through qualitative interviews with Global Midwest awardees and a quantitative visualization of the community’s sphere of influence through network analysis. The project team will also convene a one-day summit with key stakeholders to ensure that study results are shared with the researchers responsible for developing infrastructures, tools, and services to support humanities scholarship.

Green’s research examines the development and usability of digital humanities resources, the development of digital humanities user services, research workflows of humanities scholars that incorporate digital tools and resources, digital pedagogy, and humanities data curation. She has served as PI or co-PI on grants from the National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). Her recent publications include “Practicing Collaborative Digital Pedagogy to Foster Digital Literacies in Humanities Classrooms” (with Anita Say Chan) in EduCause Review, “Facilitating Communities of Practice in Digital Humanities: Librarian Collaborations for Research and Training in Text Encoding” in Library Quarterly, and “Literature as a Network: Creative-Writing Scholarship in Literary Magazines” in portal: Libraries and the Academy.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded $3,000,000 to the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to fund the first two years of an extensive consortium of fifteen humanities institutes in the Midwest and beyond. By leveraging the strengths of multiple distinctive campuses, the initiative, titled “Humanities Without Walls,” aims to create new avenues for collaborative research, teaching, and the production of scholarship in the humanities, forging and sustaining areas of inquiry that cannot be created or maintained without cross-institutional cooperation. More about this initiative and the first round of “Global Midwest” awardees can be found at their website.

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