Digital Humanities

One of the most significant outcomes of Humanities Writ Large is an impressive array of Digital Humanities projects. Some were integral to the work of Emerging Networks. Others were created by Visiting Faculty Fellows, either during their residency at Duke or after returning to their home institution armed with fresh knowledge and inspiration. In some cases, fellows with no plans to engage in a Digital Humanities project were inspired to do so by their HWL experience. The Digital Humanities projects listed below are a powerful reflection of the cross-fertilization of ideas that emerges when scholars from diverse disciplines gather together.


Project Vox, an HWL Emerging Network, was created to address the poor representation of women both among university philosophy faculty and within the philosophy canon. One outcome was a website that documents the life and work of five female philosophers—Mary Astell, Lady Masham, Margaret Cavendish, Anne Conway, and Émilie Du Châtelet. The site, intended as a substantial resource for college courses, includes a biography, chronology, guides to primary and secondary sources and correspondence, key quotes of contemporaries, and much more. It offers sample syllabi, as well.

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The Sonic Dictionary is a multi-course, multi-institution collaborative experiment initially hosted by the Audiovisualities Lab and then migrated into Story Lab. Its product is a digital database of sounds that can be accessed and searched freely, just like a dictionary. As of Spring 2016, Sonic Dictionary includes 650 sound recordings and has been incorporated into 19 courses, enrolling approximately 250 students.

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