The ASA congratulates member Maryemma Graham of the University of Kansas on receiving a 2018 ACLS Digital Extension Grant for Black Book Interactive Project – Extending the Reach (BBIP-ER)! The full press release appears below.


The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 ACLS Digital Extension Grants. The awards of up to $150,000 are designed to advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects, extending their reach to new users, and supporting teams of scholars at all career stages as they participate in digital research projects. The program, now in its third year, is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“ACLS developed the Digital Extension Grant program to build new communities of users around high-quality digital research projects in the humanities,” said John Paul Christy, director of public programs at ACLS. “The diverse set of projects supported by this year’s grants will advance innovative digital research while also bringing scholars together in new constellations of inquiry and providing new means of collaboration.”

Among this year’s funded projects are an enhanced digital hub for exploring early modern English print culture, an interactive archive of over 2,000 unknown and understudied African American novels, and a geospatial platform for discovering and documenting archaeological sites in Andean South America. The awardees plan to extend the communities of users around their projects through inter-institutional collaborations with scholars and students at community colleges, HBCUs, liberal arts colleges, regional colleges and universities, secondary schools, and universities in Argentina, Canada, China, Peru, and Switzerland. A multidisciplinary panel of scholars with broad expertise in digital scholarship chose the awardees.


For more information about the recipients and their projects, visit the website.

Posted for ASA Office in Member News
Post date: May 17, 2018