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Centers of Excellence

Francophone Digital Humanities

Project learder : Laurent DUBOIS

Total costs of the project : $49.000
Embassy of France support : $25.000

 - Duke University Dept. of Romance Studies
 - University of Virginia

Summary of the Project

We propose to use this support to make Duke University a hub for Francophone Digital Humanities. Our university is well-positioned to take this on. Our faculty offers a wide-range of scholarly involvements and expertise. And Duke is already at the forefront, with a Library providing leadership and technical support in the Digital Humanities, and a PhD lab. By connecting with the latest campus initiatives, the Center for French and Francophone Studies is primed to carry out a series of innovative, productive digital projects aimed at showcasing critical areas of scholarship and developing new French-language platforms that can serve as a model for other projects. During our first year, we propose to undertake five projects: 1: Duke Digital Archive of Introductions to French Novels Leader: David Bell Theorists from Lukács to Ortega realized that the novel was not like other literary genres, and the literary constraints governing it were developed in a series of prefaces by novelists and exchanges with their readers. This archive will be assembled digitally with Bostock Library. 2: Digitizing and Curating Medieval Manuscripts in Collaboration with European Libraries Leaders: Helen Solterer and Deborah McGrady (University of Virginia) Thousands of codices offer material for understanding how a literary corpus in French was constructed -- from the beginning -- on an international scale. With the Royal Library of Sweden; and the Turin State Archives, we’ll focus attention on two such manuscripts. 3: Haiti Digital Library Leaders: Laurent Dubois and Deborah Jenson Building on an existing project (sites.duke.edu/wcwp), we’ll construct a stronger platform, collaborating with “Bibliothèque Sans Frontières” to promote better accessibility in Haiti. 4: Collaboration with the Paris Cinémathèque Française. Leaders: Anne-Gaëlle Saliot and Jacqueline Waeber Extending a project on the oeuvre of Alain Resnais and the evolution of cinematic modernism, we will pursue it with the Cinémathèque Française, and the Sound Studies Laboratory to be launched at Duke. It is also articulated around an international conference. 5: The Digital “Cahier d’un Retour au Pays Natal,” Leaders: Gregson Davis and Laurent Dubois The creation of a digital version of Aimé Césaire’s “Cahier” will lead to a conference held at Duke in October 2013. All parts of the project will be connected by workshops that will gather the faculty together to discuss the technical and interpretive challenges. Our Duke collaborators include the PhD laboratory in the Digital Humanities, working groups at the Franklin Humanities Center, and the Libraries; each project is also partnered with other institutions abroad.