Collaborations with the WWP

We welcome opportunities to form collaborative partnerships with scholars and other digital humanities groups. We’re particularly interested in working on projects that will enable WWP materials to be used in new ways, enhance the WWP collection and its interface, or support scholarly research on early women’s writing. Grant funding is often a key part of these undertakings, since the WWP has limited internal support, and we’re always interested in ideas for fundable joint projects.

Below are some collaborative projects on which we’re currently looking for partners and contributors:

  • Exhibits: As we develop our new collection of exhibits, we are looking for authors who are interested in experimenting with scholarly writing in digital form, who could contribute essays on some aspect of early modern women’s writing that connects with the WWO collection. Read more...
  • Reception history: The WWP recently received a major grant from the NEH to study readership and reception history in connection with the WWO collection. The grant begins formally in January 2011, and we are interested in hearing from scholars with an interest in reception history who would like to work with us as we develop the tools and materials for this project. Collaborators would be asked to contribute research materials, serve as testers for interface tools, and develop exhibits and research essays using the collection.
  • Specialized scholarly markup: We are interested in collaborating with scholars wishing to develop specialized TEI markup schemes to represent and analyse specific textual features in the WWO collection. For instance, a scholar interested in the gender politics of the novel might work with us to enhance our existing markup to include explicit gender designations for all passages of dialogue. The resulting enhancements would then feed into specialized interface tools as part of the WWO Lab. Ideally we would like to frame projects like this as collaborative grant proposals—for instance, to NEH’s Digital Humanities Startup Grants program, which supports prototypes and experimental work of this kind. Collaborators would need some background knowledge of XML and TEI, although we can provide any detailed training necessary.