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  • Prioritizing Public Digital Humanities Projects

    We have been deeply saddened by the images of police brutality against Black people and protesters we have seen in recent days.

    We have been deeply saddened by the images of police brutality against Black people and protesters we have seen in recent days. We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless others who have been terrorized and killed by systems designed to enforce white supremacy.

    At the same time, we have been inspired by the courage and creativity of activists who demand an end to police brutality specifically and white supremacy generally. As Frederick Douglass said, “power concedes nothing without a demand.” Over the past week we have seen small but exciting hints that these efforts have succeeded in compelling more people to confront the reality and the history of anti-Black racism and to add their voices to the chorus demanding change.

    If you are a researcher in the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn who has been thinking about how your own work will rise to the challenge of this historical moment, the Price Lab for Digital Humanities is here to help. We have funds as part of a four-year grant from the Mellon Foundation and will prioritize humanistic research projects that use digital tools and methods to benefit people beyond the academy and particularly in the Philadelphia region. If you or someone you know has an idea, contact Stewart Varner (svarner@upenn.edu) to discuss how to create a proposal.



  • New course offered in our DH Minor Curriculum!

    The Price Lab collaborated with the English department, the Cinema and Media Studies program, and SAS Computing to launch 

    The Price Lab collaborated with the English department, the Cinema and Media Studies program, and SAS Computing to launch a new DH class on Digital Fakes and Forgeries. Taught by Elizabeth Scheyder of SAS Computing’s Instructional Technology division, the class will involve hands-on work to detect and create fake images, and will count toward the DH Minor in the College.

  • Digital Humanities Minor spring 2020

    The Price Lab is pleased to announce the spring 2019-2020 roster of classes for the Digital Humanities Minor.

    The Price Lab is pleased to announce the spring 2019-2020 roster of classes for the Digital Humanities Minor. The Digital Humanities Minor guides students through three tiers of courses that augment their disciplinary studies in the humanities with advanced digital research techniques and in-depth engagement with theoretical and practical questions raised by digital humanities. By successfully completing the requirements of the minor, students will develop the insight to be both thoughtful users of technology and sophisticated critics of digital work. Students not majoring in humanities fields are also welcome to complete the minor.

  • Mellon Summer Doctoral Research Fellowships

    The Price Lab is pleased to announce Mellon Summer Research Fellowships for humanities graduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

    The Price Lab is pleased to announce Mellon Summer Research Fellowships for humanities graduate students in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. The fellowships have been designed to allow students to take advantage of the relatively less-hectic summer months to pursue work in the digital humanities. Selected students may use the fellowship to engage in independent study, attend training institutes, or make significant headway on a research project.

    Fellows will receive awards of up to $6,000 paid in three installments of $2,000; one at the beginning of the summer, one after the completion of a short progress report in the middle of the summer, and one after the submission of a final report at the end of the summer.

    To apply, please submit a 500 word proposal and a copy of your current CV to price-lab@sas.upenn.edu by midnight April 8, 2019.

    Please direct any questions to Stewart Varner, Managing Director of the Price Lab: svarner@sas.upenn.edu

  • Michael Gamer and Scott Enderle discuss their playbill database in Omnia

    Price Mellon Research Fellow, Michael Gamer, and Price Lab Associate Scholar, Scott Enderle were recently featured in Omnia discussing their English Playbill Project.

    Price Mellon Research Fellow, Michael Gamer, and Price Lab Associate Scholar, Scott Enderle were recently featured in Omnia discussing their English Playbill Project. You can read the article here. 

    English Playbills from the 18th and 19th-century are filled with valuable information for researchers, but, the rich data in these documents have yet to be captured by a digitized database. The English Playbill Project will create a valuable searchable database and online data-entry form to tag and classify playbills for dramatic performances. For Gamer, the project has exciting possibilities. “What else can playbills tell us other than what they are designed to tell us?” he asks.