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Digital Monograph Writers Workshop


Workshop Description

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The Digital Monograph Writers Workshop is a two-year program, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that offers practical guidance to authors of long-form enhanced or complex digital publications within an interdisciplinary community of scholars. The workshop is a joint offering of the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.

A new workshop cohort begins each academic year and includes up to five faculty authors engaged in the research or early composition stages of developing a digital monograph. At least one spot in the workshop is reserved for an Atlanta-area faculty member from outside Emory University.

A digital monograph, broadly defined, is a long-form work of scholarship whose presentation integrates digital content and/or functionality. The cohort convenes over the course of two years and provides a space in which authors can share ideas, gain knowledge and skills related to digital publishing, and commence work on their digital monographs.

All projects must attempt to engage a specific public audience, and preference will be given to projects that explore questions of social justice. To both ends, each author is required to hold a public engagement session with representatives from a public audience or nonacademic community during the two-year period.

Successful applicants will receive $3,000 in research funding. A small budget for the public engagement session is also provided.

Workshop Structure

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Year 1

During the initial year of the program, authors will refine the primary argument and specific intended audiences––both scholarly and public––for their publications, and identify prospective publishers. The workshop cohort meets monthly (six meetings total) during the academic year to share works in progress and develop project proposals, including rough budget estimates and sustainability plans. By the end of the first year, each author will assemble a project team that includes members of staff with relevant expertise at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.

Meetings for the 2021–2022 year will be offered in a synchronous Zoom/in-person hybrid format. All in-person gatherings will be held at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry in strict compliance with Emory University’s current COVID-19 protocols. Workshop meetings will not be recorded. Cohort members are expected to attend all meetings.

Year 2

Participants begin to develop or refine digital monograph prototypes with their project teams at ECDS, ideally in collaboration with a publisher. The prototypes should incorporate accessibility requirements that are determined in part through the public engagement sessions with representatives of community or public audiences.

Application Process

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Applications to the inaugural cohort (2021–2022) are due by Friday, July 16, 2021.

  1. Download and complete the online application form.
  2. Combine with supporting documentation into a single PDF. The supporting documentation should include:
    • your current CV;
    • a description of your project (up to 1,000 words), including your research question and a summary of work completed to date;
    • a brief statement (up to 500 words) articulating how your project would benefit from digital presentation;
    • and a brief statement (up to 300 words) identifying the nonacademic or public audiences that your project seeks to engage and why.
  3. Email complete PDF to Sarah McKee (smckee2@emory.edu). Decisions will be announced no later than Friday, July 30.