Join the Brown University Library on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 12 – 1:15 p.m. in the Digital Scholarship Lab at the Rockefeller Library for a talk entitled, “A Digital Publishing Platform for Indigenous Studies.” Darcy Cullen, Assistant Director of RavenSpace: Digital Publishing in Indigenous Studies at UBC Press, The University of British Columbia, and Beth Fuget, Grants and Digital Projects, University of Washington Press (Chair), will talk about their collaborative project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This event is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow the talk.
Utilizing a three-year, $509,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation, UBC Press and University of Washington Press are spearheading the initiative, along with partners including the First Nations Technology Council, the Musqueam Indian Band, and the Burke Museum, which will allow scholars and Indigenous communities to work together in this digital space to co-create and share content. They will be able to present their findings in innovative ways that break free of the limitations of the printed book and that both respect and combine mainstream academic and Indigenous frameworks and protocols. In turn, readers will be able to review, comment on, repurpose, or annotate that content.
Based on Scalar, the hub will offer a suite of tools for linking data and analyses to digital content from around the world and for interacting in cultural sensitive ways with heritage materials, ranging from clothing, beadwork, weapons, and tolls to songs, stories, and dances.
Authors of these multimedia books will be able to tailor navigational paths for distinct audiences: scholars, community-based groups and organizations with a stake in Indigenous languages and cultural heritage, and instructors and their students.
As Assistant Director, Acquisitions, Darcy Cullen oversees the direction of UBC Press’s editorial department and acquires manuscripts across a wide range of disciplines. She has written about the collaborative nature of publishing in Editors, Scholars, and the Social Text, and is an ardent supporter of new modes of book publishing that take into account digital, networked, and collaborative scholarship. She is Principal Investigator for an initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a platform for media-rich, interactive books in Indigenous studies.
Beth is the Director of Grants and Digital Projects at the University of Washington Press and is a partner in the UBC Press initiative. Established in 1920, the University of Washington Press supports the research, education, and outreach missions of the University of Washington by publishing peer-reviewed scholarship for an international community of students, scholars, and intellectually curious readers. The press is known for groundbreaking lists in critical ethnic studies; Native American and Indigenous studies; Asian American studies; Asian studies; anthropology; art history and visual culture; environmental studies; women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; and U.S. history, among other fields.