2016 DIL/IAH Faculty Fellows Announced


The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative, the Digital Innovation Lab, and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities are pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the DIL/IAH Faculty Fellowship in Digital Humanities: Jina Valentine and David Baker.

Jina Valentine is an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at UNC. She received her MFA from Stanford University and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has exhibited widely at venues including The Drawing Center, Marlborough Gallery, and the Studio Museum in Harlem (NY). She has been an artist in residence at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME), Sculpture Space (NY), Santa Fe Art Institute (NM), and will be in residence at Project Row Houses (TX), the Frans Masereel Centrum (Brussels), and the Joan Mitchell Center (LA) next spring. She is currently a fellow of the Open Sessions program at the Drawing Center (NY) and is consulting curator for Elsewhere Museum’s Southern Constellation Series residency (Greensboro).

Valentine will be expanding the project, The Black Lunch Table, which she is developing collaboratively with New York-based artist, Heather Hart. The project augments the dominant history of contemporary art with the testimonies of living, working, African American artists. During the fellowship, Valentine will create an online archive of artists’ testimony generated through Black Lunch Table-organized oral history recording events, as well as facilitate community meet-ups, Wikipedia edit-a-thons, and continued discourse among researchers, institutions, and publics.

David J. Baker is the Peter G. Phialas Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. After receiving his Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University in 1992, he taught at the University of Hawai͑i, Mānoa. In 2008, he joined the faculty at the UNC. He is the author of two books, Between Nations: Shakespeare, Spenser, Marvell, and the Question of Britain (Stanford University Press, 1997) and On Demand: Writing for the Market in Early Modern England (Stanford University Press, 2010). And he has co-edited a collection, British Identities and English Renaissance Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2002).

Baker is collaborating with Willy Maley of the University of Glasgow and Patricia Palmer of the King’s College London to create a web application, MACMORRIS (Modeling Archives and Connections: a Map of Research into Renaissance Ireland in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries), to identify writers of early modern Ireland, map their geography, display their social networks, and provide biographies to further scholarship on Renaissance Ireland.

Baker and Valentine will work on their projects with support from the Fellowships during 2016. Look for updates as the projects develop.

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