Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Period of Performance

1/1/2018 - 6/30/2020

Funding Totals

$40,000.00 (approved)
$40,000.00 (awarded)

Caribbean Diaspora: Panorama of Carnival Practices

FAIN: HAA-258807-18

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus (San Juan, PR 00925-2512)
Nadjah Rios-Villarini (Project Director: June 2017 to February 2021)
Mirerza González-Vélez (Co Project Director: August 2017 to February 2021)

Early planning for a project to explore migration and the Caribbean diaspora through the lens of cultural practices related to Carnival. Coordinated through a series of meetings and drawing on multiple archival collections, the project will produce a website for public audiences and a white paper.

This project aims to initiate new approaches to inquiries on migration at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR-RP) that can be digitally shared with a broader audience, particularly those of the Caribbean and its diasporas. Project activities and outcomes will be: (1) to hold a series of discussion-based meetings between external digital humanities specialists and local librarian and Caribbean scholars to design an interactive, general audience website on Caribbean mobility as evidenced in Carnival; (2) to generate a preliminary webpage that includes curated content using existing digital audiovisual materials and artifacts related to Caribbean Carnivals in the UPR archives, the Puerto Rico Foundation for the Humanities, the original Project Diaspora website, University of Florida’s Digital Library of the Caribbean, and other sources; and (3) to produce a final white paper documenting the development process with implications so that digital humanities scholars can benefit.

Media Coverage

Profesores reciben fondos para investigación (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Keila Lopez Alicea
Publication: El Nuevo Dia (Newspaper)
Date: 12/28/2017
Abstract: Two projects receive funding to conduct research. One is about Migration and Carnival Practices, the other is related to philosophy and economics.

Fondo Nacional de las Humanidades otorgó 70,000 a UPR en Rio Piedras para investigaciones (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Tamara Miranda
Publication: UPR RP Webpage
Date: 2/11/2018
Abstract: NEH sponsored two projects from 3 professors from the UPR to develop research related to humanities.

Associated Products

The Caribbean Diaspora Digital Humanities Center: a participatory model for preservation and access (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: The Caribbean Diaspora Digital Humanities Center: a participatory model for preservation and access
Author: Nadjah Ríos Villarini
Abstract: Presentation part of the panel “Education, Citizens and Inclusion” at the Latin American Studies Association conference
Date: 05/29/2019
Conference Name: Latin American Studies Association