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Keywords: Livingstone (ALL of these words -- matching substrings)

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FA-57271-13Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersKathryn H. Fuller-SeeleyJack Benny and Radio Comedy in American Culture, 1932-19555/1/2013 - 12/31/2013$50,400.00KathrynH.Fuller-Seeley   Georgia State UniversityAtlantaGA30303-3011USA2012Film History and CriticismFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000336000

Comedian Jack Benny mattered enormously to 20th-century American culture--he taught us how to live in the endlessly compromised world of consumer culture. Jack Benny’s character (the ultimate Fall Guy; the vain, cheap Everyman; your family’s hapless Uncle) suffered all the indignities of the powerless patriarch in modern society--fractious workplace family, battles with obnoxious sales clerks, guff from his servant, and withering disrespect from his boss/sponsor, all women in general, and the leaders of Hollywood society. From the hard times of the Depression, through the pinched war years, to 1950s’ prosperity, Benny’s schemes to avoid spending money collapsed like his dignity, week after week, as his inflated ego was punctured by fate, abetted by his unruly staff. Benny could only dissolve into raging tantrums and injured sighs. Thirty million Americans laughed at him, and with him, each week for more than three decades as he sardonically skewered American cultural foibles.

HD-51042-10Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Start-Up GrantsEarly Manuscripts Electronic LibraryTHE NYANGWE DIARY OF DAVID LIVINGSTONE: RESTORING THE TEXT5/1/2010 - 10/31/2011$50,000.00Adrian Wisnicki   Early Manuscripts Electronic LibraryRolling Hills EstatesCA90274-4182USA2010British LiteratureDigital Humanities Start-Up GrantsDigital Humanities500000500000

Creation of a digital image archive and online scholarly edition of David Livingtone's Nyangwe field diary (1871) by adapting imaging technology originally pioneered with medieval parchment palimpsests.

This project will build on imaging technology pioneered with medieval parchment palimpsests to create a digital image archive and online scholarly edition of the Nyangwe field diary (1871) of the celebrated Victorian explorer David Livingstone. Although in a fragile, nearly illegible state, the paper diary is of immense historical value because it details the circumstances leading up to Livingstone's famous meeting with Henry Stanley in November 1871, and because it records Livingstone's response to a massacre of the local African population by Arab slave traders' an event that would become a rallying point for late-Victorian abolitionists. Our project will seek to develop technology for the preservation of the diary and recovery of its faded text, and create a model for scholar-scientist collaboration. Our work will make Livingstone's diary accessible to scholars and non-specialists worldwide and produce a template for the display of similar records of Victorian travel and exploration.

PW-51436-13Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of Nebraska, LincolnThe Livingstone Online Enrichment and Access Project (LEAP)9/1/2013 - 8/31/2017$275,000.00Adrian Wisnicki   University of Nebraska, LincolnLincolnNE68503-2427USA2013British LiteratureHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access27500002750000

The digitization and transcription of 3,500 manuscript pages written by David Livingstone, pertaining to his exploration of Africa, for inclusion in the Livingstone Online Web site, along with the development of tools and services to enhance use by scholars and educators.

The Livingstone Online Enrichment and Access Project (LEAP) will support updating, integrating, and providing access to Livingstone Online (http://www.livingstoneonline.ucl.ac.uk/) and its digital image and transcription collections in order to secure the site's long-term sustainability as a unified, open-access resource for scholars and the general public. . Our site -- a well established, transatlantic, digital archive initiative -- seeks to provide worldwide access to the writings of Dr. David Livingstone (1813-73), the Scottish abolitionist, missionary, and explorer of Africa.

RQ-50707-14Research Programs: Scholarly Editions and TranslationsUniversity of Nebraska, LincolnExplorer David Livingstone's 1870 Field Diary and Select 1871 Letters: A Multispectral Critical Edition12/1/2013 - 12/31/2016$158,605.39Adrian WisnickiMegan WardUniversity of Nebraska, LincolnLincolnNE68503-2427USA2013British LiteratureScholarly Editions and TranslationsResearch Programs158605.390158605.390

Preparation for publication of on online critical edition of the 1870 Field Diary and select letters of David Livingstone (1813 - 73), the Scottish writer, abolitionist, missionary and explorer of Africa. (24 months)

We are applying for an NEH Scholarly Translations and Editions Grant in order to develop an online critical edition of the 1870 Field Diary and select 1871 letters of Dr. David Livingstone (1813-73), the Scottish writer, abolitionist, missionary, and explorer of Africa. This publication will conclude the already successful work of the peer-reviewed, NEH-funded Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project (2010-Present). Our new critical edition will feature a comprehensive scholarly apparatus that includes annotated transcriptions of Livingstone's 1870 diary and 1871 letters, a range of critical essays, and processed spectral images that clarify Livingstone's manuscripts and shed light on the history of their production and preservation. A user-friendly interface will allow scholars and the general public to study all our critical materials, while additional integration of new data into our existing archive will enable our work to be both interoperable and sustainable in the long term.

RZ-260900-18Research Programs: Collaborative ResearchRice UniversityThe Demographics of Pre-History: South Central Africa Through Archaeology and Linguistics1/1/2019 - 12/31/2023$209,724.00JeffreyBarnetFleisherKathrynM.de LunaRice UniversityHoustonTX77005-1827USA2018AnthropologyCollaborative ResearchResearch Programs20972402097240

Archaeological and linguistic research leading to a study of migration patterns in central Africa, 500-1500 CE.

The proposed project reconstructs the cultural history of mobility in south central Africa between the 6th and 16th centuries. Language shift and human migration have long served as explanations for the expansions of language families and populations. This project will be the first to study human mobility in such demographic histories as a historical problem in its own right, capturing the motives and contingencies that shaped changing forms of and ideas about mobility and, as a result, actually changed the pace and path of the larger expansion process. Such research on human mobility is only feasible with the creation of an interdisciplinary archive linking archaeological, ecological, ethnohistorical, and historical linguistic data. Each dataset will be developed at research sites in Zambia, a place lacking the traditional archives of humanistic research. The project illuminates the material, political, and cognitive lives of people who shaped the demographic history in this region.