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Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH 44115-2214)
J. Mark Souther (Project Director: January 2017 to May 2019)
Meshack Owino (Co Project Director: May 2017 to May 2019)

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

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$74,939 (approved)
$70,189 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 12/31/2018

Curating East Africa: A Platform and Process for Location-Based Storytelling in the Developing World

Expansion of the Curating Kisumu project, which brings together collaborators from the United States and Kenya to develop a mobile website interpreting regional history and culture in East Africa.

We seek a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant to develop a Curatescape for WordPress beta, a toolset comprised of an open-source plugin and theme framework that enables scholars or small teams to create interpretive humanities presentations optimized for the mobile-first Internet culture in East Africa and the developing world. Expanding upon our Curating Kisumu project, we will continue to involve transnational student teams in building collaboratively researched and curated location-based stories in Kisumu, Kenya, with project partner Maseno University. After building the beta, which expands upon the existing Curatescape toolset, we will test it with Kisumu content and engage a panel of humanities experts in Kenya and Tanzania to evaluate both the content and the framework. By overcoming regional technical constraints, the project addresses gaps between ambition and adoption of digital humanities practice in Africa and supports local cultural production.