[Humanist] 26.103 publication prize

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Jun 20 22:32:31 CEST 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 103.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 06:30:44 +1000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: Publication Prize in Digital Humanities

HASTAC Proudly Announces the First Winners of the University of Michigan 
Press/ HASTAC Publication Prize in Digital Humanities

The University of Michigan Press and HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, 
Science, and Technology Advance Collaboratory) are pleased to announce 
the selection of Jentery Sayers and Sheila Brennan as recipients of the 
UM Press/HASTAC Digital Humanities Publication Prize. Each Prize carries 
$5,000 in subvention funds and an advance contract with the Press series 
DigitalHumanities@ digitalculturebooks (http://www.digitalculture.org/).

Jentery Sayers, Assistant Professor of English at the University of 
Victoria, is working on a hybrid print and digital long-form transmedia 
work How Text Lost Its Source: Magnetic Recording Cultures. It 
integrates critical theories of technologies and media with knowledge of 
materials and historical particulars in the neglected cultural history 
of magnetic recordings. “The final product will be a unique and 
pioneering contribution to an understudied area, the technocultural 
history of magnetic recording,” HASTAC Executive Board member and 
Digital Humanities at digitalculturebooks series co-editor Julie Thompson 
Klein said in recommending Professor Sayers’ project for the award, 
speaking on behalf of the conference prize committee, co-editors of the 
series, and Editor-in-Chief of the Press.

Sheila Brennan, Associate Director of Public Projects Division and 
Research Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Art 
History at George Mason University, is working on a hybrid print and 
digital project entitled Stamping American Memory, investigating how the 
post office shaped American cultural memory in the late nineteenth and 
early twentieth century through its commemorative stamp program. “This 
project addresses a neglected aspect of American cultural history that 
will appeal not only to academic scholars across disciplines and fields 
but also the general public, including the dedicated community of 
philatelists,” Dr. Klein said of Stamping American Memory. “It sits at 
the intersection of vernacular and official interests, bringing to light 
the role that historical artifacts play in carrying political messages 
while simultaneously serving the needs and interests of small groups and 

Funded by the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities, the 
UM Press/HASTAC Digital Humanities Publication Prize launched this year 
in conjunction with the HASTAC V international conference, Digital 
Scholarly Communication, hosted on the Michigan campus. Professors 
Brennan and Sayers were selected for their innovative and important 
projects advancing the field of Digital Humanities.

Congratulations Jentery and Sheila!
Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Professor, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics,
University of Western Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.isr-journal.org); Editor, Humanist
(www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

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