Video Presentations from 2019-2020 DDSP Scholars

Graduate student scholars of the Digital Dissertation Scholars Program (DDSP), a joint program of the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry (FCHI) Digital Publishing in the Humanities initiative and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS), presented their work earlier this year. The 2019-2020 cohort of scholars who presented their work were: Norah Elmagraby, PhD candidate in Islamic Civilizations Studies; Camille J. Goldmon, PhD candidate in History; Lily Rodriguez, PhD candidate in French and Italian; and Yusuf Unal, PhD candidate in Islamic Civilizations Studies. Three of the recorded videos are now available online, presented here with permission from the scholars.

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, DDSP prepares doctoral students to create meaningful, sustainable, and accessible digital scholarship by equipping them with practical training and financial support. The one-year program is open to Laney Graduate School PhD students in any humanistic discipline who are preparing for their dissertation prospectus, currently creating their prospectus, or will have just created their prospectus. The program intentionally offers support at this early and critical stage so that the digital component—in whatever form it ultimately takes—will thoughtfully integrate with or even enact the dissertation’s core argument. DDSP equips students to experiment with new kinds of research questions and new ways of presenting their findings within the digital environment. The goal of the program is not just to complete a digital project, but rather to develop an individualized plan that integrates digital methods and technologies into the dissertation research and writing process. You can read more about DDSP in our ECDS blog post from 2019 or on the “Learn with Us” page of ECDS’s website.

Without any further ado, here are the videos (with captions):

Norah Elmagraby, “Transnational Islamic Discourses on the Environment”


Camille J. Goldmon, “Tuskegee Ag Men: A Digital Supplement to ‘On the Right Side of Radicalism: Black Farmers in Rural Alabama, 1881-1940′”


Lily Rodriguez, “Digital Corpography: A Mapping of Chamoiseau’s Fort-de-France”


A new 2020-2021 cohort of scholars have begun the program this fall; you can view this and previous years’ cohorts on the FCHI Graduate Students webpage.

Image of computer code Photo by Ilya Pavlov on UnsplashDDSP is currently directed by Sarah McKee (Senior Associate Director for Publishing at FCHI) and Kayla Shipp (Digital Project Specialist at ECDS), and administered by Lisa Flowers (Program Coordinator at FCHI).

McKee provided opening remarks for the presentations, thanking the following contributors, guest speakers, and consultants: Anandi Silva Knuppel, former Senior Digital Scholarship Specialist at ECDS; Emily Porter and Kathryn Michaelis from the Emory Libraries’ Digital Library Program (DLP); Jody Bailey, Jennifer Doty, and Melanie Kowalski from the Emory Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Office; Christopher Adamson, Yang Li, Wayne Morse, Adam Newman, Michael Page, Sara Palmer, Megan Slemons, and Allen Tullos from ECDS; Brandon Walsh, Head of Student Programs at the University of Virginia’s Scholars’ Lab, for leading a kickoff workshop last September; Professor Sean Zdenek of the University of Delaware for his workshop “Access Remade: Designing, Disrupting and Transforming Inclusive Media,” an event that was part of ECDS’s “Conversations in Digital Accessibilities” series; Ulf Nilsson and Dean Cathryn Johnson at the Laney Graduate School for their invaluable guidance as the program was being developed; and Michael Elliott, Dean of Emory College and director of the Digital Publishing in the Humanities initiative, for supporting the creation of DDSP.