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Digital Monograph Workshop

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The Digital Monograph Workshop is a two-year program, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that offers practical guidance to authors of long-form enhanced or complex digital publications within an interdisciplinary community of scholars. The workshop is a joint offering of the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.

A new workshop cohort begins each academic year and includes up to five faculty authors engaged in the research or early composition stages of developing a digital monograph.

A digital monograph, broadly defined, is a long-form work of scholarship whose presentation integrates digital content and/or functionality. The cohort convenes over the course of two years and provides a space in which authors can share ideas, gain knowledge and skills related to digital publishing, and commence work on their digital monographs.

All projects must attempt to engage a specific public audience, and preference will be given to projects that explore questions of social justice. To both ends, each author is required to hold a public engagement session with representatives from a public audience or nonacademic community during the two-year period.

Successful applicants will receive $3,000 in research funding. A small budget for the public engagement session is also provided.

Year 1

During the initial year of the program, authors will refine the primary argument and specific intended audiences—both scholarly and public—for their publications, and identify prospective publishers. The workshop cohort meets monthly (six meetings total) during the academic year to share works in progress and develop project proposals, including rough budget estimates and sustainability plans. By the end of the first year, each author will assemble a project team that includes members of staff with relevant expertise at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.

Workshop meetings will not be recorded. Cohort members are expected to attend all meetings, which will be scheduled in consultation with participants at the start of each semester.

Year 2

Participants begin to develop or refine digital monograph prototypes with their project teams at ECDS, ideally in collaboration with a publisher. The prototypes should incorporate accessibility requirements that are determined in part through the public engagement sessions with representatives of community or public audiences.