Mapping Modernism / Modernist Letters Project

This project, currently under development, is developing social and spatial maps of modernist correspondence, with a specific initial focus on the Bloomsbury Group and global modernism. Supported by the Scholars' Lab R&D Group at the University of Virginia, as well as collaborators in Library Science and twentieth-century literary studies, the project employs Omeka's collaborative data collection features alongside the exciting new visualization tool Neatline, due to be released soon. We welcome collaborators who wish to use this platform to develop and publish their own maps of modernist correspondence, as well as technical and theoretical collaborators interested in the "spatial turn" in digital humanities work.

Here's the standard description:
A persistent challenge of transnational modernist studies has been to coherently imagine and narrate an expanded global literary field, without resorting to the rhetoric of center/periphery, master narrative and counter-canon. "Mapping Modernism" proposes that we open up the study of a global literary modernity in a fundamentally new way, taking advantage of dynamic relational databases, social geolocation tools, and geomapping software to construct an expanded social map of interwar modernism. The platform works as a collaborative space for mapping modernist letters; it allows us to chart, for example, the networks of correspondence between Leonard and Virginia Woolf, the Fabians, and the League of Nations. The project envisions fundamental changes in the way we study and review claims in modernist studies, foregrounding an open-source, dynamic presentation that opens up new possibilities for the future digital infrastructure both of modernist studies and the digital humanities.



Kinds of collaborators
Individual/small group
Graduate students
IT staff
Help description
We could most benefit from content collaborators, with suggestions on specific editions or collections of correspondence which might productively be mapped with geospatial tools. Graduate students are particularly welcome as collaborators, and no prior experience is required. General peer review and advice from digital humanists is always welcome, and will be solicited after the beta is released. Specialists in PHP and database design are also welcome.
Contact person
Help needed

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