Two IATH Scholars Receive Awards for Innovative Use of Digital Humanities

November 7, 2019

Two IATH scholars recently received awards for their innovative use of digital humanities in their research and teaching, from the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the Association of American Studies (ASA).

Professor Marlene Daut has been given an Honorable Mention for the Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities for La Gazettte Royale d’Hayti: A Digital Journey Through Haiti’s Early Print Culture. The Garfinkel Prize is awarded annually by the ASA Digital Humanities Caucus Advisory Committee to recognize excellence in American Studies research, teaching, documentation, and art. Professor Daut’s project focuses on official government newspapers published during Henri Christophe’s rule over northern Haiti (1807-1820). It aims to include all known issues of La Gazette Officielle de l’état d’Hayti and La Gazette Royale d’Hayti, and version of the Almanach Royal D’Hayti issued by the royal press. IATH has been collaborating with Prof. Daut on this project since 2018, when she received an Associate Fellowship.

Associate Professor Anastasia Dakouri-Hild is receiving the Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Award from AIA for her Flowerdew Hundred: Exploring a Cultural Landscape Through Archaeology teaching too. The AIA award is given out each year for innovative digital scholarship and use of digital technology in excavation, research, teaching, publishing, and outreach. Her project enables students to use their theoretical knowledge of archaeological field work and analysis on a digital simulation of excavation findings for site PG64 on the Flowerdew Hundred farm along the James River in Virginia. Students can practice analysis and collaboration on descriptive data, artifacts, and maps from the site, working with pottery data, Harris matrices, excavation diaries, lists of geographical features, 3D models of the site. Prof. Dakouri-Hild was a Networked Associate Fellow at IATH from 2002-2006, and in 2015 received a Learning Technologies Incubator grant to help develop the Flowerdew simulation tool. IATH’s Director Worthy Martin has been collaborating with Prof. Dakoui-Hild on this project since 2016.