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Title: News Release : University of Florida’s Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the George A. Smathers Libraries receive $240,804 National Endowment for the Humanities grant award
Physical Description: Press release
Creator: Hebblethwaite, Benjamin
Acord, Sophia
Taylor, Laurie N.
Publisher: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, FL
Publication Date: August 10, 2012
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Abstract: Press release for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) award in 2012 for the Archive of Haitian Religion and Culture: Collaborative Research and Scholarship on Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora, led by project director Benjamin Hebblethwaite (UF) and co-director Laurent Dubois (Duke) will improve the understanding of a central Haitian and Haitian-American spiritual tradition, the Vodou religion, by gathering the audiovisual and textual sources of communities, by interpreting the collected materials, by expanding the holdings through a self-submission tool, and by diffusing the knowledge via an open access digital library hosted within the existing Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC; www.dloc.com).
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Draft News Release Contact: Benjamin Hebblethwaite Assistant Professor of Ha itian Creole and French Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Florida (352) 273-3762 hebble@ufl.edu University of Florida’s Language s, Literatures and Cultures and the George A. Smathers Libraries receive $240,804 National Endowm ent for the Humanities grant award Online resource will create an Archi ve of Haitian Religion and Culture Gainesville, FL, August 10, 2012 – University of Fl orida and Duke University researchers and librarians have spearheaded a collaborative partnership project which has been awarded $240,804 from the National Endowment for the Human ities (NEH). This is the second largest award in Florida (and one of only 5 major grants awarded in the state) and one of 244 nationally this year. The Archive of Haitian Religion and Culture: Collaborative Research and Scholarship on Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora grant, led by project director Benjamin Hebblethwaite (UF) and co-director Laurent Dubois (D uke) will improve the understanding of a central Haitian and Haitian-American spiritual tradition, the Vodou re ligion, by gathering the audiovisual and textual sources of communities, by interpreting the collected materials, by expanding the holdings through a self-submission tool, and by diffusing th e knowledge via an open access digital library hosted within the existing Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC; www.dloc.com). The Archive of Haitian Religion and Culture: Coll aborative Research and Scholarship on Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora project is part of a tradition of sc holarly work stretching back to the early 20th century that has sought to counter reductionist and raci st visions of Vodou religion through ethnography, analysis of cult ure and music, and an explorati on of the role of religion in Haiti’s founding revolution (1791-1803). Such work has long turned to the central texts of worship which are Haitian Creole language songs This three-year proj ect will create a freely accessible multimedia digital library that uses au diovisual technologies to curate, elucidate and facilitate the advanced search of the rich pr imary materials of a central Haitian and HaitianAmerican spiritual tradition in order to promote discovery and educate a broad public. Partnering with the researchers ar e the UF George A. Smathers Libraries, which are the technical host for Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) and the dLOC as a whole. In addition to dLOC’s 29 international partners, wh ich includes Duke University, the Archive of Haitian Religion and Culture includes collaboration from researchers at the University of Notre Dame, the Schrijversvakschool in the Netherlands, the Univ ersit des Antilles et de la Guyane, and City Lore, among others. In support of the grant, Marilyn Graf of the Arch ives of Traditional Music at Indiana University, wrote: “The availability of this large body of work in a single location will dramatically improve access to these rare materials, a likely bene fit to scholars in the fields of religion,

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