This year, CNDLS worked with the Georgetown University Library to offer a pilot program for Digital Research and Innovation (DRI) at Georgetown. This program offers faculty an opportunity to enhance their research with digital tools and methodologies, as well as staff support in learning and implementing those technologies.
In the Fall semester, we invited faculty from across the University to submit proposals for scholarly digital projects that engage in research, pedagogy, experiential learning, and innovation. As part of the new pilot program, the accepted proposals (all of which can be found in one of our previous posts) were supported by CNDLS and the Library through expert staff consultation, project planning and development, and other types of support, depending on the project.
Professor Nicoletta Pireddu (Department of Italian Studies)’s project, titled Migrating Minds, sought to decipher what it means to be a citizen of the world by tracking the ways humanities faculty critique and explore cosmopolitanism. With support from the DRI program, Dr. Pireddu took her research to the next level and compiled a book called Migrating Minds: Theories and Practices of Cultural Cosmopolitanism, a collection of 20 essays from global scholars.
Her book was a major success—it was recently awarded the René Wellek Prize by the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). This prize recognizes books which “cross national, linguistic, geographic or disciplinary borders,” and it is one of the most distinguished awards in the Comparative Literature world. What’s more, Pireddu has started an open-access journal, titled Migrating Minds: Journal of Cultural Cosmopolitanism, to explore cultural cosmopolitanism beyond the scope of her initial project.
To see more digital projects, campus resource opportunities, and other innovative ways to develop your research and teaching, peruse the 2023 schedule for Georgetown’s annual Teaching, Learning & Innovation Summer Institute. This year’s Institute features presentations, panels, workshops, and roundtable discussions on a wide array of topics on digital tools, inclusive pedagogy, staff support, and more—all Georgetown faculty, staff, and graduate student instructors are invited to attend.