Project Director: Geremy Carnes, Associate Professor of English, Lindenwood University

Project Co-Director: Margaret Smith, Research Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Advisory Board:

Donna Canan, English teacher and English Department Chair, Kirkwood High School

Christine Henske, History teacher, Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School

Lara Kelland, E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Museum Studies and Community History, University of Missouri-St. Louis

John McEwan, Associate Director of the Walter J. Ong, S.J. Center for Digital Humanities, Saint Louis University

Bridget Nelson, English teacher, SIUE East Saint Louis Charter High School

Geoff Ward, Professor of African and African American Studies and Director of the WashU & Slavery Project, Washington University in St. Louis

Project History

The St. Louis Area Digital Humanities Network began with our Slack, founded by Geremy Carnes in 2020. The Slack was (and continue to be!) a central spot for local DH practitioners to share ongoing projects, opportunities for collaboration, events, and other news. However, the goals of the network extend beyond supporting current practitioners. In 2021, Lindenwood University, in partnership with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, received a Digital Humanities Advancement Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for “Expanding Access to the Digital Humanities in St. Louis.” This ongoing grant project, which began in January 2022, seeks to create an infrastructure for digital humanities pedagogies in high school and undergraduate classrooms across the St. Louis region.

Current Initiatives

In April 2022, the network hosted a workshop for high school teachers in Missouri on “Improving Digital Humanities Pedagogy in St. Louis.” Funded by the Missouri Humanities Council, this workshop was a mutual learning experience that combined tool showcases and tutorials with conversations about the current state of DH pedagogy in local schools, opportunities for growth, and barriers to access.

In September 2022, the network will host a workshop for high school and college faculty across the region on “Expanding Access to the Digital Humanities in St. Louis.” This workshop is at the core of the NEH grant project. Participants will share existing resources, consider opportunities and challenges, and suggest necessary infrastructures for inter-institutional collaboration.