Crowdsourcing Cultural Heritage Communities: The Prozhito Project in Perspective



Oct 19 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Center for Digital Humanities
Firestone Library, Floor B
Crowdsourcing Cultural Heritage Communities: The Prozhito Project in Perspective

Join us for a conversation about crowdsourcing, public humanities, and organizing volunteer communities in various national and cultural contexts.

Nataliya Tyshkevich from Prozhito, an electronic corpus of Russian-language diaries from the 18th-21st centuries, will discuss her experiences with the CDH’s Jim Casey. Jim has led the award-winning Colored Conventions Project, which invites volunteers to transcribe records of nineteenth-century African American political organizing.

Nataliya Tyshkevich (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences) is the Project Manager for Prozhito. She is a computational linguist by training and is part of a research group on social network analysis of Russian drama. Nataliya’s academic interests include digital public history, genre studies, information extraction and markup practices.

Jim Casey is the Perkins Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton. He has expertise in print culture, nineteenth-century American literature, African American studies, and the history of editing. Jim co-founded and led the Colored Conventions Project, and his next project, A Committee of the Whole: Social Networks of the Early Black Republic of Letters blends public humanities with digital research methods to rediscover a longer history of collective Black activism in the United States.

This event is supported by the CDH Slavic DH Working Group and Public Digital Humanities Reading Group. It is connected to the Slavic Department conference, "Grafting the Self" (October 19-21, 2017).