Current Activities: While the Wired Humanities Projects team no longer offers campus-wide services, WHP is still engaged in numerous funded and unfunded activities. A few are listed here. The best way to find out more about these projects is to go the our Projects page or contact our director, Stephanie Wood (swood [at] uoregon [dot] edu).
Our online Nahuatl Dictionary, which had several years of NEH-NSF funding, is a trilingual lexicon of both early and modern Nahuatl. We have been collaborating with John Sullivan and a team of native speakers from the Huasteca, who work and study at an institute in Zacatecas, Mexico. We also now have several additional, indigenous-language dictionaries under development that draw from this template.
The Mapas Project, which also started with NEH funding, is building a free, online digital collection of indigenous-authored pictorial manuscripts from colonial Mexico. We developed the Distance Research Environment (DRE) for online collaborative study with this project in mind.
Mesoamerican Cultures and their Histories: Spotlight on Oaxaca! – This is the name of our NEH summer institutes for schoolteachers that we have been holding in Oaxaca, Mexico, since the summer of 2010. We held a similar institute in Oregon in 2008. After 2015, the NEH will no longer support summer institutes outside of the U.S.
The title of our summer institutes really covers the subject of most of our current projects — Mesoamerican cultures and their histories — although we do not solely focus on southern Mexico. Central Mexico, and the Nahuas, are front and center. Our Nahuatl Dictionary is representative of this, as is our Early Nahuatl Library project. Even the Mapas Project has much central Mexican content.
Aside from Mesoamerica, we have been involved with the Honoring Tribal Legacies project housed in the College of Education. This is a collaboration that also involves the National Parks System and the National Archives, and has as its focus the more than 40 tribes along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. We are developing digital teaching materials and handbooks for curriculum design that honors tribal legacies.
Our History: The Wired Humanities Projects grew out of the Wired Humanities Project, founded in 1997 by a handful of feminist scholars under the leadership of Judith Musick, then Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS), and with support from CSWS, the College of Arts and Sciences, and, eventually, the Vice President for Research. With the growth of interest in digital scholarship a the UO as well as the commitment and expertise in Mesoamerican ethonohisory of Stephanie Wood, now its Director, WHP outgrew its gender-specific mission and, in 2009, moved from its original home at CSWS to the Yamada Language Center, a part of the College of Arts and Sciences. After a year at the Yamada, we were housed for two years in the Knight Library. We currently have a virtual home in the College of Education.