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Project Continua: Female Biography for the Digital World

By Gina Luria Walker and Koren Whipp


Scholarly efforts to recover the important contributions of earlier learned women have intensified with inspiring yet challenging results. Lack of interconnectivity among scholars in the Humanities, routinely separated by academic disciplines and geography, has impeded their ability to build on one another\u27s findings and to make connections among the women they study. Online interaction and digital dissemination are key to addressing these dilemmas. Project Continua makes new data about learned women available to the scholarly community at large, cross-disciplinarily, cross-geographically, cross-eras, and through innovative interaction, designed to foster collaboration. Emerging out of the global online network producing the Chawton House Library Edition of Mary Hays\u27s groundbreaking Female Biography (1803), to be published by Pickering & Chatto (2013, 2014), the website will be a dynamic digital archive of the most current, authoritative female biographies, created by specialists for scholars to consult on learned women and their cultures. Project Continua will incorporate both the new information produced and the changing perspectives on each woman\u27s place in the historical continuum of learned women. Cumulative evidence will allow us to interrogate women\u27s perilous decisions to seek and create knowledge, and to discern better the full significance of their often unheralded production of cultural capital within female networks

Publisher: Scholarship, Research, and Creative Work at Bryn Mawr College
Year: 2013
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