Doran Larson, the Walcott-Bartlett Chair of Ethics and Christian Evidences and Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, published an article in “Towards a Critically Engaged Digital Practice: American Studies and the Digital Humanities,” a special issue of American Quarterly.
“Witness in the Era of Mass Incarceration” describes the American Prison Writing Archive (APWA), a project of the Digital Humanities Initiative, that makes “first-person nonfiction essays by incarcerated people, as well as by prison workers and volunteers, available to a global public.” Larson is the APWA founder and project director.
The introduction to the issue notes, “Propelled by the ever-increasing power of computing and grounded in the ongoing development of a networked new media, digital humanities scholarship has coalesced around a shared set of values: that theory can be engaged through practice, that scholarship should be open and accessible to all, and that collaboration is pivotal in American studies.”
This special issue seeks to “to open a new phase of discussion by overtly exploring the connections between critically engaged forms of American studies and the digital humanities.”
Larson also recently gave presentations about the APWA for students in the sociology program and the criminal justice program at California State University, San Marcos.