Project Atalanta

CHF 1618 copy of Atalanta fugiens (in situ)

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The Workshop:

Project Atalanta is a multi-disciplinary workshop taking place at Brown  University on 5-7 February 2016 (details here), co-organized by Tara Nummedal (Associate Professor of History, Brown University), Donna Bilak (History of Science and Technology Postdoctoral Fellow, “The Making and Knowing Project,” Department of History, Columbia University), and Evelyn Lincoln (Professor of the History of Art and Architecture and Italian Studies, Brown University). Workshop events will take place at the Annmary Brown Memorial, Brown’s Hay Library (which houses a copy of the Atalanta fugiens), and the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab in the Rockefeller Library.

We will explore what an electronic edition of the Atalanta fugiens could look like by developing digital prototypes of several of the emblems in collaboration with historians, literary scholars, musicologists and performers, librarians, rare book curators, and digital humanists from Brown and elsewhere, as well as local graduate and undergraduate students. Participants will not present formal papers, but should familiarize themselves with the book and its intellectual contexts by looking at the readings, websites, and videos listed on our resources page. This workshop commences with a lecture/performance led by Donna Bilak and the solo-voice ensemble Les Canards Chantants.

Project Atalanta builds from the postdoctoral work on the Atalanta fugiens by Donna Bilak at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), a research library and center for scholars in Philadelphia, which culminated in a workshop held at CHF in March 2015 – the subject of this Philadelphia Inquirer article (16 March 2015), “Delving into a 400-year old puzzle book, through song” by Jason Laughlin.

… and special thanks!
This event was made possible by the generous support of the Brown University Humanities Initiative Research and Teaching Fund, History Department Faculty Research Fund, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and the University Library, and the assistance of Maria Sokolova in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, as well as Cherrie Guerzon and Julissa Bautista in the History Department.