Call for Contributions: Early Modern Translation and the Digital Humanities
We are inviting proposals for an edited volume on Early Modern Translation and the Digital Humanities, to be published in 2023 in the open-access book series Übersetzungskulturen der Frühen Neuzeit/Early Modern Translation Cultures(J.B. Metzler).
The volume will explore how the digital humanities can usefully be employed for research on early modern cultures of translation. We are soliciting essays by individuals or multiple authors which reflect critically on the possibilities and challenges of developing digital tools for research on translation in the period 1450-1800. Recent years have seen an explosion in the number and variety of digital resources available for studying the early modern period; there is now even an online journal dedicated to reviewing digital projects (Early Modern Digital Review, 2018-). A number of these resources are helpful for researching translation; additionally, researchers are able to benefit increasingly from translation-specific resources, including digital editions of source and target texts, online catalogues and databases of translations, and portals incorporating a combination of functionalities, such as allowing users to generate their own data or to use digital mapping to create various types of visualisations. This volume aims to take stock of the resources currently available and in development, and to reflect on possibilities for the future. How might the digital humanities support – or change – research on translation history? What are the questions which digital tools might help us to answer? What new questions might digital resources prompt us to ask? We welcome contributions which explore both the possibilities and the challenges/limitations offered by technology for research on early modern translation.
Contributions might consider (but are not limited to) the following topics: