Welcome to the November 2020 issue of Reviews in Digital Humanities. This month, we bring you projects from our open call for nominations. The projects featured in this month’s issue share a commitment to using digital humanities to ensure that the digital cultural record reflects the voices that are often unheard in literary and historical canons:
Women of the Early Harlem Renaissance, a collection of poetry, drama, and fiction by African American women writers from 1900-1922, directed by Amardeep Singh and reviewed by Amy E. Earhart;
Islands in the North, a digital exhibit (re)creating the space and place of Black Caribbean immigrants in Toronto, Canada, directed by Marlene Gaynair and reviewed by Karen Flynn; and
The Digital Second Edition of Judaica Americana, a searchable database of American Jewish publications based on Robert Singerman's Judaica Americana: A Bibliography of Publications to 1900, directed by Arthur Mitchell Fraas and Arthur Kiron, managed by Emily Esten, and reviewed by Michael Haley Goldman.
These projects are essential contributions to public humanities. They shed light on stories that go untold, from little-known women writing during the early years of the Harlem Renaissance to Canada’s Black Caribbean community to the prolific publications of American Judaica. Each offers scholars new points of entry for continued growth of research in their respective fields. Together, they reflect the promise of the future of digital humanities in African American, African diaspora, and Jewish studies. We will continue to bring you special issues that push digital humanities scholarship in these fields forwards.
Yet, we are also aware that Reviews has been more US-focused than we would like. As such, we encourage readers in other countries to nominate projects for review, to serve as reviewers, and to propose special issues. Special issue editors provide us with a list of 8-10 projects and suggest reviewers. We manage the review process with their input. They write an editorial note and we prepare the issue for publication. Our goal with this workflow is to remove barriers to participation for our special issue editors by allowing them to focus on sharing their disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and methodological expertise throughout the process.
Reviews in Digital Humanities is committed to facilitating peer review for the wide range of digital humanities scholarship being developed. Join our experiment by submitting a project for review, nominating a project you admire, volunteering for our reviewer pool, and telling your colleagues and students about the journal.