Call for Contributions to The SpokenWeb Anthology of Annotated Recordings

deadline for submissions: 
September 23, 2022
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You are invited to contribute to a new SpokenWeb digital publication project: an anthology of annotated audiotexts, that you will select, frame and annotate. 

Do you research or teach using audio or video recordings of literary events? Want to share your process, collection, and insights with a broader audience in collaboration with the SpokenWeb community? We seek SpokenWeb team members to create an anthology of digitally annotated literary performances, lectures, panels, interviews, workshops, and other category-defying recorded events held in SpokenWeb collections.

This is a call to assemble in two senses. First, it is a call to assemble student and faculty scholars across institutions, methods, and borders to create a collective vision for a multimodal, digital intervention in the anthology form. What does an anthology sound and look like when we expand beyond print culture and individual poems as objects? A compilation album? A playlist? A montage? A database? We want your input about how to frame this project. As well as sharing their annotations of a chosen literary recording, all participants will receive editorial credit for writing that contextualizes their contributions.

Second, this is a call to assemble recorded artifacts in collections held by SpokenWeb partner institutions for annotation, curation, and sharing using a new audiovisual extensible workflow: AudiAnnotate. AudiAnnotate (AWE), created by Dr. Tanya Clement (UT Austin) and Brumfield Labs, is a cutting-edge, Mellon-grant funded workflow and platform that allows scholars, libraries, archives, and museums to share and curate their annotations of audio and audiovisual recordings through a digital platform. Examples of previous AudiAnnotate projects can be found at

Following our initial meeting, all participants will receive instruction and training in using the AudiAnnotate workflow from the AWE team and determine next steps towards a finished digital publication in early 2023. But first we want you to help steer the conversation. Come to our first editorial meeting. Tell us about the collections or recordings that you think might be interesting to include in an online anthology of this kind, and begin considering how digital annotation might shape the preservation, teaching, and argumentation about unique events in recorded literary history.

We plan to call this meeting in the last week of September based on the schedules of those interested. Please write to Dr. Zoe Burstajn-Illingworth (Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at UT Austin) at for more information about the project and scheduling.