Sherwood to Develop New Technologies to Access and Analyze Spoken Word Recordings

Posted on 3/8/2013 12:21:45 PM

Kenneth Sherwood, associate professor of English, has been chosen to participate as a poetry scholar in the NEH-funded Institute for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities: “High Performance Sound Technology for Access and Scholarship” (HIPSTAS). The year-long project focuses on developing and using new technologies to access and analyze spoken word recordings within audio collections.

Participants will develop cases for a year-long project in which they use advanced technologies to augment their research on sound, and then will present scholarship based on these new modes of inquiry and critique the tools and approaches implemented during the development year.

Sherwood, codirector of the IUP Center for Digital Humanities and Culture, has previously presented and published research on performance poetry and the analysis of recorded poetry audio. The HIPSTAS research he will conduct involves the PennSound audio archive of American poetry.

At IUP, he currently teaches doctoral courses in the Literature and Criticism program on Modern American Poetry, Postmodern Poetry, Digital Literature, and Digital Teaching. In the Spring 2013 semester, his students in Postmodern literature are learning about transcription and analysis using Pennsound poetry audio. Previously, he edited the scholarly website (2004-2010) with participation of IUP graduate students.

The graduate program in Literature and Criticism gives students the opportunity to develop digital humanities skills through coursework (including a newly created course in Digital English Scholarship) and participation in projects such as Livingston Online, led by DHC codirector Adrian Wisnicki.

Department of English