Invitation to the 2020 ODH Project Directors Meeting - CANCELLED

February 20, 2020

The 2020 Project Directors Meeting has been cancelled as of March 16, 2020. Please contact the Office of Digital Humanities with additional questions. 

You’re invited to join us on Wednesday, April 29 in Washington, DC for the 2020 ODH Project Directors Meeting, an annual event in which we invite the public to hear a keynote conversation and lightning round talks from our funded projects! Learn more about the speakers and agenda below.

Registration Information

The meeting takes place on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at the NEH offices in Washington, DC. Doors open at 12:30pm, and the meeting will begin promptly at 1:00pm. (Please arrive early to allow time for building security.) Directions and information about the building can be found on our website. Guests requiring special accommodations should note them in the registration form, or email

Due to the Constitution Center’s security protocols, advanced registration is required to attend this meeting, and registration is available online until Friday, April 24 at 5:00pm EDT via the form at the bottom of this page, or by visiting

Keynote Speaker

Jessica Marie Johnson
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Jessica Marie Johnson

Jessica Marie Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the Johns Hopkins University. Johnson is a historian of Atlantic slavery and the Atlantic African diaspora. She is the author of Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, August 2020). She is guest editor of "Slavery in the Machine," a special issue of sx:archipelagos (2019) and co-editor with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University) of "Black Code: A Special Issue of the Black Scholar" (2017). Her work has appeared in Slavery & Abolition, The Black Scholar, Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism, American Quarterly, The Journal of African American History, the William & Mary Quarterly, Debates in the Digital Humanities, Black Perspectives (AAIHS), Post-Colonial Digital Humanities (DHPoco), and more, and her book chapters have appeared in multiple edited collections. Learn more on her website:

Lightning Round

A highlight of this annual event is the “Lightning Round” series of 3-minute presentations by Project Directors about more than 30 ODH-funded projects from the past year. Learn about a range of projects such as the University of Maryland’s work using minimal computing to redesign the Lakeland Digital Archive as a community-led initiative; the development of VESPACE, which seeks to model an eighteenth-century Paris Fair theatre through an immersive, playable simulation, at Louisiana State University; and SnowVision, a project from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources that is developing machine learning-based tools for identifying and classifying artifacts from archaeological sites.

You’ll also hear presentations from the directors of this year’s Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities about these upcoming professional development opportunities, and from three publishers who are producing series of Open Access monographs through the Humanities Open Book Program.

To learn more about this part of the program, view the video from last year’s meeting.

Meeting Agenda (Subject to Change)

1:00 - 1:10pm Welcoming Remarks from Brett Bobley, Director, NEH Office of Digital Humanities
1:10 - 2:00pm Keynote Presentation by Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
2:00 - 2:10pm Break
2:10 - 3:00pm Lightning Round 1, Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (January Submissions)
3:00 - 3:15pm Break
3:15 - 4:00pm Lightning Round 2, Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (June Submissions)
4:00 - 4:36pm Lightning Round 3, Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities & Humanities Open Book Program
4:36 - 4:45pm Closing Remarks and Meeting Adjourns, Sheila Brennan, NEH Office of Digital Humanities