The Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities (MOCH) leads and supports an array of initiatives aimed at broadening and deepening humanistic inquiry not only within the University of Memphis community but in the city of Memphis and the wider Mid-South region.
Digital Humanities Methods: A Community of Research Scholars at the University of Memphis
19-Century Networks is a database of 7,500 writers and other members of 19th-century French literary networks. The dataset contains basic demographic data about the members of these literary networks, such as gender, birthplace, death place, birth and death years. It also includes network classifications fundamental to nineteenth-century Europe, including academic affiliations, salon membership, participation in literary movements, political affiliations, and military affiliations. It aims to characterize exchange between people in literary, cultural, political, and other networks. Led by Dr. Melanie Conroy in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
Botanophilia Correspondences during the Revolutionary Era is inspired by Roger Lawrence Williams’s work Botanophilia in Eighteenth-Century France (2001), where he analyzes the rising interest of botany from both the scientific and aesthetic perspectives during the French Enlightenment. Led by Kyra Sanchez Clapper in the Department of History.
The Circulating American Magazines Project provides tools to understand and explore the circulation of American periodicals from 1880 to 1972. While not specifically a University of Memphis project, Dr. Donal Harris in the English Department is on the Advisory Board.
The Digital Archival Project dedicated to the writings and study of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, the 12th Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church. Directed by Dr. Andre E. Johnson in the Department of Communication and Film.
The goal of this website is to make available to the public a wide variety of information pertaining to the history and cultural heritage of the Old Mines area of Missouri, home to a community that traces its origins in French explorers and settlers of the early 1700's, making it one of the oldest communities in what is now the state of Missouri, and one of the last vestiges of the French presence in "le pays des Illinois" during the 18th century. The project is directed by Dr. Will Thompson, Professor of French in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at The University of Memphis.