The LSA is pleased to announce that LSA Member Lise Dobrin has been awarded a year-long National Endowment from the Humanities-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication.

Several years ago, Dobrin received a Word-document manuscript from Bernard Narokobi, a well-known Papua New Guinea political and cultural figure, that documented the oral history and culture of Wautogik village. While Narokobi did not feel comfortable publishing the manuscript without input from elders, seen as "knowledge-holders", he and his family trusted Dobrin with the document.

Dobrin has now found a way to address Narokobi's concerns. With this fellowship, Dobrin will digitize the manuscript, making this "remarkable cultural and historical resource” available online to both the Arapesh people of Papua New Guinea and to researchers. With help from programmers in UVA’s Institute for Advanced Technology, Dobrin will build an interactive site, with "links to dialogue boxes, audio, video and maps to explain parts of the history and provide alternate or additional information."

Dr. Lise Dobrin has been a member of the LSA since 1991. She is currently a professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Virginia and Director of the Linguistics Program there. .

Read more from UVA about Dr. Dobrin and the fellowship here!