Sieber, Huntington, and Jones receive prestigious BETHA grant

April 15, 2013

As the PI of an interdisciplinary team, Patricia Sieber, Associate Professor in Chinese and Director of the East Asian Studies Center, was awarded $32,900 for the collaborative project entitled “Understanding Asia Through Religion and Art: Creating Finding Tools for a Database of Original Source Materials” from the Battelle Engineering, Technology & Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment. A collaboration between OSU’s Huntington Archive, the Center for the Study of Religion, the East Asian Studies Center, and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the objective of the grant is to make the 262,000 original photographs in the John C. and Susan Huntington Photographic Archive for Buddhist and Asian Art accessible to non-specialist audiences. The project will bring together faculty from the Huntington Archive (Susan Huntington), History of Art (John Huntington), Comparative Studies (Lindsay Jones, Thomas Kasulis), and the University Libraries (Maureen Donovan) along with Patricia Sieber in DEALL and the East Asian Studies Center in an effort to make one of OSU’s unique world-class resources searchable for a general audience. Outside collaborators (Marcus Bingenheimer/Temple University & Cathleen A. Cummings/University of Alabama) will assist in the process of making this project a model in the digital humanities.