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is an experimental workshop for the collaborative electronic edition of manuscript and rare print texts related to colonial Latin America. We seek to produce high–quality textual scholarship, pose theoretical and practical questions related to the edition of colonial–era texts, and develop strategies for preparing a new generation of Humanities scholars to engage with the complex textual history of Latin America. coloniaLab engages students and recent alumni in hands–on Digital Humanities research within the context of directed independent studies and paid/unpaid internships.

We currently have three active projects: an interactive edition of a seventeenth–century Spanish bibliography of books about the Indies, a documentary variorum edition of an eighteenth–century text dealing with Spanish expeditions to present–day British Columbia, and an digital archive of key documents related to a late seventeenth–century English expedition to Chile.


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Related Publications


Seyxas y Lovera, Francisco de. Avisos a pretendientes para Indias. Ed. Clayton McCarl. Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing 35 (2014).

Book Chapters

“Discourse or Data? Theorizing the Electronic Edition of Antonio de León Pinelo’s 1629 Bibliography of the Indies.“ In Latin American Textualities, edited Heather Allen and Andrew Reynolds (forthcoming from University of Arizona Press).


McCarl, Clayton. “The Aftermath of the John Narborough Expedition (1669–1671) in the Viceroyalty of Peru” (under review)

———. “Discourse or Data? Theorizing the Electronic Edition of Antonio de León Pinelo’s 1629 Bibliography of the Indies” (under review)

———. “Carlos Enriques Clerque as Crypto-Jewish Confidence Man in Francisco de Seyxas y Lovera’s Piratas y contrabandistas (1693).” Colonial Latin American Review 24 (2015): 406–420.

Conference Proceedings

McCarl, Clayton. “Piratas heterodoxos del siglo XVII: El caso de Carlos Enriques Clerque.” Pictavia aurea. Actas del IX Congreso de la AISO (Poitiers, 11-15 de julio de 2011). Eds. Alain Bègue and Emma Herrán Alonso. Toulouse: Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2013: 1241-1248. Anejos de Criticón 13.


Related Faculty Presentations

McCarl, Clayton. “How Much is Not Enough? Theorizing the Annotation of an Early Modern Print Bibliography,” Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC), 26–29 October 2017, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Toward a Model for the Semantic Markup of Colonial American Maritime Texts,” BH and DH: Book History and Digital Humanities, Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, 22–24 September 2017, Madison, Wisconsin.

“coloniaLab: Towards a Model for Student Collaboration in the Edition of Colonial Latin American Texts.” Association for Documentary Editing, August 4-6, 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana.

———. “California Septentrional Dreaming: Spain’s Textual Incursions into the Pacific Northwest.” XXXIV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, May 27–30, 2016, New York, NY.

———. “El Nuevo Reino de Granada en el Epítome (1629) de León Pinelo.” XIX Congreso de la Asociación de Colombianistas, July 1-3, 2015, Universidad de Antioquia and EAFIT, Medellín.

———. “Discourse or Database? Editing Antonio de León Pinelo’s 1629 Bibliography of the Indies.” Joint meeting of the Society for Textual Scholarship and the Association for Documentary Editing, June 17-20, 2015, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

———. “A Model for Self-Documenting Electronic Editions in TEI-XML,” 2014 Academic Technology Innovation Symposium, UNF Center for Instruction & Research Technology, October 15, 2014.

———. “Towards an Edition that Remembers (and Reveals) Its Secrets.” 131st Modern Language Association Annual Convention, January 8-11, 2015, Vancouver, B.C..

———. “Dead Reckoning in a Sea of Books: León Pinelo’s Epítome de la biblioteca orienal y occidental, náutica y geográfica (1629).” Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC), October 16-19, 2014, New Orleans, LA.

———. “Los espacios incógnitos del Epítome de Antonio de León Pinelo.”  LXXXII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, May 21-24, 2014, Chicago.


Related Student/Faculty-Student Presentations

Adelsperger, Cameron. “Transcribing, Encoding and Modernizing the Compendio Histórico.” Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS), 2016, University of North Florida.

———. “Transcribing, Encoding and Modernizing the Compendio Histórico.” Sigma Delta Tau Showcase: “Electrifying English,” March 4, 2016, University of North Florida.

McCarl, Clayton, Buddy Delegal and Kalthoum Elfasi. “Collaboratively Editing the Compendio histórico (1799) in TEI-XML.” Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS), April 14, 2015, University of North Florida..

McCarl, Clayton, Cameron Adelsperger, Chad Germany, Paula Hernández, Aislinn Kelly and Jen Lee. “Presenting the Digital Humanities Initiative.” Board of Trustees Meeting, June y 2016, University of North Florida. (Cameron Adelsperger discussed coloniaLab.)

McCarl, Clayton, Cameron Adelsperger, Kathlina Brady and Krysten Ross. “coloniaLab: A Collaborative Workshop for the Digital Edition of Colonial Latin American Texts.” DHI Digital Projects Showcase, Nov. 2 2016, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.


Related Round Table Participation

“The Electronic Edition of Colonial and Nineteenth–Century Latin America Texts: New Tools, New Models for Collaboration.” XXXIV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, New York, New York, May 27–30, 2016. (Clayton McCarl, organizer and chair)

“Publication of Handcrafted Editions in the Age of Mass Digitization.” Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Consortium, Northwestern University October 22–24, 2014. (Clayton McCarl, invited participant)


Related Awards

In 2016, Clayton McCarl was awarded a Faculty Fellowship from the UNF College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council in support of “Editing the Compendio histórico (1799): Towards a Model for Student Collaboration in the Creation of Digital Editions.”


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coloniaLab projects currently involve manuscripts and other rare materials held in the collections of the following institutions: Archives du Ministère des Affaires Étrangères (La Courneuve, France), Archivo General de las Indias (Seville), Archivo General de la Nación (Mexico City), Archivo Histórico Nacional (Madrid), Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid), The Bodleian Library (Oxford), The British Library (London), The Hispanic Society of America (New York City), The John Carter Brown Library (Providence), The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), The National Archives (London), The Newberry Library (Chicago), and The Royal Society (London).

Projects being carried out by coloniaLab have benefited from the advice and assistance of Isaias Lerner (1932–2013), Lía Schwartz and Raquel Chang–Rodríguez (The Graduate Center of The City University of New York); John O’Neill (Hispanic Society of America); Andy Jewell and Amanda Gailey (Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska–Lincoln); The Certificate Program in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy at The Graduate Center (CUNY); Laurie Taylor and James Cusick (University of Florida Smathers Libraries); Miller Krause (Western Washington University); Hannah Alpert-Abrams (UT–Austin); Jeff Druin (University of Tulsa); Steven Olsen–Smith (Boise State University); Carl Stahmer (University of California, Davis), Tom Harper (British Library); Lauren VanNest (Newberry Library); Kate Godfrey (USF St. Petersburg); Guillermo Morán Dauchez (AGI); and Aurora Díez-Canedo (Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México); as well as the following units at UNF: Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT); Information Technology Services; the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; the Thomas G. Carpenter Library; Human Resources; and Enrollment Services.


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