Adrian S. Wisnicki is a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and the Digital Humanities Program Coordinator in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He teaches courses in several areas including:
- Victorian literature and culture
- colonial and postcolonial studies
- global literature
- contemporary African literature
- digital humanities
- contemporary digital culture
- literature of the ancient world
He is the director of Livingstone Online, a major peer-reviewed digital humanities project, and of a related project, the Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project. The first phase of the latter project was featured in the documentary The Lost Diary of David Livingstone (2013–14) (currently available on Amazon or see trailer) and was selected by the NEH in 2015 as one of 50 projects that represent “the best of the work the NEH has funded over the last 50 years.”
Professor Wisnicki’s research applies interdisciplinary analysis, postcolonial theory, and digital humanities methodologies to explore the influence that non-western cultural contexts exerted on the production of Victorian colonial literary discourse. This approach moves critical focus away from biographies and narrative histories of iconic explorers like David Livingstone, Richard Burton, and Henry Morton Stanley, and instead delves into nineteenth-century regional histories and intercultural interactions among African, Arab, and European groups in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Professor Wisnicki is also very invested in supporting Victorian studies at the national and international levels. He serves on the executive committees of the British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS) and the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA). He is also an active member of the advisory board of COVE (Central Online Victorian Educator), a scholar-driven, open access, and open source publishing platform directed by Dino Felluga (Purdue University) that offers Victorianist teachers and students a robust, but low-barrier opportunity to incorporate digital humanities methodologies into their research.
Professor Wisnicki’s digital humanities courses explore the impact of the internet, AI, and other technologies on the modern day world; his students study topics such as fake news, the #MeToo movement, the rise of the big five tech companies (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft), and the impact of social media on the current political landscape. Other courses promote global awareness among Professor Wisnicki’s students. Such courses encourage students to reflect on intercultural dynamics around the nineteenth-century globe or introduce students to modern writers such as Jean Rhys, V.S. Naipaul, Chigozie Obioma, Buchi Emecheta, Bessie Head, Zoe Wicomb, Naguib Mahfouz, Hanan al-Shaykh, Arundhati Roy, and Han Kang.
Selected Publications and Grants
Fieldwork of Empire, 1840–1900: Intercultural Dynamics in the Production of British Colonial Literature. Under contract and forthcoming from Routledge, 2019.
Conspiracy, Revolution, and Terrorism from Victorian Fiction to the Modern Novel. New York; London: Routledge, 2008.
Major Peer-Reviewed Digital Humanities Publications
Director: Livingstone’s 1870 Field Diary and Select 1870–1871 Manuscripts – A Multispectral Critical Edition. M. Ward, co-director. First edition. College Park, MD: University of Maryland Libraries, 2017.
Director: Livingstone Online – Illuminating Imperial Exploration. M. Ward, co-director. New version, second edition. College Park, MD: University of Maryland Libraries, 2017.
Director: Livingstone’s 1871 Field Diary – A Multispectral Critical Edition. First edition and corrections. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Digital Library, 2012–2013. Updated version. College Park: University of Maryland Libraries, 2017.
Other Significant Digital Humanities Publications and Projects
Director: Livingstone's Final Manuscripts (1865–1873) – Diaries, Journals, Notebooks, and Maps – A Critical Edition. M. Ward, joint director. First edition. College Park, MD: University of Maryland Libraries, 2018. Submitted for peer review to the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions.
Director: Livingstone’s Manuscripts in South Africa (1843–1872) – A Critical Edition. J. McDonald, joint director. First edition. College Park, MD: University of Maryland Libraries, 2018. Submitted for peer review to the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions.
Peer-Reviewed National Grants
PI: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant ($275,000) – NEH, 2013–17
PI: Scholarly Translations and Editions Grant ($158,605) – NEH, 2013–17
PI: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant ($50,000) – NEH, 2010–11