Project Vox: Training a New Generation of Collaborative Scholars (2021-2022)

Project Vox seeks to highlight philosophical works of individuals traditionally excluded from the philosophical canon. Historically, women and other marginalized individuals played significant roles in the development of modern philosophy, but their contributions have often gone unnoticed or ignored. Initially focused on early modern women, Project Vox has begun including philosophers outside of the Western philosophical canon and beyond the early modern period. The team is committed to expanding and challenging the history of philosophy by promoting inclusivity and diversity.

Since its inception as an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Writ Large-funded project in Fall 2014, and in partnership with an international advisory board and a diverse local team, Project Vox has grown into globally accessed and acclaimed open educational resource. As a digital humanities initiative seeking to transform the study of philosophy and as a platform for training students in collaborative and humanistic research and publishing, Project Vox is a partnership of the Duke University Libraries and Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

Key Accomplishments in 2021-2022:

  • Publication of a new philosopher entry on Tullia d'Aragona
  • Feasibility study and research for a new philosopher entry on Nísia de Floresta
  • Research for a new themed entry on "Poetry and Philosophy"
  • Feasibility studies for potential philosopher entries on Wilhelm Amo, Nana Asma’u, and Germaine de Staël
  • Remote collaboration with international faculty, graduate, and undergraduate team members
  • Experimentation with new approaches for managing and presenting research (e.g., Kumu, Airtable)
  • New forms of audience outreach (e.g., LinkedIn, bilingual blog post)
  • New Duke undergraduate course, “The Modern Canon,” that features Project Vox philosophers

Check out the Project Vox website and read more about the people who contribute to Project Vox, the projects they undertake and the partnerships that support the team's work in the Behind the Scenes section of their blog.


Summer 2021 – Summer 2022

Team Outputs

Tullia d’Aragona (1501/1505-1556)

Revealing Voices: Yasmim Pontes (blog series)

Behind the Scenes: Anna Twiddy (post by Anna Twiddy)

Revealing Voices: Dalitso Ruwe (blog series)

Behind the Scenes: Documenting Project Vox (post by Elizabeth Milewicz)

Online Resources for Philosophy Research

This Team in the News

Meet the Members of the 2022-2023 Student Advisory Council

Project Vox Celebrates 100,000 Users

Making the Most of Duke, Summer 2021

See related teams, Project Vox: Conducting Philosophical Research on the Margins (2022-2023) and Project Vox: Recovering the World of Women Philosophers in Early Modern Europe (2020-2021), and Story+ team, Visualizing Philosophers' Networks with Project Vox (2022).


Image: The Ladies Library frontispiece, by L. Du Guernier, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute digital collections; public domain

The Ladies Library frontispiece.

Team Leaders

  • Andrew Janiak, Arts & Sciences-Philosophy
  • Elizabeth Milewicz, Duke Libraries

/graduate Team Members

  • Yasemin Altun, Art and Art History-PHD, Art and Art History-AM
  • Jane Harwell, English-PHD
  • Dana Hogan, Art and Art History-PHD, Art and Art History-AM
  • Nicholas Smolenski, Music-PHD, Music-AM
  • Francesca Wadlington, Romance Studies-AM, Romance Studies-PHD

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Jackson Cooksey, Economics (BS)
  • Patrick Duan, History (AB)
  • James Kelleher, Interdepartmental Major
  • Caimiao Liu, Psychology (AB)
  • Zoe Murphy, Public Policy Studies (AB), Undeclared
  • Julia Shenot, Philosophy (AB)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • William Shaw, Duke Libraries
  • Cheryl Thomas, Duke Libraries

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Project Vox's Advisory Board
  • Emilie Menzel, Master's Student, UNC-Chapel Hill