Jesse P. Karlsberg, PhD
Senior Digital Scholarship Strategist
Emory Center for Digital Scholarship
Office: Robert W. Woodruff Library
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- PhD, Institute of the Liberal Arts, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2015
- MA, Institute of the Liberal Arts, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2013
- MFA, Integrated Electronic Arts, Music Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 2006
- BA, Music and Philosophy Departments, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 2003
Jesse P. Karlsberg's research examines connections between race, place, folklorization, and American music. Jesse is series editor of Sounding Spirit, a pioneering collection of digital critical editions of vernacular sacred American music texts from 1851–1911 and editor of the digital critical edition of the first volume in the collection: Original Sacred Harp, a 1911 edition of a prominent shape-note tunebook. Jesse edited a companion print volume, Original Sacred Harp: Centennial Edition (Pitts Theology Library and Sacred Harp Publishing Company, 2015). He is the project proposer and annotation and edition consultant for Readux, a tool for annotating and publishing digital critical editions, which Sounding Spirit will be the first collection to adopt. Jesse is an editorial board member and the managing editor of Atlanta Studies, an open-access scholarly magazine and blog on metropolitan Atlanta. Jesse is the consulting editor of Southern Spaces, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, open-access journal about real and imagined spaces and places of the US South and their global connections. An active Sacred Harp singer, teacher, composer, and organizer, Jesse is the vice president of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company, the non-profit organization that publishes The Sacred Harp, editor of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter, and research director of the Sacred Harp Museum.
American studies, African American music, music bibliography, digital critical editions, data curation, folklorization, shape-note singing, and the cultural history of the US South.
- Joseph Stephen James, ed., Original Sacred Harp: Centennial Edition, Centennial Edition ed., Jesse P. Karlsberg (Atlanta, GA: Pitts Theology Library; Carrollton, GA: Sacred Harp Publishing Company, 2015 ).
- “Folklore’s Filter: Race, Place, and Sacred Harp Singing” (Ph.D. dissertation, Emory University, 2015), http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/pgtds.
- Readux. New open source digital tool for reading and annotating digitized works, and exporting the digital images with annotations as web-based digital editions. Built by the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship. Project director, Sara Palmer. Project proposer and annotation and export consultant, Jesse P. Karlsberg. Lead developer, Rebecca Koeser. http://readux.library.emory.edu.
- FaSoLa Minutes. iOS and Android application enabling users to read, search, and interpret minutes recording the proceedings of Sacred Harp singings taken from 1995–present. Programmed by Mark Godfrey and Mike Richards. Designed by Lauren Bock. Project manager, Jesse P. Karlsberg. Version 1.0, 2013; Version 2.0, 2015.
- Sacred Harp Minutes: Querying Sacred Harp's Sonic Past through the Minutes of Sacred Harp Singings, 1961–2015. A queryable database of proceedings from ~12,000 Sacred Harp singings held since 1961. Project director, Jesse P. Karlsberg.
- “Genre Spanning in the ‘Close’ and ‘Dispersed Harmony’ Shape-note Songs of Sidney Whitfield Denson and Orin Adolphus Parris.” Forthcoming from American Music 34, no. 2 (2017).
- “Ireland’s First Sacred Harp Convention: ‘To Meet To Part No More,’” Southern Spaces, November 30, 2011, http://southernspaces.org/2011/irelands-first-sacred-harp-convention-meet-part-no-more.
- Digital Humanities and American Studies, special issue of American Quarterly 70 (2018). Co-editor, with Matthew Delmont, Amy Earhart, Susan Garfinkel, Angel David Nieves, and Lauren Tilton.
- Analytical Approaches to Vernacular American Music, special issue of Analytical Approaches to World Music 6 (2017). Co-editor, with Rachel Wells Hall, Nikos Pappas, and Ian Quinn.
- Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter (2010–present). Founder and editor. http://originalsacredharp.com/newsletter/.