A Princeton humanities project shares a vast digital ‘Miracles of Mary’ collection

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by the Office of Communications
Dec. 21, 2023


Wendy Laura Belcher, professor of comparative literature and African American studies, has led a major research project about a huge collection of Virgin Mary stories from the African continent, which have never been the subject of deep, wide-ranging scholarship outside of Ethiopia. Five years of work by a primarily Ethiopian team of researchers and translators, as well as Princeton undergraduate students, has culminated in the Princeton Ethiopian, Eritrean and Egyptian Miracles of Mary (PEMM) website, a project in the digital humanities. In 2023, PEMM was awarded a Princeton Alliance for Collaborative Research and Innovation (PACRI) grant to collaborate with Howard University for two years.