Areas of Expertise
Colonial Latin America, theory and practice of digital textual editing, textual products of the Early Modern maritime world, digital humanities pedagogy, development and administration of interdisciplinary initiatives
2010 Ph.D., Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dissertation: Edition, with introduction and notes, of Piratas y contrabandistas de ambas Indias (1693) by Francisco de Seyxas y Lovera (c.1650-c.1705). Director: Isaías Lerner. Readers: Raquel Chang-Rodríguez, John O'Neill, Lía Schwartz.
2010 Certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
2008 M.Phil., Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
1995 Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish, University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Clayton McCarl is an associate professor of Spanish and Digital Humanities at the University of North Florida (UNF). He teaches courses in Spanish language, Latin American literature and culture, and digital humanities. He leads coloniaLab, a workshop for the collaborative edition of colonial Latin American manuscripts and rare print books, as well as the North Florida Editorial Workshop (NFEW), a parallel project that focuses on the textual history of the region. As part of his work with NFEW, he coordinates the project Editing the Eartha M.M. White Collection.
McCarl has directed the International Studies Program since 2016, and has chaired the interdisciplinary Latin American and Caribbean Council since 2012.
Dr. McCarl completed his Ph.D. in 2010 at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, where he prepared his dissertation under the direction of Isaías Lerner. His research focuses on colonial Latin America, addressing in particular the textual products of maritime exploration and piracy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the theory and practice of digital textual editing in this context.
Dr. McCarl founded the UNF Digital Humanities Initiative in 2015. He served as interim chair of the Initiative 2015-2018, and then as founding director of the formally established Digital Humanities Institute, 2018-2019. He also represented UNF on the executive council of the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium 2016-2019, and organized the Consortium's inaugural statewide conference, held at UNF in March 2019.
In 2011, the Fundación Barrié de la Maza published his edition of Francisco de Seyxas y Lovera’s 1693 manuscript Piratas y contrabandistas de ambas Indias (Pirates and smugglers of the East and West Indies). Dr. McCarl's work has also appeared in the journals Colonial Latin American Review, Book History, Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Quaerendo and Scholarly Editing, and in the collection Latin American Textualities (University of Arizona Press).
Dr. McCarl led the establishment of the Colonial Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), served as Section Chair from 2012-2014, and edited Colonia/Colônia, the Section's quarterly newsletter from 2012-2015.
He is the co-founder of two international scholarly collectives: ADRELA: The Alliance for Digital Research on Early Latin America and the Grupo de Estudio Internacional “Piratería de la Edad Moderna Temprana.” He co-organized the Inaugural Piracy Studies Conference, held at the University of North Florida and St. Augustine, in February 2020.
2019 High–Impact Research Article Award presented by the UNF Division of Academic Affairs and the UNF Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
2015 UNF College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Leadership Council Faculty Fellowship Award for "Editing the Compendio histórico (1799): Towards a Model for Student Collaboration in the Creation of Digital Editions."
2009 Dissertation Fellowship. The Graduate Center of The City University of New York
2009 Dissertation Research Award. Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States Universities
Association for Documentary Editing (ADE)
Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Society of Florida Archivists (SFA)
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)
Society for Textual Scholarship (STS)
Textual Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI-C)
Publications & Presentations
Seyxas y Lovera, Francisco de. Piratas y contrabandistas de ambas Indias (1693). Ed. Clayton McCarl. A Coruña: Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, 2011. Colección Galicia Exterior.
---. Avisos a pretendientes para Indias. Ed. Clayton McCarl. Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing 35 (2014). http://scholarlyediting.org/2014/editions/intro.avisos.html
"Colonial Bibliography and the Indigenous Text" with Lindsay Van Tine (under review)
"White Folks in the Black Archive: Questions of Power, Ethics and Race around a Digital Editing Project". In Archives and Special Collections as Sites of Contestation. Mary Kandiuk, ed. Sacramento: Library Juice Press, 2020. 285–305.
"Hacia un modelo para el marcado semántico de los textos marítimos de la época colonial." In Docta y Sabia Atenea. Studia in honorem Lía Schwartz. Sagrario López Poza et al., eds. A Coruña: Universidade da Coruña, 2019. 545-60.
"Discourse or Data? Theorizing the Electronic Edition of Antonio de León Pinelo's 1629 Bibliography of the Indies." In Latin American Textualities, edited by Heather Allen and Andrew Reynolds, University of Arizona Press, 2018. 177-96.
"A Model for Short-Term Digital Editing Workshops for Archival Outreach and Project Continuity" (in development)
"An Approach to Designing Undergraduate Digital Humanities Internships" (under review)
"coloniaLab: Towards a Model for Student Collaboration in the Edition of Colonial Latin American Texts" (under review)
"'Tosco e imperfecto, con mucho de fabulado': El mapa de Francisco de Seyxas y Lovera de la Región Austral Magallánica." El viaje de Magallanes 1520-2020, special issue of Magallania, 2020, pp. 123-143. http://www.magallania.cl/index.php/magallania/article/view/1258
"The Transmission and Bibliographic Study of the Pigafetta Account: Synthesis and Update." Abriu: estudos de textualidade do Brasil, Galicia e Portugal 8 (2019): 85-98. https://doi.org/10.1344/abriu2019.8.5
"The Aftermath of the John Narborough Expedition (1669-1671) in the Viceroyalty of Peru." Colonial Latin American Review 27 (2018): 507-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/10609164.2018.1560142
"Multiple-Layered Encoding as an Editorial and Pedagogical Strategy in Colonial Latin American Studies." Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies 48:1 (2018): 40-52. https://digitalcommons.asphs.net/bsphs/vol43/iss1/3/
"The 'Taboas geraes' of João Teixeira Albernaz I as a Mediated Textual Object." Quaerendo 48:2 (2018): 106-126. https://doi.org/10.1163/15700690-12341403
"Editing the Eartha M.M. White Collection: An Experiment in Engaging Students in Archival Research and Editorial Practice." The Journal of Academic Librarianship 44:4 (2018): 527-537. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2018.02.011
"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. https://doi.org/10.1080/10609164.2015.1086593
"Ghost Journeys and Phantom Books: Francisco de Seyxas y Lovera's Elusive Library of Pirates." Book History 17 (2014): 165-190. 10.1353/bh.2014.0014
"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 Begue and Emma Herrán Alonso. Toulouse: Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2013: 1241-1248. Anejos de Criticón 13.
JOURNAL ISSUES EDITED
Digital Humanities & Colonial Latin American Studies, a special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly, edited by Hannah Alpert–Abrams and Clayton McCarl. (in production)
Explorando los intersticios del mundo colonial, a special issue of Revista de Estudios Colombianos 45 (2015).
Rev. of Escribir desde el océano: La navegación de Hernando de Alarcón y otras retóricas del andar por el Nuevo Mundo, ed. Jimena N. Rodríguez. Madrid: Iberoamericana, 2018. Colonial Latin American Review 28:4 (2019): 590–591.
Rev. of Relación de los mártires de la Florida del P. F. Luis Jerónimo de Oré, ed. Raquel Chang–Rodríguez. Perú: Fondo Editorial de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú, 2014. Colonial Latin American Review 24:2 (2015): 273–275.
"Editing the Spanish Colonial Heritage of Northeast Florida" (with Emilia Thom and Georgina Wilson). XXXIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (virtual), May 26-29, 2021.
"Digital Editing as Public History Pedagogy" (with Cassidy Bowen, Carol Hemmingway, Rebecca Nunes, Marisa Pechillo, Emilia Thom and Matthew Welcome). National Council on Public History (virtual). March-April, 2021.
"Using Digital Projects to Teach Cultures of Latin America." Fifth Annual Digital Projects Showcase, Digital Humanities Institute, University of North Florida, Nov. 13, 2020.
Editing the Eartha MM White Collection as a Model for Collaboration Among Students, Library Faculty and Teaching Faculty" (with Felicia Bevel, Carol Hemmingway, Keith Simmons and Susan Swiatosz. National Humanities Conference (virtual), Nov. 10, 2020.
"A Cross-Institutional Collaboration on Student Digital Editing Projects by the North Florida Editorial Workshop and the PK Yonge Library of Florida History" (with James Cusick, Sarah Dumitrascu, Carol Hemmingway, Erik Moore and Georgina Wilson). Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference/Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting (virtual), Nov. 6, 2020.
"Reevaluating the History of Africans and their Descendants in Antioquia, Colombia, through a Digital-Editing-on-Site Study Abroad Experience" (with Amarilys Sánchez and Emilia Thom). XXXVIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (virtual), June 13–16, 2020.
"Faculty-Student Collaboration on Digital Editing Projects: coloniaLab and Editing the Eartha MM White Collection" (with Carol Hemmingway, Mariana Mendieta, and Emilia Thom). Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS), Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, University of North Florida, April 8, 2020. (event canceled due to Covid-19)
"Towards a Model for the Structured Annotation of Non-Linear Data in Texts from Early Latin America." Conference of the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH), Flagler College, March 27, 2020. (event canceled due to Covid-19)
"Editing the Object in the Transmission of Colonial Latin-American Texts." Society for Textual Scholarship Conference, University of Pennsylvania, March 19-21, 2020. (event canceled due to Covid-19)
"The UNF Colonial Latin American Studies/Digital Humanities Internship" (with Pamela Martínez). Fourth Annual Digital Projects Showcase, Digital Humanities Institute, University of North Florida, Nov. 15, 2019.
"La piratería y la emergencia de la bibliografía americanista." XXXVII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Boston, May 24-27, 2019.
"Designing the Antioquia Negra Digital Archive." Inaugural Conference of the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH), University of North Florida, March 29-30, 2019.
"What is this Piece of Junk? Today’s Digital Editions as the Inoperable Artifacts of the Future." 2019 International Interdisciplinary Conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship, New School and New York University, March 20-22, 2019.
"Destroying the World through Reading: Dangers of Editorial Practice." 2019 Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, January 3-6, 2019.
"Theoretical Problems in the Semantic Markup of Colonial Latin American Maritime Texts." Association of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) Annual Conference (DH2018), Mexico City, Mexico, June 26-29, 2018.
"Building an Interdisciplinary DH Community at the University of North Florida" (with Kathlina Brady, Aislinn Kelly, Julia Rivera-Whalen and David Wilson). Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), November 3, 2017, Orlando, Florida.
"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, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 4-6, 2016.
"California Septentrional Dreaming: Spain's Textual Incursions into the Pacific Northwest." XXXIV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, New York, New York, May 27-30, 2016.
"El Nuevo Reino de Granada en el Epítome (1629) de León Pinelo." XIX Congreso de la Asociación de Colombianistas, Universidad de Antioquia and EAFIT, Medellín, July 1-3, 2015.
"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, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, June 17-20, 2015.
"Enemigos encubiertos: Una visión alternativa de la piratería a finales del XVII." XXXIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 27-30, 2015.
"Towards an Edition that Remembers (and Reveals) Its Secrets." 131st Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Vancouver, B.C., January 8-11, 2015.
"Dead Reckoning in a Sea of Books: León Pinelo's Epítome de la biblioteca oriental y occidental, náutica y geográfica(1629)." Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC), New Orleans, October 16-19, 2014.
"Los espacios incógnitos del Epítome de Antonio de León Pinelo." XXXII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Chicago, May 21-24, 2014.
"The Secret Maps of the Spanish Ambassador": Unraveling the Mystery Surrounding the Taboas geraes da toda a navegacão (1630) of João Teixeira Albernaz I." Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC), San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 24-27, 2013.
"Las plumas ajenas: Northern European Geographical Publishing and the Epitome of Antonio de León Pinelo." Society for the History of Authorship (SHARP), Philadelphia, July 18-21, 2013.
"Un aventurero cripto-judío en el Mar del Sur, siglo XVII." XXXI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Washington, D.C., May 28-June 1, 2013.
"ChocQuibTown y la 'invisibilidad nacional.'" XXX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, San Francisco, May 23-26, 2012.
"Piratas heterodoxos del XVII: el caso de Carlos EnrÃquez Clerck." IX Congreso de la Asociación Internacional Siglo de Oro, Université de Poitiers, July 11-15, 2011.
"Phantom Journeys, Phantom Books: Francisco de Seyxas y Lovera's Elusive Pirate Library." The Republic of Letters and the Empire of the Two Worlds: Culture and Society in Baroque Spain, Instituto Cervantes/Hispanic Society of America/The Graduate Center (CUNY), September 14-16, 2010.
"A Geography of Impertinence: Using Historical Maps to Explore a Spanish Treatise on Piracy." Association of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) Annual Conference (DH2009), University of Maryland, June 22-25, 2009.
"A Library of Pirates for Colonial Mexico." Fourteenth Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference of the Society of Textual Scholarship, New York, March 18-21, 2009.
"'Discreto, cortesano y bien criado': Sir Francis Drake en La Argentina de Martín del Barco Centenera." Third International Interdisciplinary Symposium on Colonial Studies in the Americas, Quito, Ecuador, June 5-8, 2007.
"Putting Digital Humanities in Historical Journals." To take place at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, New York, New York, January 3-6, 2020. (invited participant)
"Designing ADRELA: The Alliance for Digital Research on Early Latin America." To take place at the XXXVII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Boston, May 24-27, 2019 (co-organizer and co-chair, with Hannah Alpert-Abrams)
"Expanding the Colonial Canon: The Production of First Editions." To take place at the XXXVII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Boston, May 24-27, 2019. (invited participant)
"Documentary Editors as Public Historians: Middle Men and Women to the Work of History." National Council on Public History, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 19-22, 2017. (invited participant)
"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. (organizer and chair)
"Publication of Handcrafted Editions in the Age of Mass Digitization." Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Consortium, Northwestern University October 22-24, 2014. (invited participant)
INVITED LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS
"'Tocso e imperfecto, con mucho de fabulado': El mapa de Francisco de Seyxas y Lovera de la Región Austral Magallánica." Instituto de la Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Chile, November 20, 2017.
"Consecuencias inesperadas y posibilidades ilimitadas: Las Humanidades Digitales y los estudios coloniales latinoamericanos." Instituto de Historia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile, November 15, 2017.
"Acercamientos digitales a los escritos marÃtimos: El Epítome (1629) de León Pinelo, el Compendio histórico (1799), y los textos del viaje de John Narborogh a Chile (1669-71)." Instituto de Historia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile, November 15, 2017.
"¿Quién fue Carlos Enriques Clerque? En busca de la identidad y los motivos del enigmático instigador del viaje de John Narborough a Chile (1669-71)." IV Jornadas de Historia de América Colonial, Instituto de Historia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile, November 14, 2017.
"Digital Humanities Initiative, International Studies and the School of Computing: A Call for Cross-College Collaboration." UNF School of Computing Colloquium, April 14, 2017.
"Introducing the UNF Digital Humanities Initiative." Academic Technology Innovation Symposium, UNF Center for Instruction & Research Technology, November 6, 2015.
"Collaboratively Editing the Compendio histórico (1799) in TEI-XML." Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS), UNF Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, April 14, 2015.
"A Model for Self-Documenting Electronic Editions in TEI-XML." 2014 Academic Technology Innovation Symposium, UNF Center for Instruction & Research Technology, October 15, 2014.
"Merit Versus Entrenched Privilege in Francisco de Seyxas y Lovera's 'A Warning to those Seeking Office in the Indies.'" UNF Dean of Arts and Sciences Brown Bag Lunch Series, November 19, 2013.
"English Pirate or Iberian Provocateur? The Mysterious Case of Carlos Enriques Clerque." University of North Florida Department of History Past-to-Present Lecture Series, October 25, 2012.