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Honorary President: Gianrico Carofiglio

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EJGS Decennial Special | The First Decade

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The Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies (EJGS) celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010. In the first 10 years, 85 scholars from 42 academic institutions chose to publish with us, some more than once. Our publication list for the period comprises 250 titles, the equivalent of 6,000 pages in print.

Central to EJGS is the conviction that resources are intimately linked and that web platforms can be developed to deliver that (re)generative cultural interaction advocated by computing humanities theorists.

A complex, exceptionally diverse and even more exceptionally sized operation involving a great deal more than a subject’s internationalisation, the Journal redeploys its dynamic hypertext (2,600,000 words at the 2010 census) via sitewide-hyperlinked lemmas (approx. 30,000 links). In this way, ideas become navigation props, making online resources an extremely rich and enriching environment.

With over 6,000,000 hits since 2000, EJGS is clearly reaching out. This last figure is particularly important to the EJGS Team. Involving people, in and beyond Gadda Studies, has been at the heart of our mission since its very beginning.

It is in this spirit that the Journal launched the Edinburgh Gadda Prize, back in 2010. Gadda is one of the absolute giants of 20th century European literature – yet there wasn’t a prize to his name. In filling the gap, our aim was not just to celebrate past greatness and recognise scholarly excellence, but also to widen participation through new opportunities for development involving especially young people.

The unique combination of scholarly and community projects that resulted from this now goes under the banner Edinburgh Gadda Projects, the umbrella term for EJGS, the Edinburgh Gadda Prize, Gadda Giovani, Gaddus Scholars, the Nicola Benedetti Scholarship Fund, and a lot more.