Nominate New Board for the Digital Americanists

Dear Colleagues,

After a few years at the helm of the Digital Americanists, we three have agreed it is time for new leadership for the group. We were gratified to see the society grow and to organize several engaging sessions at the American Literature Association Conference during our tenure. We are grateful to all of you who have presented work or attended those sessions: DA is a wonderful community we are proud to have led.

Due to other commitments, however, it has been difficult of late for us to give the Digital Americanists the time and attention it requires. We are eager to welcome a completely revamped board who can revitalize the society’s vision and activities. In the past the primary duty of the Digital Americanists board has been to plan 1-2 guaranteed sessions for each year’s ALA Conference, but we encourage the new board to consider expanding the society’s mandate to other conferences and activities. The group’s grounding in the ALA gathering has perhaps unnecessarily restricted a group named the Digital Americanists to include only American literature scholars. In short, we need creative thinkers with vision for what such a group might be in 2016. 

To that end, we would like to accept nominations for all three board positions: president, vice president, and treasurer. In the past these positions have rotated on a three year term, so that someone elected to be treasurer would serve in each position in turn. Given this wholesale restructuring, however, we might suggest that the first group elected agree to serve two years before resuming the rotation—but this could be settled by the new board after their election.

To nominate someone for one of the society’s positions, please email Ryan Cordell at r.cordell@neu.edu by February 15, 2016.

Sincerely,

Matthew Wilkens (President)
Ryan Cordell (Vice President)
Matthew Lavin (Secretary/Treasurer)

CFP: Digital Americanists at ALA 2015

WestincopleyBoston-300x115The Digital Americanists Society solicits abstracts (c. 200 words) for papers to be included in the Society’s pre-arranged sessions at the 2015 American Literature Association Conference (Boston, May 21-24). The Digital Americanists are eager to constitute panels of the most exciting DH work happening in and around American studies, literary and otherwise. If you have an idea for a panel rather than an individual paper, we’d be happy to hear about it; email us at digitalamericanists@gmail.com as soon as possible.

In keeping with the Digital Americanists’ commitment to a broad understanding of American literature, culture, digital media, and computational methods, we are pleased to consider submissions that address any facet of the relationship between those terms or that question the terms themselves. Submissions from early-career scholars and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 19, 2015. Send abstracts (plain text, please, unless there’s a good reason to use something else) or questions by email to digitalamericanists@gmail.com. For more information about the Digital Americanists Society, see http://digitalamericanists.org. For information about the ALA and the 2015 conference, see http://americanliteratureassociation.org.

Two Digital Americanists Sessions at ALA 2014

The Digital Americanists Society has organized two panels at this year’s American Literature Association conference (Washington, DC, May 22-25, 2014). Details below; you can see the full program on the ALA conference site. Yes, we’re the first two slots of the conference. Hope to see you there!

Our sessions:

Visualizing Non-Linearity: Faulkner and the Challenges of Narrative Mapping
Session 1-A. Thursday, May 22, 2014, 9:00 – 10:20 am. Columbia B: Ballroom Level.
Organized by the Digital Americanists Society
Chair: Ryan Cordell, Northeastern University

  1. Julie Napolin, The New School
  2. Worthy Martin, University of Virginia
  3. Johannes Burgers, Queensborough Community College

Three members of the Digital Yoknapatawpha project discuss the advantages and challenges of collaboration in negotiating between scholarly readings of Faulkner and what is technically possible.

Digital Flânerie and Americans in Paris
Session 2-A. Thursday, May 22, 2014, 10:30-11:50 am. Columbia B: Ballroom Level.
Organized by the Digital Americanists Society
Chair: Ryan Cordell, Northeastern University

  1. “Mapping Movement, or, Walking with Hemingway,” Laura McGrath, Michigan State University
  2. “Parisian Remainder,” Steven Ambrose, Michigan State University
  3. “Sedentary City,” Anna Green, Michigan State University
  4. “Locating The Imaginary: Literary Mapping and Propositional Space,” Sarah Panuska, Michigan State University

Four short papers addressing the theoretical and suppositional nature of maps in relation to Alice Kaplan’s Paris memoirs, the relationship between movement and stasis for Ernest Hemingway, a reconfiguration of the woman and the city in Mina Loy’s poetry, and the unmappable locations of James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room.

CFP: Digital Americanists at ALA 2014

The Digital Americanists Society solicits abstracts (250 words) for papers and/or full panels to be included in the Society’s pre-arranged session at ALA 2014 (Washington, DC, May 22-25, 2014). The Digital Americanists are eager to constitute a panel of the most exciting DH work happening in American Studies. If you have a panel idea, we’d be happy to hear about it; email us at digitalamericanists@gmail.com as soon as possible.

In keeping with the Digital Americanists’ commitment to a broad understanding of American literature, culture, and digital media, we are pleased to consider submissions that address any facet of the relationship between those terms. Submissions from early-career scholars and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Deadline for submissions is January 21, 2014. Send abstracts and questions by plain text email to digitalamericanists@gmail.com. For more information about the Digital Americanists Society, see http://digitalamericanists.org. For information about the ALA and the 2014 conference, see http://americanliteratureassociation.org.

Digital Humanities Pedagogy CFP for The CEA Critic

The editors of The CEA Critic recently accepted our proposal for a special issue on Digital Humanities Pedagogy (Spring 2014). We imagined having this special issue move beyond digital humanities theory to practical application with articles addressing pedagogical approaches to introducing undergraduates to one or more aspects of digital humanities:

  • transcribing, metadata writing, annotating, and basic TEI coding in conjunction with a startup or established digitization project
  •  datamining: creating narratives of digital texts based on searched terms or defining search terms for future researchers
  •  using digital editions to teach students paratextual influence
  •  analyzing and evaluating the vitality of and scholarly rigor within digital editions with ancillary editorial apparatuses versus open-source digital libraries (e.g. Project Gutenburg, Internet Archive, Google Books, Gale databases)
  • using TEI tags to enhance research skills and develop annotation awareness as both creator and user
  • writing hyperlinked annotations as a tool to increase scholarship and boost students’ researching skills
  • collaborating across disciplines to engage the non-humanities major in digital humanities projects

Proposals for the 3,000-5,000-word articles should not exceed 500 words. Please submit proposals to digitalhumanities@ttu.edu by 15 June 2013.

 

All queries should also be sent to the aforementioned email address. Please consult The CEA Critic site for formatting guidelines: http://www.cea-web.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15&Itemid=30

Digital Americanists at ALA 2013

A word from Amanda Gailey, president of the Digital Americanists Society:

We will elect new officers this week both in-person at our business meeting at ALA (Thursday, 5/23, at 10:30, Courier 7th floor) and via absentee ballot by email. If you would like to run for the position of secretary/treasurer or vice president, please let me know as soon as possible. In accordance with our constitution, our current vice president, Matthew Wilkens, will move into the role of president, and the person we elect vice president will become president in 2015. All offices are two-year commitments. I encourage you to run! Also, if you would like us to address any specific issues at the business meeting, please let us know.

You need not be at ALA to run for office, but if you are, I invite you to attend our panel, “Interpretation, Interface, Archive, Classroom” on Thursday at 4:30 in St George D 3rd Floor.

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