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 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 For more information about the Digital Americanists Society, see For information about the ALA and the 2014 conference, see

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 by 15 June 2013.


All queries should also be sent to the aforementioned email address. Please consult The CEA Critic site for formatting guidelines:

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.

This message went out to the Digital Americanists listserv; if you’d like to join the list, there’s info on the About page.

CFP: Canadian Association for American Studies

Recently passed along and of potential interest to Digital Americanists. See the link below for (slightly) more information.

OCTOBER 24 – 27, 2013
Sponsored by the Canadian Association for American Studies

“Total Money Makeover”$: Culture and the Economization of Everything

Economic models now occupy a central place in the analysis of American culture. The “hegemony of economic explanations of cultural practices” (Koritz 1999) has been with us for some time. Concepts such as “cultural capital,” “the literary marketplace,” and “modes of exchange” are regularly deployed to demystify culture’s relationship with power and profit. As useful as economic models have been for opening up new avenues of analysis in American studies, we wonder if this turn to economy in American studies doesn’t privilege economic models in ways that ought to be scrutinized. Indeed, it can be argued that the recent financial crises in the United States and Europe are consequences of unquestioned faith in the explanatory and organizing power of economics as a field of knowledge. We must ask whether the economization of everything, along with the dominance of economic models for analysis, has deprived culture, and cultural study more generally, of modes of
resistance and a distinctive field of action. Is it possible or desireable, without reverting to an untenable idealism, to recover a sense of culture as a privileged domain?

The 2013 CAAS conference invites proposals for papers on the topic of culture and economics, but especially papers that privilege culture as a field of knowledge and subject the economic to its critical gaze.

Papers on other topics relevant to the interdisciplinary study of American culture, history, and society are also welcome.

Please submit abstracts of 300-words, along with a brief bio, to the conference organizers, Victoria Lamont and Kevin McGuirk, Department of English, University of Waterloo, at by March 15, 2013. Presentation time for papers is 20 minutes maximum. Panel submissions will also be considered.

CFP: New American Notes Online

A CFP that may be of interest to Digital Americanists …

NANO: New American Notes Online

Call for Papers: Issue 2.1

Deadline: 30 March 2012

Special Theme: Evaluation, Critique, Peer Review

What are the best and newest methods for creating, evaluating, and disseminating scholarly and creative work? This question motivates the next issue of NANO. As digital formats help to foster new ways to share and critique written and artistic work, as more people try to squeeze through the narrowing bottleneck of publishing, approval, and jobs, something has to give, or at least change.

Four guiding questions:

1. How have changes to the university, to scholarly publishing, and to digital publishing formats changed peer review? Will changes to peer review change the nature and methods of scholarship?

2. How have creative contests in the fields of poetry, short story, painting, sculpture, or design changed in terms of evaluation, prizes, and prestige?

3. What can the humanities learn from other disciplines in terms of evaluation and peer review?

4. How can we solve some of the current problems?

Possible Topics:

print/book/online culture, peer review, online peer review, poetry contests, short story contests, art and design contests, evaluation, judging, Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Prize, merit, approval, assessment, credit, collaboration and/or single author, contribution, attribution, plagiarism/remixing, authority/media bias, tenure and promotion, grading, popular culture evaluation, online discussion, digital/paper editing, marking up, peer-to-peer review, external linking, criticism, critique, crowd-sourcing, advice, monograph, scholarly electronic editions, Google, Google Scholar, e-books, e-journals, Wikipedia, Creative Commons, research tools, research blogs, editing tools, archiving, coding, open access

See Submission Guidelines on our website for more details:

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