CFP: Digital Americanists at ALA

Call for Papers
Digital Americanists

American Literature Association
23rd Annual Conference
May 24-27, 2012
San Francisco, CA

Digital Americanists ( invite proposals for 20-minute papers to be presented at the American Literature Association’s annual conference in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2012.

The panel is open to papers that address any topic pertaining to American literature and digital scholarship, including:

  • text analysis methods
  • teaching digital American literature
  • using archives in scholarship
  • theorizing the archive

Please send abstracts of between 250 and 500 words in .doc, RTF, or PDF to both Amanda Gailey ( and Matthew Wilkens ( by January 24, 2012.

CFP: Digital Americanists Panel for C19

The Digital Americanists Society invites proposals for a roundtable about digital interpretation of nineteenth-century American literature or culture, to be proposed for the C19 Conference at the University of California, Berkeley, April 12-15, 2012. This roundtable will take up the C19 Program Committee’s call to investigate how “the field’s contours have been enlarged—or foreshortened—by the investigative tools offered by digital technologies.” We seek scholars using digital tools—e.g. GIS, data mining, visualization, textual analysis, and other methods—to help them understand the nineteenth century. We are particularly interested in the ways that digital tools can lead scholars toward new interpretive insights into texts and other cultural objects. What new questions—or even new kinds of questions—do modern technologies allow scholars to ask about nineteenth century literature and culture? How do new forms of digital evidence contribute to or disrupt traditional modes of scholarship in the field?

Participants will speak to these questions by presenting their work in the Pecha Kucha format: 20 slides displayed for 20 seconds apiece. This format will keep presentations concise and lively, and leave significant time for an engaged discussion among panelists and the audience.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and brief bio (a few sentences will suffice) to Ryan Cordell at by September 1, 2011.