This roundtable will consider how digital tools and digital methodologies are shaping eighteenth-century studies. Participants might reflect on the following questions, applied to both students and faculty:
- What sorts of new research and teaching models are emerging in the digital age?
- What drawbacks should scholars and teachers be wary of as we are confronted with these new possibilities?
- How are collaborative, interdisciplinary projects affected by the digital humanities?
- What lessons might we learn for our use of twenty-first-century technologies from eighteenth-century observations about print technology’s influence upon learning, knowledge, and communication?
- Conversely, in what ways does the media culture of the twenty-first century shape our understanding of the eighteenth?
SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) has just begun a new review series on electronic scholarly resources.
If you (or one of your graduate students) would be interested in doing a 750-word review of an online scholarly resource (such as The Whitman Archive or The Cather Archive) or a subscription database (such as “African-American Newspapers: The 19th Century”), please contact Katherine Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions can be directed towards Prof. Harris as well.
I’ve already had some interest expressed in the category of “Digital Texts and the Spatial Turn,” so let me know if anyone else is interested (email@example.com)
A few months ago, Matt Gold posted a CFP to this list regarding the 2011 meeting of the Society for Textual Scholarship (which will be at Penn State on March 16-18; see http://mith.umd.edu/sts/html/callforpapers.php). Matt and I (mostly Matt) bounced around some ideas for a potential panel that the Digital Americanists could sponsor. These topics are:
— Digital Texts and the Spatial Turn
— Digital Textuality and Locative Media
— Social Media and the Digital Scholarly Edition
Is anyone interested in being a part of a panel for STS next year? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested and we can pull together an official Digital Americanists panel. I should note that the deadline for proposals is Oct. 31, so I’d need to hear from you by at least the end of September if you’re interested.