[Humanist] 26.35 events: literary studies; Decoding Digital Humanities

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Mon May 21 22:19:20 CEST 2012

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 35.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Ryan Cordell <rccordell at gmail.com>                        (52)
        Subject: NEMLA CFP: The Literary Interventions of the Digital
                Humanities, A Pecha Kucha Roundtable

  [2]   From:    Richard Lewis <richard.lewis at GOLD.AC.UK>                  (25)
        Subject: DDH London Meeting 30 May

        Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 08:12:05 -0500
        From: Ryan Cordell <rccordell at gmail.com>
        Subject: NEMLA CFP: The Literary Interventions of the Digital Humanities, A Pecha Kucha Roundtable

Dear Humanist Colleagues:

I hope the CFP below will interest some of you interested in attending 
NEMLA in Boston next March. Abstracts are due by September 30, but I 
hoped to generate interest before folks disperse for the summer. The CFP 
is also listed here: http://nemla.org/convention/2013/cfp_american.html. 
Please note: the session has already been accepted to the conference, so 
accepted papers will be included in the program.

Ryan Cordell

The Literary Interventions of the Digital Humanities: A Pecha Kucha 

     Digital humanists often tout their work as transformative to 
literary scholarship. Textual encoding, text mining, corpora analysis, 
and geospatial analysis all promise to shift our understanding of 
literary texts, historical periods, and cultural phenomena. Digital 
Humanities (DH) is certainly, as Stephen Ramsay recently quipped, the 
"hot thing." DH panels multiplied at the 2009, 2011, and 2012 MLA 
Conventions, and they received significant coverage in The Chronicle of 
Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed each year. More English 
Departments are hiring digital humanists; digital humanities centers 
multiply across a range of institutions.

     Nevertheless, DH scholarship has not significantly influenced the 
vast body of literary scholarship. Few "traditional" scholars cite 
digital work as evidence for their claims; few DH articles appear in 
prominent literary journals. There's little conversation between the 
many DH panels at MLA and the many, many panels entirely unaffected by 
the digital humanities revolution. DH self-consciously fosters a 
"big-tent" philosophy of inclusion, but scholars outside of the big tent 
often see DH, rightly or wrongly, as a separate entity: a roped-off area 
even within disciplinary conferences like MLA.

     This roundtable aims to encourage dialogue between camps. The 
Digital Americanist Society seeks speakers who will---through the 
abbreviated, energetic Pecha Kucha presentation style---articulate a 
clear, interpretive intervention that digital scholarship has made (or 
could make) in their areas of study. Our goal will not be to describe 
the features, interface, or technologies of digital projects, but 
instead to demonstrate how those projects advance, supplement, or 
disrupt the scholarly conversations of our respective literary 
subfields. To that end, we encourage "non-DH" scholars whose work has 
benefited from DH scholarship to contribute; we welcome a diverse panel 
that exemplifies the dialogue we hope to champion.

     This roundtable will employ the dynamic Pecha Kucha presentation 
style. Panelists will each present using 20 slides that auto-advance 
every 20 seconds. Each talk, then, will last for 6 minutes and 40 
seconds. The organizers will communicate extensively with accepted 
panelists before the conference to familiarize them with the Pecha Kucha 
format. We hope to organize a roundtable of 5-6 speakers, which means 
the formal presentations will take less than 45 minutes. This plan will 
leave ample time for conversation among the panelists, the moderator, 
and the audience.

Submit abstracts to Ryan Cordell, Northeastern University, 
rccordell at gmail.com, by September 30, 2012.

        Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 17:02:42 +0100
        From: Richard Lewis <richard.lewis at GOLD.AC.UK>
        Subject: DDH London Meeting 30 May

Decoding Digital Humanities (DDH) London will be meeting again on

 * Wednesday 30 May 18:00 *

at The Plough, 27 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LH

This month we will be reading:

McCarty, Willard (forthcoming). "The residue of uniqueness". The
Cologne Dialogue on Digital Humanities @ Wahn Manor House,
2012. Historical Social Research - Historische Sozialforschung.
 http://www.cceh.uni-koeln.de/files/McCarty.pdf  [pre-print]

Please feel free to disseminate this announcement.

You will be very welcome to join us for a drink and to discuss
modelling, identity, and tech support.

Best wishes,
Richard Lewis
ISMS, Computing
Goldsmiths, University of London
t: +44 (0)20 7078 5134
j: ironchicken at jabber.earth.li
@: lewisrichard
s: richardjlewis

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