[Humanist] 27.764 pubs: Digital Thoreau; cfp for War and Life Writing

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Feb 4 09:46:52 CET 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 764.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "Totosy de Zepetnek, Steven" <clcweb at purdue.edu>           (5)
        Subject: cfp: War and Life Writing

  [2]   From:    Joseph Easterly <easterly at geneseo.edu>                    (19)
        Subject: Digital Thoreau takes Walden revisions and readers global

        Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:48:40 -0500
        From: "Totosy de Zepetnek, Steven" <clcweb at purdue.edu>
        Subject: cfp: War and Life Writing

Call for papers: 

Papers are invited for publication in a thematic issue entitled War and Life Writing. Ed. Louise O. Vasvári and I-Chun Wang. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 17.2 (June 2015): http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweb (Purdue University Press ISSN 1481-4374). 

Throughout history, humans share(d) similar experiences in war: they narrate their experiences and document suffering, trauma, dislocation, memory, etc. Life writing on war is often about (im)migration, separation, and dreams of return. The guest editors of the thematic issue on War and Life Writing invite studies on life writing in all its forms: auto/biography, memoir, testimony, diaries, letters, works in media other than print, as well as visual representation of war from all periods of human history (images are published in the journal, but only if copyright release documentation is obtained by the author of the article). The preferred theoretical background of work is comparative literature and (comparative) cultural studies. 

Articles in the journal are 6000-7000 words: for the style of the journal consult http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweblibrary/clcwebstyleguide. Articles published in the journal are double-blind peer reviewed and indexed, among others, in the MLA International Bibliography, the Thomson Reuters ISI Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Scopus, etc. 

Please submit papers by 31 December 2014 to Louise O. Vasvári (Stony Brook University) at louise.vasvari at stonybrook.edu and to I-Chun Wang (National Sun Yat-sen University) at icwang at faculty.nsysu.edu.tw

        Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 17:47:57 +0000
        From: Joseph Easterly <easterly at geneseo.edu>
        Subject: Digital Thoreau takes Walden revisions and readers global

“I desire to speak somewhere without bounds; like a man in a waking moment”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden


I'm writing to let you know about two milestones we've just reached at Digital Thoreau (http://digitalthoreau.org).

First, Walden: A Fluid Text Edition is now available for use. This edition enables readers to track Henry David Thoreau's revisions to Walden across the seven manuscript versions he composed between 1846 and 1854.

To create it, we've taken the critical apparatus of the manuscript versions first prepared by Ronald E. Clapper in his 1967 Ph.D. dissertation The Development of Walden: A Genetic Text and encoded it in TEI. When displayed in the Versioning Machine (http://v-machine.org), open-source software first developed under the editorship of Susan Schreibman, our TEI makes it possible to compare any of the seven versions with any other or with the base text, the Princeton University Press edition of Walden. To produce our fluid-text Walden, we worked closely with Prof. Clapper; Elizabeth Witherell, editor-in-chief of Princeton's The Works of Henry D. Thoreau; and Syd Bauman, XML Programmer-Analyst at Northeastern University Libraries. We gratefully acknowledge their assistance and the cooperation of Princeton University Press.

Second, we've launched The Readers' Thoreau (http://commons.digitalthoreau.org), a website that embeds the published version of Walden in a social network, making it possible for readers to form groups to discuss Thoreau's classic in the margins of the text and in discussion forums. Funded largely by a State University of New York Innovative Instruction Technology Grant, The Readers' Thoreau is built entirely with open-source tools and has resulted in improvements to those tools that will benefit everyone who uses them. The social network is provided by Commons In A Box, a WordPress plugin developed at City University of New York, and the in-text social reading capability comes from another plugin, CommentPress. Christian Wach, the current lead developer of CommentPress, has written new code that tightens the integration between the two plugins and adds many new affordances to the CommentPress interface, including more granular visibility settings, the ability to "like" and feature comments,  and the ability to let selected users enrich their comments with media. Readers will be able to filter the comments that are visible to them so that they see only those they care about. In addition, all readers will be able to follow discussion among a "panel of experts" — readers whose knowledge of Thoreau gives their contributions to the discussion added interest and value. We've seeded these expert comments with the late Thoreau scholar Walter Harding's annotations to his 1995 edition of Walden.

Finally, I'd like to invite you to watch the development of a third project at Digital Thoreau, The Days of Walter Harding, Thoreau Scholar (http://walterharding.org). The Days is an ongoing effort by undergraduate digital humanists at SUNY Geneseo to explore the life and work of a pre-eminent Thoreauvian who helped to found the Thoreau Society in 1941, produced numerous scholarly books and articles on his subject — including the influential biography The Days of Henry Thoreau (1965) — and taught at Geneseo from 1956 to 1982, where he achieved the ranks of SUNY Distinguished Professor and University Professor. Using the open-source archiving platform Omeka, Geneseo students are digitizing materials from Harding's vast trove of Thoreauviana and organizing them into online exhibits.

We're excited about all three of these projects. We hope you'll visit them at http://digitalthoreau.org, engage with them, and send us your feedback.

With warm regards,
Paul Schacht
Professor and Chair
Department of English
Director, Digital Thoreau
SUNY Geneseo
Welles Hall 226
Geneseo, NY 14454

Digital Thoreau is a collaborative enterprise of SUNY Geneseo, the Thoreau Society, and the Thoreau Institute of the Walden Woods Project Library. Special thanks to Princeton University Press for their generous cooperation.

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