CFP: Digital Americanists at ALA 2015

WestincopleyBoston-300x115The Digital Americanists Society solicits abstracts (c. 200 words) for papers to be included in the Society’s pre-arranged sessions at the 2015 American Literature Association Conference (Boston, May 21-24). The Digital Americanists are eager to constitute panels of the most exciting DH work happening in and around American studies, literary and otherwise. If you have an idea for a panel rather than an individual paper, 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, digital media, and computational methods, we are pleased to consider submissions that address any facet of the relationship between those terms or that question the terms themselves. Submissions from early-career scholars and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 19, 2015. Send abstracts (plain text, please, unless there’s a good reason to use something else) or questions by email to For more information about the Digital Americanists Society, see For information about the ALA and the 2015 conference, see

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

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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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.

CFP: Special issue on “Teaching Digital” in Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy

Guest Editor: Mary McAleer Balkun

The editors of Transformations seek articles (5,000 – 10,000 words) and media reviews (books, film, video, performance, art, music, etc. – 3,000 to 5,000 words) that explore the uses of digital media in all pedagogical contexts and disciplinary perspectives.

Submissions should explore the application or impact of any form of digital media on teaching and learning, including but not restricted to digital/digitized materials, specific software, social media, virtual environments, audio or visual media, and the internet.  We welcome essays from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Transformations publishes only essays that focus on pedagogical praxis and/or pedagogical theory.

Possible topics for pedagogy-related articles:

Teaching digital media as a subject                                    Distance Learning
Digital texts                                                                        Mapping software/ Social geography
Creation of new knowledge                                               Collaboration
Virtual worlds                                                                    Digital storytelling
Unintended consequences of using digital media              Authorial/ Ownership issues
Creative commons                                                             Ethics and digital media
Access issues                                                                      Social media/social networking
Technologies of plagiarism                                               Libraries in the digital age
Email and the historical record                                          Politics of knowledge
Globalization and digital media                                        Faculty development
Portability of learning materials                                        Censorship/ Self censorship
Class/race/gender and digital media                                  Digital media and the arts
Personal vulnerability in the digital world                         Creating digital media
Immediacy/Ubiquity of information                                  Discipline shifts

Deadline: November 30, 2010

ASECS11: Digital Humanities Caucus Roundtable

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?

Publishing Opportunity with SHARP

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 Any questions can be directed towards Prof. Harris as well.