The Digital Americanists Society solicits abstracts (c. 250 words) for papers to be included in the Society’s pre-arranged session at the 2019 American Literature Association Conference (Boston, May 23-26, 2019).
If you are a graduate student or an independent researcher without institutional support, we encourage you to apply for our $100 travel grant. If you wish to be considered, please send a short statement of interest (one sentence suffices), as well as a note on your current institutional travel support, alongside your paper proposal.
The panel will focus on the digitization of “unique” collections of materials that are related to American literature or culture, broadly defined. These might be collections of non-traditional or non-canonical texts, genres, or forms; materials related to marginalized individuals or groups; or collections of materials that for either historical or technical reasons present unique challenges for those looking to digitize them. While we are open to the form that these talks might take, we welcome and encourage collaborative presentations and discussions of works in progress. We imagine that panelists might discuss both the challenges (bureaucratic or institutional, economic, technical, theoretical) and affordances of dealing with such collections of materials, with an eye towards assisting other scholars who may encounter similar issues in their own digitization projects, and explaining how such collections offer new possibilities for scholarship, teaching, digital preservation, and/or public engagement.
Deadline for submissions is January 1, 2019. Send abstracts or questions by email to email@example.com. For more information about the Digital Americanists, see our “About” section. For information about the ALA and the 2019 conference, see http://americanliteratureassociation.org/.
At the Digital Americanists business meeting in May of 2018, DA members present at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in San Francisco, CA, unanimously voted for instituting a travel grant for graduate students to cover some of the costs associated with participating in DA-sponsored events. Our upcoming call for papers for ALA 2019 will include the option for graduate students to apply for $100 travel funding. Funding will be awarded based on financial need (preference may be given to graduate students without existing support for travel and professional development) as well as the strength of the proposed paper. Scholars without institutional affiliation/support will also be considered.
The Digital Americanists would like to thank those DA members who support our organisation with annual donations for making this travel grant possible. We see this grant as a first step to making the Digital Americanists more welcoming to early career scholars. If you would also like to support us, please consider becoming a donor.
Our CFP for ALA 2019 will go live soon.
The Cather Project of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announces the availability of a Research Grant for visiting scholars. This grant provides financial support for scholars to travel to and reside in Lincoln, NE, for four consecutive weeks, in order to conduct research on Willa Cather using Cather resources in Nebraska and at UNL.
Applications are invited from early career scholars, advanced graduate students, recent PhDs, and faculty not yet tenured. Projects should reflect the need for research at the UNL Archives and in Nebraska. Each Woodress Research Grant is $4,000 and the scholar is expected to be in residence in Lincoln for four consecutive weeks during March 1 – December 20, 2019. The Cather Project will assist with advice about travel, lodging, and a trip to the Willa Cather Foundation in Red Cloud, Nebraska (2 ½ hours by car) to enable the scholar to research materials in the Foundation’s archives and visit the area of Cather’s childhood.
The Cather Project produces the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition and Cather Studies, both published by the University of Nebraska Press. The Archives and Special Collections of the UNL Libraries hold the largest collection of Cather letters to and from her; edited typescripts; manuscripts; multiple editions of her works; and many other Cather-associated materials.
Funding for the grants is from the Roberta and James Woodress Fund (created from a gift by Roberta and James Woodress; Mr. Woodress was an eminent Cather biographer and emeritus professor of English at University of California-Davis).
To apply, please send, as e-mail attachments, to Beth Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org, the following items:
- your c.v.
- a statement of no more than 3 pages describing the proposed research project and the importance of materials and resources at UNL to your project
- a sample of scholarly writing (20-25pp: preferably focusing on Cather, though not necessarily exclusively)
- In addition, two letters of recommendation should be sent directly by your recommenders to Beth (email@example.com). Letters should be specific to the fellowship and proposed project rather than general letters of recommendation from your job placement dossier.
- The deadline for submission of materials is DECEMBER 30, 2018 and we will inform successful applicants by FEBRUARY 1, 2019.
The Digital Americanists Society solicits abstracts (c. 250 words) for papers to be included in the Society’s pre-arranged session at the 2018 American Literature Association Conference (San Francisco, May 24-27, 2018).
We are especially interested in submissions focusing on data-sets, texts, archives, tools or projects/methodologies that deal with intersections of gender, race, sexuality, nationality, and/or disability in literature and digital work. Submissions focusing on texts from any period of American literature are welcome.
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 15, 2018. Send abstracts or questions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Digital Americanists Society, see http://digitalamericanists.org. For information about the ALA and the 2018 conference, see http://americanliteratureassociation.org.
Dear past, current, and future members,
We are happy to announce that the Digital Americanists have found a new board. Beginning September 2017, the leadership of DA will be:
Stefan Schöberlein (President) is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Iowa, the managing editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and a research assistant for the Walt Whitman Archive. His work has been published in journals like Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, American Literature, and the Journal of American Studies.
Kevin McMullen (Vice-President) is a PhD candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a senior assistant editor at the Walt Whitman Archive. He is also a co-founder and editor of Fanny Fern in The New York Ledger, a project working to digitize the newspaper columns of nineteenth-century American writer Fanny Fern.
Stephanie M. Blalock (Secretary/Treasurer) is a Digital Humanities Librarian in the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio, at the University of Iowa Libraries. She is the Associate Editor of the Walt Whitman Archive, the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and The Vault at Pfaff’s. She is the author of “Go to Pfaff’s!”: The History of a Restaurant and Lager Beer Saloon, a peer-reviewed digital edition published by Lehigh University Press and The Vault at Pfaff’s, and she has also published several essays in Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. Her research focuses on Walt Whitman and Pfaff’s Beer Cellar and the reprinting and circulation of Whitman’s short fiction.
The new board looks forward to helping share and facilitate discussions of the exciting digital work happening in the field of American literature and culture around the world. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for more information about upcoming DA events.
We would like to close by thanking Matthew Wilkens, Ryan Cordell, and Matthew Lavin for their years of dedication to the Digital Americanists.
On that note, and fully embracing our collective Whitmanian bias: “Ya-honk!”
The editors of The CEA Critic recently accepted our proposal for a special issue on Digital Humanities Pedagogy (Spring 2014). We imagined having this special issue move beyond digital humanities theory to practical application with articles addressing pedagogical approaches to introducing undergraduates to one or more aspects of digital humanities:
- transcribing, metadata writing, annotating, and basic TEI coding in conjunction with a startup or established digitization project
- datamining: creating narratives of digital texts based on searched terms or defining search terms for future researchers
- using digital editions to teach students paratextual influence
- analyzing and evaluating the vitality of and scholarly rigor within digital editions with ancillary editorial apparatuses versus open-source digital libraries (e.g. Project Gutenburg, Internet Archive, Google Books, Gale databases)
- using TEI tags to enhance research skills and develop annotation awareness as both creator and user
- writing hyperlinked annotations as a tool to increase scholarship and boost students’ researching skills
- collaborating across disciplines to engage the non-humanities major in digital humanities projects
Proposals for the 3,000-5,000-word articles should not exceed 500 words. Please submit proposals to email@example.com by 15 June 2013.
All queries should also be sent to the aforementioned email address. Please consult The CEA Critic site for formatting guidelines: http://www.cea-web.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15&Itemid=30
A recent Newsweek article (http://www.newsweek.com/2010/08/09/take-this-blog-and-shove-it.html) about the decline of blogging has left me feeling melancholic about the sense of infinite possibility that has surrounded the World Wide Web since the mid-90s. Newsweek reports that fewer and fewer people are writing their own blogs, fewer and fewer people are contributing to Wikipedia, and that, increasingly, people are using the Internet to shop, tweet, and check their Facebook accounts. In the Literature and the World Wide Web class that I teach every summer, I expose my students to some of the earliest writers of digital fiction and poetry, and the ethos of these writers is, more or less, that you can do anything online: forms and genres no longer constrain, publishers and editors no longer guard the gates, and information and knowledge want to be free. Almost twenty years into the Internet, though, it seems like that sense of possibility is diminishing. Our experience with the ‘Net is increasingly limited to a number of highly formalized platforms (Google, Facebook, etc.), and the radical future we once imagined is failing to materialize. Maybe I’m being too pessimistic. Maybe I’ve just let the scare tactics of Newsweek get to me. I will admit to being nostalgic for the mid-90s and the sense of possibility that the Internet represented.