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Digital Humanities Caucus

In the last decades, computing has become a standard part of academic and scholarly life, both in American Studies and across the disciplines.

At the least, computers are necessary tools that facilitate research, teaching and communication, but for many practitioners computing has served to reshape both the methods and theories that underlie their work. While many members of the American Studies Association are actively working in areas of digital humanities, and many more are influenced by the rise of new approaches that computing has enabled, there has yet to form a unified point of contact for ASA members interested in pursuing digital humanities from within an American Studies framework.

The Digital Humanities Caucus will work to further communication and collaboration by:

  • Bringing together ASA members who are working across the various areas of digital humanities, including for example: digital history, electronic literature, cyberculture studies, virtual communities, GIS, online scholarly publications, the creation of digital editions and collections, and the creation of digital tools (cyberinfrastructure) for humanities scholars.
  • Addressing directly the issues and practices of digital pedagogy and digital research as they affect the field of American Studies.
  • Creating and sharing resources among Caucus members and with the wider ASA membership, through the ASA Web site and related venues.
  • Working to foster greater mutual awareness among digital humanities scholars in American Studies and in other humanities disciplines.
  • Developing proposals for conference sessions and related events for potential inclusion on the ASA annual meeting program.

Please join us! (Members should also join our Listserv discussion list.)

Contact information:

Susan Garfinkel
sgarfinkel at loc.gov

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Tweet the ASA! #2013ASA

The official Twitter hashtag for this year’s conference is #2013ASA.

Twitter users are invited to use the Twitter backchannel for interaction during and after sessions, to expand the conference beyond those in attendance, and to help create a permanent record.

(Please note: It’s good collegial practice not to tweet the detailed contents of a speaker’s paper without permission first.)

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Digital Humanities at #2013ASA

Please join the Digital Humanities Caucus at this year’s ASA for a Friday morning of digital humanities (our two sponsored session followed by our business meeting and impromptu lunch gathering), and our Saturday night Meetup / Tweetup in Adams Morgan:

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CFP: Digital Shorts at the 2013 ASA Annual Meeting

Call for Papers: Digital Shorts at the 2013 American Studies Association Annual Meeting

The Digital Humanities Caucus of the American Studies Association seeks ASA conference attendees to participate in a session entitled Digital Shorts: New Platforms of Knowledge and Dissent. The session will consist of “lightning talks” in which participants describe digital projects in 3-5 minute presentations, receive community feedback, and discuss issues raised by the talks. These presentations may address current projects, developing ideas and project proposals, or activities related to digital humanities work such as publishing and teaching. Contexts for projects presented in this session can include academic research, public history and museums work, and archival and library work. There is no need to write a mini-paper or formal presentation. Speaking from slides, a website, or memory are all encouraged. We will have a computer/projector in the room with PowerPoint loaded and live Internet access available.

Digital Shorts will take place Friday, November 22nd from 10:00am to 11:45am at the annual conference at the Hilton Washington in Columbia Hall 9.

To sign-up, please email a brief abstract of your intended lightning presentation (250 words MAXIMUM), your name, and affiliation to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We will also accept additional presentations at the session, time permitting.

Important Note: This is informal, so you can (and should!) make a presentation even if your name appears elsewhere on the ASA program. 

Lauren Tilton, Yale University (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
Mary Battle, College of Charleston (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

Katie Rawson, University of Pennsylvania (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
Amanda Frisken, State University of New York, College at Old Westbury (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

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New digital humanities project: the End of Austin

The End of Austin (http://www.endofaustin.com) is a new digital project that explores urban identity in Austin, Texas.

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What can American Studies do for DH, and vice versa?

A summary of my (brief) comments at the ASA 2012 conference in San Juan, P.R.

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