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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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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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DH-Curious at a DH-Less School?

What do you do if you’re curious about DH but aren’t at a school with a DH program?

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Digital Origin Stories

This entry is part of the American Studies and Digital Humanities 2012 Roundtable.

It's true of superheroes. It's also true of scholarly fields. Each one has its origin story. So in this post, I'll present two such tales: one about the origin of the digital, and the other about the origin of the digital humanities. Then, in our session at the ASA, I'll suggest a few ways in which we might, through the lens of American Studies, refract both stories into something more complex-- and consequently, more meaningful-- for understanding today's digital world.

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Tweet the ASA!

The official hashtag for this year’s ASA conference in San Juan is now #ASA2012. Hope to see you in the backchannel!

[Note: The earlier announced hashtag #2012ASA will also be archived.]

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And Vice Versa

This entry is part of the American Studies and Digital Humanities 2012 Roundtable.

The term digital humanities includes a lot of things—visualization and mapping, text analysis and topic modeling, corpus building and preservation, the gathering of data, and the production of metadata, and the computational exploration of all of the above. Though all of these approaches are digital, they bear the same kinds of methodological differences that play out through our traditional fields; further, these approaches are often put to use in the service of strikingly different intellectual questions.

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