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By Carly Kocurek, Mon, April 25, 2016 - 4:17 pm
Categories: News

Announcing the Garfinkel Prize

The Digital Humanities Caucus of the American Studies Association seeks submissions for the first annual Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities. This award honors caucus founder Susan Garfinkel for her longstanding service to the caucus and her commitment to an inclusive, interdisciplinary, welcoming Digital Humanities. The annual award will recognize excellent work at the intersection of American Studies and Digital Humanities.

We welcome submissions from all including college and university faculty; public scholars; university and K-12 educators including contingent faculty; students at the graduate, undergraduate, and even K-12 level; activists; artists; and all other researchers, creators, and thinkers. We encourage projects in pedagogy, research, documentary, critical making, digital art, and all other forms.

Submitted projects should have been completed or significantly updated during the 2015 or 2016 calendar year. We will announce the prize winner at the 2016 caucus meeting at the American Studies Association conference, but submitters are not required to present at or to attend the conference.

To be considered, please submit your project using this form: http://goo.gl/forms/DE9k2HypOj
The deadline for all submissions is July 1, 2016.

By Carly Kocurek, Mon, April 11, 2016 - 9:12 am
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Statement from American Quarterly Editors

The Editor, Associate Editors, and the Board of Managing Editors of American Quarterly have been following the conversation about the newly launched Digital Projects Review on the Digital Humanities Caucus listserv. We are taking the criticisms by the DH Caucus members very seriously and hope to work with the Digital Projects Review co-editors and with people from the DH Caucus to open communication with and full participation of the Caucus in this important new endeavor.

The AQ Editor plans to initiate conversations with the DH Caucus leadership to discuss the issues raised. The Board of Managing Editors will then discuss the steps necessary to put in place a process to structure the involvement of and sustained input from the DH Caucus. We would like to partner with the DH Caucus as potential reviewers, prospective editors, and an important audience of the Digital Projects Review.

We appreciate the DH Caucus’s concerns, and we request that you continue to engage with the Digital Projects Review and American Quarterly as a whole.

Mari Yoshihara
Editor, American Quarterly
on behalf of the AQ Board of Managing Editors

By Carly Kocurek, Mon, April 11, 2016 - 9:02 am
Categories: News

DH Caucus Advisory Committee Statement on AQs Digital Projects Review

In its March 2016 issue, American Quarterly launched a new section titled “Digital Projects Review” by way of an introductory editorial essay paired with the first published review in this category. While, in theory, the inclusion of digital project reviews as a regular feature of our Association’s journal of record would be welcomed by the ASA’s Digital Humanities Caucus, we and our members are disappointed and even angered by the execution of this initiative.

In short, the new section ignores the uniquely American Studies approach to Digital Humanities that has emerged within the field, often at the annual meetings of the American Studies Association and—for more than seven years—surrounding the innovative work of members and friends of the the ASA’s Digital Humanities Caucus. In its basic tone and orientation it ignores the scholarly contributions made by a diverse set of thinkers long working at the boundaries of American cultural and historical study in conjunction with digital studies. In its choice of personnel and projects it ignores the individuals who have worked visibly to create an inclusive, interdisciplinary, and alternative space for the pursuit of Digital Humanities scholarship within the ASA, favoring instead a misplaced and outdated conventionality much at odds with our association’s shared ethic.

The American Studies Association has long been a welcoming home for innovative, critical, boundary-pushing, justice-based, and experimental work—scholarship that takes a diversity of forms, that reaches and is produced by thinkers, teachers, practitioners, and makers from a wide range of communities and contexts. In keeping with this openness, and uniquely within the larger Digital Humanities field, the Digital Humanities Caucus of the ASA embraces inclusiveness and diversity: of topics, methods, theories, projects, and members. We are proud of the diversity of our membership—especially that so many of us are women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community in a technology-adjacent field still largely dominated by white men—and we are committed to maintaining the Digital Humanities Caucus and the ASA as a scholarly home for our members and the work that they do.

We are currently working to address concerns about American Quarterly’s Digital Projects Review: the Advisory Board of the Digital Humanities Caucus is deeply committed to representing our members and ensuring that the community and its concerns are represented to the larger body of the ASA, and to the independent American Quarterly editorial staff. In this spirit, we have opened a dialogue concerning American Quarterly’s Digital Projects Review. Based on the conversations so far, we currently believe changes are in process that will address at least some of the concerns of our membership. We will post further information as it is available and take further action as necessary.

By Carly Kocurek, Wed, April 06, 2016 - 9:11 am
Categories: News

Reminder: Please Sign Up for Our E-Mail List

As a caucus, we have a lot of business on the horizon. With that in mind, please sign up for our e-mail discussion list so that we can be in contact regarding elections, events, and other news. Join the list here: https://listserv.umd.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DHCAUCUS

By Carly Kocurek, Tue, November 03, 2015 - 4:27 pm
Categories: News

Featured DH Caucus Events at #2015ASA

Please join the Digital Humanities Caucus for our featured events at #2015ASA!

Friday October 9

Sponsored Session: “Digital Shorts: The (Re)production of Misery and the Ways of Resistance”
2:00 - 3:45 pm, Sheraton Centre, Yorkville West
(Please register although walk-ins welcome too, see http://www.theasa.net/caucus_digital_humanities/item/cfparticipants_digital_shorts_at_the_2015_asa/)

Sponsored Session: “The Shadow Archive: Digital (Re)Assemblages of Ephemera”
4:00 - 5:45 pm, Sheraton Centre, Yorkville West

Saturday October 10

Business Meeting: Digital Humanities Caucus
5:00 - 6:00 pm, Sheraton Centre, Yorkville East

Digital Humanities Mentoring
6:00 - 7:00 pm, Sheraton Centre, Yorkville East
(Pre-arranged but some walk-ins available, see http://www.theasa.net/caucus_digital_humanities/item/want_to_get_started_on_a_digital_american_studies_project/)

Informal Dinner Gathering
7:15 - ?, meet at Yorkville East and adjourn to nearby restaurant

Questions? sgarfinkel “at” loc.gov or @footnotesrising on Twitter

By Susan Garfinkel, Thu, October 01, 2015 - 5:47 pm
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CFParticipants: Digital Shorts at the 2015 ASA

The Digital Humanities Caucus of the American Studies Association seeks ASA conference attendees to participate in a session entitled Digital Shorts: The (Re)production of Misery and the Ways of Resistance. 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. We especially encourage presentations that address the conference theme. As the conference organizers note, misery is a complicated, little explored category, one which “suggests a ... need to make and to challenge distinctions between subjective, individual experiences on the one hand and social divisions on the other.” Tensions in the digital humanities between efforts to extend conventional humanities work and efforts to disrupt and reshape the humanities—to resist old boundaries—should prove particularly fruitful and relevant.

There is no need to write a mini-paper or formal presentation to participate. 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, October 9, 2:00 to 3:45pm at Sheraton Centre, Yorkville West.

To sign up, Please complete the following form online: http://goo.gl/forms/bOcETXoAj4

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

Questions? Contact: asadigitalshorts “at” gmail.com
Digital Humanities Caucus: http://www.theasa.net/caucus_digital_humanities/

hashtags: #2015asa #dhasa

By Susan Garfinkel, Tue, September 08, 2015 - 4:48 pm
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Want to get started on a digital American studies project?

We can think your idea through with you, suggest useful tools and resources, and give you some suggestions about where you might go next.

What is a digital project? Our definition is broad, and we’ll do our best to help you accomplish whatever you’re imagining. Some popular types of projects include maps, data visualizations, text analysis projects, and experiments in scholarly publishing and pedagogy.

We think American studies scholars have the potential to undertake transformative scholarship in the digital humanities field, and we’re offering these consultations in the hopes of fostering some of this work.

To request a meeting, please give us some information about yourself and your project: https://dhatasa2015.wordpress.com/register-for-a-consultation/.

(If you would like to be a consultant on digital projects and are planning to attend ASA 2015 in Toronto, please register here: https://dhatasa2015.wordpress.com/volunteer-to-consult/ !)

Questions? Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Organized by Tami Albin, Anne Cong-Huyen, Jennifer Guiliano, David Kim, Heidi Knoblauch, Miriam Posner, and Lauren Tilton, with support from the Association for Computers and the Humanities and the Programming Historian.

By Miriam K Posner, Fri, August 07, 2015 - 12:18 pm
Categories: News

Digital Humanities @ #2014ASA

The Digital Humanities Caucus is pleased to announce a series of sponsored sessions and events at the 2014 American Studies Association conference in Los Angeles, November 6-9. Please join us!

THURSDAY November 6

Sessions co-sponsored with the Women’s Committee:

** Feminist Making I: Building Critical Contexts
  Participants: Lauren F. Klein, chair; Susan Garfinkel, Elizabeth Losh, micha crdenas,
  speakers.
  8-9:45 am, Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Beaudry A (L1)

** Feminist Making II: Producing Cultural Critique
  Participants: Jacqueline Wernimont, chair; Carly Kocurek, Jessica Lovaas, Jarah Moesch,
  speakers.
  12-1:45 pm, Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Beaudry A (L1)

  Offsite Electronic Literature Reading:

**Game Over: The Fun and Fury of Electronic Literature
  An evening of poetry and digital art performances
  Organizers: Leonardo Flores and Mark C. Marino
  8-9:30 pm, Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, 2nd Floor Doheny Library, USC

—> See http://eliterature.org/2014/10/off-site-asa-e-lit-reading-nov-6/ for additional information and directions.

FRIDAY November 7

** Digital Shorts: The Fun and the Fury
  Conference attendees invited for planned or impromptu 3-5 minute lightning talks.
  Organizers: Grace I. Yeh, Viola Lasmana, Jesse P. Karlsberg.
  Participants: You!
  8-9:45 am, Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Beaudry A (L1)

—> See http://www.theasa.net/caucus_digital_humanities/item/call_for_presenters_digital_shorts_at_the_2014_asa/ for additional information and sign-ups.
—> Contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

** Scripting the Reader in Electronic Literature
  Participants: Leonardo Flores, chair; Samantha Gorman, A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz,
  Jody Zellen, Jeremy Hight, Jeff Knowlton, Mauro Carassai, speakers.
  10-11:45, Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Los Cerritos (L1)

** Business Meeting: Digital Humanities Caucus
  12-1 pm, Westin Bonaventure, Level 3, Wilshire Suite (L3)

SATURDAY November 8

** Digital Humanities / American Studies Tweetup
  8-10 pm, Industriel, 609 South Grand Ave

  Please join us for an informal gathering over dinner, drinks or desert (your choice/dutch
  treat) at a restaurant within 10-minute walk of the conference hotel.
  RSVP appreciated (non-binding, for planning only).

—> See http://www.rebeccaonion.com/2014/10/tweetup-at-asa-2014-saturday-november-8-8-pm/ for additional information and directions.
—> Contact: @rebeccaonion on Twitter

KEEP IN TOUCH

Tweet the ASA! Hashtags: #2014asa #dhasa
Follow us on Twitter: @dhcaucus
Join us on the ASA Web site: http://www.theasa.net/caucus_digital_humanities/

By Susan Garfinkel, Thu, October 30, 2014 - 3:34 pm
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Call for Presenters: Digital Shorts at the 2014 ASA

The Digital Humanities Caucus of the American Studies Association seeks ASA conference attendees to participate in a session entitled Digital Shorts: The Fun and the Fury. 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. We especially encourage presentations that address the conference theme. Defined by the conference organizers as a concept “that is intrinsically organizing and disorganizing,” which “call[s] attention to the melee, the necessary turbulence of collaborative undertakings, the joys of thinking that place us beside ourselves and one another,” the fun and the fury seems inherent to much digital humanities work.

There is no need to write a mini-paper or formal presentation to participate. 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 7 from 8:00 am to 9:45 am at the ASA annual meeting at the Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Beaudry A (L1).

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.

—Grace Yeh, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
—Viola Lasmana, University of Southern California (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
—Jesse P. Karlsberg, Emory University (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

Digital Humanities Caucus: http://www.theasa.net/caucus_digital_humanities/ 
#2014asa #dhasa

By Susan Garfinkel, Wed, October 15, 2014 - 10:29 am
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