Toward a Critically Engaged Digital Practice: American Studies and the Digital Humanities
American Quarterly
Saturday, July 1, 2017

The 2018 special issue of American Quarterly, “Toward a Critically Engaged Digital Practice: American Studies and the Digital Humanities,” will explore digital humanities as a designation, as an associated constellation of technologies and practices, and as a site of convergence for interdisciplinary scholarship. Propelled by the ever-increasing power of computing and grounded in the ongoing development of a networked new media, digital humanities scholarship has coalesced around a shared set of values: that theory can be engaged through practice, that scholarship should be open and accessible to all, and that collaboration is pivotal. At the same time, American studies scholars in the digital humanities have renewed the mportant work of investigating cultural and political formations, excavating power relations, and expanding scholarly inquiry to encompass the everyday as much as the exceptional. With his special issue, we seek to open a new phase of this discussion by overtly exploring the connections between critically engaged forms of American studies and the digital humanities.

Submissions are due July 1, 2017. Authors must address the guest editors and clearly indicate in a cover letter that the submission is intended for the special issue. Also, please indicate which action, either print or digital, the submission is intended for. Accepted submissions will appear in American Quarterly, volume 70, issue 3 (Fall 2018). Information about American Quarterly and submission guidelines can be found at Inquiries related to content or format of submission to this special issue may be directed to

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