Digital pragmata flourish at the nexus of research, teaching, and creativity. They can be textual databases, creative visualizations of information, multimedia explorations, collaboratively annotated maps, and a thousand other projects.
How do they fit into a world built on books and scholarly journals?
Will these new ways of communicating displace a world made on paper, or will they blend into new forms of scholarly expression that grow from the best of the past?
What is truly novel and significant about recent developments in the digital humanities and what are the implications for the humanities in general?
Please join us April 8 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts for an engaging conversation about these and many other questions about the future of scholarly communication in the humanities. We will be joined by a panel of humanities scholars from across North America.
The event is free and open to the public, but please register. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, or to register offline, please call (804) 828-0593 prior to April 4.
Richard Godbeer has a B.A. from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. He specializes in the history of colonial and revolutionary America, with an emphasis on religious culture, witchcraft studies, gender studies, and the history of sexuality. Professor Godbeer is author of The Devil’s Dominion: Magic and Religion in Early New England (1992), Sexual Revolution in Early America (2002), Escaping Salem: The Other Witch Hunt of 1692 (2005), The Overflowing of Friendship: Love Between Men and the Creation of the American Republic (2009) and The Salem Witch Hunt: A Brief History with Documents (2011). He is currently working on a joint biography of Elizabeth and Henry Drinker, a Quaker couple who lived in Philadelphia during the second half of the eighteenth century. Professor Godbeer has received awards and fellowships from a range of institutions, including the American Historical Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Mellon Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.
Susan Brown has her Ph.D. in English from the University of Alberta. She specializes in Victorian writing, feminist theory, digital humanities and interdisciplinary research. She has an extensive list of publications and received the Society for Digital Humanities Outstanding Achievement Award in 2006 for digital scholarship. She currently leads the Orlando Project, which uses digital tools to literary and historical research, and the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory, an infrastructure project. She is English President of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques.
Aaron McCollough is the Editorial Director of Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan. Prior to his current position, McCollough has served as the Project Outreach Librarian for the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership and as the Subject Specialist for English Literature and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. He has an MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers Workshop and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Michigan. He has published multiple books of poetry and is an editor for Coming Through: Voices of a South Carolina Gullah Community from WPA Oral Histories.
Stephen Robertson is the Director at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University. He holds a B.A. in history and English from the University of Otago in New Zealand and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He is the author of Crimes against Children: Sexual Violence and Legal Culture in New York City, 1880-1960 (University of North Carolina Press, 2005) and the co-author of Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem Between the Wars (Harvard University Press, 2010). His current research examines private detectives and the practice of undercover surveillance in the United States between 1865 and 1941. He is one of the creators of Digital Harlem, which he and his collaborators are currently developing to offer a spatial perspective on the 1935 Harlem riot.