[PAST EVENT] Digital Humanities & the Liberal Arts (& W&M): A Symposium

March 20, 2015
11am - 5:30pm
Blow Memorial Hall, Room 201
262 Richmond Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Friday, March 20
Blow Hall 201

Digital Humanities have attracted attention in recent years as the techniques of teaching, objects of study, ways of reading, means of analysis, types of collaboration, and modes of publication in humanities research have undergone many substantive changes.

At the same time the Digital Humanities has been challenged by critics who either fear that DH will undermine the traditional values of humanistic inquiry or that it merely represents a "digitized humanities" that still reflects the norms of print culture and the canon. Some worry additionally that the pursuit of resource-intensive projects may lead to too much rent-seeking and too little added value for students, scholars, archivists, and community members.

The William and Mary Digital Humanities Ad Hoc Steering Committee has invited DH experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges of doing Digital Humanities work -- research, publication, and teaching -- in the context of our liberal arts university.

Please join us for a day of talks, workshops, and roundtable conversations. Two goals of this event are i. to develop a clearer sense of DH interests and initiatives already present at W&M and ii. to foster regional partnerships with other institutional stakeholders, so we hope to include as many faculty and students as possible in the discussion.

11:00-12:00 Introduction + Coffee + Conversation
What can happen, what should happen, what is happening at W&M in the Digital Humanities?

Liz Losh (UCSD-->W&M in fall 15): opening remarks
Charles Palermo & Arthur Knight (Ad Hoc Committee Co-Chairs):
a brief review of what's happening at W&M

12:00-1:00 Keynote + Brownbag Lunch

Cheryl Ball
Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies at West Virginia University

Rethinking the Academic Publishing Paradigm Through Multimedia Scholarship

This presentation will highlight a new publishing project in the works: Vega, an academic publishing platform supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Building on 15 years as editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Dr. Ball will discuss how publishing multimedia scholarship requires different kinds of infrastructure than scholars, editors, and publishers are used to with print-based publishing. Vega incorporates newer publishing processes, such as collaborative authoring, open peer review, and design editing, as well as newer products, such as media-rich articles and data sets.

1:00-2:00 Workshop: NEH Digital Humanities Grant Programs

Jason Rhody
Senior Program Officer in the Office of Digital Humanities, NEH

In this hour-long workshop, participants will be introduced to the various grant programs offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and will also be provided with advice on how to develop a successful proposal. A question and answer session will follow.

2:00-2:30 Coffee Break + Conversation

2:30-3:30 Roundtable: DH Initiatives at Other VA Universities & Possibilities for Regional Networking

Wayne Graham (UVA)
Head of Research and Development at UVA Scholars' Lab

Rob Nelson (University of Richmond)
Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab

Stephen Robertson (GMU)
Professor, History & Art History
Director, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

3:30-4:30: Graduate & Undergradaute Student Interests & Possibilities for Regional Collaboration

4:30-: Social Hour, Continued Conversation