Call for Provocateurs: DHSI 2014 Birds of a Feather Sessions
“If the digital humanities is successful, it will disappear,” as Mike Witmore said at the 2013 MLA. As big-tent DH brings in more collaborators beyond humanities disciplines, what will the “D” and “H” stand for? Is every humanist a digital humanist now? Conversation could address:
- The relevance of the humanities to to higher education. What happens if the humanities goes away from the DH?
- The issue of digital equality and access to technology
- The question of identity. As those involved with the formation and proliferation of digital approaches to research and teaching, where do those of us who identify as “Digital Humanists” fit into a new world order?
Methodological openness is a key feature of many DH projects. We think, write, and analyze data in open forums, using social networks as intellectual networks. What impacts are these research methods having on DH and on humanities research more broadly? Is this openness just public relations, or is it building a new peer-review model? Conversation could address:
- tweeting our queries and interim results
- blogging about our data, protocols, and problems
- asking questions on DHAnswers and Quora
- finding collaborators and precedents
- crowdsourcing error-correction through peer-to-peer review
What responsibility do we have to prepare emerging digital humanists for careers in and out of the academy, and how are we working to meet those goals? This session considers professionalization in classrooms, at conferences, through mentoring, in social media, and beyond. Conversation could address:
- #alt-ac; librarians and archivists
- formal and informal training; grad and undergrad; postdocs
- mentoring and community training: DHSI, THATCamps, etc.
- DH events/streams at broader disciplinary conferences
- advocacy: in the profession, in our institutions, and in the broader community
- deans and department chairs
Laura Estill, Texas A&M University
Diane Jakacki, Bucknell University
Michael Ullyot, University of Calgary