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Digital Pedagogy Series

“Using Computer-Based Tools to Analyze Academic Writing with Students”

Laura Aull, Wake Forest University

Friday, October 18, 2013; 2pm

Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, #1022

This talk will introduce freeware tools, activities, and sample projects that showcase features of undergraduate academic writing and invite students to analyze their own writing vis-a-vis patterns in a range of writing from informal texts to advanced academic essays.

We invite graduate student instructors, faculty, and others in the community to this and the other workshops in the Digital Pedagogies series. Space around the table is limited, however, so reserve your spot in advance!

“Digital Pedagogy in Practice”

Lisa Spiro

Friday, November 1, 2013; 2pm

Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, #1022

Lisa Spiro, independent researcher and consultant, will talk about how and why to integrate digital approaches into teaching. Instructors will get a chance to work with a variety of tools for data visualization, mapping, and other digital strategies.

Digital Currents: Analytics, Architectures, & Archives Mini-Conference

Tuesday, November 19, 2013; 12-3pm

Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, #2022

What implications do media infrastructures have on the way way we work, interact, and live? The Digital Currents project welcomes scholars with a diversity of disciplinary perspectives to discuss the complications of our digital present at this mini-conference at the Institute for the Humanities.

Panelists: Mary Gray, Microsoft Research & Indiana University, “Crowdsourcing Piecework: The Geopolitics of Digital Labor”; Lisa Nakamura, University of Michigan, “Evil Media: The Market for Primitive Africa in Internet Vigilante Trophy Websites”; Molly Wright Steenson, University of Wisconsin, “Data Places”

“Exploring, Remixing, Analyzing: Teaching History with Digital Media”

T. Mills Kelly, George Mason University

Friday, December 6, 2013; 2pm

Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, #1022

T. Mills Kelly is a specialist in the scholarship of teaching and learning in history. His most recent book, Teaching History in the Digital Age, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2013. He is also the author of more than a dozen articles on the intersection of historical pedagogy and digital humanities. In this workshop, he will present digital tools and techniques applicable to the teaching of history. Interested instructors and faculty will have a chance to try out some of these approaches.

View all events at www.lsa.umich.edu/humanities/events


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Just a few short ones to report, which I’ll list in order from most general and popular to most specific and academic:

With the birthday of The Boss this past week, you have to appreciate this title: Literature, What is it Good For? (Yes, I know, it’s not a Springsteen original.)  I love that Evan Gottlieb, a professor of eighteenth-century studies, has taken up the banner for studying English in a series of Huffington Post articles.  Perhaps it’s not surprising that someone who studies the Eighteenth Century would commit himself to this cause; these were debates–what to read, who should read and why–that fueled much of the discourse of the period as well.

Some of those debates took place in the periodical literature of the time.  Thus I’m happy to see that one of my favorite 18C bloggers on Georgian London is writing for a well-known British book charity (why don’t we have one of those?) about the highs and lows of the burgeoning journalism culture of the period.   By the way, I just ordered her book!

Of course, our own publication venues have changed radically over the last couple decades.  As we prepare ourselves for the Wayne State Symposium of Scholarly Editing and Archival Research tomorrow, it’s a great time to be thinking of how best to edit 18c texts. This blog post describing a student project usefully outlines some of the issues that must be considered when publishing a digital edition.

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Local 18C Grad Conference

I received this today by email.  If 7021 students are interested in the theme, they might double-dip by writing their final paper on this topic. One might think about how print publication “scales up” from other forms of dissemination, for example.  Note that proposals are due in approximately five weeks.


Below please find the CFP for a graduate-student conference at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor to be held March 21-22, 2014.
“The Economy of Scales” will be hosted by the Eighteenth-Century Studies Group and the Nineteenth-Century Forum and explores the concept of scale in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Registration is free, and the deadline for submissions is November 1, 2013. For more information, please visit the conference website at
Many thanks,
Adam Sneed & Aran Ruth
Coordinators, Eighteenth-Century Studies Group
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Call For Papers: The Economy of Scales
March 21-22, 2014
3222 Angell Hall
Plenary lectures by Noah Heringman (English, University of Missouri) and Craig Benjamin
(History, Grand Valley State University).
Eighteenth-Century Studies Group & Nineteenth-Century Forum
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
The eighteenth and nineteenth century witnessed the rise of many new modes of inquiry and practice. Often, these new fields required the development, implementation, and standardization of new scales to accompany these practices. This is most evident in the natural sciences: for example, Dalton’s atomic mass unit revolutionized the field of chemistry, Hutton’s idea of deep time that of geology, Planck units physics, Ampere’s amp and Volta’s volt electromagnetics, and so on. But it also can be said for aesthetic and cultural practices: consider the different “scales” organizing ideas of the picturesque and the sublime. At one moment in George Eliot’s Middlemarch, the scientifically-minded narrator pauses to reflect on the critical relation between one’s scale of inquiry and one’s interpretive practice:

Even with a microscope directed on a water-drop we find ourselves making interpretations which turn out to be rather coarse; for whereas under a weak lens you may seem to see a creature exhibiting an active voracity into which other smaller creatures actively play as if they were so many animated tax-pennies, a stronger lens reveals to you certain tiniest hairlets which make vortices for these victims while the swallower waits passively at his receipt of custom.

Following Eliot’s lead, this interdisciplinary conference will explore the “economy” of scales in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, that is, the manner in which different scales — temporal and/or spatial, whole or part, macroscopic or microscopic, human or non-human, and local, national, or international — influence cultural, historical, literary and scientific practices in these periods. How do different scales influence our current understanding of these practices? What were the various scales, metrics, or ranges employed by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century figures? How did these scales organize these figures’ understanding of their world? How did these scales direct cultural or scientific inquiry towards certain objects or areas of interest over others? What influence did they have on interpretive practices? How does scale factor in the way we approach eighteenth-and nineteenth century texts, artifacts, and practices now?
The Eighteenth-Century Studies Group (ECSG) & Nineteenth-Century Forum (NCF) are graduate interdisciplinary groups at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. We welcome contributors from all disciplines, such as History, Art History, Literature, and Comparative Literature on a wide range of topics. This is a two-day graduate student conference; submissions of either individual papers of full panels are welcome.
Themes could include, but are not limited to:
● Spatial and temporal scale
● Micro-histories and “big history”
● Time and nostalgia
● Scale and academic periodization
● Close and Distant Reading
● Scale and the archive
● Scale in scientific thought and practice
● Scale and material culture
● Local and Global
● Cartographical approaches
● Representations of Landscape and Nature
● Scale and Politics
● Micro and Macro Economics
● Scale and Theological Thought
● Scale and Print Culture(s)
● Scale and aesthetics
● Scales of Governance
● Scale and genre
Please send an abstract or proposal of 300-500 words to aranruth@umich.edu
or adsneed@umich.edu by November 1, 2013. Informal inquiries are also welcome.
3222 Angell Hall
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
435 State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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The Wayne State University Classical and Modern Languages Graduate Forum will host its 9th Annual Graduate Conference this year on April 2, 2011 in Detroit, MI.   They are looking for students from across departments to submit abstracts.  If you have never given a paper at a conference before, a local conference is an ideal place to get  a feel for the process.  Of course, the Group for Early Modern Studies (GEMS) has one coming up as well. Stay tuned for details on that.

Call for Papers

9th Annual Graduate Student Conference

Conference Theme: Shifting Identities and the (Re)Discovery of the Other

Sponsored by the Classical and Modern Languages Graduate Forum
Wayne State University
Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Conference Date: Saturday, April 2, 2011

Submission Deadline for Abstracts: Friday, January 14, 2011

What happens when people move or are displaced into a society or culture previously unknown? Is there an awakening of a latent self, a reaffirmation of a present self, or a transformation of a new self? How do identities change within a given society’s broader historical framework? Do identities melt together or form a mosaic? Are we constantly rediscovering ourselves or are we actively working to create new identities?

Abstracts for 20 minute papers are welcome. Topics include but are not limited to….

Cultural Knowledge • Identity/Loss of Identity • Cultural Others/Cultural Gaps • Historical Frameworks • Duality • Linguistic Otherness • Hybridity • Transmutation/Transformation • Breaking Down Identity • Global/Local Identity • Actively Creating Identity • National Identity • Human/Animal Identity • Assimilation and Integration • Destabilization • Non-human others, Aliens • Departures/Returns • Inclusion/Exclusion • Subculture, Counterculture • Margins • Cultural Diaspora • Gender Identity • Changing Role of Women • Exile • Colonial/Post-Colonial Identity • Man/Machine Identity, Cyborgs
Submission Criteria
1. Abstracts and papers must be in English.
2. Abstracts must not exceed 200 words.
3. Abstracts must contain the following information: name of presenter,
affiliation and status, mailing
address, e-mail address, title of paper.
4. Presentation time limit 20 minutes (8 page maximum).

For further information, contact Julie Koehler aq9924@wayne.edu or Lukasz
Pawelek dv9571@wayne.edu. Abstracts should be submitted to

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Grad Student Conference

Graduate Student conferences are a great place to present your first paper.  This could be an appropriate site to share a digital humanities project.

6th Annual University of Tulsa English Graduate Student Conference

Theme: Literature and Media: Studies in Academic and Popular Culture

This conference aims to explore the ways in which the humanities interact, engage with, and are affected by popular media and popular culture. More specifically, this conference is concerned with the intersection of literature and media that complicates, alters, or further enriches literary scholarship and communication.

We particularly welcome proposals that address or are related to the following topics:

o   Changing perceptions of academia in the media

o   Pedagogical Approaches

o   Approaches to Digital Studies

o   Green Studies/Eco-criticism (For example, how does popular media present environmental concerns? How has popular culture influenced people’s ideas of and responses to environmental crisis?)

o   Archives and the media/Digitization of archives

o   Periodicals and databases

o   Film/television adaptations

o   Social networking sites and the academy

We also encourage papers from other disciplines including Art, Music, History, Communications, Journalism, Sociology, Political Science, and Women’s Studies. We welcome submissions from undergraduates as well.

Submission Information: Abstracts of no more than 300 words for papers not exceeding 20 minutes should be submitted by February 7, 2011 to the organizers at tulsagradconf@gmail.com. Or also, through regular post to: EGSA Conference Committee, English Dept. Zink Hall, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Drive., Tulsa, OK 74104. Please include the title of your paper, your name, your contact information, institutional affiliation, and any AV requirements you may have.

There is a registration fee of $20.00 for all presenters (excluding TU graduate students who can register for $15.00 and TU undergraduates who can register for $5.00).

Conference Dates and Locations: Thursday, March 24th through Saturday, March 26th at The University of Tulsa in the Allen Chapman Activity Center on the university’s campus.

Contact: If you have any questions or require further information, please e-mail the conference co-directors Melissa Antonucci at melissa-antonucci@utulsa.edu or Kate Williams at kate-williams@utulsa.edu.

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If you are planning a paper dealing with print culture or other forms of materiality, in our class or another, consider this conference as a venue. –LM

Call for Papers

Sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the Library of Congress, the Corcoran College     of Art + Design, and the Folger Shakespeare Library and Institute, the nineteenth annual conference  of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP), “The Book in Art & Science,” will be held in Washington, DC, Thursday, 14 July through Sunday, 17 July 2011.

Evoking Washington’s status as an artistic and scientific center, “The Book in Art & Science” is a theme open   to multiple interpretations. Besides prompting considerations of the book as a force in either art or science or  the two fields working in tandem, it also encourages examinations of the scientific text; the book as a work of  art; the art and science of manuscript, print, or digital textual production; the role of censorship and politics in the creation, production, distribution, or reception of particular scientific or artistic texts; the relationship between the verbal and the visual in works of art or science; art and science titles from the standpoint of publishing history or the histories of specific publishers; and much more. Such topics raise a host of possible questions:

§  What tensions exist between the book in art and the book in science?

§  What collaborations emerge? How do these tensions or collaborations differ

according to time or place?

§  What roles have material forms—manuscript, print or digital embodiments or books,   periodicals, journals, editions—played in the histories of artistic and scientific works?

§  How does the lens of art or science inform histories of reading and readers?

§  What does this lens reveal about histories of authorship?

§  How have commercial factors or economics influenced the production or distribution of scientific or artistic works?

§  What roles have states or institutions played in the history of the book in art and science?

The conference hopes to welcome many longstanding SHARP members but also aims to attract new members. The conference’s address of art and science in its title invites those working on the illustrated book, book arts, the history of science, technology, knowledge production, or the scientific book, to join us. Similarly, it is hoped that the stellar holdings in Russian, Eastern European, Iberian, Latin American, Caribbean, Middle-Eastern and Asian written and visual texts held in Washington libraries and museums will encourage both scholars from these parts of the world and those who are working in the media histories of these cultures to attend. As always, proposals dealing with any aspect of book history are welcome.

Sessions will be 90 minutes in length, including three twenty-minute papers and a discussion period. In addition, the program committee will consider proposals for sessions using other formats—for example, roundtables or demonstrations of resources and methods. We encourage proposals for fully constituted panels but also welcome proposals for individual papers. While SHARP membership is not required to submit a proposal, all presenters must be members of SHARP before the registration deadline for the conference.

The deadline for both panels and individual proposals is 30 November 2010. Proposals for panels should list the session chair and names of participants along with abstracts for each talk. All abstracts should be no more than 400 words. The program committee will determine which proposals to accept and will notify proposers about its decision.

SHARP has allotted $5,000 to fund 7 to 10 travel grants to help scholars with limited funds attend the conference. Grants typically will not exceed $500, although one or two awards may be slightly higher if circumstances warrant. Scholars interested in being considered for such grants should complete the appropriate section of the proposal form.

For proposal questions, please email SHARP2011proposal@gmail.com (program committee). For all other questions, email SHARP2011@gmail.com.

The link to the electronic form for both session and individual-paper proposals is available now at http://www.sharpweb.org and will be posted on the conference website.

If you want to propose a session with an alternative format, please email the program committee at the address above to obtain a special form for such submissions.

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This group is encouraging grad students to apply.  The topic seems very relevant to any of our readings.  You could “double dip,” starting this as a class paper and revising for a conference audience.




MARCH 31 – APRIL 2, 2011



Citizenship is about defining which bodies matter and what or who should govern them, either informally or formally.  Classical understandings of the dimensions of citizenship – rights, responsibilities, and dependency –  reflect a variety of contexts in which ideas about bodies and realities of the biological are themselves rooted.  Thus, citizenship is often connected to larger questions and assumptions about where you are born (birth rights), where you have a right to live (immigration and transnationality), and your age and what that means in terms of what you are allowed or expected to do (voting, military service, work).  It also encompasses what expectations individuals have for what citizenship will provide them (the welfare state, dependency in the post-neoliberal age, resources – food/water/air, free and unrestricted access to information).  Incorporating, but also moving beyond the traditional focus of the biopolitical nature of citizenship, this conference encourages participants to focus on the historical, political, economic, social, and cultural dimensions at the intersection of bodies and citizenship.   Plenary speakers will be Kathleen Canning from the University of Michigan and Susan Wells from Temple University.

We welcome proposals from any time period or geographic area and across the widest range of disciplines from faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars.  Proposals should be submitted online on the Center’s website: www.clas.wayne.edu/citizenship no later than Friday, October 15, 2010.  Both panel proposals and individual submissions are welcome.  Those interested in submitting panel proposals can use H-Citizenship (http://222.h-net.org/~citizen) to locate scholars with compatible interests.  Remote participation will also be available. Questions should be directed to Marc W. Kruman, aa1277@wayne.edu.

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