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HASTAC in Michigan!

HASTAC 2015: Exploring the Art & Science of Digital Humanities
May 27-30, 2015 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Submissions Deadline EXTENDED to: October 31, 2014, 5:00pm EST

Join us on the campus of Michigan State University to celebrate and
explore the range of Digital Humanities Scholarship, Research, and
Performance! We welcome sessions that address, exemplify, and
interrogate the interdisciplinary nature of DH work. HASTAC 2015
challenges participants to consider how the interplay of science,
technology, social sciences, humanities, and arts are producing new
forms of knowledge, disrupting older forms, challenging or reifying
power relationships, among other possibilities.  Themes addressed by the
conference include:

  • the changing nature of humanities research and scholarship
  • indigenous culture, decolonial and post-colonial theory and technology
  • technology and education­
  • open learning, peer learning, and issues of access, equity for primary and/or higher education
  • communication of knowledge, publishing, and intellectual property
  • digital cultural heritage and hegemony
  • crowd dynamics, global outreach, and social media
  • technology and social identity and roles:  gender, race, and other
  • identities
  • digital animation and other visualization media arts and sciences
  • games and gaming, including for learning
  • community development including the importance of art and culture
  • mobile technologies, activity streams, and experience design
  • cognitive and other dimensions of creativity, innovation, and scholarship

We seek proposals for participant presentations in the following
categories:

* 5-8 minute lightning talks
* 15-20 minute talks
* 75 minute curated panels (lightning talks, longer talks, curated conversation)
* project demos
* digital and/or print posters
* creative performances or exhibitions
* maker sessions or workshops

For each submission, we will need the following information from you:
1) complete contact information including valid phone, email, and
institutional affiliation, if any;
2) 500 word abstract of the work you would like to present that must
discuss its relationship to the conference themes;
3) any technical requirements or other support (including space
requirements) that may be required for the presentation.  For
exhibitions or other performances, please indicate any equipment that is
absolutely required and that you cannot bring with you.  In the event
that we cannot guarantee access to the equipment, we regret that we may
not be able to accept your proposal.

Submit your proposal here.
<https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hastac2015>

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Kids Lit in the News

This summer, NPR compiled a reader list of the “best-ever” young adult fiction–and faced a blizzard of criticism that the list was too white.  Salon summed up the controversy and analyzed the blame.  What do you think of this list and the way in which it was compiled?  How would you generate such a list?  And what are your personal favorites?

BBC News commented on the not surprising (to me) idea that Roald Dahl’s books for kids can be awfully bleak.  What did surprise me is the outrage in the comments.  Many readers clearly thought this was an insult, and did not want a cherished author slighted, or their (faulty?) memories of his work compromised.  Are you a Dahl fan? Does this article bother you?  What do you make of the readers’ responses?

I’m not especially a Harry Potter fan (not a hater, either), so I haven’t read much on J. K. Rowling.  Therefore, I learned a lot about her interesting background and the difficulties she had adapting to her life among the (g)literati in this article from The Guardian.  The big news is that she’s about to publish a novel for adults–and it’s not even fantasy.  The Casual Vacancy, which satirizes small town politics and the English class system, will be available September 27.  I have to admit that I have a kindle copy pre-ordered.  Are you ready for an adult novel from the person responsible for the Potter craze?

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…’cause the New York Times says so.  Check out the cool pics of Locke’s social network.

As for the line that “most humanities professors remain unaware, uninterested or unconvinced that digital humanities has much to offer”–I’m not so sure.  The article offers no quotes or evidence; anecdotally, I’d say a lot don’t know exactly what it IS yet.  Nonetheless, there are more than forty digitally-themed sessions at the upcoming MLA.

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This time someone named after the beloved heroine–but otherwise not alike at all.  Today’s DNB “Lives of the Week” selection features the “natural” daughter of French aristocrats who became an Irish radical.  Besides providing more evidence for last week’s point that the aristocratic lifestyle (note that several of the citations are to Stella Tillyard) was quite different from the view of domesticity promoted by the middle class, the passage connects to future class themes: it is worth noting that Pamela’s mother, the Comtesse de Genlis, was popular in England for her educational books for children based on Rousseau’s method.

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Austen’s been edited!

I think the reactions of her fans are just as interesting as the finding that this beloved author may have had the help of an editor.

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Visual Pamela

Joan’s blog pointed me to this website on illustrations from the original editions of Pamela.  I recommend this site as important to understanding the role of the novel in 18c media culture, and to further think (pace RC’s report on Fysh) about the text’s relationship to its material embodiment.

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Pamela as Pornography

Good God ! what can Youths and Virgins learn from Pamela’s Letters more than Lessons to tempt their Chastity; those Epistles are only Scenes of Immodesty painted in Images of Virtue; Disguises in Masquerade. . . . (i)

I dare not repeat some Expressions often mention’d in Pamela’s Letters…. These Scenes are Paradoxes to me, to be printed and called Virtue rewarded. …Can amorous Embraces delineated in these Images, tend to inculcate Religion in the Minds of Youth, when the Blood is hot, and runs quick in every Vein ? …Are they Pictures to extinguish Vice, and restrain the Wickedness of the Times ? Will
such Representations divert Men of Pleasure from looking on beautiful Women ? Can immodest Intrigues divert lewd Thoughts, and bring off with Honour vicious Minds ? Can a Man, expressing licentious Speeches in Converse with Maid not yet deflower’d, reform the Age, or inspire Ideas in the Mind worthy of Example ?  Will not the Sight of such Instances rather increase Emulation, than any ways allay it, either in modest Virgins, chaste Brides, or obliging Wives?

Had I a Train of Sons and Daughters, and as numerous a Company of Servants as King Solomon, not one of them, by my  Consent, should read such Romances of unchaste Love. (68)

From  The virgin in Eden: or, The state of innocency.  … To which are added, Pamela’s letters proved to be immodest romances painted in images of virtue …  (1741)

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