Digital Histories and Digital Authorship
The 2014 Nebraska Forum on Digital Humanities was held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on April 10-11, 2014. A public lecture on Thursday, April 10, "Teaching, Writing, and Researching in the Digital Age," opened the Forum. On Friday, April 11, invited scholars shared their research and led discussion around the Forum's central theme, "Digital Histories and Digital Authorship."
Thursday, April 10
Matthew L. Jockers (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), T. Mills Kelly (George Mason University), and Ruth Mostern (University of California, Merced) opened the event with the public lecture "Teaching, Researching, and Writing in the Digital Age."
- Mostern discussed theory and methodology for digital history at the large scale in "The Rise of the Large Scale and the Future of the Humanities."
- Kelly's presentation, "Exploring, Remixing, Analyzing: Teaching History with Digital Media," questioned how changes in the ways students use digital media affect the way the humanities can and should be taught.
- Jockers' presentation, "Text Mining and its Enemies; or, How Authors Guild Got it Wrong and Fair Use Got Defined Fairly," summarized key arguments for why large scale digitization and text mining represent a fair and transformative use of copyrighted books.
A public lecture was held Thursday, April 10, at the Great Plains Art Museum.
Friday, April 11
Vanessa Holden (Michigan State University), Ben Schmidt (Northeastern University), Kyle Roberts (Loyola University, Chicago), and Amanda Visconti (University of Maryland) spoke about their researchfollowed by a roundtable discussion on a range of issues related to digital histories and digital authorship.
- Holden's presentation, "Tumbling Towards Scholarly Community: A Report on the Queering Slavery Working Group," discussed the role intentionality plays in #QSWG's praxis, including its use of digital tools to collaborate with each other and build a broader community.
- In "Visualizing Systems and Imagining Individuals in Historical Data Narratives," Schmidt argued that large-scale data sources like visualization, machine learning, and mapping demand specifically structural narrative histories.
- Roberts' presentation, "Remediating the Library: The Jesuit Libraries and Provenance Project," reflected on the lessons learned from the project and on new modes of interpreting and presenting scholarship to the broad audiences that are connected to our histories.
- Visconti's presentation, "What if we build a digital edition and everyone shows up? Public Humanities, Participatory Design, and Infinite Ulysses," discussed digital humanities interface usability, and opened a meta-discussion around how the methodologies of her project form a humanities dissertation.
Abstracts and bios for all Forum participants are linked above or you may view the complete list.
Digital Humanities Bootcamp
The UNL History Graduate Student Association and the Department of History are sponsored a Digital Humanities Bootcamp in advance of the Forum, April 9-10, 2014. The Bootcamp was intended to help scholars "get started" in digital humanities, and presentations focused on learning the basics and applying digital technologies to humanities research. For more on the Bootcamp, see dhbootcamp.wordpress.com