Publicity and the Public Sphere (Digital Humanities Caucus)

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The ASECS Digital Humanities Caucus is seeking panelists for a 2013 conference session on digital humanities, publicity, and the public sphere.

“[D]igital humanities is . . . a social undertaking. It harbors networks of people who have been working together, sharing research, arguing, competing, and collaborating for many years.”

–Matthew Kirschenbaum, “What Is Digital humanities and What‘s It Doing in English Departments?”

The “social undertaking” of the digital humanities is, in some ways, a remarkably eighteenth-century set of practices. The intersection between print, modernity, publicity, and democratic engagement has long been of interest to scholars of the eighteenth century. What can digital humanities help us learn about the eighteenth-century public sphere and publicity? What can the digital humanities—its methodologies, its tools, its ethics, its politics—bring to the study of the eighteenth century? How does understanding eighteenth-century modes of publication and publicity help us analyze our own digital culture? This panel seeks theoretical, critical, and/or pedagogical responses to these
broad questions broadly defined.

Please submit proposals or inquiries to the following address: Tonya Howe, Marymount U., Dept. of Literature and Languages, 2807 North Glebe Road, Arlington VA 22207; Tel: (703) 284-5762; Fax: (703) 284-3859; E-mail:  thowe@marymount.edu. Proposals are appreciated by September 1, 2012.

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