2012 Conference Schedule

Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30

Why Yes, We are Digital Humanists!

Room: Caldwell G107 Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Featured Session

The digital humanities (DH) have received significant attention in the past few years: in academic presses, funding agencies, blogs, and at academic conferences -- including C & W 2011, which included a much-discussed townhall session titled “Are you a Digital Humanist?” Yet, while DH has garnered significant support in traditional liberal arts disciplines, including history and literary studies, the field of computers and writing (C & W) has been slower to respond to this emerging field. This response is puzzling, given the similar interests shared by the two fields in scholarship, pedagogy, and collaborative and interdisciplinary work. This roundtable will discuss ways to encourage broader participation in DH, considering points of resistance or hesitation within C & W that have limited our participation so far. The session will foreground some successful research projects taking place at the intersections of C & W and DH, while also exposing how C & W scholars already working on digital matters might reframe their work to productively expand the meaning and scope of “digital humanities.”

Tags: Digital Humanities, Digital Scholarship, Humanities Computing

Session Time: Sunday Session I: 9:00-10:15

Chasing Change: Working in Composition, Evolving Writing Technologies, and Our Quiet Mandate

Room: Caldwell G106 Session Time: Sunday Session I: 9:00-10:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Student writers must be able to understand, engage, and perform a kind of “fluid and flexible sense of correctness,” which means writing instructors have to be continually mindful of the relationship between Composition Studies, writing technologies, and the quiet yet perceived mandate to ‘keep up,’ or chase change. This panel focuses on problems and possibilities that derive directly from such a relationship. 

Tags: Humanities Computing, Infrastructure, Materiality

Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45

Controversy and Composition: A Discussion of Writing in a Technologically Mediated World

Room: Tompkins G123 Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

As the millennial generation moves into the university, questions concerning the effects of technology on composition become more and more pressing. This panel will discuss the ramifications of computing and writing in a technologically mediated world, including the human cost of composition, the digitization of texts, and online course pedagogy.

Speaker 1: The Google Books Debate and its Implications on Teaching and Scholarship
Speaker 2: Deconstructing an Ill-Constructed Online Course
Tags: Digital Humanities, Humanities Computing, Infrastructure