On Friday, Brent, myself, and our colleagues Nic Sweirscek, Michelle Teidje, and Robert Voss will be participating at the Western Social Sciences Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in a roundtable we proposed entitled “Historical Scholarship in the Digital Age: Asking New Questions and Exploring New Forms of Scholarly Communication with Digital Techniques.” You can find our abstract below the fold.
The conference is open to the public, so we hope some of you can join us. If you cannot, we will be doing a wrap-up of the discussion on the blog. Also, I hope to provide a live feed of sorts on Twitter by tweeting the roundtable (you can follow me @jaheppler).
ABSTRACT: The development of digital history as a field and historical research methodology offers scholars tools to manage and make sense of the unprecedented and instantaneous access to the extensive source base that historians must encounter in the digital age. Digital technologies allow historians to explore the multitude of sources in more depth and ask questions not immediately seen without such tools. Scholarship in the digital age represents the manifestation, arguments, and analysis that historians can make with the assistance of digital tools and techniques, while providing them a new means to communicate their scholarly findings. As more people turn to the Internet for more information, historians have the ability to construct and present quality scholarship to broad audiences, thereby radically democratizing knowledge. This roundtable discussion will demonstrate the range of possibilities and opportunities with digital tools and address how historians engage with the technology to produce scholarship to communicate with the scholarly community and the public at large. The discussants have all employed digital tools and techniques in their research methodologies and in constructing historical arguments. As a part of this roundtable, the discussants will demonstrate how they have implemented these tools and how it has informed their arguments.