Legacies of Collaborative Practices in Contemporary Scholarship, SEA Feburary 2013
Panel: Legacies of Collaborative Practices in Contemporary Scholarship
Eighth Biennial Conference of the Society of Early Americanists
February 28—March 2, 2013
This panel draws connections between early American manuscript and print culture and contemporary practices of authorship in the academy. Early American women writers often conducted both authorship and friendship in letters, journals, and commonplace books that they shared privately or publicly in manuscript circles. Similarly, this panel draws on Karen Weyler's admonition to engage in a "comprehensive study of collaborative authorship in all its facets" ("A Different Feminist Scholarship" 419). We invite papers from early Americanists engaged in a wide range of collaborative practices, including multimedia and digital processes and projects. What do scholars of all stripes—from graduate students to full professors—gain and/or lose when we engage in collaborative authorship? We welcome papers that address the products and processes of shared authorship, methodological discussions from experienced and new collaborators, and nuts and bolts wisdom on the rewards and challenges of collaborative work. We imagine a workshop approach in which collaborative teams share their processes but leave time for plenty of audience discussion.