CFP: Are We Using EEBO or is EEBO Using Us? - SAMLA 2013, Atlanta, GA, November 8-10, 2013
SAMLA 2013: Cultures, Contexts, Images, Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds
Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia
November 8-10, 2013
Southeastern Renaissance Conference (SRC) [SAMLA Affiliated Group]
Session I Call for Papers: Are We Using EEBO or is EEBO Using Us?
The Early English Books Online "About" page reads in part,
Libraries possessing this collection find they are able to fulfill the most exhaustive research requirements of graduate scholars - from their desktop - in many subject areas: including English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science.
With Early English Books Online (EEBO), scholars in regions with little or no access to original primary texts from the early modern period can now engage in serious bibliographical scholarship without having to make a research trip. This panel seeks to determine whether the increasing availability of online and/or digital editions of early modern texts has improved scholarship on the early modern period. Has EEBO become a crutch upon which travel weary scholars can rest to engage in bibliographic scholarship? Contrarily, has EEBO made for a more level playing field now that anyone with access to the database can see versions of texts otherwise hidden away in university research libraries or overseas? To what extent has access to the very expensive EEBO created two separate classes of scholars, those with access and those without?