CFP: [Computing-Internet] Digital Americanists ALA 2008

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Edward Whitley
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Call For Papers
Digital Americanists at the American Literature Association 2008

The Digital Americanists ( invite proposals
for 20-minute papers to be presented at the American Literature
Association's annual meeting in San Francisco, CA, May 22-25, 2008.

Panel I: The Politics of Digital Scholarship
This panel seeks to ask questions about the political implications of
building digital scholarly resources. What are the institutional,
cultural, representational, and other political issues surrounding
digital scholarship? For example: How do the infrastructure demands of
digital publication determine participation in digital scholarship? How
do the agendas of major funding agencies influence what content is
created? How do departments and colleges respond to new models of
scholarship? How does the potential broadening of audience via the
Internet influence the design of scholarship? How does digitization
reformulate our approaches to political topics in literary study? What
are the implications for cultural and gender studies in the age of
digital scholarship?

Panel II: Discoveries Through Digitization
The work of creating unique digital resourcesâ€"which commonly involves
detailed work on a narrowly-defined topic or new computational approaches
to very big questionsâ€"often leads to discovery of new knowledge about the
content. This panel invites scholars working on different topics with
digital media to share the new insights into their subjects that their
work has produced. Of particular interest are insights that scholars
feel only emerged as a direct result of the digital nature of their work.

Proposals should take the form of a 250-500 word abstract submitted
electronically (as an email attachment in Word or RTF format) to Andrew
Jewell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Edward
Whitley, Lehigh University,

Deadline for proposals is December 21, 2007; acceptances will be
finalized by the end of January 2008.

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