Digital History Goes Mainstream: The role of digital technologies in historical scholarship, teaching, and society

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Trevor Owens/ Center for History and New Media
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Digital History Goes Mainstream: The role of digital technologies in historical scholarship, teaching, and society
November 5-7th George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia
Proposals due: September 10th

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The personal computer is now more than thirty years old. At this point, associate and assistant professors, archivists, and other history professionals do not remember a time before the existence of computing technologies. With every passing year more "digital natives" enter the history community as historians, archivists, curators, and educators. This conference is aimed at exploring what that transformation means and how that transformation has, for better and worse, affected historical scholarship, teaching, and communities.

Example topics for sessions include, but are not limited to papers exploring:

The impact computing has on historical scholarship

* How are databases and online repositories of primary source material shaping historical scholarship?
* Case studies of historical research projects enabled by digital resources or digital tools

How digital technologies enable new avenues for publishing and collaboration

* What can blogging do for historians?
* Web tools for scholarly collaboration
* Innovative approaches to historical journals online and their value to historical scholarship

Best practices for public history and historical libraries and archives online

* What are exemplars of historical archives and public history sites key features?
* How can these resources connect with, extend, and promote valuable historical work?

The role of digital history in teaching history

* Teaching students to evaluate sources online
* Digital tools for teaching history
* Defining historical literacy in the digital age
* Best practices for designing digital history tools and resources

The conference committee encourages participants to go beyond theory and into the realm of practice through a variety of presentation formats, including

* Project demonstrations and prototypes
* Paper presentations
* Roundtable discussions
* Workshops

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and will be pre-circulated to allow participants an opportunity for deeper discussion. Submissions should be between 300-1500 words and must include references. The conference organizers encourage submissions from a wide range of participants from any field of historical study as well as librarians, archivists, curators, and educators, who's work is related to history and computing. All presenters must be members of the AAHC. For more information on membership, please visit All proposals must include a short abstract, brief proposal, references, and a bio for each participant. If proposing a panel, please be sure to indicate the contact person.

Check list for submission:

* Primary Author Bio: 50 words or less
* Abstract: 50 words or less
* Proposal: 300-1400 words: This is a draft of what will be published in the conference proceedings
* References: All papers must include references to relevant scholarship and or other web projects. Format references according to the Chicago Manual of Style full footnote with bibliography style.

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