Digital History at #AHA2015

In the spirit of Mark Sample’s list of digital humanities events at the MLA, here’s a list of digital history panels at the upcoming AHA:

Friday, January 2nd

Getting Started in Digital History Workshop

Friday, January 2, 2015: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Conference Room E (Sheraton New York, Lower Level)

Our Getting Started in Digital History workshop last year brought historians with an interest in using digital tools and resources together with experts in a range of digital-history methodologies. This year, we’re providing another round of introductory overview sessions, but we’re also expanding the workshop to include intermediate hands-on workshops. For all of our attendees, we have an overview of digital history as a whole and the state of digital history funding, and a brief look at the importance of collaboration and project management in digital history. Jennifer Serventi of the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities will talk about the work that the ODH does to support digital scholarship. There will also be introductory sessions on preparing research data for digital history projects, making use of various digital tools and methodologies to ask new research questions, building and managing the collaborative aspects of digital history, and using digital tools in the classroom and in public-history endeavors. If you have a little experience but need some hands-on help to get your digital history project kickstarted, we have several sessions that focus on a single methodology and tool set. If you’re interested in big data applied to primary sources, we have workshops on text mining, network theory and visualization, and historical GIS and spatial history. For historians focused on collaborative efforts, we also have hands-on sessions for project sustainability and management, and teaching with digital tools.

The workshop is free, but space is limited, so please sign up when you register for the annual meeting. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

AHA Session 2 – Teaching and Learning the Great War in the Digital Age

Friday, January 2, 2015: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Beekman Parlor (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

 

Chair: Lynn Rainville, Sweet Briar College

 

Panel:

  1. Katie Gulledge, Cary Academy (North Carolina)
  2. Jamie Lathan, North Carolina School of Science and Math
  3. Samantha Shires, Virginia Tech

 

AHA Session 42 – Digital Tools: From the Archive to Publication

Friday, January 2, 2015: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM

Beekman Parlor (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

 

Chair: Leah Weinryb Grohsgal, independent scholar

 

Panel:

  1. Nancy Brown, Purdue University
  2. Rachel Kantrowitz, New York University
  3. Ashley Sanders, Michigan State University
  4. Nora Slonimsky, City University of New York, Graduate Center

 

Saturday, January 3rd

 

AHA Session 69 – Doing More with Less: The Promise and Pitfalls of Short-Form Scholarship in the Digital History Age

Saturday, January 3, 2015: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

New York Ballroom East (Sheraton New York, Third Floor)

 

Chair: Kristin Purdy, Palgrave Macmillan

 

Panel:

  1. Kristin Purdy, Palgrave Macmillan
  2. Kathryn Nasstrom, University of San Francisco
  3. Ben Railton, Fitchburg State University
  4. Stephanie Westcott, George Mason University

 

AHA Session 95 – Digital Pedagogy for History: Lightning Round

Saturday, January 3, 2015: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Conference Room D (Sheraton New York, Lower Level)

 

Chair: Mark Tebeau

 

Using the “lightning round” method of spreading ideas in the digital humanities, this experimental panel features one-minute expositions on innovative projects and cool ideas in digital history for teaching and learning. Five or more panelists will be invited to register via Twitter at the meeting. Audience members will also be invited to join the lightning round.

 

Speakers:

  1. Kalani Craig, Indiana University Bloomington
  2. Jason A. Heppler, Stanford University
  3. Patrick Jones, University of Nebraska–Omaha
  4. Shane Landrum, Florida International University
  5. Sharon Leon, George Mason University
  6. Jeffrey W. McClurken, University of Mary Washington
  7. Elijah Meeks, Stanford University
  8. Kathryn Tomasek, Wheaton College (Massachusetts)
  9. Tom Scheinfeldt, University of Connecticut
  10. Jesse Stommel, University of Wisconsin–Madison

 

Comment:

Mark Tebeau, Arizona State University

 

AHA Session 99 – Blogging and the Future of Scholarship

Association for Computers and the Humanities 1

Saturday, January 3, 2015: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Gramercy Suite A (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

 

Chair: Clay Risen, New York Times

 

Topics:

  1. Sara Georgini, Boston University, Rewiring the Historian’s Craft
  2. Michelle Moravec, Rosemont College, On Writing in Public
  3. Jonathan VanAntwerpen, The Henry Luce Foundation, The Immanent Frame, Secularism Studies, and Interstitial Spaces

Comment: Clay Risen, New York Times

AHA Session 102 – Digital Histories of Slavery

Association for Computers and the Humanities 2

Saturday, January 3, 2015: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Gramercy Suite B (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

 

Chair: Philip Misevich

 

Papers:

  1. Edward Baptist, Cornell University, Freedom on the Move: A Database of Fugitives from North American Slavery
  2. Don Debats, Flinders University, Slavery Confronted: Using Digital History to Understand the Complexity of Slavery in a Nineteenth-Century Commercial City, Alexandria, Virginia
  3. Vanessa M Holden, Michigan State University; Jessica Johnson, Michigan State University, Taste the Sweat to Check for Sickness: The Queering Slavery Working Group and Digital Histories of Slavery
  4. William G. Thomas III, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Jennifer E. Guiliano, University of Maryland at College Park, (Dis)covering Race: Legal Records and the Fragmentary Histories of American Families

Comment: Philip Misevich, St. John’s University

 

AHA Session 111 – Medici Reborn: Modernizing the Renaissance Archive in a Digital Age

Saturday, January 3, 2015: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Lenox Ballroom (Sheraton New York, Second Floor)

 

Chair: Alessio Assonitis

 

Papers:

  1. Brendan Dooley, University College Cork, The Birth of News and the Medici Digital Archive (BIA)
  2. Piergabriele Mancuso, Medici Archive Project, Jewish History and Culture in the BIA Digital Archive: Problems and Solutions
  3. Sheila ffolliott, George Mason University, Researching Women Patrons, Collectors, and Artists in the Medici Digital Archive (BIA)
  4. Sheila Barker, Medici Archive Project, Medici Grand Duchesses and their Pharmacies
  5. Joanna Milstein, Medici Archive Project, The Construction of a New Research Program at Medici Archive Project: France and the Medici

 

AHA Session 149 – Visualization and Digital History: Techniques and Demonstrations

Association for Computers and the Humanities 3

Saturday, January 3, 2015: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

Beekman Parlor (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

 

Chair: William G. Thomas III, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

 

Papers:

  1. Scott Nesbit, University of Richmond , The Spatial Turn of 1932: Revisiting the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States
  2. Benjamin MacDonald Schmidt, Northeastern University, Seeing Anew: Humanistic Approaches to Data Visualization
  3. Thomas Summerhill, Michigan State University , Mapping Dissent in the Civil War North: Digital History’s Potential to Recast Political History

Comment:

Janice L. Reiff, University of California, Los Angeles

 

 

Sunday, January 4th

 

AHA Session 158 – Authoring Digital Scholarship for History: Challenges and Opportunities

Association for Computers and the Humanities 4

Sunday, January 4, 2015: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

Beekman Parlor (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

 

Chair: Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond

 

Papers:

  1. Cameron Blevins, Stanford University, Fracture or Continuum?
  2. Adeline Koh, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Digitizing “Chinese Englishmen”: Empire, Whiteness, and the Digital Nineteenth-Century Archive
  3. Lauren Tilton, Yale University, Looking Past the Written Word: Digital Authoring and the Representation of Knowledge
  4. Yoni Appelbaum, Harvard University, Open Sources: Realizing the Potential of Hypertext for History

Comment: Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond

 

AHA Session 159 – Can DH Answer Our Questions? Using Digital Humanities to Address the Concerns of Feminist Historians

Sunday, January 4, 2015: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

Concourse A (New York Hilton, Concourse Level)

Chair: Monica L. Mercado, Bryn Mawr College

 

Topics:

  1. Kathryn Falvo, Pennsylvania State University, Mapping the Community: ArchGIS and the History of Religious Experience
  2. Tamika Richeson, University of Virginia, Survival and Surveillance: Recovering Narratives of Black Female Criminality during the Civil War
  3. Wendy E. Chmielewski, Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Her Hat Was in the Ring: Women, History, Politics, and Digital Humanities in the Twenty-First Century

 

American Society of Church History 17 – American Religion Online: How Digital Projects Can Change How We Teach, Research, and Interpret Religious History

Sunday, January 4, 2015: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

Harlem Suite (New York Hilton, Fourth Floor)

Chair: John Fea, Messiah College

 

Papers:

  1. Erin Bartram, University of Connecticut, The American Converts Database: The Database as an Expression of Scholarship on Religious History
  2. Kyle B. Roberts, Loyola University Chicago, The Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project
  3. Christopher Cantwell, University of Missouri–Kansas City, Placing Pluralism: Digital Scholarship, Public History, and the Mapping of Chicago’s Religious Diversity

Comment: John Fea, Messiah College

 

AHA Session 195 – Digital Scholarship, Academic Careers, and Tenure

Sunday, January 4, 2015: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

Regent Parlor (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

 

Chair: Katina Rogers, City University of New York, Graduate Center

 

Panel:

  1. Jason A. Heppler, Stanford University
  2. Mills Kelly, George Mason University
  3. Jana Remy, Chapman University
  4. Andrew J. Torget, University of North Texas

 

American Society of Church History Session 26 – The Digital Humanities and the Study of Christianity in Late Antiquity: Reflections on a Disciplinary Intersection

Sunday, January 4, 2015: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

Harlem Suite (New York Hilton, Fourth Floor)

 

Chair: Jeanne-Nicole Saint-Laurent, Marquette University

Papers:

  1. David Michelson, Vanderbilt University, Information Revolutions Past and Present: How Digital Humanities Can and Can’t Transform Scholarship on the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity
  2. Sarah Bond, Marquette University, The Social Network: Digitizing and Mapping Evidence for Greco-Roman Voluntary Associations
  3. Daniel L. Schwartz, Texas A&M University at College Station, Linked Open Data and the Promise of Syriac Prosopography

Comment: J. Edward Walters, Princeton Theological Seminary

 

 

Poster Session #1

(selected digital papers)

Sunday, January 4, 2015: 11:30 AM-2:00 PM

2nd Floor Promenade (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

 

Papers:

From Minecraft to Mindcraft: Integrating Digital Humanities into History Courses
Amy Absher, Case Western Reserve University

Virtual Tours for Teaching History in the Digital Age
Clayton Brown, Utah State University

The Programming Historian
Fred Gibbs, University of New Mexico

The United States of AIDS: Digitizing ACT UP Oral History
Norma Juarez, New School; Guy Greenberg, New School

A Digital Reading of Twentieth-Century Demography
Emily Klancher Merchant, University of Michigan

Mapping the Creek Indian World of Spirits in the Long Nineteenth Century
Steven Peach, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

A New Database of the Moneyers from Late Anglo-Saxon and Early Anglo-Norman England
Jeremy Piercy, University of Edinburgh

 

Poster Session #2

(selected digital papers)

Sunday, January 4, 2015: 2:30 PM-5:00 PM

2nd Floor Promenade (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

 

Papers:

Visualizing Saintly Commerce in the Medieval Mediterranean
Ali Akhtar, Bates College

FRANKLIN—Access to the FDR Library’s Digital Collections
Kirsten Carter, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum; Sarah Malcolm, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Beyond Citation: Critical Thinking about Academic Databases
Eileen Clancy, City University of New York

Integrating a Video “Narrative Lab” in the History Survey Course
James Frusetta, Hampden-Sydney College

American Debates over the Meaning of Labor Unionism Examined with Digital Humanities Tools
Vilja Hulden, University of Colorado Boulder

Palmer Park: A Digital and Micro-history
Kevin McQueeney, University of New Orleans

Teaching Graduate Students to Code
Lincoln Mullen, George Mason University

 

Monday, January 5th

 

AHA Session 253 – Innovation in Digital Publishing in the Humanities

Monday, January 5, 2015: 8:30 AM-10:30 AM

Beekman Parlor (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

 

Chair: Stephen Robertson, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

 

Panel:

  1. Martin Eve, University of Lincoln and Open Library of Humanities
  2. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Modern Language Association
  3. Matthew K. Gold, New York City College of Technology and City University of New York, Graduate Center
  4. Cecy Marden, Wellcome Trust
  5. Lisa Norberg, Barnard College Library, Columbia University

 

AHA Session 254 – Learning in Networks of Knowledge (LINK): Toward a New Digital Tool for Cultivating Historical Thinking

Monday, January 5, 2015: 8:30 AM-10:30 AM

Regent Parlor (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

 

Chair: David Pace, Indiana University Bloomington

 

Papers:

  1. Ali Erkan, Ithaca College, Designing the Tool
  2. Steven Lam, Cornell University, Designing the Tool, Part II
  3. Matthew E. Klemm, Ithaca College, Using the Tool
  4. Michael B. Smith, Ithaca College, Using the Tool, Part II
  5. Susannah McGowan, University of California, Santa Barbara, Assessment

AHA Session 266 – The Digital Recovery of African American and African Diaspora History and Literary History: A Roundtable Discussion

Monday, January 5, 2015: 8:30 AM-10:30 AM

Concourse A (New York Hilton, Concourse Level)

 

Chair: Kim Gallon, Purdue University

Topics:

  1. Jessica Johnson, Michigan State University, African Diaspora, Ph.D. and Radical Black History Online
  2. Robert Luckett, Jackson State University, Margaret Walker Personal Papers Digital Archives Project
  3. Kim Gallon, Purdue University, Black Press Research Collective
  4. Bryan Carter, University of Arizona, The Virtual Harlem Project

 

AHA Session 286 – Revisiting New York’s Experience of World War II through Digital Public History

Monday, January 5, 2015: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

New York Ballroom West (Sheraton New York, Third Floor)

 

Chair: Andrew T Urban, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

 

Papers:

  1. Johnathan Thayer, City University of New York, Graduate Center and Seamen’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey, The Seamen’s Church Institute’s American Merchant Marine Oral History Project: An Archival Intervention
  2. Molly Rosner, Rutgers University–Newark, Brooklyn in Love and at War: Making Private Correspondence Public Online
  3. Natalie Milbrodt, Queens Library, Democratizing the Archives: An Aggregation of Diverse Histories in Queens

 

AHA Session 289 – Text Analysis, Visualization, and Historical Interpretation

Monday, January 5, 2015: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Murray Hill Suite A (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

 

Chair: Robert K. Nelson, University of Richmond

 

Topics:

  1. Micki Kaufman, City University of New York, Graduate Center, “Everything on Paper Will Be Used Against Me”: Quantifying Kissinger: A Computational Analysis of the Digital National Security Archive’s Kissinger Memcons and Telcons
  2. Ian Milligan, University of Waterloo, The Promise of WebARChive Files: Exploring the Internet Archive as a Historical Resource
  3. Michelle Moravec, University of Rosemont, Using Big Data to Answer Historiographical Questions; or, Can Digital History Fulfill the Promise of Social History?
  4. Fred Gibbs, University of New Mexico, Between Text, Argument, and Data: Interpreting New Visualizations in History

Comment: Robert K. Nelson, University of Richmond

 

 

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