Due to overwhelming demand, we have added 50 more spots to the workshop registrant list. People who have already registered for the meeting can add a reservation to their registration record by calling our registration contractor CDS at 508-743-0510.
As more historians become interested in using digital tools and methods, it is incumbent upon the AHA to support its members in this burgeoning area of scholarship. As part of that effort, we are taking steps to expand the digital aspects of the program at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C. this coming January. There are a range of panels on digital history which include discussions ranging from MOOCs to using social media as a source for contemporary history. We are also hosting some activities in addition to the regularly scheduled panels.
One of the main efforts we’re planning and promoting this year is a pre-conference workshop at 9:00am to noon on January 2nd called “Getting Started in Digital History.” This event will bring together historians with an interest in using digital tools and resources with experts in digital history to address such questions as how to build collaborative projects, where to find funding, what is the best way to manage projects, how to use digital tools in the classroom, and more.
We have put together an excellent group of experts to lead sessions on a range of activities to help get you started in using digital tools and methods in your research, teaching, and publishing. Jennifer Serventi of the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities will be on hand to talk about the work that the ODH does to support digital scholarship and answer questions. Sharon Leon, Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University will lead sessions on project management. We are also excited to have Claire Potter (known to many for her Tenured Radical blog) to talk about WordPress and academic blogging. There will be sessions on digital history in the classroom, text mining for historical research, and introductions to tools for building digital history websites. Over the coming weeks we are hoping to add more sessions on a wider range of aspects of digital history. More information, including a draft program, will be available soon.
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.