CALL FOR IDEAS & ESSAYS: Writing History in the Digital Age, a born-digital, open-review edited volume under contract with UMichigan Press
Has the digital revolution transformed how we write about the past -- or not? Have new technologies changed our essential work-craft as scholars, and the ways in which we think, author, and publish? Does the digital age have broader implications for individual writing processes, or for the historical profession at large?
Explore these questions in Writing History in the Digital Age, a born-digital, open-review edited volume, under contract with the University of Michigan Press for the Digital Humanities Series of its digitalculturebooks imprint. Learn more at: (http://writinghistory.trincoll.edu).
We invite you to contribute in the following ways:
- Post your one-paragraph theme and discuss other ideas by June 30th, 2011.
- Submit a full draft of your essay and bibliography by August 15th, 2011.
- Comment on essays, with invited experts, during the open review in Fall 2011.
Pending final selections, revisions, and approval by the Press, the volume will be published in traditional print and open-access digital versions.
POSSIBLE ESSAY THEMES
We welcome innovative essays that incorporate first-person perspectives, collaborative authorship, and links to online source materials. But each essay, at its core, must address our central theme on digital technology and historical writing. For example:
- Given our cultural norms of working in solitude and hiding our work-in-progress, has the “open web” influenced our writing process as historians?
- What happens when online reader comments challenge the author(ity) of historical scholarship?
- Have digital tools for historical analysis (such as text encoding and spatial mapping) or scholarly communication (such as H-Net or Wikipedia) altered how historians think and write?
- What can we learn from processes of co-authoring and shared thinking afforded by collaborative digital tools?
See many more essay ideas, post your own, and join the discussion at our website above.
After the initial theme discussion period in June/July, completed draft essays for the August 15th deadline should be at least 3000 words in length and use Chicago-style footnotes. Selected contributors will have their essays uploaded to our WordPress site, and also will be asked to submit their bibliographies to a free and public Zotero shared library. Invited experts and public reviewers will hold the online essays to the same high standards as other forms of scholarly writing, and we expect insightful analysis backed by imaginative uses of evidence. All contributors must agree to freely share their content under the same terms as our Creative Commons license, as described on our website above.
Writing History in the Digital Age, co-editors: Jack Dougherty (Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, USA) and Kristen Nawrotzki (University of Education, Heidelberg, Germany)
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