Short paper abstracts are sought for a panel called “Faulkner and the Digital Humanities” to be proposed to the 39th Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, which will take place in Oxford, Mississippi, July 7-11, 2012. The conference title this year is “Fifty Years after Faulkner,” and its broad theme is a re-examination and re-appraisal of Faulkner’s life and work. In addition to traditional approaches, this panel seeks papers that are interdisciplinary in scope, collaborative in nature, and / or use multimedia.
Possible presentations might describe a completed project or work-in-progress that uses digital tools for research, archival work, publication and/or teaching. Projects might incorporate digitized and/or born-digital materials using one or more digital tools and approaches, such as data visualization, timelines, GIS, information retrieval, data (or text) mining, social networking, database building, computational analysis, and anything else not listed here that reflects an intersection between the digital humanities and Faulkner studies.
Papers may approach this subject from a wide range of practical and critical perspectives, including critical readings of digital projects on Faulkner. Papers might investigate the potential influence and impact of digital approaches and models within Faulkner studies, exploring questions such as:
• What is the current relationship between Faulkner studies and the digital humanities?
• Where should Faulkner studies be headed in a digital age? Why should it go there?
• How will the digital humanities shape and define Faulkner studies?
• What are the opportunities for research and collaboration in Faulkner studies?
• How might digital humanities approaches change critical interpretations of Faulkner’s work?
• What might Faulkner studies stand to lose in the digital age?
Deadline for abstracts of 250-300 words and a brief biographical summary is January 21, 2012. This panel session will be proposed to the conference committee. If the panel is accepted, panelists will have their conference registration fee reduced to $100. A panel paper consists of approximately 2500 words and may be considered by the conference committee for possible inclusion in the conference volume published by the University of Mississippi Press.
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