Thursday, November 09, 2006

Call for Papers
Using Digital Archives in the Classroom
A panel to be presented at the 2007 SHARP conference in Minneapolis, July 11-15

There has been a proliferation of digital scholarly projects published as open-access resources, i.e., freely available on the Web. For example, the Poetess Archive , Walt Whitman Archive, the Rossetti Archive, and the Emblem Project Utrecht. These projects involve digitizing, standardizing presentation and offering search capabilities of printed literary materials. Essentially, scholars and students can discover or create relationships among the literary documents that would have been impossible to create (or at the very least, overwhelmingly time consuming) through printed facsimiles or archival work. However, these digital resources beg the question: How are they being used by scholars and college students?

For this panel, we will explore the use of these open-access projects, as envisioned by the project's creators or as actually used by faculty outside of the project. Discussion of digital projects from any literary historical period or literary genre are welcome. Actual assignments and exercises will also be useful. Though theorizing digital humanities is useful for part of the panel's discussion, it will not dominate. Proposals discussing pedagogical uses of social spaces on the Web are also welcome, e.g., Wikipedia or MySpace.

Along with your proposal, please include a brief biographical statement as well any requirements for AV equipment. Please submit emailed proposals (of 300 words) by November 20, 2006 to Katherine D. Harris, San Jose State University at

Deadline: November 20 (extended from October 20)