The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Forget Me Nots, a Talk in Salzburg

On September 1, Dr. Ralph Poole generously hosted me for a symposium on my most recent work, Forget Me Not: The Rise of the British Literary Annual 1823-1835. The audience was filled with American Studies scholars with a large quantity of them already familiar with textual studies, history of the book, and bibliography. In addition, and to my great pleasure, they were already enamored with David Greetham’s work in philology and textual studies.

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Bavarian Digital Humanities – Thriving

On Sept 2, 2015, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with a full room of interesting and interdisciplinary scholars and colleagues about the state of Digital Humanities in North America. The conversation ranged wide and far, starting with my shoestring digital archive and concluding with looking at blogs by Digital Humanists. The age old question, and even Steve Ramsay’s dictum came up: does a Digital Humanist have to code? The conversation was surprising for both sides, but the colleagues in attendance were so varied that I was heartened by the sheer interest in not just content concerning Digital Humanities projects but also the attendance and interest by, among them, computer science and the supercomputing lab (!). Formal details are below as was in the announcement. Below that are the varied links and websites that we traversed for ease of reference. What a wonderful evening of discussion about Digital Humanities!

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Location: Besprechungsraum, Bavarian Academy of sciences
Sponsored by Prof. Dr. Hubertus Kohle
Dekan der Fakultät für Geschichts-und Kunstwissenschaften
Institut für Kunstgeschichte
LMU München

Title: Digital Humanities and Visual Culture
This symposium will focus on Digital Humanities projects literary and visual cultures and is based on Dr. Harris’ work on the 19th-century British literary annual and the subsequent digital archive. Over the last 5 years, Digital Humanities in North America has evolved into discrete arenas based on disciplinary need. Harris pulls together work in visual culture to demonstrate the primacy of the material object through her digital archival work.

Defining Digital Humanities

Locating other DHers

Funding & Centers & Journals & Tools

Interesting Projects

References

Pedagogy & Curriculum

Miscellaneous

Back on the Talk Circuit: Talks in Salzburg and Munich, Sept 2015

After a very long hiatus from delivering talks, I’m back out there to promote several projects, the first among them my recent monograph with Ohio UP (2015). The second a general talk about Digital Humanities. If you’re in the area of Salzburg, Austria or Munich Germany on Sept 1 or Sept 2, please join us for a discussion on two diverse but related topics:

Sept 1, 2015, 11am
University of Salzburg
Unipark, Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, 4th floor, room 4.202 (poster)

Title: British Ingenuity from German Invention: The Legacy of Rudolph Ackermann and Nineteenth-Century Literary Annuals

Dr. Ralph Poole is graciously hosting a meeting on Sept 1 at 11am at the University of Salzburg where I’ll discuss my work in 19th-century literature and literary annuals. If you or any of your colleagues are interested in joining, please let me know. (I have not learned of the location yet but am assuming that it will take place at the university.) Please feel free to pass along this information to anyone who is interested.

Brief description:
The overwhelming evidence of Rudolph Ackermann’s ingenuity as a publisher in early nineteenth-century London culminates in the development and execution of the first literary annual, The Forget Me Not, which was published by Ackermann 1823-1847. His efforts caused an explosion of British literary annuals that encouraged the production of portable thematic artwork, the gothic short story, poetry by women authors, ekphrastic writing, travel narratives, political and comic writings, among other literary and visual culture. By engaging with the literary annual as a material representation of British Romanticism, I propose to take the audience through an exploration of the development of British nationalism, alternative forms of femininity, and literary taste — all the while based on “borrowing” literary and print culture from Germany, France, and Spain.

The talk is based on my recently published literary history, Forget Me Not: The Rise of the British Literary Annual 1823-1835 (Ohio UP 2015).

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Sept 2, 2015, 5pm
Location: Besprechungsraum, Bavarian Academy of sciences
Sponsored by Prof. Dr. Hubertus Kohle
Dekan der Fakultät für Geschichts-und Kunstwissenschaften
Institut für Kunstgeschichte
LMU München

Title: Digital Humanities and Visual Culture
This symposium will focus on Digital Humanities projects literary and visual cultures and is based on Dr. Harris’ work on the 19th-century British literary annual and the subsequent digital archive. Over the last 5 years, Digital Humanities in North America has evolved into discrete arenas based on disciplinary need. Harris pulls together work in visual culture to demonstrate the primacy of the material object through her digital archival work.

Curating Digital Pedagogy at MLA 2016 REDUX!

Based on the success of previous years of digital pedagogy roundtables, aka poster sessions, aka digital demos, the editors of the Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities collection put together a proposal for the Modern Language Association Convention in January 2016, Austin, Texas, where we will continue to keep Austin weird! We have a great line-up of projects and keywords to demo the evolution of digital pedagogy since that first poster session in 2012.

Curating Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities

Curating Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities opens outward one of the most hidden acts of our profession: teaching. Often only students and faculty are privy to the workings of a classroom setting or results of a particular assignment. For this electronic roundtable, we propose to expose, discuss, and demonstrate not just the acts of learning and teaching, but also the interaction between our evolving reliance on digital tools as a way to engage with public humanities. Read more…

Day of Digital Humanities 2015!

Every year, Digital Humanists far and wide across the globe choose a single day to blog about their activities. It started out 6 years ago as a demonstration about all the work that goes into doing Digital Humanities — and 6 years ago (March 2009, March 2010, March 2011, and March 2012), I started blogging about the teaching of Digital Humanities and the use of Digital Pedagogy to demonstrate that our kind of institution can have an impact in this type of scholarly field. (Grad students, I’m teaching a seminar in Digital Humanities to continue work on the BeardStair Project from Spring 2013 in Spring 2016.)
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Research & Scholarly Activity Award — WOOT!

Today, my Dean, Lisa Vollendorf, notified me about receiving the 2015 Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity Award for the College of the Humanities and the Arts.

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I am, honored and ecstatic about the recognition by my colleagues but am most honored to have my work in all of my fields recognized with this award. I’ve blogged about my disciplinary and methodological schisms but have been ever determined to maintain my credentials as a literary scholar of the British Romantics while focusing on history of the book and textual scholarship. My training took me towards scholarly editing and then quite seamlessly into what is now called (or continuously contested as) Digital Humanities. This focus, in turn, led to working in Digital Pedagogy primarily because I work at a teaching institution that values interactions with students above all else. The graduate seminar in Digital Humanities — on the BeardStair Project — marked the turn of implementing what I already knew that I didn’t know: how to collaborate and, by that virtue, how to lead. Read more…

Indexing your Life’s Work

Taking a momentary pause from the tedious work of proofing page proofs and end notes and bibliography entries to reflect on the immensity of being able to publish work that has been percolating for more than a decade, Forget Me Not: The Rise of the British Literary Annual, 1823–1835 (May 2015, Ohio University Press). — not because I put the project down at any moment, but because it took that long to research, visit archives, ruminate on the material, compare over 300 literary artifacts/books, and then peruse, analyze, and ruminate on all of their contents. Each conference paper, each keynote heard/attended, each presentation given, each SHARP or STS conference afforded a solution to dealing with a particular dilemma in writing about such a mountain of information and material. I’m in the process of creating an analytical index of the monograph now (thanks for the help, Alan Liu!) — an opportunity to revisit the fire in my introduction to prove that these literary annuals, this early 19th-century material, this German-born publisher were integral to the later Romantic and early Victorian literary periods. It may as well be written in ALL CAPS! Read more…

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