Interview with the MLA on Digital Pedagogy Volume

Myself, Jentery Sayers, Rebecca Frost Davis, and Matthew Gold got together with Nicky Agate of the Modern Language Association to talk about the history, development, and innovation of Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities. This labor of love project, five years in the making, is under contract with the MLA and being delivered for open peer review in batches with final publication by 2017.  Read more…

New York City Lecture Circuit on Forget Me Nots, Digital Pedagogy, and Beautiful Books

In April 2016, I get to return to New York City to present three talks about all of my favorite topics: digital pedagogy, Forget Me Nots, and beautiful books. Often, when a non-academic asks me my field, I describe my work with integrating digital tools into all of my courses and then move onto describing my literary field and then one more field added to talk about print culture in the early 19th century. Recently, I’ve abbreviated my answer to: “I’m a professor of literature and technology.” This always draws confused looks from my pals from the surrounding Silicon Valley tech firms: “How can literature and technology even remotely live together?” they ask. All of my work has grown from a curiosity about the dissemination of information in the explosion of print materials in the early 19th century. This inherently includes the mechanization of printing materials and later includes stereotyping and the advances in reproducing complex artwork as engravings. My response to my techie friends is always: “I teach and work on issues surrounding the mechanization of print in early 19th-century England to Facebook in the early 21st century.” An illuminating moment. They see the connection.

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Public Lecture at the Book Club of California

The Book Club of California generously agreed to host a public lecture and exhibit of all things literary annuals. I brought British almanacs, including a pocketbook, a German Taschenbuch, several British literary annuals including the first one (1823 Forget Me Not), and several American gift books. (Remember, not all gift books are literary annuals, but all literary annuals *are* gift books.)

“The Rise of the Literary Annual, Powerful Femininity, and Beautiful Books: An Illustrated Talk and Pop-Up Exhibition,” Feb 22, 5-7pm. The Book Club of California

Text of this talk (pdf) plus video with slides available below.

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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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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…

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