How does the history graduate student approach a born digital dissertation, or a dissertation in which at least a digital component poses and explicates argument and narrative. How do we shape scholarly argument in digital presentation and publication? How can digital presentation help query evidence, restructure and rearrange information to provoke and answer the “so what” questions of historical exploration? A question of critical importance to the scholar, as well, encompasses how digital presentations might extend the scaffolding of the dissertation into future professional work and to a broader public, just as a text-based dissertation builds the foundation for a book and positions within the academy.
The academic community-at-large is grappling with issues of evaluating and supporting work in digital media. For the doctoral candidate, concerns over presenting, defending and evaluating digital work as part of the dissertation are equally crucial. This presentation will explore questions, guidelines and criteria for mainstreaming the intersection of technology and the doctoral dissertation in history into the scholarly academy and will point to the public and professional value of doing so.