Blogging on Borders: A Roundtable on Digital Humanities as a Tool for Dialogue at the US-Mexico Line
Kris Klein Hernandez, University of Michigan
Lina Maria Murillo, University of Texas at El Paso
Jennifer Koshatka Seman, Southern Methodist University
The Borderlands History blog has grown to include a number of young and established scholars in the field who blog on a wide variety of topics related to borders and borderlands. The website regularly produces think pieces, book reviews, interviews, conference reports, and essays related to the study and teaching of history. In 2015, we launched new initiatives, including the Borderlands History Interview Project, where budding graduate students have interviewed scholars including Vicki Ruiz, Ernesto Chávez, Alexandra Minna Stern, and others about their take on borderlands history, methodology, and emerging scholarship. We also developed a new series looking at European borderlands with the ambition to further reach out to scholars beyond North America. We hope to remain a dynamic space for issues related to life in border regions – issues that scale from intimate micro-histories to large transnational processes – as our founder intended. With this roundtable, we hope to share our experiences blogging about borderlands history, encourage attendees to engage in a broader conversation about what more can (and should) be done with digital humanities as a tool for historical dialogue, and to expand the scale from which we disseminate historical thought and inquiry.