Putting Digital Humanities in Historical Journals

AHA Session 287
Monday, January 6, 2020: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Murray Hill West (New York Hilton, Second Floor)
Andrea Davis, Arkansas State University
Peer Review
Kathryn Tomasek, Wheaton College Massachusetts; Kelsey Corlett-Rivera, University of Maryland
Alternative Scholarly Identities
Clayton McCarl, University of North Florida
Roger Louis Martinez, University of Colorado Colorado Springs; Rachael Ball, University of Alaska
Alternative Forms of Scholarly Communication
Foster Chamberlin, Boğaziçi University
Wendy Perla-Kurtz, University of California, Los Angeles
The Audience

Session Abstract

In December 2018, the Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies published a Special Issue on Digital Humanities. The issue included eight articles that ranged in focus from the medieval to the contemporary, and from the Iberian Peninsula to the Atlantic World. This experimental sessions brings together some of the issue’s contributing authors, editors, and peer reviewers to discuss their experiences writing, reviewing, and publishing about the digital humanities in a historical journal.

Given the larger size of the proposed panel, the session will be organized as a Q&A led by Davis, the special issue co-editor. Tomasek and Corlett-Rivera will answer questions related to their roles as “blind” peer reviewers. McCarl will reflect on how the process of peer review led him to articulate an alternative vision of scholarly identities in the digital age. Martínez and Ball will discuss their respective experiences co-authoring articles with colleagues and students. Chamberlin will focus on the challenges of writing about an alternative form of scholarly communication in an academic journal, and Perla Kurtz will examine interdisciplinarity from her perspective as a literary scholar contributing to a historical journal.

This format will leave thirty minutes for open Q&A at the end the session, when we hope audience members will ask questions related to the opportunities and challenges of writing, reviewing, and publishing about the digital humanities.
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