Lauren Klein Talk at Columbia next Tuesday

Klein is one of the editors of the 2016 Debates in the Digital Humanities:

We are honored to invite you to the Studio (Butler Library 208b) next Tuesday, November 1, 2016 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM to listen to Dr. Lauren Klein on “The Shape of History: Reimagining Nineteenth-Century Data Visualization.” Klein’s talk should speak to a broad swath of interests, including American Studies, 19th Century scholarship, cultural analytics, historiography, digital humanities, and more. You can read the abstract at our event’s page. If you have not encountered Klein’s work before, we highly recommend her influential essay on “The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings.” Needless to say, we are very excited to welcome her to the Studio to share her work with you. We do hope that you can join us, and help us spread the word with your colleagues and students. If you’re coming from outside Columbia and do not have a MaRLi pass send me an email at agil (at) columbia (dot) edu.

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New book that may be of interest:

Mass Authorship and the Rise of Self Publishing

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MLA/Open Access Calls for Submissions

Thanks to Lisa for sharing this and reminding us that it is open access week!


Dear Colleague,

Today marks the first day of International Open Access Week, an opportunity for members of the humanities research community to discover the professional benefits of making their work publicly and freely available. This year’s theme is Open in Action: it’s all about taking concrete steps to open up research, scholarship, and educational resources—and encouraging others to do the same.


The MLA office of scholarly communication would like to invite each of our members to be open in action by depositing one item—whether an article, a syllabus, a conference paper, a data set, or something else—with our easy-to-use open-access repository, CORE

Upload Your Work


Still unconvinced? In addition to increasing the potential readership for your work, CORE provides

  • Authorial control: A DOI registers authorship and provides a permanent item URL.
  • Ownership of your work: You set item permissions and you retain the copyright.
  • Digital preservation: You get permanent digital storage for your items.
  • Instant notifications: You can send alerts to up to five MLA forums when you deposit.
  • Greater discoverability: Your work will be indexed by Google Scholar, Altmetric, and SHARE.
  • Impact awareness: You will receive download counts, and more statistics are coming soon.

Deposit Now!

We hope that you will explore CORE and enjoy finding a new audience for your work. 


Nicky Agate, Project Manager for Digital Initiatives

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communication


PS For information about publisher open-access policies, copyright, and more, please visit

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Article of Interest


“Technology is transforming twenty-first century education. Central to the study of English Literature is critical thinking and writing, and with the advent of digital texts (along with the precursor – digitized writing) the space of the discipline continues to expand. One way to get at what is being done in the study of literature is to explore the core competencies most directly linked to the field: Written Communication, Information Literacy, and Critical Thinking. “Twitagogy” is a qualitative exploration of the use of the social media platform Twitter across two semesters of teaching a variety of courses in English. I offer over twenty examples of students Tweeting, the prompts that produced them, and analysis of their work, as well as student feedback via pre- and post-surveys, class evaluations, and Canvas discussions. Twitter strengthens critical thinking and pushes students to think critically outside of the


Keywords : mobile learning, Twitter, critical thinking, information literacy, social media”

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This Thursday–project workshop/3:00 start

Just a reminder that we will spend Thursday’s class talking about our ideas for our class projects and thinking about how we might share our work on CommentPress.  Please come to class with ideas, resources, or anything else you want to share, brainstorm, build, analyze, etc.

For more on what CommentPress looks like go check out DLS Anthology.

Talk at 1:40, Raquel Gates, “Negativity and the Black Popular Image,” D’Angelo 410. We’ll start class at 3 (just a few minutes late) so that we can attend the talk.

Have a great week…see you Thursday!

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CFP: St. John’s University Humanities Review

“The Humanities As Activism”: The St. John’s University Humanities Review

deadline for submissions:
February 15, 2017
full name / name of organization:
Michael Carosone, St. John’s University, NYC
contact email:

The St. John’s University Humanities Review, Spring 2017 Issue

Special Issue: “The Humanities As Activism”

Deadline for Submissions: February 15, 2017

Guest Editor: Michael Carosone (

Contact email:

Call for Papers:

“The Humanities As Activism”

A Special Issue of The St. John’s University Humanities Review

Spring 2017

“The arts [humanities], it has been said, cannot change the world, but they may change human beings who might change the world.” –Maxine Greene


Focusing on the Humanities as activism, The St. John’s University Humanities Review ( is accepting submissions for its special issue, “The Humanities As Activism,” which will be published in the spring of 2017.  The editors are seeking short personal narratives, reviews, interviews, and essays that address the Humanities as activism (short personal narratives of 200-500 words that discuss how you use, teach, or think about the Humanities as activism; reviews and interviews should be no more than 2000 words; essays should be no more than 5000 words).


The summer of 2016 proved the value of the Humanities.  With the vigils for the victims of the massacre at the LGBTQ nightclub, Pulse, on “Latin Night,” in Orlando, Florida, in June, and the “Black Lives Matter” protests for two more Black men—Philando Castile and Alton Sterling—who were killed by the police, in July, the Humanities was immediately used as activism, responding to the social and political events and tragedies.  Therefore, for this special issue, the editors are also seeking short personal narratives, reviews, interviews, and essays of/about the events of the summer of 2016: Orlando or Black Lives Matter.


Submissions might address but are certainly not limited to the following topics:

I. Category #1: The Humanities As Activism throughout History:

1. The various disciplines of the arts and humanities that are/were used as activism

2. Digital activism and the digital humanities

3. Activist pedagogies

II. Category #2: The Humanities Used for Orlando or Black Lives Matter:

1. Poetry was used at the vigils and protests

2. LGBTQ and Black aesthetics, philosophies, and histories were used

3. Artists, historians, intellectuals, philosophers, writers, journalists, politicians, and the general public responded to the events and tragedies; photographs, videos, etc. documented the events


The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2017, with a publication date of spring 2017.  Submissions must be sent as Microsoft Word documents (.doc or .docx only) attached via email only to:  Submissions must be single-spaced, using Times New Roman 12 point font, with one-inch standard margins, with footnotes instead of endnotes, and must adhere to a citation system that is suitable to the pertinent discipline.  Personal narratives should be 200-500 words; reviews and interviews should be no more than 2000 words; essays should be no more than 5000 words.

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The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (free/open source)


The deadline for Issue 11, edited by Matthew K. Gold and Sava Saheli Singh, has been extended to October 31st.

Here’s the call for Issue 11: The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy seeks scholarly work that explores the intersection of technology with teaching, learning, and research. We are interested in contributions that take advantage of the affordances of digital platforms in creative ways. We invite both textual and multimedia submissions employing interdisciplinary and creative approaches in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Besides scholarly papers, the submissions can consist of audio or visual presentations and interviews, dialogues, or conversations; creative/artistic works; manifestos; or other scholarly materials. All work appearing in the Issues section of JITP is reviewed by the issue editors and independently by two scholars in the field, who provide formative feedback to the author(s) during the review process. We practice signed, as opposed to blind, peer review. We intend that the journal itself—both in our process and in our digital product—serve as an opportunity to reveal, reflect on, and revise academic publication and classroom practices. Additionally, all submissions will be considered for our “Behind the Seams” feature, in which we publish dynamic representations of the revision and editorial processes, including reflections from the authorial and editorial participants. Research-based submissions should include discussions of approach, method, and analysis. When possible, research data should be made publicly available and accessible via the Web and/or other digital mechanisms, a process that JITP can and will support as necessary. Successes and interesting failures are equally welcome (although see the Teaching Fails section below for an alternative outlet). Submissions that focus on pedagogy should balance theoretical frameworks with practical considerations of how new technologies play out in both formal and informal educational settings. Discipline-specific submissions should be written for non-specialists. As a courtesy to our reviewers, we will not consider simultaneous submissions, but we will do our best to reply to you within three months of the submission deadline. The expected length for finished manuscripts is under 5,000 words. All work should be original and previously unpublished. Essays or presentations posted on a personal blog may be accepted, provided they are substantially revised; please contact us with any questions at More information:

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