The Center for the Humanities will be hosting the Western Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting on October 31 and November 1. The theme of the meeting will be New Modes of Scholarly Communication. Participants will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the myriad new forms through which we can share and build scholarly knowledge.
The event opens with a keynote presentation by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy and co-founder of the digital scholarly network, MediaCommons. As the Imminent Questions keynote speaker, Fitzgerald will speak on “The Humanities In and For the Digital Age.”
The second day of the meeting kicks off with a panel discussing “New Publishing Tools, Aggregators and Presses” featuring projects that actively push the limits of digital humanities and its potential applications for publication and knowledge dissemination. The following session showcases exemplary scholarship in digital humanities in fast-paced lightening talks. More in-depth conversations with presenters can follow at lunch and during a discussion of how to foster digital scholarship. The evening draws to a close as accomplished scholars actively envision the future of humanities research in a panel titled, “Imagining Scholarship Tomorrow.”