Praxis: Doing Scholarship Digitally; February 11th 12:30–1:15 Presentation Place, Research Commons, Allen Library South.

We’re All Ama­teurs Now”

Brian M. Reed (Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish and Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture) will dis­cuss how dig­i­tal tools and access to social media out­lets have grad­u­ally trans­formed his sense of what con­sti­tutes research and schol­ar­ship in the human­i­ties. Why con­tinue to write books that sell (if you’re lucky) five hun­dred copies when a blog post or online open access arti­cle can reach many more peo­ple? If we aban­don print for born-digital projects, though, what are we los­ing and gain­ing? Do human­ists have to retrain and mas­ter com­puter pro­gram­ming, sta­tis­tics, and inter­face design? Do they have to blog, tweet, and oth­er­wise try to draw atten­tion to them­selves in an entre­pre­neur­ial fash­ion if they want to have an impact inside and out­side of the acad­emy? Will they learn to col­lab­o­rate more fre­quently with peo­ple in other fields than in the past? What chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties face human­ists as they try to pre­serve and curate hun­dreds of years of cul­tural arti­facts that are analog-based and, in many cases, swiftly dete­ri­o­rat­ing (cel­lu­loid film, video­tape, pre-digital pho­tog­ra­phy)? What stan­dards should we use to eval­u­ate new forms of schol­ar­ship and research?

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