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Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 08:37:35 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: [Humanist] 22.571 HASTAC forum: What's going on in digital

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 571.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 16:35:19 -0500
        Subject: What's Going On in Digital Humanities? A HASTAC Scholars Discussion Forum

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What’s Going On in Digital Humanities?
A HASTAC Scholars Discussion Forum,
open now at

In the recent HASTAC Scholars Discussion Forum on “The Future of the Digital Humanities” featuring Brett Bobley of the NEH's Office of Digital Humanities, Willard McCarty weighed in from King's College London suggesting that instead of trying to categorize the digital humanities as a “discipline” or an “attitude,” we should instead “ask, ‘What's going on?’ and note how differently humanities computing is playing out across the various digital humanities. In other words, ask not what the practice is, rather where we're going and what sort of institutional arrangements suit that going best.”

And so, as a follow up to our recent forum, and with nods to both Erving Goffman and Marvin Gaye, we raise the question: “What’s going on in the digital humanities today?” Since the forum opened on Monday, February 16, we have invited everyone to report on how the digital humanities are playing out in your institution, organization, or location, and the invitation continues. Tell us about the innovative projects you are launching, the groups you are forming, the support you are finding or lacking, the training you are receiving or offering and the courses you are teaching or taking. We hope you will join this forum facilitated by HASTAC Scholars Staci Shultz and Isabel Millan and help us see “what’s going on in the digital humanities” today! To access the forum, please visit:

Staci Shultz is a PhD student in the Joint Program in English & Education at the University of Michigan. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in English from Boston College. Her dissertation focuses on college students’ participation in online fandoms and the ways in particular that fan fiction sites sponsor literacy practices. Research on emerging spaces and discourses, she argues, can lead to more innovative, relevant, and engaging composition pedagogy that taps into students’ experiences in the extracurriculum.

Isabel A. Millan is a doctoral student in American Culture at the University of Michigan. She received her master’s degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University and her bachelor’s degree in both Anthropology and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her current research interests include new media/digital technologies and globalization; children’s literature and multimedia; transnational feminist, queer and critical race theories. She is especially interested in the responsible development and usage of technology, and is also a strong advocate of technology’s role in education and community networking/mobilization.

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