Workshops

First Session 11:00-12:30

1. Modernism & Social Media
Leader: Erin Templeton

This workshop aims to introduce participants to best practices on social media for pedagogical and research productivity. We’ll discuss best practices for academics on Twitter, Pinterest, and social media more generally. Topics for discussion will include tweeting conferences, network building, the job market and choosing between Twitter clients.

2. What Do Publishers Want from a First Book?
Leader: David James

This workshop will be open to everyone but is designed especially to appeal to graduate students and younger scholars who are looking for pragmatic advice about the process of publishing their first monograph. It brings together series editors and commissioning editors from leading university presses with prominent lists in the field of modernist studies.

Invited Speakers:

  • Philip Leventhal (Literature editor, Columbia UP)
  • Jessica Berman (UMBC; co-editor, Modernist Latitudes series for Columbia UP)
  • Matthew Hart (Columbia U; co-editor, Literature Now series for Columbia UP)
  • Mark Wollaeger (Vanderbilt U; co-editor, MLC series, Oxford UP)
  • Rebecca Beasley (U of Oxford; co-editor, Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernist Culture series, Edinburgh UP)

3. Introduction to GIS [This session will run from 11-12:15]
Leaders: Mike Smith and Tom Jordan

The workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to Geographic Information Systems and their potential as Digital Humanities tools.  Dr. Tom Jordan will explain how to find, upload, and display data in ArcGIS, while Michael Smith will illustrate the DH possibilities for GIS with examples from Modernist poetry and prose.

Second Session 12:30-2:00

4. Applying for Digital Humanities Grants from the NEH
Leader: Jason Rhody, NEH

This workshop’s purpose is to provide practical advice and modeling to scholars who are considering applying for a Digital Humanities start-up or implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The workshop will feature a mock grant evaluation panel that will evaluate sample proposals. Proposals will be made available for download prior to the session.

5. CLOSED: Writing Books & Journal Articles
Leader: Eric Hayot

In this workshop we’ll focus on learning how to think about and use a very basic structure governing academic writing from the paragraph to the section to the article or book: something I call the “Uneven U.” We’ll work through the structure, break into groups to learn how to see the structure as it appears in recently published academic work, then (time permitting) practice writing a paragraph in the UU format. Participants will receive a free copy of The Elements of Academic Style (Columbia, 2014).

6. First Book Project
Leader: Sean Goudie

What challenges do scholars face when transforming dissertations into book manuscripts suitable for publication by a university press, and what are strategies for meeting those challenges? Panelists for this workshop, which employs the roundtable format, will provide practical suggestions for how best to move from dissertation to book.   

Panelists Include:

  • Sean X. Goudie, Associate Professor of English and Director, Center for American Literary Studies, Pennsylvania State University
  • Mark Goble, Associate Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley
  • Theodore Martin, Assistant Professor of English, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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