Conferences Modern Language Association ACH Sessions

ACH Sessions at the 2005 MLA Convention

The Association for Computers and the Humanities is sponsoring two sessions at the 2005 convention of the Modern Language Association, in Washington, DC, from 27 through 30 December: see below for the details.

We also offer a guide to all computer-related sessions at the convention.

Although the 2005 convention is now in the past, this information will remain available, as a record of what went on. Similar information for many other years is available via the main page on ACH MLA sessions.

Scale and Scholarship in the Digital Humanities

Thursday, 29 December 2005, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Eisenhower Room, Marriott

Speakers from large-scale and small-scale digitization programs that provide full-text access to humanities materials will address the question of how the scope of their undertakings affect not only their modes of production but also the type of research scholars can and should conduct online. What are the long-term scholarly implications of aggregating and presenting research materials millions of works at time vs. meting them out in smaller, deeply encoded units? How are these projects responding to and/or establishing the methods that researchers use when conducting digital research? In what way does the scale and depth of digital content necessitate different modes of interaction and what kind of scholarship will these modes produce?

Presiding: Andrea Laue, University of Virginia.

  • “A Million for One”, Erika Linke, Carnegie-Mellon University

  • “Looking Back and Looking Forward: Converted Text at the Library of Congress”, Michael Neubert, Library of Congress

  • “A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of Creating an Online Jonathan Edwards”, Caleb J. D. Maskell, Yale University

  • “Flexible Encoding for Search, Comparison, and Analysis”, Andrea Laue

Computer Literacy: Assessing the Impact of IT on English Literature Teaching and Research

Friday, 30 December 2005, noon–1:15 p.m., Park Tower Suite 8209, Marriott

Presiding: Paul Vetch, King’s College London.

  • “E is for English: Pedagogy and New Technology in the Classroom”, Ian Gadd, University of Bath Spa

  • “What eLearning Has Taught Us: Scoping the Use and Effectiveness of Learning Technologies in the Teaching of Literature”, Brett Lucas, Higher Education Academy (Royal Holloway, University of London)

  • “The Changing (Inter)Face of Literary Research”, Paul Vetch, King’s College London

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