11.0600 MLA panel

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Fri, 20 Feb 1998 22:36:12 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 600.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 10:14:56 -0500 (EST)
From: Matt Kirschenbaum <mgk3k@faraday.clas.virginia.edu>
Subject: Re: 11.0589 book reviews?

The Content-Provider as Colleague:
Creating Institutional Spaces for New Media Teaching and Research

A session at the 1998 MLA in San Francisco, sponsored by the
Association for Computers and the Humanities

This panel will address the apparent contradiction between the
casual enthusiasm for new media technologies increasingly
evident among members of the profession, and the material
resistance scholars working with those very same technologies
often encounter when attempting to secure professional rewards,
departmental support, and administrative commitments. The panel
rests on the assumption that without sufficient institutional
space (and time) for new media work, humanities computing will
cede current footholds in literary and cultural studies to the
commercial infotainment industry.

Possible topics include: the professional demographics of new
media teaching and research; hiring/tenure/promotion prospects
in humanities computing and the new media; curriculum
development for humanities computing and new media degree
programs; _funding_; collaboration with computer science
departments, libraries, and the campus computing
infrastructure; cooperative ventures with commercial publishers
and hardware/software developers; technology and academic labor
issues; dealing with administrators who are skeptical of new
technologies; dealing with administrators who embrace new
technologies as cost-effective short-cuts to teaching and
research; what organizations like the ACH, the ACW, and the MLA
can (and can't) do; and futurology: where humanities computing
will (and won't) be in the next century.

Preference will be given to those papers which promise to
combine workable institutional strategies for supporting new
media teaching and research with an effective analysis of the
material conditions of technology (and technologists) in
English or other modern language departments.

A response to the panel will be delivered by Joseph Tabbi,
Department of English, University of Illinois, Chicago.
Professor Tabbi writes on contemporary fiction and media
studies, and is the founding editor of _ebr_ (the _electronic
book review_ <http://www.altx.com/ebr/>).

Send 1-2 page abstracts and short CV by March 13 to:



Matthew Kirschenbaum
Department of English
219 Bryan Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Panelists need not be members of the Association for Computers
and the Humanities; however, all panelists must be members of
the Modern Language Association by no later than April 1, 1998.
Further information about this session will be available from

Humanist Discussion Group
Information at <http://www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/humanist/>