21.227 events: oral history; peer review

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 07:44:03 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 227.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: John Bonnett <jbonnett_at_BROCKU.CA> (61)
         Subject: CFP: Oral History, Digital Storytelling Conference

   [2] From: Dot Porter <dporter_at_UKY.EDU> (58)
         Subject: Second Call: Digital Media and Peer Review in Medieval

         Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 07:37:02 +0100
         From: John Bonnett <jbonnett_at_BROCKU.CA>
         Subject: CFP: Oral History, Digital Storytelling Conference

 From Steven High, Department of History, Concordia University.

-- John Bonnett

Call for Papers

SHARING AUTHORITY: Building Community-University Alliances through
Oral History, Digital Storytelling and Collaboration

A Bilingual (English/French) International Conference Workshop

Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Conference 7-10 February 2008
Deadline for Proposals: October 5, 2007

Please send a one-page abstract of your proposal and curriculum vitae
to the chair of the organizing committee: Steven High, Canada Research
Chair in Public History (shigh_at_alcor.concordia.ca)

Historian Michael Frisch coined the phrase "shared authority" in 1990
to describe the dialogical nature of the oral interview. The
interaction between the researcher asking questions and the community
narrator providing answers results in a unique source. At its best,
sharing authority is about much more than speaking to new audiences;
it requires the cultivation of trust, the development of collaborative
relationships, and shared decision-making. It cannot be rushed.

Yet sharing authority has become something of a mantra in oral and
public history circles in recent years. It is sometimes said that the
promise of extending this idea outward from the interview toward a
more broadly based democratic practice has generated enthusiasm but
few concrete results. The proposed conference, and a special issue of
the Journal of Canadian Studies that will come out of the conference,
will test this assertion.

It is our belief that the desire to democratize historical "writing"
(broadly defined) has animated a growing number of people, both inside
and outside university-settings. The 1970s, for example, saw the birth
of the "history workshop" in Great Britain, the "=E9comus=E9e" movement in
France, and community oral history projects in the United States. The
"new museumology", "movement history" and "progressive public history"
also emerged at this time. But what has happened since?

Despite the growth of funding for collaborative research, there has
been remarkably little discussion of the public's place in the
research process: how, when, and should, authority be shared between
university-based researchers and "community" members. What role does
the "public" (in all its variations) play in our research? How
successful have collaborative research projects been thus far? In
what ways have new digital technologies (blogs, digital memory banks,
and "Web 2.0" user communities such as YouTube or Flickr) been used to
bridge divides? How might we "share authority" in the history
classroom? Can the local, national and transnational communities we
study become true partners in research?

Proposals are invited from a broad range of university researchers,=
organizations, educators, oral historians, public historians, and
others that are building research alliances that bridge the
university-community divide. We want to initiate a conversation about
sharing authority. What can past practice teach us? What are the
possibilities and pitfalls in "sharing authority"? Can history become
a catalyst for social change and community building? How has the
digital revolution helped to democratize and expand the collaborative
process? A wide variety of proposals for individual papers, round
table discussions, and other kinds of presentations are welcome.

Sponsored by the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at
Concordia University and the Life Stories CURA Research Group (Life
Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide and Other Human
Rights Abuses) which includes 40 researchers and community
co-applicants, including 18 community groups in the Montreal area. For
more on us, see:


         Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 07:37:39 +0100
         From: Dot Porter <dporter_at_UKY.EDU>
         Subject: Second Call: Digital Media and Peer Review in
Medieval Studies

Call for Papers for the 43rd International Congress on Medieval
Studies, May 8-11, 2008, Kalamazoo, Michigan

The Medieval Academy of America Committee on Electronic Resources
invites submissions to the following sponsored session:

"Digital Media and Peer Review in Medieval Studies"

Medievalists are increasingly turning to digital media both to
produce new types of scholarship such as encoded texts and
non-bookish digital projects ( e.g . archives and interactive
electronic resources) and to advance and increase the efficiency of
traditional forms of scholarship such as critical editions. There is
not yet widespread agreement, however, regarding how this new work
should count for academic promotion, and many scholars working in
these new media find that there are few established avenues for
getting their work peer reviewed. At the same time, we are
witnessing rapid and widespread changes in how we use print texts (
e.g. often in scanned, searchable copies), and many traditional
publishers of print journals and monographs are under enormous
financial pressures from declining sales and print runs, thereby
further limiting access to peer review and opportunities for
publication. How can we, as a community, bring scholarship,
publishing, and the need for peer review into balance?

Please email abstracts (not to exceed 300 words) to Timothy Stinson
(<mailto:stinson_at_jhu.edu>stinson_at_jhu.edu). Please include name,
professional/university affiliation, and contact information.

Timothy L. Stinson
Postdoctoral Fellow
Johns Hopkins University
Digital Medievalist Project
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