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Digital Pragmata: Scholar, Maker, Creator: New Humanities Conversations

February 20, 2014

The dynamism of the digital age creates myriad challenges and opportunities for creators, scholars and researchers alike. It is changing everything about scholarship, from the kind of information we delve into to the ways in which we present it. 

Scholar, Maker, Creator: New Humanities Conversations,” the newest panel from the VCU Libraries’ Digital Pragmata series, investigates how scholarship in the humanities can best respond to this intersection. On Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. panelists from the United States and Canada will come together to discuss the potential of creating, teaching and researching the humanities in the digital age. 

Richard Godbeer, Moderator
Professor, History, University of Miami and incoming Director of the Humanities Research Center, Virginia Commonwealth University
Godbeer has a B.A. from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. His fields of interest include early American history, gender and sexuality, witchcraft and religious culture. He is the author of several books, including The Devil’s Dominion: Magic and Religion in Early New England, and is currently working on a biography of an eighteenth-century Quaker couple.

Susan Brown, Panelist
Professor, English and Theater Studies, University of Guelph
Brown has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Alberta. She specializes in Victorian writing, feminist theory, digital humanities and interdisciplinary research. She has an extensive list of publications and received the Society for Digital Humanities Outstanding Achievement Award in 2006 for digital scholarship. She is currently working with the Orlando Project, which uses digital tools for critical literary and historical research.

Aaron McCollough, Panelist
Editorial Director, Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan
McCullough has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in early modern English literature from the University of Michigan. He has published multiple books of poetry and is an editor for Coming Through: Voices of a South Carolina Gullah Community from WPA Oral Histories.

Stephen Robertson, Panelist
Director, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
Robertson has a B.A. in history and English from the University of Otago in New Zealand and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. His areas of interest include digital history, urban history, legal history and the history of sexuality. He is the author and co-author of several books, book chapters and articles, as well as one of the creators of Digital Harlem, a collaborative research project working to map the histories of Harlem, New York.

The panel will be held April 8 at 7 p.m. in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. See more details here

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