September 7, 2012, 8:00 am
[This is a collaborative post written by Brian Croxall, Ryan Cordell, and Adeline Koh.–@bc]
As of this week, registration for the 2013 MLA Convention has begun. While there is always lots to do at the convention, we want to draw your attention to three associated events that you may want to sign up for as well.
1. A Digital Pedagogy Unconference
If you would like to talk with other people working in the modern languages about different methods, philosophies, or assignments for integrating digital technology into the classroom, you might be interested in the Digital Pedagogy Unconference. This three-hour preconvention workshop on 3 January 2013 will use the unconference format that has been popularized in academia by THATCamp.
The unconference will provide an opportunity for participants to come together, share ideas and experiences with one another—including things that…
December 8, 2011, 8:00 am
In August I encouraged readers interested in digital humanities to apply for the “Getting Started in Digital Humanities” pre-convention workshop at MLA, which is sponsored by a project I’m involved in, DHCommons. Both fortunately and unfortunately, very many folks responded to this call. In short, we received far more applications than we had spaces in the workshop. Though we accepted as many newcomers to the field as we could, we had to turn away many qualified applicants. Moreover, we know there will be lots of interest in DH at this year’s MLA, from both newcomers and experienced members of the field.
Working with the MLA, the DHCommons team secured our workshop space for the entire first day of the conference. In the afternoon, we will host an open DH “projects mixer” open to all MLA participants:
Projects looking for collaborators and collaborators looking for projects, come mix a…
October 7, 2011, 11:00 am
August 9, 2011, 11:00 am
Disclosure: I will discuss DHCommons in this post. I am one of the primary contributors to the DHCommons project, and one of the organizers of the event I’m promoting here.
If you’re a regular reader of ProfHacker, there’s a good chance that you have some interest in the digital humanities (DH). Digital humanities panels were the buzz of the past two MLA Conventions, and the field has recently been featured in a series of articles, “Humanities 2.0,” in the New York Times. Many new scholars are entering the field, and exciting digital projects are multiplying.
However, for scholars who don’t have local access to a digital humanities center—or other community of colleagues—the path to becoming a digital humanist can be murky. How does one begin a project? How does one find collaborators with the necessary skills for a given project? How might one gain new digital skills? How does…
February 22, 2011, 11:00 am
At the recent MLA conference in Los Angeles I tried something I had long considered doing at a conference.
I went paperless.
Absolutely, totally paperless. No bulky program, no pen and notepad, no hardcopy of my presentations. Just one little piece of tech was all I carried around with me—in this case, an iPad. I was so delighted with my paperless conference-going that I wanted to share my experience here, as well as solicit tips from our readers.
Paperless as a Participant
As an attendee and audience member, I went paperless in two ways:
- I used a PDF of the conference program, which several intrepid hackers (ahem) had downloaded from the MLA members’ site and made publicly available. But even more useful than this massive PDF was a blog post I had prepared beforehand, which listed all of the panels I might possibly want to attend (all digital humanities panels, naturally)….