My professional organization call for digital humanities projects

SAA 2014 regular annual conference call for studies for 51 seminars and 5 workshops includes 5 such calls for Digital Humanities studies—

24. New Approaches to Visualizing Shakespeare
Seminar Leader: Diane K. Jakacki (Bucknell University)
How do digital visualization tools augment research and teaching? What are their limitations?
This seminar welcomes work with 3D renderings of theater spaces, immersive character and scene simulations, geospatial information systems, video games, and timeline tracking software.
It promotes dialogue among scholars interested in the visual representation of Shakespeare’s works and encourages reflection upon emerging digital tools. Those who are familiar with the visual aspects of the Digital Humanities are welcome, as are those who are new to them.

33. Shakespeare and Language: Close and Distant Reading
Seminar Leaders: Jonathan Hope (Strathclyde University) and Margaret Tudeau-Clayton
(University of Neuchâtel)
This seminar invites papers on Shakespeare’s language from a variety of perspectives: digital text analytics, linguistic theories (then and now), language economies, language philosophies, the phenomenology of language, the history of rhetoric, performance and performativity, translation and adaptation, silence, noise. Especially welcome is work on digital tools, projects, and teaching materials.
A principal objective is to promote informed discussion of a question exercising scholars in the digital humanities as well as literature departments: how to negotiate
distant and close reading as this bears on Shakespeare.

50. Theorizing the Digital Archive
Seminar Leaders:
Louise Geddes (Adelphi University) and Valerie M. Fazel (Arizona State
This seminar speculates that the digital Shakespearean archive exists in alternative cultural forms to traditional embodiments of textual studies and therefore calls for innovative theoretical approaches. Digital textuality de-centers the text as the object of study, instead making the platform the artifact. As a result, the question arises whether authority resides in the text or its use. This seminar seeks not only to examine specific examples of digital publication but also to theorize how we might talk about Shakespeare online.

52. Curating the Digital Folio of Renaissance Drama for the 21st Century
Workshop Leader:
Michael Witmore (Folger Shakespeare Library)
This workshop welcomes Shakespeareans interested in joining the Folger Digital Folio of
Renaissance Drama for the 21st Century. Participants may work solo or collaboratively to develop research projects based in 400+ dramatic texts that comprise this state-of-the-art digital corpus of Renaissance English drama, supporting machine-assisted critical studies. Participants are encouraged to design, implement, and assess lightweight, generative digital curation assignments for small teams of undergraduate curators. What social and intellectual factors must we take into account for this type of collaborative work to succeed?
53. Digital Resources for the Early Modern Book Trade
Workshop Leaders:
Adam G. Hooks (University of Iowa
) and Kirk Melnikoff (University of
North Carolina, Charlotte)3
This workshop considers the digital resources available for studying the early modern English book trade (EEBO, ESTC,USTC, EEB, DEEP, etc.). Based on the structure of current databases, talking points may include metadata, variant spellings, searchability, and integration with other resources. The workshop will also assess three electronic book-trade projects in development, and will imagine what new resources might be desirable in coming years. Those engaged in digital projects or who use digital tools in their teaching or research are encouraged to participate.

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About Fran Helphinstine

My background in the humanities is stronger than my background in technology. However, I have been teaching in the on-line MA in English program since it was initiated at MSU--the required bibliography course, which includes reading as the PMLA regular section "changes in the profession" ; the changing features of "writing" classes, etc. In my face-to-face classes, my Shakespeare students are already enjoying creating digital presentations that combine elements from computer games, television, music and dance, etc. to communicate 21st century sense of Shakespeare's text--they know more of the technology for doing these than I do.