RRCHNM20: The Future of Digital Humanities Centers

This session featured short talks by Edward Ayers, Brett Bobley, Bethan Nowviskie and Stephen Robertson, followed by breakout sessions on topics chosen by the audience. The talks were recorded by Chris Preperato, and notes were taken in the breakout sessions by Jordan Bratt, Alyssa Fahringer, Anne McDivitt, Amanda Regan, and Stephanie Seal.

Speakers

Edward Ayers (President, University of Richmond)

Brett Bobley, (Office of Digital Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities)

Bethany Nowviskie (Director of Digital Research & Scholarship (including the Scholars’ Lab) at the University of Virginia Library)

Stephen Robertson (Director, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media)

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Breakout Sessions

1. People practicing DH at institutions without centers

The discussion focused on the options Digital Humanists have when their institution is without a center. Such topics as faculty and staff support, collaboration between centers and non center institutions, funding, and IT departments were addressed.

2. Access, Global and Local

The discussion focused on the options Digital Humanists have when their institution is without a center. Such topics as faculty and staff support, collaboration between centers and non center institutions, funding, and IT departments were addressed.

3. How Can Centers Work with Public History Institutions and Expand their Digital Capacity?

In this session contributors debated the different problems that digital and public historians face with funding and collaborative projects.  Ways to fix these issues were discussed amongst the group as well as examples from small and large museums in the DC area.

4. Changing Institutions form the inside

The discussion centered around digital scholarships’ current place within academia. Such topics as tenure and promotion, libraries, peer review, and open access were addressed.