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A Digital Scholar on the National Council on the Humanities (at last)

In Obamaland, they get it: the humanities need and deserve a digital scholar at the highest national advisory level.  Barack Obama has nominated  Cathy N. Davidson for a position on the National Council on the Humanities, which advises the NEH (including, of course, the Office of Digital Humanities).


Wouldn’t it be great if they also got it in Universityland? in a humanities department  in your immediate vicinity? Or are we going to need yet another area studies–i.e., Digital Studies, joining other Studies like Womens & Gender, Ethnic,  Latin American, Environmental, Asian & Pacific et. al., exiting left from traditional departments in recent decades–to gather and focus a critical mass of digital scholars at UO and among peer institutions in the Pacific Northwest?
  • We’ll be having that conversation soon at UO. Stay tuned for news about the first UO Symposium on Digital Scholarship, January 28, 2011 in the Erb Memorial Union. We’ll have a keynote by Jonathan Sterne on Modulated Subjects: MP3, Telephony, and the Imagined Auditor. We’ll have panels on Digital Studies and current digital research projects at UO.  We’ll consult a select group of graduate students about what they see in the near future of digital studies. And we’ll be introducing our 2010-2011 HASTAC Scholars and their mentors.
  • Davidson was a founder of HASTAC (= the Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, a network of educators dedicated to learning in the digital age.) You can follow Davidson’s HASTAC blog here, http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson, and watch her discuss digital learning here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk_pntvDG2g. She is the Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University.
  • http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/12/07/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts


    One Response

    1. Thanks for your ongoing support and enthusiasm — it is great news indeed. Your symposium sounds amazing – I hope the Scholars will blog and do some interviews for the event.

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