Beyond the Digital: Pattern Recognition and Interpretation. A CFP for MLA 2014 from ACH


Cross-posted from http://www.ach.org/beyond-digital-cfp-mla-2014

Recent MLA Conventions have featured many sessions about the digital humanities, considering their impact on methodology, pedagogy, bibliography, race, and the profession itself. What is sometimes forgotten, however, is that the output of digital analysis is not itself the goal; rather, it is a means to an end, and that end is the interpretation of a text or corpus (understood widely). This session—organized by the Association for Computers and Humanities (ACH)—seeks to re-establish this understanding and conversation, defamiliarizing the conversation about the digital and making it re-familiar to the larger body of MLA participants.

This panel will feature presentations that offer interpretations of texts, language, literature and/or literary history that definitely began with a digital approach. Crucially, however, we will ask presenters to speak not about their methods but instead about their interpretation, results, and conclusions.

Speakers will give brief talks (5-7 minutes, depending on number of participants). Speakers will also be invited to write brief blog posts to be shared on their own websites as well as that of the ACH about their methods and approaches. These posts will be shared at the session but will not form the subject of the conversation.

Send 300-word abstracts and bio to brian [dot] croxall [at] emory [dot] edu by 27 March 2013 at 12pm EST. N.B. All panelists will need to be MLA members (or have their membership waived) by April 7th.

I am organizing this session on behalf of the ACH. Since the ACH is an allied organization of the MLA, this session is guaranteed for the 2014 MLA.

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  1. #1 by Brian Croxall (@briancroxall) on March 12, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    Beyond the Digital: Pattern Recognition & Interpretation. A CFP for #mla2014 from Assoc. for Computers & Humanities: http://t.co/yRQ5Lhr7cX.

  2. #2 by Brian Croxall (@briancroxall) on March 12, 2013 - 1:00 pm

    Beyond the Digital calls for papers on what you’ve learned from digital methods. WITHOUT mentioning the method #mla14 http://t.co/yRQ5Lhr7cX

  3. #3 by @MatthewBattles on March 12, 2013 - 1:06 pm

    A salutary, show-me-the-money CFP for #MLA14, focused not on method or career but results: http://t.co/v849MPTsKn via @briancroxall

  4. #4 by @kramermj on March 12, 2013 - 1:10 pm

    Rt @briancroxall: Beyond the Digital…what you’ve learned fr dig methods WITHOUT mentioning the method #mla14 http://t.co/tmDEvlRL1f #nudhl

  5. #5 by Brian Croxall (@briancroxall) on March 12, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    @rgrusin Speaking of darksides of DH, you might like this #mla14 CFP: http://t.co/yRQ5Lhr7cX. Asks for results and not methods.

  6. #6 by Brian Croxall (@briancroxall) on March 12, 2013 - 1:13 pm

    Beyond the Digital. A CFP for #mla14 about digital work that talks about results rather than method. http://t.co/yRQ5Lhr7cX

  7. #7 by @Ted_Underwood on March 12, 2013 - 1:30 pm

    I love this CFP. Nothing about “DH.” Just the results, thank you. http://t.co/mFOZjoTaHS

  8. #8 by @ADHOrg on March 12, 2013 - 1:34 pm

    “Beyond the Digital: Pattern Recognition and Interpretation.” A CFP for ACH’s session at MLA 2014: http://t.co/70Lw8KkNba

  9. #9 by @glennhroe on March 12, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    +1 RT @Ted_Underwood I love this CFP. Nothing about “DH.” Just the results, thank you.http://t.co/uMXrkG63Vf

  10. #10 by @pfyfe on March 12, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    Interesting #mla14 CFP from @briancroxall : results-only DH, leave your meta methodologies at the door http://t.co/AFBE2W5eKa

  11. #11 by @absentminddmama on March 12, 2013 - 11:07 pm

    Beyond the Digital: Pattern Recognition and Interpretation. A CFP for MLA 2014 http://t.co/efqnHJAHov via @zite

  12. #12 by @heatherfro on March 13, 2013 - 4:08 am

    beyond the digital: a MLA cfp not about the how or the why but the results: http://t.co/GpzP8olAo8 << excited about this panel

  13. #13 by @MiriamPP on March 14, 2013 - 11:14 am

    looking forward for next year #MLA2014
    http://t.co/uwXnE7U2wX

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