The Past’s Digital Presence Conference


A Graduate Student Symposium at Yale University February 19th and 20th, 2010

Graduate students from around the globe will address how databases and other digital technologies are making an impact on our research in the humanities during this interdisciplinary symposium.

  • How is digital technology changing methods of scholarly research with pre-digital sources in the humanities?
  • If the “medium is the message,” then how does the message change when primary sources are translated into digital media?
  • What kinds of new research opportunities do databases unlock and what do they make obsolete?
  • What is the future of the rare book and manuscript library and its use?
  • What biases are inherent in the widespread use of digitized material? How can we correct for them?
  • Amidst numerous benefits in accessibility, cost, and convenience, what concerns have been overlooked?

Keynote Speaker
Peter Stallybrass, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania

Colloquium Speaker
Jacqueline Goldsby, Associate Professor, University of Chicago

Closing Roundtable

Rolena Adorno, Reuben Post Halleck Professor of Spanish, Yale University
Edward Ayers, President, University of Richmond
Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing, King’s College London
George Miles, Curator, Western Americana Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

REGISTER NOW: Registration for this conference is now available online.

Advanced registration is required, however, there is no registration fee for university affiliates.  The deadline for registration is February 5th, 2010.**

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