[Msa-discuss] CFP MSA 15: Mapping and Measuring Twentieth-Century Correspondence (Exhibition)

Siobhan Phillips phillisi at dickinson.edu
Fri Mar 1 07:19:23 EST 2013

Call for Papers, MSA 15: Mapping and Measuring Twentieth-Century
Correspondence (Exhibition)

How can digital methods and scholarship help us to capitalize on the
everyday genre that is twentieth-century correspondence?

This MSA exhibition aims to showcase, explore, and promote the
possibilities of digital tools for scholarship on modern epistolarity.

Letters are uniquely ill-suited to codex publication, and letters
scholarship should thus be uniquely bold in its deployment of digital
tools. Current software has multiplied the possibilities. Among other
things, digital methods allow us to

• Organize and reorganize letters by various attributes—recipient or
writer, location or date—and thereby find connections that might
otherwise go missing.
• Mark and collate letters more efficiently and flexibly.
• Deploy location data to expand the spatial theorizing of literary work.
• Trace and analyze the material practices that might otherwise be
erased in print publication.
• Quantify metadata in ways that provide new insights.

This exhibition will describe examples of current digital humanities
work about twentieth-century letters—both scholarly findings and
procedural challenges. It will offer audience members the chance to
ask questions about the outcomes and processes of these projects. It
will provide some hands-on experience for audience members with the
software available.

We seek submissions from scholars who are currently using digital
tools to study, map, or explore correspondence and who would like to
be part of a conversation about their work in an innovative format.

Please send a 200-word description of your project, along with a brief
scholarly biography (4 sentences maximum), to phillisi at dickinson.edu
by March 9.

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