Digital History Resources from AHA 2014

Getting Started in Digital History (Pre-Conference Workshop)

I was pleased to get a seat at the workshop, which ran for three hours: a one-hour “plenary” followed by breakout sessions (one hour each, so each participant got a choice of two). A recap of the plenary, which featured talks by Seth Denbo, Kalani Craig, and Jennifer Serventi, was made available by the workshop organizers via Google Docs. It features copious links to general resources, followed by resources for each breakout session. You can also read this apt, brief summary and assessment by Claire Potter (of Tenured Radical, now a Chronicle blog).(You can also see below the summary Potter’s presentation slides from her session on history blogging, which I didn’t attend.) Not one to believe a presenter who promises that the notes are all available online, I took my own. If they’re any good when I reread them, I’ll post them.

The first breakout session I attended was on Spatial History & hGIS lead by Kalani Craig. She was an incredible presenter and I learned much more than I had imagined I could in a 50-minute workshop – resources are posted here. My take-away was that such that I could get started right away, on my own, using data I’ve already collected.

The second breakout session I went to was on Project Managment, lead by Sharon Leonresources are posted here. I chose this one because I’m interested in doing collaborative digital projects in the future and wanted to get some idea of how that might go, having none. As such it was a lot more abstract for me, not something to apply to my current work, but potentially very helpful.

Vanessa Varin, AHA assistant web and social media editor, live-blogged the workshop. (Incidentally, she also wrote up some guidelines for live-tweeting an academic conference.)

Digital Humanities Sessions at the Conference

Throughout the conference, there were many sessions and panels on digital humanities/history topics – many more than scheduled at any other conference I’m attending this academic year. These included sessions on using, teaching, and theorizing digital humanities. They even had an icon in the conference booklet (sessions on teaching had their own icon, too). I’m not counting the pre-conference workshop (covered in the section above) or the post-conference THATCamp (covered in the section below) here, either.

Kathryn Tomasek writes generally about Digital History at AHA 2014.

Jonathan Rees wrote up notes on his panel on MOOCs. There is now a video of part of this panel.

Jeffrey McClurken has posted his notes and slides from Digital History in the Undergraduate Curriculum.

Sharon Leon, mentioned above, also posted her presentation on Doing Digital History with Undergraduates.

Seth Denbo, also mentioned above, posts on The Digitally Informed Dissertation session.

I caught the tail end and discussion at the Publishing History Digitally session – again, if my notes offer anything, I’ll put them up.

There were two sessions on the future of graduate education. Here is a recap of the first, The Digitally Informed Dissertation, by Varin on the AHA blog. Here is a Storify-ed version of the second, Faculty Perspectives on the Dissertation Format.


THATCamp AHA – After a snowstorm locked me out of THATCamp Jewish Studies at AJS 2013, logistics meant I had to miss THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) at the AHA as well. Luckily many of the resources shared at the AHA unconference are available on its website. See especially the Dork Shorts URLs post (if you’re wondering what Dork Shorts are, they’re lightening talks; see here).

The Meeting Itself

The AHA made a Storify of the meeting, A Social Media Story of the AHA 2014.

You can always browse the AHA blog’s coverage of AHA 2014. I included several of the individual posts in my recap above.

Though posted prior to the conference, HNN Editor David Austin Walsh’s AHA Survival Guide: 2014 Edition is a nice introduction to what went on.

The History News Network (HNN) provides great coverage, including articles, videos, and recaps, in Highlights from the 2014 Meeting AHA Meeting. For those staying at the official conference hotels, HNN aired live updates and other programming on the hotel TV network. (Us, we stayed at the not-unlovely Windsor Park Hotel for half the price. The place still uses actual keys, how is that for quaint?) HNN also has a post about the Top Tweeters of #AHA2014, of which I was not one, in case you were in suspense.

The AHA is posting videos (including of the digital history workshop) on the AHA YouTube channel, collected here.

Here is a stable archive of all #AHA2014 tweets by Sharon Howard.

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