CFP: The Association for Documentary Editing annual meeting

The Association for Documentary Editing invites proposals for sessions at the organization’s annual meeting in Dickinson N.D., June 25-27, 2020

At this year’s ADE meeting, we are eager to discover and discuss the ways in which documentary editors perform at the intersections between editorial work and archival, pedagogical, traditional academic, and digital humanities work.

Conference Theme:

“New Horizons: Breaking/Erasing Boundaries”

Approaches to the theme could include:

  • Crossing Fences: Constituencies, Collaboration, What We Document
  • Digital Frontiers: Publication Platforms, Digital Preservation
  • Old Ways, New Ways: Changes in Pedagogy; Print and/or Digital Editing“New Horizons: Breaking/Erasing Boundaries”

Questions that panels, roundtables, individual papers might consider and address:

  • Are there people working in our field (perhaps reading this call for papers!) who are not editors but who share our interests, benefit from our work, collaborate with us, contribute to our editions? By including them/you in our program, could we expand the constituencies of the ADE?
  • Editorial/archival projects are increasingly collaborative internally, with historians, literary scholars, library staff, and digital humanists working in tandem with editors. Who else uses tools and skillsets like editors? What does “collaboration” mean within born-digital editions and archives?
  • How have current and past editions/archives/digital humanities projects documented the breaking of social/political/literary/ cultural/racial/sexual barriers across time and place?
  • Can aggregated digital publication hubs for micro editions or other new technologies appeal to women, people of color, and others to provide opportunities for documenting un-documented or under-documented marginalized communities, people or events?
  • What are potential solutions to the high costs of publication?
  • How has our own pedagogy changed, and how can editing change what happens in the classrooms or online courses of our disciplines?
  • What will be the impact on editorial training of the new model of the Editing Institute(EI)? What reflections do former graduates or teachers of the Editing Institute have about their experience, and what work has emerged from that experience in the EI?
  • What does “collaboration” mean in the digital humanities classroom? How do innovative archival and editorial projects make their way into the classroom?

The program committee will consider proposals for presentations in a variety of formats, including:

Pre-arranged panel: usually consists of three thematically associated papers, with an optional commentator and chair. A panel can take one of two forms:

  • Individual presentations (typically three) no more than 20 minutes in length.
  • Papers (full length, three to five) pre-circulated to the panel and possibly also on the ADE website. Panelists summarize briefly (10 minutes or less) at the meeting.

In either format, panelists should have questions prepared to engage fellow panelists and the audience in discussions of the common themes and issues raised in and beyond the papers. In the interest of promoting discussion, time limits will be strictly enforced. Thematic panels of product or process demonstrations are also encouraged.

Individual presentation: typically in either format listed under the pre-arranged panel. If accepted, individual presentations will be grouped into panels using one of the formats above.

Roundtable: usually consists of several speakers and addresses topics of broad interest and scope with a defined and pre-circulated list for the participants of guiding questions. The objective should be creating lively debate and active audience participation.

Poster or digital demonstration: both the printed poster format and computer demonstrations of websites or digital projects, especially for works-in-progress. The setting for the poster session will encourage in-person presentation and informal conversation.

Please contact program committee chair Constance B. Schulz [schulz@sc.edu] if you have questions about the stated theme or formats. Each finished proposal should comprise an abstract of no more than 500 words, including a statement of preferred format; and name, email address, and any relevant institutional or edition affiliation for each presenter. Please send your proposal to the same email address as an attachment (Word, plain text, PDF, Open Office) with the words “ADE 2020 Program Proposal” in the subject line by February 29, 2020.(Happy Leap Year Day!) Those who prefer to use the U.S. mail or a FAX can send proposals to Schulz c/o Department of History, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, or FAX 803-777-4494.

2020 Program Committee: Constance Schulz, Noelle Baker, Tom Downey, Patricia Kalayjian, David Nolan

The meeting, hosted by the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University, will be held at the Ramada Grand Dakota Hotel from June 25-27, 2020.

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