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.

The John Dickinson Writings Project Seeks A Full-Time Managing Editor

The John Dickinson Writings Project (JDP), under the auspices of the Center for Digital Editing (CDE) at the University of Virginia, seeks a full-time Managing Editor.

The goal of the Project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Historic Publications and Records Commission, and private donors, is to assemble the entire corpus of Dickinson’s political works into an estimated six printed volumes, a college-level course reader, and a Web-based digital version. John Dickinson contributed more writings to the American Founding than any other figure. He is best known for his Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania (1767-68), the first resounding and successful call for colonial unity to resist British oppression.

The Managing Editor will complete the final stages of preparation of Volumes Three (1764–1766) and Four (1767–1769) and prepare Volume Five (1770–1775) of The Complete Writings and Selected Correspondence of John Dickinson. Working under the supervision of Jane Calvert (JDP) and Jennifer Stertzer (CDE) and in concert with other JDP/CDE staff in Charlottesville, Va., the Managing Editor will engage in the following activities: transcribing and proofreading manuscripts; annotation research (including travel to archives) and writing; formatting content in MS Word and Adobe Acrobat; basic work in Drupal. The Managing Editor will take the lead on these tasks and establish and manage the workflow of other experienced and new JDP team members.

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA and is a 2-year commitment with an expected start date no later than January 2, 2020.

Required Qualifications: At least a master’s degree in early American history or related field; experience in scholarly publication or documentary editing; paleographic skills in 18th century handwriting; team-building/managerial skills; ability to solve problems in a digital environment; ability to work independently and collaboratively; strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to meet strict production deadlines; meticulous attention to detail, including mastering complicated editorial protocols; commitment to the highest standard of scholarly work.

Preferred Qualifications: PhD in Revolutionary Era American history or related field; expertise in 18th century American or British legal and/or political texts; previous work with a Founder’s papers project or similar; experience in team management; familiarity with Drupal; reading knowledge of Latin and/or French.

The job posting can be found at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UVAJobs/job/Charlottesville-VA/Managing-Editor–The-John-Dickinson-Writings-Project_R0011286. For questions about the position, please contact Jennifer Stertzer, at jes7z@virginia.edu or Jane Calvert at jane.calvert@uky.edu

ADE Publications Committee Seeking Members

The Association for Documentary Editing’s publications committee seeks new members. The committee, chaired by Silvia Glick, is responsible for the ADE’s publishing projects, which in the past have included the online journal Scholarly Editing. The committee will meet by telephone or video conference in early October to plan its activities for the coming year. If interested, please contact Silvia at silviaglick@gmail.com.

Call for Nominations: Lyman H. Butterfield Award

The Lyman H. Butterfield Award committee solicits nominations for a recipient of the award in 2018. This award is presented annually by the Association for Documentary Editing to an individual, editorial project, or institution for notable contributions in the areas of documentary publication, teaching, or service.
Nominations should be made by email. Supporting letters from members of the Association are encouraged. All materials should reach the committee chair by 20 April 2018, sent by e-mail to:
Charlene Bickford
Thank you,
Charlene Bickford, chair
Tim Connelly
Adrina Garbooshian-Huggins
Rachel Love Monroy
Barbara Oberg

Call for Nominations: Boydston Essay Prize

The Association for Documentary Editing invites nominations for the 2018 Boydston Essay Prize. The prize will be awarded to the best essay or review published between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017, the primary focus of which is the editing of a volume of works or documents. The award carries a cash honorarium of $300. Eligible essays may have been published in digital and print journals, monographs, and collections. Please submit nominations and citations in the body of an e-mail, and attach essays or reviews to be considered as Rich Text Format (RTF), MS Word, or PDF to the address below. Self-nominations are welcome. The prize will be awarded in June 2018 at the ADE annual meeting in Olympia, Washington.

Nominations are due by January 31, 2018.

Submit nominations to:
Tony Curtis
Assistant Editor
Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition
tony.curtis@ky.gov