TopicJob: Digital Scholarship Editor at Brown University

Job Description The Digital Scholarship Editor is a grant-funded position through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ( and is designed to extend Brown’s capabilities as a central force in advancing new forms and methods of scholarly communication. The Digital Scholarship Editor plays an important role in bringing together key technological, organizational, and academic resources across […]

DepositBroadening the Digital Humanities: The Vectors-CTS Summer Institute on Digital Approaches to American Studies

We propose to bring fifteen (15) scholars with strong interests in digital publication both in the fields of new media and in traditional areas of American Studies and Ethnic Studies to attend a four-week summer institute at the University of Southern California (USC) from mid-July to mid-August, 2011, that will explore how digital scholarship can address the needs of the changing fields of American Studies and Ethnic Studies. This summer institute will be administered by USC’s Center for Transformative Scholarship (CTS) and held at the Institute of Multimedia Literacy (IML), also the operational base for Vectors, the international electronic journal. The institute will be an introduction to key issues in the digital humanities within the context of American Studies and also a hands-on practicum in the creation of digital scholarship. The projects created will enrich participants’ understanding of the digital humanities and will model the field for other scholars in American Studies.

DepositAaron Swartz’s Legacy (Academe, 2014)

“It’s time to…declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture,” wrote computer programmer and internet activist Aaron Swartz in his “Guerilla Open Access Manifesto” (2008). Swartz was criticizing the privatization of scholarship already in the public domain, and seeking ways to make this work accessible to everyone. This essay examines Swartz’s open access vision, and traces the challenges he faced in carrying out his dream. I trace how digital technologies have shifted the boundaries of the scholarly community and outline how we can return scholarship past and present to the public domain.

MemberChelsea Miller

I currently work in the Acquisitions department at the State University of New York Press as an Editorial Assistant, where I work with authors and editors to publish scholarship in the fields of history, politics, religion, and more.I have experience in writing, editing, curatorial practice, teaching, web development, and event management. I am interested in the intellectual and physical spaces in which the past and present collide. In my personal work, I focus especially on writing history for digital and print media and examining the role of the activist-scholar through public history and public memory projects.

DepositMake the World: Digital Humanities, Identity, and New Civic Narratives

This presentation was part of the Reframing History: Public Digital Humanities and the Making of New Civic Narratives Panel at the conference. Panel description: Showcasing generative digital scholarship and public humanities practice, this panel will explore efforts to radically reframe local and regional histories of Central Florida and consider the implications for civic discourse on critical issues (race relations, economic development, historic preservation, gentrification, etc.) linking past, present, and future. Traditional narratives of this region have focused almost exclusively on Great Men (typically wealthy white investor-philanthropists) and the Great Homes, Businesses, and Cultural Institutions they established. Today, community leaders are demanding more inclusive narratives. In this panel, presenters discuss the digital pedagogy and public humanities practices they have employed to recover the Black Social Worlds (Chambliss), cultural traditions (Baker), patronage networks (French), and preservation strategies (McPherson) of economically and politically marginalized African American communities. In developing a public digital humanities practice that embraces on and offline projects, they seek to add depth, context, and clarity to a regional history that extends, illuminates, and at times disrupts the broader narrative of southern history. From dynamic classroom experiences that empower students to community engagement through walking tours, “history harvests,” podcasts and museum exhibits they argue, bringing the digital to the public has multiple benefits to expand our vision of the black experience.

DepositDigital Storytelling Syllabus (Brown University Graduate-Level Course; Spring 2019)

Print-friendly remediation and backup copy of my course site for “Digital Storytelling,” part of the Spring 2019 offerings in the Public Humanities MA program at Brown University. Course web site can be found here: This course focuses on three particular areas within the larger topic of Digital Storytelling: Iterative and Interactive Storytelling, Audio Storytelling, and Data-Oriented Storytelling. Content covered includes podcasts, internet memes, comics, video games, hip-hop sampling aesthetics, as well as academic forms of digital scholarship, digital humanities projects, and digital archives.

DepositDigital Cultural Mapping: Transformative Scholarship and Teaching in the Geospatial Humanities

“Digital Cultural Mapping: Transformative Scholarship in the Geospatial Humanities” is a proposal for a three-week summer institute at UCLA for an interdisciplinary group of 12 humanities scholars and advanced graduate students to learn how to develop innovative publications and courses that harness the theoretical and practical approaches of the “geospatial humanities.” Situated at the intersection of critical cartography and information visualization, the Institute will combine a survey of the state of the art in interoperable geospatial tools and publication models, with hands-on, studio-based training in how to integrate GIS data into humanities scholarship, develop robust spatial visualizations, and deploy a suite of mapping tools in the service of creating publication- ready research articles and short monographs. The Institute will culminate in an “impact and evaluation” seminar of these publications with representatives from major university presses and journals.