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#SD5: Promoting Digital Humanists Roundtable
Wednesday, 24/Jul/2019:
4:45pm - 6:15pm

Session Chair: Seth Denbo
Location: Marquis C, Marriott City Center
capacity 60

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Promoting Digital Humanists: Scholarly Societies and Academic Careers

Seth Denbo1, Sarah Levine2, Elizabeth Losh3

1American Historical Association; 2American Academy of Religion; 3William and Mary, Modern Language Association

Scholarly societies in the humanities have set about creating guidelines for how digital scholarship should be evaluated for hiring, promotion, and tenure. By encouraging openness to new methods and formats, and promoting intentionality in both individual and departmental responses to innovation, these guidelines have been developed to ensure that scholars in the digital humanities are able to obtain the appropriate credit and recognition for their work.

With greater numbers of scholars in our disciplines doing research that derives conclusions through digital methods and also publishing their outcomes in non-traditional formats (either through preference or necessity) it is time to explore and assess the efficacy of these guidelines. Are the efforts of these societies making a difference, and if so how? This roundtable will include representatives from several large humanities associations — American Academy of Religion, American Historical Association, College Art Association, and Modern Language Association — talking about their guidelines and how they are being used by individual scholars to support their job, tenure, and promotion applications. Associations have written into these documents recommendations for departments as well as, in some cases, institutions. Asking questions about the effect these recommendations are having, and how we can increase their uptake will be vital to the continued development of digital scholarship in humanities disciplines.

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