The OI will host two workshops in 2018. More information about the ongoing WMQ-EMSI series offered each spring as well as the “Digital Research in Early America” workshop we will co-host with the University of California, Irvine, in October can be found below.
The WMQ-EMSI Workshop Series is designed to identify and encourage new trends in our understanding of the history and culture of early North America. It fosters intellectual exchange among scholars working on thematically related topics that may be chronologically, geographically, or methodologically diverse. The participants are primarily mature scholars working on second or subsequent book projects; they share their work in progress with the aim of deepening and enriching their perspectives, their approaches, and ultimately the final products of their research.
Information about the May 2018 WMQ-EMSI Workshop. “Digital Archives of Vast Early America,” will be posted early in the year. Past workshop programs may be found here, and conveners’ essays may be found in the pages of the journal.
“Digital Research in Early America” aims to bring together early American scholars across a wide range of subfields and disciplines to showcase the results of computational research in early American history. Digital technology’s wide application to historical research and information dissemination has led to questions about argumentation, the division between source and analysis, and how we define scholarship. Here we seek to build on those conversations by focusing on how computational research technologies, specifically, offer fresh perspectives on the early American past.