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Title: Technology and the Humanities: Call for Proposals
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September 2002

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Source: Technology and the Humanities: Call for Proposals

vol. 5, no. 2, September 2002
Article Type: Notice

Technology and the Humanities: Call for Proposals


Technology and the Humanities: A new monographic series to be published by M. E. Sharpe, Inc.
Call for Book Proposals: The Humanities and Technology

M.E. Sharpe, Inc., and the American Association for History and Computing (AAHC) are proud to announce the launching of a new book series, "The Humanities and Technology," edited by David J. Staley, Jeffrey G. Barlow, and Dennis A. Trinkle. We invite scholars and educators from history and all the humanities disciplines to submit proposals for the series.

GOAL: The goal of this series is to explore how emerging technologies will transform the presentation, communication, and our understanding of history and the humanities.

SCOPE AND DESCRIPTION: The recent development of digital technology–computers, the Internet, virtual reality–is transforming academia and altering how scholars research, present, and communicate their scholarship. These technologies are evolving at a rapid pace, posing challenges and presenting concepts never before encountered. This series will examine the many issues the new technology raises–such as scholarship, methods, accuracy, and assessment–and trace its impact on teaching, tenure, pedagogy, and other matters. It will also explore the philosophical aspects of the new technology and how the digital revolution will influence thought, communication, and the future of scholarship in the humanities. The series will thus range from practical manuals, guides, and "how-to" books to standard historical monographs and theoretical treatises on the development, impact, and evolution of the new technology on history and the humanities disciplines.

Books tentatively accepted for the series include:

  • Teaching History in the Digital Classroom
  • Digital Scholarship in the Tenure, Promotion, and Review Process: A Primer
  • Computers, Visualization, and History: How New Technology Will Transform Our Understanding of the Past

SUGGESTED TOPICS: The topics for proposed books should be broad and wide-ranging, and should address academics, K-12 teachers, archivists, librarians, and/or the general public in the United States and internationally as well. Possible topics might include:

  • New forms of digital scholarship.
  • Archiving and storing data, and the effects on research practices.
  • Using databases and quantitative methods.
  • Use of technology by practitioners of the humanities disciplines.
  • Alternative models for scholarly publishing using technology.
  • Computing, cyberspace and the digital culture.
  • "Humanizing" computing.
  • Conference symposia and other collected works.
  • Reference works.

M.E. Sharpe and the AAHC have already taken the lead in publishing books dealing with history and computing. This series is a natural extension of this partnership, adding to the impressive list of books already published by Sharpe, such as The History Highway,, and Writing, Teaching and Researching History in the Electronic Age. As this list attests, the collaboration between Sharpe and the AAHC has already been fruitful—The History Highway is widely regarded as the standard reference work on history on the Web—and we anticipate that this series will be as successful as these previous ventures.

To submit a proposal, send a two-page description, a table of contents, c.v., and a sample chapter to one of the series editors:

David J. Staley

Department of History
Heidelberg College
310 E. Market St.
Tiffin, Ohio 44883

Jeffrey G. Barlow

Matsushita Chair of Asian Studies
Director, Matsushita Center for Electronic Learning
Faculty Director, Berglund Center for Internet Studies
Department of History
Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, Oregon 97116

Dennis A. Trinkle

Director of 361° Initiatives,
Associate Coordinator of Information Services and Technology,
and Tenzer University Professor in Instructional Technology
DePauw University
713 S. Locust Street
Greencastle, Indiana 46135-1669