Beyond New Media: Digital Scholarship and the Liberal Arts

Digital innovations have been contributing to dramatic revisions in the practices of teaching, research, and publications in disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences for at least the past five years. And whilst the implications of such innovations may have once remained marginal—especially to humanities disciplines—they are becoming ever more pervasive. These changes go far beyond the effects of social media and new devices. In this presentation, the implications of these changes will be considered as an outline toward achieving and an environment supportive of digital scholarship. Questions to consider will be based on Jeannette Wing's 2006 article on computational thinking and an Cathy Davidson and David Theo Goldberg's thoughts on the future of learning institutions in a digital age.

Kathryn Tomasek, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History, Co-Director, Wheaton College Digital History Project, Wheaton College

Kathryn Tomasek teaches nineteenth-century U.S. and U.S. women's history at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she is Co-Director of the Wheaton College Digital History Project. She has written analog historical studies focused on women and children in Fourierist communities, tattoos in a children's story by Lydia Maria Child, and looking for feminist utopia in the novels of Louisa May Alcott. This year, she is Project Director for Encoding Financial Records, which was awarded a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.