While terms like digital humanities and open access—along with the new sorts of work they denote—are becoming more common, traditional scholarship and publishing remain the norm within academia. Do faculty and students have what they need in order to risk exploring new forms of scholarship and still thrive, particularly within the humanities? What sort of support is useful? And how might academic hiring, promotion, and evaluation practices evolve?
At 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, director of scholarly communication for the Modern Language Association (MLA) and Visiting Research Professor of English at New York University, will give a lecture in January Hall(Room 110) on the Danforth Campus addressing some of these challenges and questions. Titled “The Digital Futures of Scholarship,” the event will include a panel response from Washington University professors Elizabeth Childs, Tabea Linhard, and Joe Loewenstein, and a reception will follow in the East Asian Library, also located within January Hall.
"Some faculty practices with respect to scholarly work have in recent years changed faster than have the ways that work gets evaluated," writes Fitzpatrick, who is the author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy and The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television as well as the co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons. "If we don’t make a considered effort to catch our review processes up to our research and communication practices, we run the risk of stifling innovation in the places we need it most."
Fitzpatrick is well suited to lead a conversation on navigating open-access publishing, text and data mining, new approaches to peer review, and more, notes librarian Ruth Lewis, who is helping organize the event.
"One of her own books, Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, was released for open commenting prior to publication," Lewis says. "To be feasible in the current academic environment, these sorts of innovations need the support of publishers, scholarly societies, institutions, departments, libraries, mentors, and colleagues. And there’s much to discuss. The digital future probably means more stuff, for instance, so how can scholars and researchers find and filter the ideas, information, and data which they need?"
Free and open to the public, the event is co-sponsored by Washington University Libraries, the Department of English, and the Department of Art History and Archeology. For more information, contact Ruth Lewis or Joy Lowery, and for optional pre-registration see http://fitzpatrick.doattend.com.
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