18th C Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon at ASECS meeting March 2016

Friends and colleagues: please join us in honoring Adrianne Wadewitz at this year’s ASECS meeting in Pittsburgh while contributing to an important collaborative project. Feel free to distribute this call widely.

2nd Annual Adrianne Wadewitz Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

(sponsored by the Indiana University Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies)
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting
March 31 – April 3, 2016 / Pittsburgh, PA

This special session will again honor our beloved, brilliant colleague, Adrianne Wadewitz, who died in 2014 in a tragic rock climbing accident. (Her New York Times obituary can be found here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/business/media/adrianne-wadewitz-37-wikipedia-editor-and-academic-dies.html?_r=0 )

An 18th-centuryist, Wadewitz was also an innovator in digital humanities, a rising star in both fields.  In particular, she worked tirelessly to increase the representation of women and minorities on Wikipedia–an online resource which historically has been dominated by the contributions of men. Concerned with content, she wanted to ensure that a diversity of stories and voices were being recognized.

This conference session will be an active editing session where we will add new entries and expand incomplete (“stub”) entries for important figures, works, and key terms or concepts—literary, historical, artistic, philosophical, religious, scientific, etc.—from our period. In essence, we hope to continue contributing to an Encyclopédie project for the 21st century, following Diderot’s aim: “to change the way people think.”

Like last year, we are soliciting proposals for specific content, and well as for participation in this digital humanities event. As eighteenth-century scholars, we have a signal opportunity to make accessible material that has been inadequately represented—some of it effectively “lost” to any but a small group of specialists by not being included in the world’s largest and most utilized reference work—to the widest possible audience of readers.

We will be collaborating with experienced Wikipedians, so no prior editing experience with the encyclopedia is necessary. Instead, we can channel our collective energy into deciding what to add—including fresh entries as well as significant expansion of existing ones. We anticipate writing at least some of the content in advance, although this preparation is not required. The number of entries we add or revise will depend on the total number of participants, but our goal is to contribute substantially to anywhere between a dozen and two-dozen entries. Last year we were able to create or expand around 15 entries. Obviously, this will be a highly collaborative endeavor, and our hope is to draw a wide range of contributors from senior scholars to graduate students. No time commitment is too short or too long — feel free to drop in for part of the session or to stay for the entirety. You may also contribute throughout the conference, of course, but without the same convivial element that those of us gathering face to face will enjoy.

Please send preliminary inquiries as well as requests to participate and ideas for proposed entries by October 1 to:

Courtney Wennerstrom (cwenners@indiana.edu) AND Christopher Nagle (cnagle@wmich.edu)

We can then match participants with content in time to prepare for the annual meeting in March.

Vickie Cutting
Office Manager
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

THATCamp at UTD September 19

Registration is now open for Digital Frontiers 2015, the conference and THATCamp that brings together the makers and users of digital resources in the humanities, September 17-19, 2015 at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Digital Frontiers is the largest and longest-running digital humanities conference in Texas.

Featuring Keynote Speakers Carolyn Guertin (University of Ontario Institute of Technology) and Michael Edson (Smithsonian Institute) Digital Frontiers 2015 is hosted by the School of Arts and Humanities and the Emerging Media and Communication program at University of Texas at Dallas.

Our distinguished keynotes are joined by 37 other presenters from 20 institutions in 8 U.S. states and 3 countries.

Registration is $50 for non-students, and $20 for undergraduate and graduate students (including lunch); THATCamp registration is $20. To view the conference schedule, and for information on registration and lodging, please visit http://digital-frontiers.org/ Direct questions to digitalfrontiers@unt.edu<mailto:digitalfrontiers@unt.edu> and join the conversation on Twitter @DigiFront<https://twitter.com/DigiFront> and #DF15UTD.



International Grad Student Conference on Transatlantic History, UTA, Oct 25-26

A great opportunity to attend a conference and hear some good papers:

I contact you on behalf of the Transatlantic History Student Organization (THSO) from UT Arlington. We will be holding our 14th Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 on the UTA campus.

We are very excited to be able to offer a two-day event this year. Graduate students and young scholars from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia and Germany as well as a variety of US institutions will be presenting on a variety of topics throughout the two days and Dr. Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra from UT Austin will be our keynote speaker on Friday evening at 8:30 pm. Some of the presentations will be in Spanish and German.

Please find a flyer and the full program with abstracts of the presentations under:

Thank you for sharing this information with your colleagues and graduate students. We hope to see you in Arlington!

Best regards,
Isabelle Rispler

Isabelle Y. Rispler
PhD Candidate in Transatlantic History
and Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of History
The University of Texas at Arlington

Fourth Annual Feminist Art History Conference, November 2013 in Washington, DC.

Fourth Annual Feminist Art History Conference

Katzen Arts Center, American University, Friday, Nov. 8 – Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013

The Art History Program of American University announces the fourth annual Feminist Art History Conference, to be held from November 8-10, 2013. Sessions on Friday afternoon will be followed by an opening reception and keynote address; sessions continue on Saturday. Keynote address: Dr. Patricia Simons, “Devotion and Desire: Women Viewers and the Case of the ‘Lesbian Nun’ in Early Seventeenth-Century Italy.” An exhibition of work by Faith Ringgold will be on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts; a panel discussion on contemporary women artists will take place there on Sunday.

Online registration requested by Friday, Nov. 1. Conference fee of $45 ($25 student rate, with ID) includes all sessions, keynote address, receptions, coffee breaks, catered lunch on Saturday, and museum events: http://www.american.edu/cas/art-history/femconf/index.cfm.

Andrea Pearson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art History
Art Department, Katzen 101
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016

Help us share your accomplisments – redux

Dear graduate students,

I know it was not long ago I asked you to share your accomplishments, and we used the information we got for statistical purposes. Now we are working on getting a website up with information about what you all have done and are doing, so we can collect long term data and so we can share your accomplishments with the rest of the world.

Pretty please go to the page below and fill out your information – one post for each conference/publication/event/appointment/performance/other.


We want everything you have done in the last two years (i.e. from Fall 2011). The nifty software will then compile the information for us and for a web page listing of your exploits so the world (your professors, employers, colleagues and future students) can see what you do and have done.

We really want this information to be as complete as possible, and we really do want to brag about you – thank you for your participation!


P.S. since we are trying to reach out to alumni too, please feel free to repost, forward, or retweet to other current and former UTD students.

RAW conference this weekend

Please join us for the 5th Annual RAW: Research, Art, Writing Interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium. The schedule (link at the bottom of this page) provides specific information regarding our events and panels.

Of special note is Irish poet Desmond Egan’s reading this Friday. Egan, who is our symposium keynote speaker, will be reading his own work. We welcome you to attend the reading, which is Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend at the RAW Symposium. Please feel free to contact us at the following e-mail address: utd.gsa@gmail.com.

Courtney Dombroski
GSA Vice-President and RAW Committee Chair