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Call for Reviewers!

Do you still read books? —Then we’d like to know what you think! 

For many of us, the book manuscript remains an important part of the academic job portfolio. Recently, some scholars have published books related to the field of Digital History. In what ways have these new publications innovated in the field? How do they relate to other historical works? And, what do they reveal about the use of digital methods to study history?

In order to jump start the Fall term  and stimulate conversation, the HASTAC Digital History is calling for reviewers. This is a great way to share ideas about relevant literature with our group, add a different kind of publication to your CV, and/or get your feet wet in review-style writing (if you haven't yet written a review for a peer-reviewed journal).

Here are some initial titles we thought might be of interest to the group, but feel free to recommend other books in the comment section below. Please also sign up to review the books by responding in the comment sections or contacting Tina Davidson or Ben Weber via the HASTAC message function.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Tina and Ben

 

 

  • Bentkowska-Kafel, Anna, Trish Cashen, and Hazel Gardiner. Digital Art History: a Subject in Transition. Bristol: Intellect, 2005.
  • Cohen, Daniel J, and Roy Rosenzweig. Digital History: a Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.
  • Darnton, Robert. The History of Books and the Digital Future. Vol. 2010. The Bernard H. Breslauer Lecture ; New York: American Trust for the British Library, 2010.
  • Dixon, Steve, and Barry Smith. Digital Performance: a History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2007.
  • Drucker, Johanna, and Emily McVarish. Graphic Design History: a Critical Guide. Boston: Pearson, 2013.
  • Jenkins, Henry. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York: New York University Press, 2008.
  • Moretti, Franco. Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for Literary History. London; New York: Verso, 2007.
  • Rabinovitz, Lauren, and Abraham Geil. Memory Bytes: History, Technology, and Digital Culture. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.
  • Rosenzweig, Roy. Clio Wired: The Future of the Past in the Digital Age. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.
  • Weller, Toni. History in the Digital Age. London; New York: Routledge, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 
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Hi Tina and Ben:

  What a great idea!  I would be interested in reviewing either Digital History: a Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web or History in the Digital Age.  I'm leaning toward the former, if it is still available.

 

Ashley

 

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I wouldn't mind reviewing Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide if it's still available! 

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Awesome, thanks Ashley! 

Both are still available so take your pick, and easiest way is to post here to claim your title.

We also thought it will be good to establish a loose timeline once people have signed up to review the different books so folks should also be thinking of when they would like to submit their review. 

Does "HASTAC Digital History Book Review of the Month" work for everyone? 

Would you be able to post your review by October 1st Ashley, or does that seem too quick?

Very excited about discussing these readings with everyone!

Ben 

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That's great! 

Do you want to try and review it by November 1st or would some other date work better for you Tara? We can always back fill missing monthly firsts as more people sign up. 

 

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November 1st works! If anything changes, I'll be sure to inform you well in advance.

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Perfect, Nov. 1st it is. Looking forward to it :)

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Great.  I'll do: Digital History: a Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web.   It is available in a kindle edition, so I can get reading right away.  Can I push for an October 5 deadline?  I'm travelling by car to NOLA at the end of September, so the Oct 1 date may be a bit tricky.

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Sounds good! 

October 5th is just fine, but if you would prefer to post a different month (say Dec?) I'm sure someone would sign up to take the Oct. post slot. 

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This sounds great!

(I dropped you a line via msg too Tina!)

My suggestions were also Digital Griots- A. Banks and Books int he Digital Age - John B Thompson.

I think this sounds like a great project.

 

Regards, 

Jennifer

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Great Jennifer!  So excited to have you join the team. I just responded to your msg.  --Tina

 

 
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Hello all,

I can do Weller, Toni. History in the Digital Age. London; New York: Routledge, 2013.

Mid October?

Cheers,

Ece

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Hi Ece,

So happy to hear that you're in! So, I think we're going to aim for a "Book of the Month" Review Series and Ashley has already signed up for October. Would you be interested in posting in either December or January?  If we get a lot more responses, we'll move to 2  per month.  What do you think?

Looking forward to your participation,

Tina

 
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Hi all,

Great initiative. I would like to review either Moretti's or Jenkins' books. Are they still available? I would do it for late October or early November.

Cheers,

Eduard 

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Tara already swooped up Jenkins but Moretti is all yours if you'd like. 

I echo Tina in saying Dec. or Jan. would be best if we stick with the Digital History Book Review of the Month idea but we could certainly do two per month if there's enough interest.

We just want to be sure and give folks time to read the reviews, comment, and generate discussion before moving to the next discussion as we all know how fast two weeks can fly by in the midst of everything else everyone has going on. 

Let's give a little more time for people to sign up / recomend books and then Tina and I will work with you all to put the schedule together. 

Thanks for particiating, I think this is going to be really enriching for all of us involved!

 

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Hey all,

I like the idea of two per month for comparison's sakes but am happy to do whatever. Let us know who presents what each month.

Fondly,

Ece

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Ben and I will get a schedule up in the next 24-36 hours. Hopefully we'll get a couple more people to sign up too! Thanks Ece! -Tina

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Yes, we now have enough people to do two book reviews a month through the Fall, and I've just sent a tentative schedule to our reviewers - Ashley, Tara, Jennifer, Ece, Eduard and Kevin. (Kevin has offered to review T.M. Kelley's Teaching History in the Digital Age, 2013).

Even though we have two reviews per month for October through December, people should definitely keep signing up if there is a book still on the list they would like to review, or if there is one not on the list they would like to add. It would be fantastic if we could run it as a year long series on the Digital History Group page. 

One title I forgot to add to the initial list but might be of interest to folks working with cartography and spatial approaches to history is:  Denis Wood's Rethinking the Power of Maps (2010).

Looking forward to discussing all of these works in what is shaping up to be a terriffic series!

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I would love to review "Clio Wired", if it is still available. I'm new to this kind of literature, so this would be a great way for me to dive in.

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If it's still available, I'd like to review 

  • Bentkowska-Kafel, Anna, Trish Cashen, and Hazel Gardiner. Digital Art History: a Subject in Transition. Bristol: Intellect, 2005.

I didn't see that anyone had claimed it yet. I can go in December or January, or even later as the schedule dictetes; I like the monthly idea.

 

Does this fuction like other review publications where you send us a copy of the book, or are we responsible for obtaining a copy?

 

Thanks!

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If it's still available, I'd like to review 

  • Bentkowska-Kafel, Anna, Trish Cashen, and Hazel Gardiner. Digital Art History: a Subject in Transition. Bristol: Intellect, 2005.

I didn't see that anyone had claimed it yet. I can go in December or January, or even later as the schedule dictetes; I like the monthly idea.

 

Does this fuction like other review publications where you send us a copy of the book, or are we responsible for obtaining a copy?

 

Thanks!

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Can I take the Darnton? It would be a really great fit with my background in textual studies and book history.

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Hey All,

I have never joined a book club - not even Oprahs!  This sounds like a great experience to be able to reveiw a book and then suggest it to the Scholars at large.  I will take any of the left-overs, because all of the books fall into my area of interest and I love left-overs!

  • Drucker, Johanna, and Emily McVarish. Graphic Design History: a Critical Guide. Boston: Pearson, 2013.

Thank you Tina & Ben for starting this up.  I am going to create a T&B Book Club Badge for us, unless it's already created. :)

 

js

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I would like to review: Memory Bytes: History, Technology, and Digital Culture, if it's still available. 

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Or alternately, can I suggest and claim David Golumbia's The Cultural Logic of Computation?

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Thank you for starting this up, I think it's an excellent idea! I would like to review any of:
 
 
  • Drucker, Johanna, and Emily McVarish. Graphic Design History: a Critical Guide. Boston: Pearson, 2013.
  • Jenkins, Henry. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York: New York University Press, 2008.
  • Moretti, Franco. Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for Literary History. London; New York: Verso, 2007.

     
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Caleb,

I was going through a recent Archivaria (issue 74) and happened to notice the following review of Clio Wired. It might be of interest to you as you tackle your review!

http://journals.sfu.ca.pitt.idm.oclc.org/archivar/index.php/archivaria/a...

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Thanks for this, Anna-Sophia. Looks like a useful review.

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Hey Anna,

I can't open that link. Can you resend it?

Ece

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It's probably easier for you to search for the journal (Archivaria) in your institution's library, and find Issue 74. Assuming the journal isn't open access, the only URLs that anyone has will be based on their own institutional logins. There isn't a way to post a stable URL that doesn't require personal credentials.  

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Yes, I had to find the journal through my university library, which had access to it.

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Paige is right - the journal is only openly accessible up to 2002, so if the above link doesn't permit you to log in with your own credentials, you would need to search your institution's library for the issue. For context, Archivaria is the journal of the Association of Canadian Archivists, and one that I frequently find interesting.

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Hi everyone,

This flurry of interest is wonderful and it looks like we can certainly run the series all year. The schedule for the Fall Series is already set and posted here.

Based on the responses we received, in the order we received them (some people messaged or emailed us directly), here is a tentative schedule for the Spring “HASTAC Digital History Group Book Review of the Month” Series.

  • January 15: Anna-Sophia Zingarelli reviewing: Bentkowska-Kafel, Anna, Trish Cashen, and Hazel Gardiner. Digital Art History: a Subject in Transition. Bristol: Intellect, 2005.
  • February 15: Julia Kostova reviewing: Rosenzweig, Roy. Clio Wired: The Future of the Past in the Digital Age. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.
  • March 15: Paige Morgan reviewing: Darnton, Robert. The History of Books and the Digital Future. Vol. 2010. The Bernard H. Breslauer Lecture ; New York: American Trust for the British Library, 2010. Or, David Golumbia's The Cultural Logic of Computation?
  • April 15: Jason Striker reviewing: Drucker, Johanna, and Emily McVarish. Graphic Design History: a Critical Guide. Boston: Pearson, 2013.
  • May 15: Evan Johnson reviewing, Rabinovitz, Lauren, and Abraham Geil. Memory Bytes: History, Technology, and Digital Culture. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004

Note: Tina and I will send you all a message to coordinate dates if you need to switch them around with each other for any reason before we finalize the above schedule. 

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Caleb: Julia Kostova had already emailed us to ask if she could review Clio Wired for February if we ran the series into the Spring but we’d love to have you suggest and review another title if there’s something else you’d be interested to review.

Zaqir: Those three titles have already been assigned but we can certainly fit you into the schedule if there is another book you’d like to review.

As of now, the only book from the initial list that remain unassigned is:  Steve Dixon and Barry Smith’s Digital Performance: a History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2007.

Off the top, I think Dennis Wood’s Rethinking the Power of Maps could be very interesting to discuss for folks who are interested in spatial history and Fox Harrell’s Phantasmal Media: An Approach to Imagination, Computation, and Expression (Forthcoming with MIT Press) could be pretty awesome as well if it comes out in time.

We really encourage everyone to get involved by commenting and discussing the reviews when they are posted and also by suggesting other titles that fit the Digital History series and we can work you into the Spring schedule. 

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If it still remains free, I can take Steve Dixon and Barry Smith’s

Digital Performance: a History of New Media in Theater, Dance,
Performance Art, and Installation/. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2007.
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Hey, I would be happy to review Dennis Wood’s Rethinking the Power of Maps

I do a fair bit of work on GIS for early modern drama, so this is right up my alley!

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Benjamin -- per my message, I've been scheduled for March 1 not Feb. 1. March 1st is preferable, if that's OK.

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Yes Elizabeth and Zaqir, we can definitely work you into the Spring schedule. 

We are working on confirming the 5 reviews listed above for the Spring series (Jan.15 through May 15), but it looks like we will have enough interest to run two reviews per month as we are doing for the Fall series. I'll send you both a message to confirm the dates but maybe it will work to have Elizabeth review Dixon and Smith for Feb.1st and Zaqir to review Wood for March 1st. 

That leaves April 1st and May 1st open in the schedule (with one person who may possibly move from Fall to Spring). I believe only the Robert Darnton remains from the initial list but folks should continue to feel free to recommend Digital History related titles if there are other things you'd like to review. 

I'll post the Spring schedule to the Digital History Group page as soon as it's confirmed. 

Thanks!

 

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Hi all, 
 
So, after hearing back from almost all of you, here is the schedule for the Spring Series (I think the only person I'm waiting on confirmation for is Jason Striker). We have May 1 as an open slot for anyone who would like to propose a book to review and join the series.  
 
  • January 15: Anna-Sophia Zinarelli reviewing: Bentkowska-Kafel, Anna, Trish Cashen, and Hazel Gardiner. Digital Art History: a Subject in Transition. Bristol: Intellect, 2005.
  • February 1: Ashley Young reviewing: Daniel Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig, Digital History: a Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (2006)
  • February 15: Julia Kostova reviewing: Rosenzweig, Roy. Clio Wired: The Future of the Past in the Digital Age. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.
  • March 1: Elizabeth Dill reviewing: Dixon, Steve, and Barry Smith. Digital Performance: a History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2007
  • March 15: Paige Morgan reviewing: David Golumbia's The Cultural Logic of Computation. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009. 
  • April 1: Zaqir Virani reviewing: Wood, Dennis. Rethinking the Power of Maps, New York: Guilford Press, 2010.
  • April 15: Jason Striker reviewing: Drucker, Johanna, and Emily McVarish. Graphic Design History: a Critical Guide. Boston: Pearson, 2013.
  • May 15: Evan Johnson reviewing, Rabinovitz, Lauren, and Abraham Geil. Memory Bytes: History, Technology, and Digital Culture. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004

I will go ahead and post the schedule on the Digital History Group page and enter the dates in the calendar. Please let me know if anything needs to be changed and/or revised. Thanks!

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Did you say the Robert Darnton book is still unclaimed? I'm happy to review it for May 1st (or any other spring date).

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Great, I'll go ahead and add you to the schedule for May 1 Maryam. Thanks!

 

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I'd be interested in reviewing  this Nov. 2013 release, possibly for 1 Jan.: eds. Melissa Terras, Julianne Nyhan, Edward Vanhoutte, Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader.

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Hi Sara, 

I can add you on to the end of the Spring Series for June 1 if that works for you. 

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I could also put you down for Jan. 1 in the Fall Series, I just assumed no one would want to have a new year's day dealine. 

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Thanks!

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Sara, I've added you to the Spring calender for June 1 which is up here.

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