“The Early Modern and the Digital” edition of Early Modern Cultural Studies

I wanted to let everyone know that the journal Early Modern Cultural Studies has put out a call for papers on the topic of digitization. I know we spent a lot of time in the Reading Publics seminar thinking about the different kinds of conclusions that we as researchers reach depending on whether or not we use digitized or print materials. I am pasting the Call for Papers below and including a link to the Journal website in case anyone is interested in contributing an article.

Call for Papers

“The Early Modern and the Digital”

It is well understood that “the digital turn” has transformed the contemporary cultural, political and economic environment. Less appreciated perhaps is its crucial importance and transformative potential for those of us who study the past. Whether through newly—and differently—accessible data and methods (e.g. “distant reading”), new questions being asked of that new data, or recognizing how digital reading changes our access to the materiality of the past, the digital humanities engenders a particularized set of questions and concerns for those of us who study the early modern, broadly defined (mid-15th to mid-19th centuries).

For this special issue of the Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies (JEMCS), we seek essays that describe the challenges and debates arising from issues in the early modern digital, as well as work that shows through its methods, questions, and conclusions the kinds of scholarship that ought best be done €”- or perhaps can only be done -€” in its wake. We look for contributions that go beyond describing the advantages and shortcomings of (or problems of inequity of access to) EEBO, ECCO, and the ESTC to contemplate how new forms of information produce new ways of thinking.

We invite contributors to consider the broader implications and uses of existing and emerging early modern digital projects, including data mining, data visualization, corpus linguistics, GIS, and/or potential obsolescence, especially in comparison to insights possible through traditional archival research methods. Essays of 3000-8000 words are sought in .doc, .rtf, or.pdf format by January 15, 2013. Please send to jemcsfsu@gmail.com. All manuscripts must include a 100-200 word abstract. JEMCS adheres to MLA format, and submissions should be prepared accordingly.

In addition, we would welcome brief reports (500-1500 words) that describe digital projects in progress in early modern studies (defined here as spanning from the mid-fifteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries), whether or not these projects have yet reached completion. These reports, too, should be submitted in .doc, .rtf, or.pdf format, using MLA style, by 15 January 2013 to jemcsfsu@gmail.com.