Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Welcome Message

Studies in Renaissance /

Early Modern Literature and Culture

E-Conference: February-April, 2010
Digital Archives & the Field of Production

On this page you’ll find closing remarks from the 2010 Appositions e-conference.

Papers from that event have been removed from the site, but a conference program remains along with any comments that were posted in reply to the papers during February-April, 2010.

This was a free, open-access event organized and hosted by APPOSITIONS.

APPOSITIONS hosts an annual e-conference and publishes a related, yet independent peer-reviewed, MLA-indexed, electronic journal, Studies in Renaissance / Early Modern Literature and Culture, ISSN: 1946-1992.

E-conference participants are invited to revise their papers for submission as article manuscripts, but e-conference participation does not guarantee publication in the journal.

The conference theme for 2010 was Digital Archives & the Field of Production.

How and why does electronic access to archival materials reconfigure the teaching and study of literary texts, related cultural documents, and methodologies for disciplinary or interdisciplinary research and interpretation? What are the benefits and/or limitations of such new media? What are the politics of the digital archive, or of electronic special collections? What is the significance of the original work—or of authorship, or scholarship—in the electronic age? How and why does the digitization of archival documents either celebrate or challenge the status of manuscripts, pamphlets, printed books, and the literary canon?

Seven papers were available for reading and commentary:

Dr. Bill Acres
Huron University College
The University of Western Ontario
Officers and Stations: access and accessibility to sources in manuscript, calendar and digital form

James P. Ascher
University of Colorado at Boulder
The Words Must be Cousin to the Deed, or Must be a Trick of the Document: the Duty of the Diplomatic Transcription in the Ecosystem of Digital Reproduction

Dr. Sarah Barber

Senior Lecturer
Department of History
Lancaster University
Disputation: rewriting the history of the British Caribbean in the 17th century

Sheila Cavanagh

English Department
Emory University
How Does Your Archive Grow?: Academic Politics and Economics in the Digital Age

Jeffery Moser
Department of English
University of Denver
Hypertext Tudor Poems: Wyatt Wrote What?! New Issues of Renaissance Authorship with the Internet

Dr. Elizabeth Scott-Baumann

Lecturer in Renaissance Literature, Oxford Brookes University;
Research Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford University

Dr. Ben Burton
St Edmund Hall, Oxford University
Encoding form: A proposed database of poetic form

Whitney Anne Trettien
Duke University
Hidden in Gilt: Fore-edge Paintings, Restoration-era Reading and Digital Elisions

For articles and book reviews published in Volume One (2008) and Volume Two (2009) of the journal, use the triangles above to open and close the TOC: first by year, then by month (May, for the journal volumes). Click individual titles and then scroll down.

Volume Three of Appositions will be published in May, 2010. All submissions to the journal will undergo our standard peer-review process.

During the period of the e-conference (February 22 until April 16, 2010), the Appositions site received a total of 1,980 visits from 88 countries, including, for example: Australia (29), Japan (26), Ireland (29), Netherlands (29), Germany (38), and India (34). Total visits from the top 3 countries representing the greatest frequencies were: Canada (125), UK (280), and US (1,083). 8 comments were posted in reply to the papers.

If you would like to see a copy of the CFP for that event, click here:

We hope you will enjoy your visit, and that you’ll share Appositions with your colleagues, friends, and students. If you have questions and/or comments, please let us hear from you.

The Editors

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