8-9 pm: Closing Discussion: Reconceptualizing Cultural Histories of the Atlantic World, Digitally and Interculturally–Involving Students and Reaching New Publics

  • How do we contribute new frameworks and conceptual approaches to Atlantic World, trans-oceanic, transnational, and global history?
  • Who are the audiences for this project? How might we be thoughtful about its dissemination (not just the most fancy Western digital platforms, but also access through global digital distribution channels such as mobile phones, El Paquete Semanal in Cuba, etc.; working with translation expertise and technical advice from Globe Multilingual Services, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey?
  • How do we contribute new findings for global digital humanities? Digital innovations for global scholarly collaboration? How do we draw on existing platforms and tools but address the particular needs of scholarly collaboration as compared to digital technologies mostly developed with other purposes in mind? How can units of Middlebury such as DLINQ and the library contribute to this? Are there other partners we might work with to help conceptualize and advance this project forward?
  • In addition to the core proposed seminar at Middlebury taught by Michael Kramer, how might students both at and beyond Middlebury participate in the project in rewarding ways? How, for instance, might students at Middlebury Schools Abroad, Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey, and partner institutions participate? How do we best make AWF materials available for use in classrooms, perhaps by packaging both primary sources and scholarly interpretations and debates as one forum for classroom use (Open access? Paid subscriptions? Lever Press?)
  • How do we handle intellectual property concerns with primary source material used in forums or with the essays and ancillary materials generated by the project itself, whether by participating scholars or students or other contributors?
  • Digital preservation and sustainability issues?

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