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"After the Archive: Scholarship in the Digital Era"
Can scholarship show as well as tell? Can it engage new sensory and emotional registers? Might we present our evidence in livelier formats or embed an analysis within a dataset? How might scholars better utilize the rich variety of digital materials now available? Can we imagine new human and technological infrastructures for scholarly publishing? This talk will engage such questions through an exploration of two recent experiments in scholarly communication.
First, McPherson will present the online journal, Vectors, and describe its lively attempts at remaking the look and feel of scholarly work. Second, she will discuss the emerging Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, an initiative funded by the Mellon Foundation that is meant to scale the experiments of Vectors to a much wider audience and model new forms of scholarly expression and publication.
Tara McPherson is associate professor of gender and critical studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and co-director of USC’s Center for Transformative Scholarship. She also serves as the faculty chair for USC’s Provost Initiative in the Arts and Humanities. Her books and edited collections include Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South, Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture, and Digital Youth, Innovation and the Unexpected. Interactive Frictions, coedited with Marsha Kinder, is forthcoming from the University of California. Her new media research focuses on issues of convergence, gender, and race, as well as upon the development of new tools and paradigms for digital publishing, learning, and authorship.