Submissions:2014/Bridging conversations with the Humanities

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Title of the submission
Themes (Proposal Themes - Community, Outreach, GLAM, Education)
Type of submission
Presentation(20-30 minutes)/Open Conversation (20-40 minutes)
Author of the submission
Alex Stinson
E-mail address
US state or country of origin
United States
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Kansas State University
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)
The humanities are increasingly relying on digital spaces to interact with the public through the w:en:digital humanities, and one of the largest impact spaces for that interaction is Wikipedia. However, despite calls by scholars for deliberate academic curation of humanities content, like that by digital humanist and American historian Roy Rozenwig, there has been very little active participation from English speaking humanists in Wikimedia projects. Unlike other academic fields which rely on more scientific methods that require analysis and digitally oriented development, and thus often use digital methods, most traditionally trained humanists do not have strong digital literacy skills. Moreover, digital humanities scholars who do have those skills and have tried to apply them to Wikipedia, often turn towards analyzing individual Wikipedia articles or creating reference sources distinct from Wikipedia, rather then actively shaping the community's presentation of their field of knowledge. In my talk I will first posit some of the reasons for the gap in humanist contributions, and propose ways that the community can alter some of its methodology developed in the GLAM-Wiki community and Education Program to actively involve Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects in humanities and digital humanities conversations. This talk builds on my research with w:en:User:Wadewitz on the place of historiography within Wikipedia (paper soon to be published), as well as the various outreach activities I have completed in both the Education Program and GLAM-Wiki community, in project like w:en:WP:Blake. Following the talk, I will facilitate an open conversations where we address and reflect on various other methods for building humanities conversations, including encouraging active research around humanities topics on Wikipedia, structuring Wikipedia Education assignments around humanist goals, and providing greater fit within the digital humanities.
Length of presentation/talk (see Presentation Types for lengths of different presentation types)
I could foresee the combination of presentation and facilitated talk taking as much as 60-70 minutes or as little as 40. If need be, the open conversation on how the humanities could be better integrated into the larger outreach conversation, I would be interested in doing an un-conference event on the Sunday instead.
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