Rob Nelson and Scott Nesbit both spoke at the Southern Historical Association annual meeting. Nelson was part of a roundtable on digital approaches to Southern history where he talked about text-mining and Confederate nationalism. Nesbit was on a panel “The River and the Road: Nature, Culture, and Infrastructure” where he presented a paper on the challenges and opportunities enslaved African Americans faced in seeking freedom in Civil War Virginia. His paper was entitled “Shockoe Shifts: Spatial Changes in Emancipation-Era Richmond.”
Rob Nelson was this year’s speaker at Duquesne University’s annual History Forum Lecture. He spoke about American historical atlases in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His talk was entitled “‘Without the Paraphernalia of Projector, Reel, and Screen’: Maps and the Practices and Presentation of History in the Twenty-First Century.”
Rob Nelson spoke at Educause 2012 on the opportunity and challenges for liberal arts colleges interested in engaging with the digital humanities as part of a panel on “Digital Scholarship at Liberal Arts Colleges.”
Rob Nelson spoke on “Analyzing Nationalism and Other Slippery ‘Isms’” at the NEH-sponsored workshop Topic Modeling in Humanities Research at MITH.
Rob Nelson made a presentation “Means and Ends in Civil War Nationalism and the Digital Humanities” at the Digital Humanities 2012 conference in Hamburg, Germany as part of a panel on topic modeling. A recording of the presentation is available online.
Rob Nelson and Scott Nesbit each presented papers on a panel “Maps, Models, Machines: New Methods in Civil War History” at the Society of Civil War Historians Biennial Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky. Nelson’s paper was titled “Bullets and Ballots: The Instrumental Uses of Civil War Nationlism”; Nesbit’s (co-written with Grant DeLozier, Grant T. Floyd, John McIntosh, and May Yuan from the University of Oklahoma) “Mapping All the Troops.”
Rob Nelson along with Christine Berkowitz from the University of Toronto Scarborough together made a presentation “History Engine 2.0: Researching Locally, Collaborating Globally” at the NITLE Symposium: Inventing the Future in Arlington, Virginia. They outlined future directions for the History Engine, including a revamp of the way the History Engine handles geography that will enable to project to grow beyond US history. The History Engine was also featured prominently in a session from History Engine contributors Kathryn Tomasek, Julian Chambliss, and Lloyd Benson.
Rob Nelson made a presentation “Killing, Dying, and Genre: Nationalism and the News in the Confederacy” as part of a panel on Confederate literature at the Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference in Nashville.
Rob Nelson spoke on “Topic Modeling and the Shapes of Civil War Nationalism” at the Digital Media Symposium at the University of Wyoming.
Edward L. Ayers and Rob Nelson each gave a talk at the launch of the Research Commons, home of the Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC), at Emory University. Ed Ayers’s talk was on “Seeing Time,” Rob Nelson’s on “Topic Modeling and the Shapes of Civil War Nationalism.”