Rob Nelson and Scott Nesbit contributed essays to a new book, Apocalypse and the Millennium in the American Civil War Era (Baton Rouge, LSU Press, 2013), edited by Benjamin Wright and Zach Dresser. Nelson’s essay is titled “Spirit Politics: Radical Abolitionists and the Dead End of Spiritualism,” while Nesbit’s is “A Sharecropper’s Millennium: Land and the Perils of Forgiveness in Post-Civil War South Carolina.” The edited volume came out of a conference at Rice University in 2010.
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.”
The Educause Review has posted an essay by Edward L. Ayers, titled “Does Digital Scholarship Have a Future?”.
Scott Nesbit moderated the panel, “New Media and the Future of Civil War History” at the Gettysburg College conference, The Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th.
The Digital Scholarship Lab has been awarded a $750,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the digital atlas of American history project.
Ed Ayers presented the keynote at the Annual Educause Conference in Denver entitled “Discovery in a Digital World”.
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.