ASECS 2012 Panels on Digital Humanities and Book History/Print Culture Topics


The following ASECS 2012 panels deal with relevant EMOB topics such as digital humanities, print culture, bibliography, reading, libraries, and more. The selection process entailed reviewing panel titles devoted to one of these topics, so some individual papers on other panels may well deserve a place on this roster. Please feel free to add to our list! In addition, we should stress that there are many other excellent sessions and papers that do not fall under these general headings; the entire program promises a very rich, rewarding conference. See the program for full details.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
THATCamp: “Research, Editing, and Publishing via” Pecan (all day workshop); to register, click here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

1. “Eighteenth-Century Poetry and Print/Visual/Material Culture” – I Llano

17. “Eighteenth-Century Poetry and Print/Visual/Material Culture” – II Llano

20. “Best Practices in Digital Pedagogy” Regency East

30. “Slavery, the Book, and Enlightenment Rights Theory” Bowie A

41. “Why We Argue about the Way We Read” (Roundtable) Bowie C

52. “Materializing Verse” – I Live Oak

54. “Funding, Grants, Hiring, Programs: Sharing Advice on How to Get Things Done in Hard Times” (Roundtable) Pecan

67. “Materializing Verse” – II Frio

69. “Digital Approaches to Library History” Regency East (The Bibliographical Society of America)

70. “Reading Texts and Contexts in the Eighteenth Century” (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing —SHARP) Guadalupe

Friday, March 23, 2012

84. “Visualization and Eighteenth-Century Print Culture” Frio

85. “Women’s History of Achievement: What’s in the Archive?” Nueces

104. “Diggable Data, Scalable Reading and New Humanities Scholarship” (Digital Humanities Caucus) Regency East

108. “Authors and Readers in the Eighteenth Century” – I (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing—SHARP) Pecos

112. “Teaching the Eighteenth-Century: A Poster Session” – II Regency Ballroom Foyer (several posters feature digital approaches/tools)

121. “Digital Humanities and the Archives” (Roundtable) (Digital Humanities Caucus) Regency East

133. “Authors and Readers in the Eighteenth Century” – II (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing —SHARP) Pecos

135. “Poetry and the Archive” (Roundtable) Blanco

139. “A Digital Humanities Experiment, Year One: Aphra Behn Online” (Roundtable) Regency East

144. “Copyright: Contexts and Contests” (The Bibliographical Society of America) Frios

Saturday, March 24, 2012

145. “Allan Ramsay: Poet, Printer, Editor, Song Collector, Scots Revivalist” Guadalupe

149. “Publishing the Past: History and Eighteenth-Century Print Culture” – I Frio

170. Publishing the Past: History and Eighteenth-Century Print Culture” – II Frio

207. “The Scottish Invention of English Copyright” Pecan


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6 Responses to “ASECS 2012 Panels on Digital Humanities and Book History/Print Culture Topics”

  1. Anna Battigelli Says:

    Thanks for this, Eleanor. This is an impressive list.

    It will be interesting to hear responses about THATcamp. I would also welcome dialogue about how ASECS might engage more directly with the digital future. In addition to sponsoring panels such as those outlined above, are there other actions that might be presented to the governing board?


  2. Eleanor Shevlin Says:

    Offering a THATCamp as a pre-conference activity is a promising sign, but it is not an initiative of ASECS. I would like to hear from those who head the ASECS Digitial Humanities Caucus about their plans to develop ASECS’s engagement with the digital.

    Let me also apologize in not supplying links in the original post. I will do so now.


  3. Anna Battigelli Says:

    I’m hoping Seth Denbo will tell us more about THATCamp. It would also be great to hear from Lisa Maruca about the DH caucus. also has brief roundup of DH sessions at ASECS. Actually, it looks more like a call for papers.


  4. sdenbo Says:

    The idea for holding a THATCamp at ASECS came when a few of us were chatting over lunch at THATCamp CHNM last summer, and realized that there was potentially some interest. While it will be a smallish THATCamp, I think it’s a good start, and hopefully will garner enough interest to do it at future ASECS conferences.

    THATCamps in general are a pretty basic idea. All the organizers are doing is a little work to provide the space (both real and virtual) to get people together who are interested in talking about humanities and technology to create their own discussions. One of the key things about any THATCamp is that what actually goes on is totally up to the participants. Holding one in association with ASECS will probably mean that the discussions are related to the concerns of scholars who work on the eighteenth century, but it should take the shape that the participants desire.

    Given the vast resources now available online for eighteenth-century studies (EEBO, ECCO, 18thConnect, Old Bailey Online, London Lives etc), engagement with digital humanities (by which I just mean using digital content, tools, and methods to what we all already recognize as humanities research) is becoming more and more interesting and even to some extent unavoidable.

    This will be my first ASECS, so I’m probably not the person to talk about the DH Caucus’s plans. Lisa Maruca or George Williams (who is co-organizing the THATCamp) could probably say more on that front.

    Eleanor, Would it be okay if I cross-posted this list of panels to


    • Eleanor Shevlin Says:

      Absolutely, Seth. Feel free to post the list of panels to C-18 or elsewhere.

      I had invited someone who had managed or helped create both Old Bailey Online and and London Lives to speak on the Digital Humanities and Archive roundtable. Unfortunately, funding issues ended up making it impossible for her to attend. That situation was one of the reasons for my EMOB post, Digital Humanities and the Archives I: Economics and Sustainability a few weeks ago. (The Part II post will be up tonight and will specifically relate to the roundtable.)

      Just as there has been talk of creating other resource hubs for the medieval and Renaissance periods, and modernism along the lines of 18thConnect and NINES, JISC is now funding Manuscripts Online: Written Culture 1000-1500. No doubt upon its completion it will join London Lives and the Old Bailey in becoming part of Connected Histories.


  5. Anna Battigelli Says:

    Thanks for this, Seth. Please do cross-post this helpful introduction to THATCamp on 18thorg.


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