The Pennsylvania Historical Association
Annual Meeting hosted by Lycoming College
Williamsport, Pennsylvania | October 15-17, 2020
CALL FOR DISCUSSANTS
ROUNDTABLE on PUBLIC HISTORY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, AND DIGITAL MEDIA to ADVANCE GENDER AND SOCIAL EQUALITY
ABOUT THE PROPOSED ROUNDTABLE
According to Estelle Loiseau and Keiko Nowacka, “social media has proved to be a powerful vehicle for bringing women’s rights issues to the attention of a wider public” and many historians have come to embrace digital technology as a tool for community engagement beyond the university campus.[i] The proliferation of digital tools has allowed professionals of history to chart a variety of strategies, but our shared-understanding of this online landscape has not kept pace with new technologies.[ii] In response to growing research on the digital humanities, the Pennsylvania Historical Association has embraced social media to elevate tradition scholarship and public history within the Mid-Atlantic region. As we honor the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1919 and the first female voters during our 2020 Annual Meeting, the PHA’s Web & Social Media Editor is proposing a roundtable discussion on how digital technologies can commemorate and advance gender and civil rights, equality, and citizenship. The organizer welcomes submissions from academics, practitioners, and students who utilize social and digital media broadly to advance the field of social history; however, prioritization will be given to submissions that identify how digital technologies are used to reach both classroom and community audiences. Discussion of activist methods are encouraged in addition to the use of social media to reinforce traditional pedagogy and academic publication.
POTENTIAL -- BUT NOT EXCLUSIVE OR LIMITING -- REPRESENTATION AT THE TABLE
Moderator: PHA, Web & Social Media Editor
Discussant 1: Public Historian / Museum Curator / Communications Director
Discussant 2: Independent Scholar / Adjunct Faculty / Postdoctoral or PhD Student
Discussant 3: Tenured Faculty / Departmental or Program Administrator
Discussant 4: University Press / Publisher / Editor
Digital Contributor: Student, Academic, or Professional comfortable managing a twitter thread
The organizer will prioritize the proposal of a roundtable that includes diverse and historically under-represented voices within the institutional humanities.
DISCUSSANT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please submit a brief abstract describing your proposed contribution to the discussion on digital media and the social history of equality and gender rights within the context of your institution or professional practice. Likewise, potential panelists are encouraged to share how their unique perspectives enrich a more inclusive historical discipline. The enclosure of a C.V. is optional.
Materials should be submitted by: Thursday, 29-February-2020 at 5:00 PM (eastern time).
Please send materials to: Jacob R. Wolff, PHA Web & Social Media Editor
[i] Loiseau, Estelle, and Keiko Nowacka. “Can Social Media Effectively Include Women's Voices in Decision-Making Processes?” OECD Development Center Issues Paper, March 2015, 1–5. https://www.oecd.org/dev/development-gender/DEV_socialmedia-issuespaper-March2015.pdf; Gardella, Joe. “When Historians Weigh in: Sessions on Public Engagement at the 2018 Annual Meeting.” Perspectives on History. American Historical Association, October 1, 2017. https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/october-2017/when-historians-weigh-in-sessions-on-public-engagement-at-the-2018-annual-meeting.
[ii] Townsend, Robert B. “Historians and the Technologies of Research.” Perspectives on History. American Historical Association, October 1, 2017. https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/october-2017/historians-and-the-technologies-of-research.
Jacob R. Wolff