A Series on Archives and Digital Humanities

The Digital Archives Research Group at USM, of which I’m a Co-coordinator, will be hosting a series of events this year on Archives and Digital Humanities. We’ve been planning the events all summer, and I’m excited to share our new poster, beautifully designed by Danielle Sypher-Haley in the College of Arts and Letters. As mentioned before, the series of events and workshops are designed to introduce USM faculty and students to the possibilities of working with archival materials in Special Collections. See below for a brief description of events.

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A Series on Archives and Digital Humanities

Archives and Digital Humanities 101

Wednesday, September 14 from 3:30 to 5:00 in LAB 203 

This is the first in a yearlong series of events designed to introduce educators, students, and community members to the creative and collaborative possibilities of working with archives and special collections at Southern Miss.  In this kick-off event, USM faculty and staff will speak about the current state of the digital humanities from a variety of different angles, sharing their experience and expertise on topics such as organizing digital collections, developing digital projects, curating special collections, and incorporating archives and digital assignments in the classroom.

Special Collections Open House

Wednesday October 12 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. McCain Library & Archives, Room 305

In celebration of National Archives Month, the A&L Digital Archives Research Group invites you to stop by and visit the Special Collections Open House organized by USM Special Collections. The Open House will feature a range of different artifacts from Special Collections and provide a wonderful opportunity for faculty and students to learn more about the collections available for further research, study, and use in the classroom.

Teaching with Archives: A Pedagogy Workshop

Friday, November 4 from 2:00 to 4:00 in LAB 203

This pedagogy workshop will focus on how to create, design, develop, and organize archival and digital-based projects in the classroom.  Faculty and staff from a range of different disciplines will share assignments, projects, goals, and practical advice on how to facilitate and organize digital projects, engage students in archival research, and work with the library and Special Collections to create innovative assignments. Workshop participants will walk away with a handful of sample assignments, projects, and other ideas to expand their pedagogical toolkit.

Digital Archives and the Future of Research

Wednesday, February 15 from 3:30 to 5:00 in LAB 203

The A&L Digital Archives Research Group invites you to a roundtable discussion on digital archives and the future of research at Southern Miss.  Faculty from the College of A&L will speak about the increasing role of digital humanities in their research, exploring how archives and digital collections challenge scholars to develop new methods, ask new questions, and experiment with new technologies.

Celebrating the Archives: Presentations and Reception

Friday, March 31 from 2:00 to 4:00 in Cook Library Art Gallery

The A&L Digital Archives Research Group invites you to our final reception in which students, faculty, and community members share their archival work in short presentations as we celebrate the Save our Stories projects selected as most impressive by the A&L Digital Archives Research Group.


Save our Stories: Preserving and Digitizing the Humanities at Southern Miss

An exciting part of this year’s series on Archives and Digital Humanities involves a university and community project involving the USM archives and special collections. Students, faculty, and community members will have the opportunity to locate, describe, and narrate an archival object from one of the USM collections, lending their hand in curating these objects for a public readership. This project is also a competition, where the strongest submissions will be curated and shared with public online, as well as celebrated during our final reception. More details coming soon!

Curious George Goes to the Archive

I’ll be hosting the inaugural event of the Arts & Letters’ Digital Archives Research Group next Wednesday, April 20, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Building 101. This is the first in what will become a yearlong series of events introducing faculty and students to the possibilities of working with archives and special collections at USM.

For next week’s event, the schedule will include a short talk by me on “Archival Curiosity” and my ongoing work with the H.A. & Margret Rey Papers; a talk about imperialism and the German origins of Curious George by Shane Hand, Ph.D. Candidate in History; and a series of fascinating presentations by my students on their archival discoveries from the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection.


Digital Archives Research Group

I’m pleased to announce that our proposal for a Digital Archives Research Group at USM has been awarded a small grant from the College of Arts & Letters.  As Co-coordinator of the group, I look forward to working with our team to raise awareness about the scholarly and pedagogical applications of digital archives.  See below for our proposal.

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Primary Co-Coordinators:

Dr. Craig Carey (Assistant Professor of English)
Dr. Joyce Inman (Assistant Professor of English)

We propose a faculty research group focused on the problems and possibilities raised by digital archives for humanities scholars and teachers. Regardless of discipline, the growing presence of digital archives has challenged all of us to ask innovative questions about our research and teaching. In the process, they have opened a number of radical challenges and opportunities in the classroom, encouraging faculty and students to incorporate archival materials into their scholarly work.

We think a group committed to exploring how digital archives might be used to unsettle conventional practices, pedagogies, and methodologies would be of interest to faculty and students, as well as the broader public and academic community. Inspired by the recent turn toward digital humanities, our group will be guided by two questions. First, how have digital archives changed our understanding of the archive and archival materials (and, consequently, our understanding of our research)? And second, how might digital archives be productively harnessed by humanities scholars to experiment with new ideas, methodologies, projects, and pedagogies?

Since most of us already work with archives, we plan to use the group to collaborate toward the planning of a small symposium or group of workshops focused on scholarly and pedagogical applications of archives. At the moment, we are thinking that the funds could be used to plan, organize, and host a series of workshops focused on different aspects of archives, archival research, and the pedagogical incorporation of archives by students and faculty. Given the range of interests and expertise we each offer, we think we can find a way to create faculty development opportunities that will allow students and faculty to learn more about how digital archives might be harnessed to produce new ideas, projects, assignments, and research in the humanities. In addition, we have already contacted the Learning Enhancement Center about our proposal, and they have agreed to assist us in sponsoring these faculty-driven workshops if our proposal is funded.


Team Members

  • Craig Carey, Assistant Professor of English
  • Joyce Inman, Assistant Professor of English
  • Kevin Greene, Assistant Professor of History and Co-director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
  • Andrew P. Haley, Associate Professor of American Cultural History and Director of the University Forum
  • Jeanne L. Gillespie, Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Jennifer Brannock, Associate Professor and Curator of Rare Books and Mississippiana
  • Elizabeth Le Beaud, Digital Lab Manager, McCain Library and Archives
  • Diane DeCesare Ross, Assistant to the Dean for External Publications and Digital Humanities

Rewiring the Classroom

As one of the co-organizers of “Rewiring the Classroom,” a forum on digital pedagogy for the college classroom,” I’m excited to report that everything is on track for Saturday. Registration is closed, the schedule is firm, the rooms are equipped, and now we just hope the snow comes quick and passes over by Saturday. Here’s a full description and our wonderful video news release produced with the help of DSPH at the University of Iowa. Thanks particularly to Adrienne Zimmer for her great work on the video.

“Rewiring the Classroom,” a forum on digital pedagogy for the college classroom, will take place at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, on February 23, 2013.

“Rewiring the Classroom” is a day-long symposium that will focus on critical applications of digital technologies in undergraduate classrooms. Presenters at the conference will offer practical, hands-on experience with new technologies, along with critical discussions about the pedagogical values of these technologies. Topics will include WordPress, Wikipedia, Omeka, recorded sound, public engagement, geographical information systems, and bringing research and archives into the classroom.

This conference is intended for anyone interested in creative and critical applications of technology to undergraduate education – professors, graduate instructors, librarians, information technologists, and other curious folks. We would especially welcome people who want to use digital technologies in their classrooms, but are unsure of how to get started. Our hope is that, no matter where you are in the process of developing digital lesson plans, you will be one step closer by the end of the day.