History 2.0 – CFP: Active History Round Table at the 2011 CHA

HISTORY 2.0: HISTORIANS AND THE NEW MEDIA

The co-coordinators for the Active History/Histoire Engagée CHA Working
Group are calling for papers for a proposed round table for the CHA
Annual Meeting to be held in May of 2011 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Our proposed round table, will, we hope, trigger wider discussion about the
current opportunities and challenges that new media provide historians
working in a discipline that is undergoing significant change. Media
forms such as blogs, online journals, personal web sites, podcasts and
online conferencing abilities have, in many ways, democratized and
diversified how historians engage with each other and the wider public.

While peer review, print media and academic presses remain
mainstays of the profession and important methods of engagement, new
media have undoubtedly changed the public engagement capacity of the
historian.

What are the challenges and opportunities these new tools represent?
Are they being used to their full capacity?

How can they be used to help historians engage with the community,
government and their fellow scholars?

How will historians of the future see, and write about, the current
epoch of ephemeral documents and information?

What has been the impact of communications media on our profession, in
the distant and not-too-distant past?

We welcome proposals to participate based on experience or research on these and
related issues to become a presenter at a round table organized around
this topic. Please send any proposals or queries to trepaj@yorku.ca

We also welcome other complete panel proposals for the CHA, and will
forward requests for committee sponsorship to the broader committee.

Deadline: October 10

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