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The Past’s Digital Presence, a conference on the state of digital scholarship, took place on February 19 and 20, 2010, at Yale University. On this site, you can browse the conference’s video and audio archives. See all the proceedings and browse by panel by clicking “Program,” or browse by speaker or talk, using the menus at right.

How is digital technology changing methods of scholarly research with pre-digital sources in the humanities? If the “medium is the message,” then how does the message change when primary sources are translated into digital media? What kinds of new research opportunities do databases unlock and what do they make obsolete? What is the future of the rare book and manuscript library and its use? What biases are inherent in the widespread use of digitized material? How can we correct for them? Amidst numerous benefits in accessibility, cost, and convenience, what concerns have been overlooked?

Keynote Speaker
Peter Stallybrass, Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania
Colloquium Speaker
Jacqueline Goldsby, Associate Professor, University of Chicago
Closing Roundtable
Rolena Adorno, Reuben Post Halleck Professor of Spanish, Yale University
Edward Ayers, President, University of Richmond
Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing, King’s College London
George Miles, Curator, Western Americana Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conference Archives

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 Speakers
Christine DeLucia Claudia Scala Schlessman Eugenia Kelbert Garret Voorhees Heather F. Ball Hilary Menges Jessica Weare Joseph Yannielli Julia Mansfield Julie Meloni Laila Shereen Sakr Lauren Gutterman Lauren Klein Micah Stupak Molly Dolan Paulina Bounds Rachael Sullivan Scott Nesbit Scott Spillman Sean Morton Sebastian Lecourt Shane Landrum Sharon Teague Simon Wiles (魏希明) Stewart Campbell T. Austin Graham Taylor Spence
 Talks
Accessing Wills: MS Access as a Tool for Historians Camera, Laptop, and What Else?: Hacking Better Tools for the Short Archival Research Trip Closing Roundtable Dickinson Meets DoubleClick: Remediating Poetry Digital Kiksht Digital Resources and Buddhist Studies: the Buddhist Authority Databases Project Eugène Atget and the Digital Archive Keynote Address Large-Scale Digital Audio Archiving Layers of the Past: GIS, Social Process, and Contingency in Historical Mapping Mapping Eighteenth-Century Intellectual Networks On Implementing the Digital Form: an Arabic-English Web-based Archive OutHistory.org: An Experiment in LGBTQ Community History-Making The Alternate Medieval Medium: Experiencing Medieval Manuscripts through Digital Technologies The Dark Tide: Digital Preservation, Interpretive Loss, and the Google Books Project The Digitized Blues: Listening to Langston Hughes in the Age of the Online Sound Archive The Future is Now: Sustainability, Preservation, and Ongoing Access to Humanities Data The Keyword Historian: Adventures in the Digital Archives The Scholar as Archivist: A Case Study in Negotiating the Borders between Description and Analysis Toward a Realization of the n-Dimensional Text Towards an Ethics of Online Research: Accounting for Absence in the Jefferson Digital Archive University Library Book Acquisitions Policies in an Electronic Age What is a Tag: Digital Artifacts as Hermeneutical Devices