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    Matthew K. Gold

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    From: Cleary, Scott <>
    Date: Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 4:51 PM
    Subject: [DHSI] Revolutionary Texts in a Digital Age: Thomas Paine’s
    Publishing Networks, Past and Present
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    Dear DHSIers,

    Please find below a cfp for our upcoming conference on the writer and
    revolutionary Thomas Paine. We hope to have a robust digital humanities
    presence at the conference.

    While scholars of Early America are often careful to avoid anachronism, we
    are living in a moment of profound contemporary connections with
    communication networks of the past. In the Age of Revolutions, the creation
    and dissemination of information cultivated and complicated shifts in
    political ideology, commercial practices, and imperial infrastructure.
    Questions of access in these networks, of who can create information, who
    can circulate and commodify it, and on what terms, directly intersects with
    ongoing explorations of textual transformation in digital studies. In the
    intersection of historical, literary, legal, and bibliographic studies, the
    process of digital scholarship can shed new light on the traditional
    narrative of political publishing in the late eighteenth century.

    The Third International Conference of Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College
    seeks to build an interdisciplinary program in which the links – and
    ruptures – between late eighteenth century and twenty first century media,
    particularly digital publishing and archive development, social media,
    resource accessibility, author attribution software, and information
    technology, are explored. The organizers welcome presentations on a wide
    range of subjects, either as individual papers or pre-formed panels, with a
    particular focus on Paine and his social network, as well as local,
    national, geographic, and imperial networks, borderlands, political
    discourses, knowledge formation from religious, scientific, and
    environmental perspectives, as well as digital pedagogy, digital research,
    archive management, and information sciences. Discussions of the
    relationship between these subjects and race, gender, class, and
    indigeneity are particularly encouraged, as are papers that focus on New
    York state history and Thomas Paine Studies.

    ABD graduate students, junior, and senior scholars are invited to apply
    from any disciplinary background. Please include a 250-word prospectus and
    a one-page curriculum vitae together in one pdf document labeled with the
    applicant’s last name, with your name, paper title, affiliation (if
    applicable), and email address at the top of the first page of the
    proposal. Conference presentations will be limited to twenty minutes, and
    alternative session styles, including round tables, lightening talks,
    posters, or demos are welcomed. Participants may receive some financial
    support for travel and lodging expenses. Applicants should e-mail their
    proposals to ** <> by *February 1st, 2018*.

    Scott Cleary, Ph.D
    Director, The Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College
    Director, Iona College Center for Faculty Development
    Associate Professor of English

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