Digital Religion at AHA 2015

Monica L. Mercado

In just a few days, historians (including yours truly) will be gathering in midtown Manhattan for the American Historical Association's Annual Meeting, as well as the Winter Meetings of the American Catholic Historical Association and the American Society of Church History. When it comes to the digital humanities, there's much to discover: the AHA program and smartphone app are doing a good job of making visible the digital content stream, and Davidson College postdoctoral fellow Anelise Shrout published a useful summary of all digital history panels on her website last week.

With today's post, I wanted to draw attention to digital history events that may be of particular interest to scholars of religion. (No surprise, RiAH contributors are well-represented here!) I'm hoping to see many of you at the AHA's Reception for History Bloggers and #Twitterstorians on Friday night, and I'm looking forward to continuing conversations at AHA that many of us have been having on this blog about the potential for digital histories of religion.

Digital Religion at AHA/ACHA/ASCH 2015

Saturday, January 3

Saturday, January 3, 2015: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Madison Suite 5 (Sheraton New York, Fifth Floor)

Kyle B. Roberts, Loyola University Chicago

The Jesuit Libraries and Provenance Project: Digital Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Catholic Print Culture
Kyle B. Roberts, Loyola University Chicago

Digital Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Catholic Print Culture
Evan Thompson, Loyola University Chicago

Kyle B. Roberts, Loyola University Chicago

Saturday, January 3, 2015: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Lenox Ballroom (Sheraton New York, Second Floor)

Alessio Assonitis, The Medici Archive Project

Jewish History and Culture in the BIA Digital Archive: Problems and Solutions
Piergabriele Mancuso, Medici Archive Project

Researching Women Patrons, Collectors, and Artists in the Medici Digital Archive (BIA)
Sheila ffolliott, George Mason University

Medici Grand Duchesses and their Pharmacies
Sheila Barker, Medici Archive Project

The Construction of a New Research Program at Medici Archive Project: France and the Medici
Joanna Milstein, Medici Archive Project

Saturday, January 3, 2015: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Gramercy Suite A (New York Hilton, Second Floor)

Clay Risen, New York Times

Rewiring the Historian’s Craft
Sara Georgini, Boston University

On Writing in Public
Michelle Moravec, Rosemont College

The Immanent Frame, Secularism Studies, and Interstitial Spaces
Jonathan VanAntwerpen, The Henry Luce Foundation

Clay Risen, New York Times

Sunday, January 4

Sunday, January 4, 2015: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
New York Hilton, Harlem Suite

Chair: John Fea, Messiah College

The American Converts Database: The Database as an Expression of Scholarship on Religious History Erin Bartram, University of Connecticut

The Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project Kyle B. Roberts, Loyola University Chicago

Placing Pluralism: Digital Scholarship, Public History, and the Mapping of Chicago’s Religious Diversity Christopher Cantwell, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Comment: John Fea, Messiah College 

Sunday, January 4, 2015: 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
Concourse A (New York Hilton, Concourse Level)

Monica L. Mercado, Bryn Mawr College

Mapping the Community: ArchGIS and the History of Religious Experience
Kathryn Falvo, Pennsylvania State University

Survival and Surveillance: Recovering Narratives of Black Female Criminality during the Civil War
Tamika Richeson, University of Virginia

Her Hat Was in the Ring: Women, History, Politics, and Digital Humanities in the Twenty-First Century
Wendy E. Chmielewski, Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Sunday, January 4, 2015: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
New York Hilton, Harlem Suite

Chair: Jeanne-Nicole Saint-Laurent, Marquette University

Information Revolutions Past and Present: How Digital Humanities Can and Can’t Transform Scholarship on the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity David Michelson, Vanderbilt University

The Social Network: Digitizing and Mapping Evidence for Greco-Roman Voluntary Associations Sarah Bond, University of Iowa

Linked Open Data and the Promise of Syriac Prosopography Daniel L. Schwartz, Texas A&M University at College Station

Comment: J. Edward Walters, Princeton Theological Seminary 

Monday, January 5

Monday, January 5, 2015: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
New York Hilton, Harlem Suite

Chair: Brett Carroll, California State University, Stanislaus

Houses of Worship in the Twin Cities: Using Spatial Mapping to Gauge Interaction among Immigrant Religious Groups, 1849-1924 Jeanne Halgren Kilde, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Social Networks in Colonial Philadelphia: Using GIS to Map Religious Ties onto Geographic Space Marie Basile McDaniel, Southern Connecticut State University

Mapping Boston’s Religions from the Revolution to 1800 Lincoln Mullen, George Mason University

Harlem Is Heaven: Utopic Space in the Kingdom of Father Divine Judith Weisenfeld, Princeton University

Comment: Christopher Cantwell, University of Missouri–Kansas City

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Staying in New York through the end of the conference? In the city but not going to AHA? I'd also like to encourage readers to register for THATCamp AHA, which will be held downtown at The New School on Tuesday, January 6. As one of the co-organizers of the day, I can promise it'll be well worth your time. We've scheduled three workshops on topics from social media to social justice -- led by Rice University historian Caleb McDaniel and the team behind The New School's recently-launched Humanities Action Lab -- and in the next few days, registrants will be submitting their session proposals. THATCamp AHA is free, and open to all interested digital humanities folks in the area (AHA registration isn't required). Read more and register at the THATCamp AHA website, here.

What panels are you looking forward to next weekend? Will you be sharing a digital project at the Poster Sessions, the Digital Drop-In Room, or during the Lightning Rounds? Let us know in the comments.


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