Call for Papers/Presentation: Civil War Studies and the Digital (R)Evolution at APUS, March 30, 2012

The onset of Web 2.0, Linked Open Data, the Semantic Web, and an ever-expanding universe of online applications and tools has forced historians – both scholarly and popular – to rethink, reinterpret, and refashion their approaches to large swaths of our nation’s history. Combined with the rapidly increasing digital availability of primary and secondary resources, as well as an unprecedented ability to share and analyze information, the digital revolution has enabled new understandings and debates to emerge in what was previously considered to be settled history. The field of Civil War Studies is particularly contentious, where, according to historian Stephen Berry, “the Civil War is no longer the province of a small set of Civil War historians but a large set of historians of the Civil War Era.” Clearly, further examination of how medium, message, and messenger converge in this new environment is in order to better grasp the evolutionary trends and revolutionary discoveries that drive our understanding of this complex historical event.

The University Archives and Special Collections at American Public University System (APUS) will host its second annual history colloquium on Saturday, March 30, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the APUS Finance Center Auditorium in Charles Town, West Virginia. The colloquium theme is Civil War Studies and the Digital (R)Evolution and APUS invites scholars of all disciplines and levels to discuss and present their research on the following topics within that broader context:

•Digital Humanities and Historiography
•Uncovering “hidden” sources through Linked Open Data
•Revisionism, Traditionalism, and Social Media
•Meta and Micro History in the age of Google
•Virtual public history and historical collections

Of course these are only suggestions; all proposals will be considered that set out to examine the implications of digital technologies and movements on the study of the Civil War-era.

To submit a proposal or for more information contact Brad Wiles at 304-724-2670 or

Submissions should include the following:
•Name and contact information
•Affiliation or credentials
•Presentation/Paper topic or title with brief abstract (100 words)
•Audio-visual or other specifications

Proposals will be accepted until Friday January 18, 2013.

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