MSA 18 Works-in-Progress Seminar

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-9-53-45-amThis fall, six of the projects that presented at the Digital Exhibition session at MSA 17 in Boston started an online conversation about issues facing modernist digital scholarship, which discussion continued when we were able to meet up in person at a special seminar session held at MSA 18 in Pasadena.

Notes from the in-person meeting in Pasadena on November 20th, have now been posted on ModNets at

It was wonderful to hear about the recent developments for each of the projects that took part, and to have a chance to compare notes and try out some new ideas with a group of scholars from different backgrounds, disciplines, and institutions. Participating projects and people included:

  • “considered queer by us mortals”: Sarah Payne & William Quinn
  • DigitalYoknapatawpha: Johannes Burgers & Worthy Martin
  • Marianne Moore Digital Archive: Cris Miller & Nikolaus Wasmoen
  • Mina Loy: Navigating the Avant-Garde: Linda Kinnahan, Susan Rosenbaum & Suzanne Churchill
  • Modernist Archives Publishing Project: Michael Widner, Helen Southworth, and Alice Staveley
  • ModNets: Pamela Caughie, David Chinitz, & Nikolaus Wasmoen

Seminar co-organizers Suzanne Churchill and Nikolaus Wasmoen would like to thank everyone who contributed, as well as the MSA and the conference organizers who allowed us to experiment with an unconventional seminar format. Due to the positive feedback received from members of the seminar, we hope that it might provide a useful basis for future event programming at MSA, and perhaps a future iteration that could be opened up to wider participation.

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