Working in public, and with the public, can enable scholars to build vital, sustainable research communities, both within their fields, with other scholars in different fields, and with folks off-campus who care about the kinds of work that we do. By finding ways to connect with a broad range of publics, in a range of different registers, and in ways that allow for meaningful response, we can create the possibilities for far more substantial public participation in and engagement with the humanities, and with the academy more broadly. This workshop will focus on ways of envisioning the publics with whom we work and the questions that public engagement surfaces.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University. Prior to assuming this role in 2017, she served as Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association. She is author of Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019), as well as Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011) and The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006). She is director of MESH, a research and development unit at MSU focused on the future of scholarly communication, and project director of Humanities Commons, an open-access, open-source network serving more than 10,000 scholars and practitioners in the humanities. She serves on the editorial or advisory boards of numerous publications and projects including the Open Library of the Humanities, Luminos, the Open Annotation Collaboration, and thresholds. She is a member of the board of directors of the Council on Library and Information Resources and of the Educopia Institute, and is Vice-President/President-Elect of the Association for Computers and the Humanities.
This event is generously co-sponsored by the College Arts and Humanities Institute.