CRDH 2018

Current Research in Digital History 2018 will be held in Founders Hall at George Mason University in Arlington, VA, on Saturday, March 17.



Registration is required for this event. Registration is $20 for graduate students and unemployed scholars, and $40 for faculty or employed scholars. We are committed to making the conference inclusive; please contact us if the cost of registration would be an obstacle to your attendance.

Why are we charging registration? This is not a grant-funded project, as most RRCHNM activities are. Gifts to the RRCHNM Directors Fund and the registration fee supports the online publication of the papers, travel support for presenters, and modest honorariums to compensate reviewers and commentators for their time.

Venue and Travel

Conference program

Plenary session, 9:00–9:45 a.m.

This roundtable features three scholars in the field reflecting on developments in digital history in the preceding year, with commentary and discussion from conference attendees. Participants:

  • Elizabeth Bond, Ohio State University
  • Micki Kaufman, City University of New York
  • Andy Urban, Rutgers University

Paper session 1, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Session 1.1
  • Michael J. Kramer, "When Mississippi John Hurt's Head Moved: Glitching Region and Race at the 1964 Berkeley Folk Music Festival"
  • Simon Appleford, "Revealing Political Bias: A Macroanalysis of 8,480 Herblock Cartoons
Session 1.2
  • Jaimie Murdock, Colin Allen, and Simon DeDeo, "The Development of Darwin's Origin of Species"
  • Tom Ewing, "'The Two Diseases are in No Way Connected': Using Digital Humanities Tools to Advance Scholarship in the Global History of Medicine"
Session 1.3
  • Joshua Catalano, "Digitally Analyzing the Uneven Ground: Language Borrowing Among Indian Treaties"
  • Peter Carr Jones, "Mining the ICC: Macroanalysis of the Indian Claims Commission"

Paper session 2, 11:10–12:10 p.m.

Session 2.1
  • Scot French, "Notes on the Future of Virginia: The Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson and William Short, 1785–1826"
  • Daniel Runyon, "Last Seen: Information Wanted Advertisements as a Tool in the Reconstruction of the Black Family"
Session 2.2
  • Mary Wise, "Sites of Sovereignty: Emma Big Bear Holt and Amateur Archaeologists, 1917–1968"
  • Josh Howard, "Talk-Back Boards and Text Mining: New Digital Approaches in Museum Visitor Studies"
Session 2.3
  • Erin Bush, "'Attracted by the Khaki': War Camps and Wayward Girls in Virginia, 1918–1920"
  • Atiba Pertilla, "Mapping Mobility: Spatial and Class Change in the Gilded Age Wall Street Workforce"

Paper session 3, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Session 3.1
  • Marcy L. Galbreath and Amy L. Giroux, "Researching Genres in Agricultural Communities: The Role of the Farm Record Book"
  • George Oberle, "Growing Strong: The Institutional Expansion of Agricultural Knowledge in the Early Republic"
Session 3.2
  • Elizabeth Bond, "Mapping the Media Landscape in Old Regime France"
  • Benjamin Williams and Jo Guldi, "Understanding the Relationship Between Discourses in Nineteenth-Century British Parliamentary Debates with a Novel Algorithm for Hierarchically Nesting Topic Models"
Session 3.3
  • Anelise H. Shrout, "(Re)Humanizing Data: Navigating the Digital Almshouse Project"
  • James Perry, "Geo-Locating Census Micro-Data: Segregation, Clustering, and Residential Behaviours of Migrant Communities in London, 1881–1911"

Unconference session, 3:15–4:15 p.m.

The final time slot will be devoted to sessions proposed on the day by participants at the event. Ending the event in this way will provide an opportunity to bring into focus the discussions stimulated by the sessions, and to address questions that span sessions.

Venue and lodging

The conference will be held in Founders Hall on GMU’s Arlington campus, located at 3351 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201.

We recommend that participants who need lodging book rooms at the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston, 4610 N. Fairfax Dr, Arlington, Virginia 22203.

The venue is located one mile east of the recommended hotel, a 20 minute walk along Fairfax Drive. You can also walk 5 minutes to the Ballston Metro Station, and ride the Metro one stop in the direction of Washington, DC, to the Virginia Square-GMU stop; Founders Hall is a block east of the station. Paid parking is available at Founders Hall.