Reading | Writing | Building
- For each meeting, please read and explore the materials for the week. Then, blog a reflection on those materials.
- Final Project: Fashion a response to the question “What difference does digital work make for Public History?” Due May 13.
You would do well to follow the feeds from these folks:
- History@Work: http://publichistorycommons.org/
- Nina Simon, Museum2.0: http://museumtwo.blogspot.com/
- Seb Chan, Fresh and Newer: http://www.freshandnew.org/
- Mia Ridge, Open Objects: http://openobjects.blogspot.com/
- Mike Edson, slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm
- Tim Sherratt, discontents: http://discontents.com.au/
- Steven Lubar, On Public Humanities: http://stevenlubar.wordpress.com/
- Trevor Owens: http://www.trevorowens.org/
- Kate Theimer, ArchivesNext: http://www.archivesnext.com/.
Week 1 (January 28): History, the Public, Openness, and Ethics
- Roy Rosenzweig and David Thelen, The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life (2000).
- National Park Service/OAH report, “Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service.”
- Jon Voss, “Radically Open Cultural Heritage Data on the Web,” Museums and the Web 2012.
- LODLAM: http://lodlam.net/
- SAA Core Values Statement and Code of Ethics
- AASLH, Statement of Professional Standards and Ethics
- NCPH Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
Week 2 (February 11): Participatory Public History
- Nina Simon, The Participatory Museum.
- Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody (2008).
- Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus (2010).
- Stein, Robert. “Chiming in on Museums and Participatory Culture.” Curator: The Museum Journal, 55:2 (April 2012): 215-226.
- Fiona Romeo and Lucinda Blaser, “Bringing Citizen Scientists and Historians Together,” Museums and the Web 2011.
- Tim Causer and Valarie Wallace, “Building a Volunteer Community; Results and Findings from Transcribe Bentham,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 6:2 (2012).
- Jasper Visser and Dennis Tap, “The Community as the Centrepiece of a Collection: Building a Community of Objects with the National Vending Machine,” Museums and the Web 2011.
- Trevor Owen’4 post series on Crowdsourcing
- NYPL Labs Blog and Projects
Week 3 (February 25): Digital Strategy
- Erin Kissane, The Elements of Content Strategy (A Book Apart).
- Carolyn Royston and Charlotte Sexton, “Navigating the Bumpy Road: A Tactical Approach to Delivering a Digital Strategy,” Museums and the Web 2012.
- Sarah Hromack and Rachel Craft, “From the Ground Up (or the Inside Out): New Approaches to Digital Publishing,” Museums and the Web 2012.
- Robert Stein, “Blow Up Your Digital Strategy: Changing the Conversation about Museums and Technology,” Museums and the Web 2012.
- Dana Allen-Greil, Susan Edwards, Jack Ludden, and Eric Johnson, “Social Media and Organizational Change,” Museums and the Web 2011.
- Letting Go: Sharing Historical Authority in a User Generated World, ed. Bill Adair, et al. (Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, 2011).
[March 11: Spring Break]
Week 4 (March 25): Digital Exhibits
- Stephen Conn, Do Museums Still Need Objects? (2010).
- Wyman, B., Smith, S., Meyers, D. and Godfrey, M. (2011), “Digital Storytelling in Museums: Observations and Best Practices.” Curator: The Museum Journal, 54:4 (October 2011): 461â€“468.
- Steve Krug, Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition (2005).
- Steven Gray, Claire Ross, Andrew Hudson-Smith, Claire Warwick, “Enhancing Museum Narratives with the QRator Project: a Tasmanian devil, a Platypus and a Dead Man in a Box,” Museums and the Web 2012.
- Eric Socolofsky, “Iterating for Visitors at the Exploratorium,” UX Magazine.
- Matthew Cook, Andrew Caspari, and Katherin Campbell, “On Air, Online and Onsite: The British Museum and the BBC’s ‘A History of the World,’” Museums and the Web 2011.
- Elizabeth Goins, “Museum Games: Some Strategies for Achieving Project Goals,” Museums and the Web 2011.
- Contents Magazine: http://contentsmagazine.com/
Week 5 (April 8): Archives
- David Bearman, Archival Methods, Archives and Museum Informatics Technical Report #9 (Pittsburgh, Archives and Museum Informatics, 1989).
- Encoded Archival Description
- Society of American Archivists, EAD Roundtable
- Encoded Archival Context, Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families
- SNAC: The Social Networks and Archival Context Project
- Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections
- Kate Theimer, ArchivesNext.
Week 6 (April 22): Mobile
- Sheila Brennan, et al., Mobile for Museums (Center for History and New Media, 2008).
- Deborah Boyer and Josh Marcus, “Implementing Mobile Augmented Reality Applications for Cultural Institutions,” Museums and the Web 2011.
- Matthew Fisher, Stacey Mann, Kim Sajet, and Minda Borum, “PhilaPlace to AnyPlace: Building a Reusable Community Platform for Mapping and Sharing History,” Museums and the Web 2011.
- Natasha Waterson and Mike Saunders, “Delightfully Lost: A New Kind of Wayfinding at Kew,” Museums and the Web 2012.
- Museum Mobile
Week 7 (May 6): Evaluation
- Elena Villaespesa, Tijana Tasich, “Making Sense of Numbers: A Journey of Spreading the Analytics Culture at Tate,” Museums and the Web 2012.
- Banny Birchall, et al., “Levelling Up: Towards Best Practice in Evaluating Museum Games,” Museums and the Web 2012.
- Hallie Preskill, “Museum Evaluation without Borders: Four Imperatives for Making Museum Evaluation More Relevant, Credible, and Useful,” Curator: The Museum Journal 54:1 (Jan. 2011): 93-100.
- Kirchberg, V. and TrÃ¶ndle, M. “Experiencing Exhibitions: A Review of Studies on Visitor Experiences in Museums.” Curator: The Museum Journal 55:4 (Oct. 2012) 435-452.
- IMLS’s Evaluation Resources
Approach and Goals
During the semester we will investigate the ways that historians have attempted to account for women’s experience with and influence on religion in 19th century America. Needless to say, this will lead us to consider gender, culture, belief, and politics. Given these goals, I suggest that we concentrate on answering a set of questions about the history and a set of questions about the methodology and historiography.
- How do the historical actors in these texts go about the work of representing their religion and its significance to themselves and others? How do they see their world and their place in it?
- How are power and authority negotiated in this context? What difference does religion make?
- Do the historical actors more or less align themselves with a version of gender roles that is based on claims of equality or difference? How does this impact their experience?
Method and Historiography
- What is the methodological approach of the author? What are his/her assumptions about religion?
- What is the scope of the research? What materials/elements have been excluded?
- What is the significance of the work in the larger field of American religious history?
- How does this work change our understanding of both religious history and the larger field of 19th century American history?
- How does is this work in conversation with other texts in the field?
- Quakers and Antebellum Reform (September 6)
- Holton, Sandra Stanley. Quaker Women: Personal Life, Memory and Radicalism in the Lives of Women Friends, 1780-1930. New Ed. Routledge, 2007.
- Speicher, Anna M. The Religious World of Antislavery Women: Spirituality in the Lives of Five Abolitionist Lecturers. Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd), 2000.
- Hardesty, Nancy A. Women Called To Witness: Evangelical Feminism. 1st ed. Univ Tennessee Press, 1999.
- * Abzug, Robert H. Cosmos Crumbling: American Reform and the Religious Imagination. Oxford University Press, USA, 1994.
- Gender and Women’s History, Anthropology and Social Theory (September 20)
- Scott, Joan Wallach. “Gender: a Useful Category of Historical Analysis.” American Historical Review 91:5 (Winter, 1986): 1053-1075.
- Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll. Disorderly Conduct: Visions of Gender in Victorian America. Oxford UP, 1985. [“The Female World of Love and Ritual” and “The Cross and the Pedestal”]
- Kerber, Linda K. “Separate Spheres, Female Worlds, Woman’s Place: The Rhetoric of Women’s History” (1988) and “The Republican Mother: Women and the Enlightenment–An American Perspective,” in Towards an Intellectual History of Women: Essays. University of North Carolina Press, 1997.
- Higginbotham, Evelyn Brook. “African-American Women and the Metalanguage of Race.” Signs (Winter 1992): 251-274.
- Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. 1st ed. Routledge, 2006. [Prefaces and “Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire” and “Conclusion”]
- Weber, Max. From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology. Routledge, 1991. [“Religious Rejections of the World and their Directions,” (“Politics as a Vocation,” “Science as Vocation,”)]
- Durkheim, Emile. The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. Translated by Karen Fields. Free Press, 1995. [Introduction; Book One: Chapter One and Chapter Four; Book Two: Chapter Three, Chapter Six and Chapter Seven; Book Three: Chapter One and Chapter Five; Conclusion.]
- Turner, Victor. “The Liminal Period.” Bewtixt and Between: The Liminal Period in Rites de Passage. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1967.
- * Douglas, Mary. Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo. 1st ed. TAYLOR, 2002.
- Native Americans and the Frontier West (October 4)
- Gutierrez, Ramon A. When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846. First ed. Stanford University Press, 1991.
- Mihesuah, Devon A. Cultivating the Rosebuds: The Education of Women at the Cherokee Female Seminary, 1851-1909. University of Illinois Press, 1997.
- Deutsch, Sarah. No Separate Refuge: Culture, Class, and Gender on an Anglo-Hispanic Frontier in the American Southwest, 1880-1940. 1ST ed. Oxford University Press, USA, 1987.
- Pascoe, Peggy. Relations of Rescue: The Search for Female Moral Authority in the American West, 1874-1939. Oxford University Press, USA, 1993.
- Mormons and Utopian Communities (October 18)
- Givens, Terry L. People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture. Oxford University Press, 2007.
- Foster, Lawrence. Women, Family, and Utopia: Communal Experiments of the Shakers, the Oneida Community, and the Mormons. 1st ed. Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd), 1992.
- African American Women and Pentacostal and Holiness Churches (November 1)
- Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks. Righteous Discontent: The Women’s Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880-1920. Harvard University Press, 1994.
- Moody, Joycelyn. Sentimental Confessions: Spiritual Narratives of Nineteenth-Century African American Women. University of Georgia Press, 2003.
- Grammer, Elizabeth Elkin. Some Wild Visions: Autobiographies by Female Itinerant Evangelists in Nineteenth-Century America. Oxford University Press, USA, 2002.
- Blumhofer, Edith L. Restoring the Faith: The Assemblies of God, Pentacostalism, and American Culture. University of Illinois Press, 1993.
- Stephens, Michael S. Who Healeth All Thy Diseases: Health, Healing, and Holiness in the Church of God Reformation Movement. Scarecrow Press, 2008.
- Catholicism and Judaism (November 20 — Tuesday)
- Fitzgerald, Maureen. Habits of Compassion: Irish Catholic Nuns and the Origins of New York’s Welfare System, 1830-1920. University of Illinois Press, 2006.
- Goldman, Karla. Beyond the Synagogue Gallery: Finding a Place for Women in American Judaism. Harvard University Press, 2001.
- Cummings, Kathleen Sprows. New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era. The University of North Carolina Press, 2010.
- * Coburn, Carol and Smith, Martha. Spirited Lives: How Nuns Shaped Catholic Culture and American Life, 1836-1920. The University of North Carolina Press, 1999.
- Late 19thc Reform Movements (December 6)
- Hunter, Jane. The Gospel of Gentility: American Women Missionaries in Turn-of-the-Century China. Yale University Press, 1989.
- Edwards, Wendy J. Deichmann, and Carolyn De Swarte Gifford. Gender and the Social Gospel. University of Illinois Press, 2003.
During the course of the semester, there will be two major outcomes: Reading Responses and Critical Review Essays. The reading responses should consist of a separate short blog post for each reading. The critical reviews should attempt to deal with the larger questions of the course through a discussion of the readings up to the due date:
- Essay 1: October 8
- Essay 2: November 9
- Essay 3: December 10
- In-Between Peoples: American Cultural Studies, 1890-1945 (GU-AS205)
- Fall 2006
- Fall 2007
- Fall 2008
- Fall 2009
- Reimagined Communities: Post/trans/nationalism in American Culture, 1945-Present (GU-AS207)
- Spring 2006
- Spring 2008
- Spring 2009
- Spring 2010
- American Religious History, Post-1865 (GMU HIST 615)
- Fall 2007