CFP Extended Deadline: The Age of Revolutions in the Digital Age (11/15)

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Digital Databases and the Illusion of Comprehension

This post is part of a joint series entitled “Digital Research, Digital Age: Blogging New Approaches to Early American Studies,” the Panorama and the Junto. This joint series stems from  stemming from a conference entitled “Revolutionary Texts in a Digital Age: Thomas Paine’s Publishing Networks, Past and Present,” organized by Nora Slonimsky at Iona College in October 2018. This series will feature one post every day this week, hosted by both the Panorama and the Junto, and Dr. Slonimsky’s introductory post is found here. The first post at the Panorama is by Lindsay Chervinsky, “High Politics and Physical Space: Rethinking How We Commemorate Place.”

The rise of the digital humanities over the past decade has brought attention and support to a wide range of projects. In its most triumphalist form, the narrative about digital humanities suggests that digital projects have made early American materials far more accessible than they ever have been. Where once researchers could only access materials by visiting an archive or perhaps using microfilm or microfiche when available, now we can work from our homes in our pajamas to read manuscript and printed sources from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. And we can gather massive data sets about the past for quantitative or qualitative analysis.

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Announcing the Winner of Junto March Madness 2019

Junto March Madness 2019It’s been a fun tournament, but as we inch into April, we know that March Madness must come to an end. We’ve appreciated hearing from all of you who have found new digital projects, new sources, and new research opportunities by exploring the field. Thank you to all those who have participated.

This final was unusually close, decided by a razor-tight margin: 52% to 48%. It attracted far more votes than any of the other matchups in the tournament, reflecting both projects’ impressive ability to engage with a broad community of creators, users, and readers.

Without further ado, the winner of Junto March Madness 2019 is…

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Junto March Madness 2019: The Final

Junto March Madness 2019From a field of 64 incredible digital projects, we’ll soon be down to just one. This is the final for Junto March Madness 2019.

Thank you to all those who voted, campaigned, tweeted about, or otherwise participated in this tournament. We’ve been gratified to hear from those of you who found new digital resources, rediscovered old ones, or brought students into the tournament.

Moreover, while this is the final matchup of this competition, we hope that this is only the beginning of a conversation about digital projects and resources relating to early American history. If you are involved with a DH project relating to early American history (broadly conceived) that you would like for The Junto’s readers to learn more about, get in touch with me and we’ll figure something out.

Without further ado, please vote on the final matchup of the tournament, below. Polls will close on Wednesday at 5:00pm (EST). The winner will be announced on Thursday morning.

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Junto March Madness Final Four!

Junto March Madness 2019The road has been long and the competition fierce, but the voters have spoken. Four worthy digital projects have made it to the final four of Junto March Madness 2019.

Many of our matchups have been close this tournament, including one tie, but it was nevertheless stunning to see one result in the elite eight decided by a single vote. That speaks to the strength of this field, as well as the importance of your vote in the matchups below.

Voting will end on Friday at 5:00pm and the championship matchup will begin on Monday morning. Remember to join the conversation on twitter with the hashtag #JMM19.

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Junto March Madness 2019: Elite Eight!

Junto March Madness 2019This is the elite eight.

We began this tournament with eight different “regions,” based loosely on the different kinds of digital projects nominated. The digital projects below have each won their “region.”  The winners in this round will go to the Final Four.

Thanks to those of you participating in the votes and on twitter (with the hashtag #JMM19). As always, we encourage you to explore these digital projects, rather than voting for the ones you are most familiar with. The field of early American digital history is incredibly rich and invites continued investigation.

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Junto March Madness 2019: Round 3!

Junto March Madness 2019Round 3: the part of the tournament when things start to resemble an early American election. Corrupt bargains will be struck, defense pamphlets composed, and votes will be bought. A duel or two is always possible.

Well, hopefully not.

Thanks to all those who voted in rounds 1 and 2—which has so far added up to about 6,000 votes. Despite the large number of votes, many of these matchups have been decided by slim margins. In the previous round, a single vote twice separated the competitors. Today, voting begins for the third round of 2019’s Junto March Madness tournament. Voting will end on Friday at 5:00pm (EST). Continue reading

Junto March Madness 2019: Round 1 Winners and Round 2 Voting!

Junto March Madness 2019After some unusually polite trash talk on twitter, a first-round runoff, and more than three thousand votes cast, we are ready to move on to the next round of this year’s Junto March Madness tournament. Sadly, many worthy digital projects must end their tournament hopes today. We encourage you to revisit the entire field to appreciate the remarkable online resources available to those of us interested in Vast Early America.

Today, voting begins for our tournament’s round two. It will end on Tuesday at 8:00pm (EST).

Thank you to all of those who nominated digital projects and those who voted. We are gratified to see that many people are finding new digital resources, or even teaching with them, through this tournament. Remember, as always, that this tournament is meant to be a fun way to highlight some of the early American community’s favorite digital projects—rather than a serious attempt to identify the “best” digital project. As you vote for round two, we again encourage you to explore some of the projects you aren’t familiar with. Tell us what you’re finding and how you’re making decisions in the comments below, or on twitter with the hashtag #JMM19.

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Junto March Madness: Round One Runoff!

Junto March Madness 2019Round one voting has finished for our 2019 March Madness tournament! Well, almost.

The matchup between 2-seed Slave Revolt in Jamaica and 7-seed Magazine of Early American Datasets ended in a tie, and so we go to a runoff. Cast your votes below.

This poll will only run for 24 hours, so make your selection quickly!

We will announce the winners and begin round two voting on Monday.

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