Digital Archiving Resources

The Changing Landscape of American Studies in a Global Era

Title

The Changing Landscape of American Studies in a Global Era

Subject

Digital humanities

Description

In this white paper, Levander discusses opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship that are unique to digital archives. Unlike the interdisciplinary regional studies prior to the mass digitization of primary sources and the Internet, current regional studies can truly adopt a global perspective, accessing data from several national archives and digital libraries—no longer limited to strictly U.S. American-created sources.

Levander notes how the digital archive is transforming scholarly research in essentially four ways: (1) the volume of available transnational data from an international array of archives and libraries is too vast for traditional methods of culling data, (2) that data recording geographic places and changes over time are represented in “spatialtemporal” databases that also provide new tools of analysis for researching cross-national and cross-cultural trends, (3) that creation of an international, hemispheric or transnational research community fosters collaboration across national, time and disciplinary boundaries, and (4) geographical and temporal databases can reshape traditional genres of literature and regional studies.

Levander states, “Digital archives can offer new opportunities for rethinking the nation-state as the organizing rubric for literary and cultural history of the Americas,” and she reminds the reader of the correspondence between the history of print and the development of nation-states (30). The digital archive provides tools for representing and visualizing data from phenomena including environmental, archaeological, and technological changes over time.

Creator

Levander, Caroline

Publisher

CLIR

Date

2009

Contributor

Polk, Victoria

Rights

CLIR

Type

Online Journal

Identifier

http://www.clir.org/pubs/resources/promoting-digital-scholarship-ii-clir-neh/levander11_11.pdf

Bibliographic Citation

Levander, Caroline. "The Changing Landscape of American Studies in a Global Era." Working Together or Apart: Promoting the Next Generation of Digital Scholarship (2008):27-33.

Files

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Collection

Citation

Levander, Caroline, “The Changing Landscape of American Studies in a Global Era,” Digital Archiving Resources, accessed November 18, 2017, http://dar.cah.ucf.edu/items/show/15.