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Pre-Conference Workshop on Digital Environmental History

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Hosted by the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), Stanford University

For the San Francisco conference in March 2014, ASEH and six co-sponsoring organizations (see below) will offer a pre-conference workshop on state-of-the-art digital environmental history research, teaching, and public outreach. Workshop participants will explore a suite of digital projects (both completed and under development), discuss best practices, examine the strengths and weakness of various platforms, and brainstorm about opportunities for collaboration and funding. It is designed for scholars and practitioners with at least some digital experience. Deep technical knowledge is not required. Participants will be asked to do some advance preparation in the spring. Attendance is limited to 30 participants and a separate application is required. To apply, please send the following items to Paul Hirt at

1. Name, affiliation, and e-mail address (please note if you are a student)
2. Two-page c.v.
3. Brief explanation of your interest and experience (250 words max)
4. Link to a sample project that you were involved in, if applicable.

Deadline for application: January 12, 2014. Applicants will be notified by January 25, 2014.

Tentative Schedule:

8:00 am Leave Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel in downtown San Francisco (ASEH’s 2014 conference location)

9:30-10:00 am Tour of CESTA, Stanford University

10:00-10:30 Introductions and review of the day's agenda

10:30-11:10 Discussion of selected projects

11:10-11:20 Coffee break

11:20-12:00 Discussion of selected projects—round two

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (included)

1:00-2:30 First set of 3 concurrent sessions (“in the lab,” “in the classroom,” “for the public”)

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 Concurrent sessions repeated

4:00-4:30 Closing plenary session

4:30 Depart for ASEH conference opening reception at Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel in downtown San Francisco

There is no fee for this workshop, owing to the generosity of its sponsors. However, please note that prior approval for attendance is required.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the American Society for Environmental History, Stanford University’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, the Network in Canadian History & Environment (NiCHE), Arizona State University’s Public History Program, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, the University of Wisconsin’s Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), and the University of California Riverside’s History Department and Public History Program.

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