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Publishing Art History Digitally: The Present and Future
New York University
Institute of Fine Arts, 1 East 78th Street, New York, NY
October 14, 2016

This event brought together art historians and publishing experts to share their views on the future of publishing digital art history. Combining a lecture and two roundtables, this symposium was of interest to all those involved in, or wishing to embark on, digital publishing, as well as to those who are looking for solutions to publishing digital humanities research in compact online formats.

Organized by Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, the event was funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the NYU Center for the Humanities and is free of charge. It was followed up by a hands-on professional development workshop at the College Art Association annual meeting in February, open to all CAA registrants at no extra cost.

Roundtable Discussion #1: Writing, Creating, Editing

Celeste Tuong Vy Sharpe, Christopher Howard, Anne Helmreich, moderated by Emily Pugh, Digital Humanities Specialist, Getty Research Institute

The first roundtable brings together authors who have produced digital publications in a variety of forms and formats, from essays and posts on social media to a digital dissertation. The discussion will focus on three ways in which digital publishing is influencing the creation of art history scholarship. “Changing Process, Evolving Art Histories?” will address how new digital publication might be influencing the ways we think about and produce art history. “Emerging Formats, Shifting Roles” will examine how workflows associated with digital publication have had the effect of creating new roles and responsibilities for art historians, and/or have required art historians to work with colleagues from other disciplines in new ways. We will also broach the topic “New Skills” by considering the implications of digital publication for the training of art historians.