Welcome to the Interdisciplinary Digital Scholarship Seminar for 2016-2017! This year we will be exploring and collaborating with students, faculty, teachers, and scholars from across the university on cutting-edge, emerging developments in digital scholarship and pedagogy. Currently, we’re focusing on four key areas but we’re certainly open to covering themes as they develop throughout the year. We have funding to hold a series of events at Baruch College and the Graduate Center. If you would like to participate, please visit Getting Started.

The purpose of this seminar is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars at Baruch College interested in digital scholarship and pedagogy. As the academy continues to shift, adapt, and question technology’s influence on higher education, all faculty and students have a stake in understanding the digital world and how it can change the nature of research and classroom practices. The digital revolution is fundamentally altering forms of knowledge creation and communication, so we must engage with these current transformations to envision our roles as scholars and educators in the coming years.

There exists a range of perspectives and debates on what exactly is digital scholarship. We begin with and extend the following definition put forth by the University of Washington:

Digital Scholarship is defined as any scholarly activity that makes extensive use of one or more of the new possibilities for teaching and research opened up by the unique affordances of digital media.These include, but are not limited to, [new foci of scholarship], new forms of collaboration, new forms of publication [and the public communication of scholarship], and new methods for visualizing and analyzing data.

To our knowledge, no interdisciplinary and sustained forum exists at Baruch College for discussion about the ways faculty can rethink and/or adapt their scholarship through the incorporation of digital tools, digitally-oriented foci, or forms of publication. Digital scholarship is already going on in pockets at Baruch College and across CUNY. This seminar plans to address the problem of siloing this knowledge and provide a venue for knowledge sharing, pushing disciplinary boundaries, future collaboration, and sustained conversation on campus.