The description is submitted to:


Session C5033 (Evaluating Digital Scholarship - Proposed guidelines for MESA), 2017
As an Ottoman historian with a prior life as a Middle East librarian, I take the long view on the efficacy and dangers of digital humanities. On the one hand, construction, management and presentation tend to be all=absorbing and detrimental to research agendas and priorities; on the other, the internet remains the ultimate miraculous tool for the creation and distribution of our work and preservation of endangered archives and artefacts. We, as members of the AD Hoc Committee on Digital HUmanities, are charged by the MESA Board with making such endeavors palatable to hiring/tenure committees, the membership at large and the general public. The thematic conversation should begin with the new MESA guidelines but I would like to see the widest possible engagement with the concerns about this brave new and all consuming world.