We are pleased to host two plenary sessions.


Cheryl Ball, Wayne State University

“Key Questions for Creating and Sustaining Digital Humanities Projects”

Cheryl E. Ball is Director of the Digital Publishing Collaborative at Wayne State University Library. Since 2006, Ball has been editor of the online peer-reviewed open-access journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, which exclusively publishes digital media scholarship. Her recent research in editorial workflows and digital publishing infrastructures can be found in multiple journals and edited collections, as well as on her personal repository, http://ceball.com. She is the Project Director for Vega, an open-access multimedia academic publishing platform, and serves as the executive director of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.


Vaughn Stewart, University of North Carolina – Greensboro

“Teaching Literary Instability through E-books and Encoding”

Vaughn Stewart’s talk examines the implementation of creating digital editions into undergraduate medieval and early modern literature classes. By crafting assignments that require students to edit or encode texts that the class will in turn read closely, students are able to engage seldom-taught concepts of the social creation of literature, interrupting the transition from archival artifacts to Literary Work. Instead of being a distraction, approaches like TEI-XML encoding can serve to deepen students’ understanding of a work’s literary art while foregrounding the processes that obfuscate its inherent instability.


Vaughn Stewart is the Director of the Digital ACT Studio at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he helps students and instructors integrate digital composition and media production into courses. His research focuses on technological transitions in the history of the book: from manuscript to print and from print to digital. He completed his dissertation on Caxton’s efforts to make print texts appealing to manuscript markets in 2016 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There, he also conducted human subjects research on ebook usage in literature courses and presented his findings at the MLA Convention and the International Congress on Medieval Studies.