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NACBS Online Programming 2021


In addition to making our two Atlanta plenaries accessible via Zoom, we have also arranged for the below online programming, on the two Saturdays before the conference. As with the plenaries, these will be available to all NACBS members, via a Zoom link which will be accessible via the membership login.


Saturday, Oct. 30:

11-12:15 (EDT): Using Digitized Primary Sources for Historical Research

This virtual roundtable is part of the NACBS Graduate & Early Career Caucus’ Fall Professional Development Series. Featuring scholars who have worked extensively with specific digital collections, this session should appeal to researchers who have had to pivot away from physical archives during the pandemic but may not know how to maximize digital archives. Panelists will discuss how they approach digitized collections, especially in comparison to physical archives. They will also detail their specific experience with the Old Baily Online, the British Newspaper Archive, and recently digitized British newsreels. Presenters: Simon Devereaux (University of Victoria), Michael de Nie (University of West Georgia), and Emily Rutherford (University of Oxford).


12:45-2:00 (EDT): NACBS Business Meeting and Open Forum: What do you want your NACBS to be?

To ensure the fullest possible participation, we will hold our annual all-members business meeting online instead of in Atlanta. We will have the usual updates from officers on developments of the past year. But we intend to reserve most of our time for an open discussion about what members hope to see NACBS do and become in the years ahead. Like all academic societies, Covid and other factors should encourage us to think anew about some of our purposes and practices. Please join the discussion.


Saturday, November 6:

11:00-12:15 (EDT): Public History

Remembering Empire: Can Public Art Transform History?

A conversation between Durba Ghosh, Professor of History, Cornell University, and Tawny Paul, Director, Public History Initiative, UCLA Department of History

Public art in Britain is now a thriving field of endeavor, speaking in deliberate and bold ways to questions about the legacy of the British Empire. Durba Ghosh and Tawny Paul will discuss recent examples of such demonstrations as they consider the work of Kara Walker, Yinka Shonibare, the Fourth Plinth Commission, and others. How do works of public art speak to issues of race and politics? Can works of sculpture speak to one another and create space for alternative interpretation of the past and new vision for the future? This session will offer commentary and then open the floor for discussion with participants.


12:45-4:00 (EDT): NACBS Rights Task Force Meeting

The RTF was formed in 2016 to “address LGBT rights, voting rights, and race and religious freedom issues as they pertain . . . to NACBS, and to consider the increasing issues surrounding visas and freedom of movement that confront researchers working internationally.” The RTF is now a permanent part of the NACBS, able to advise the NACBS Council on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The RTF provides annual reports on the issues members feel most need to be addressed, and follows up on the progress made on those issues. Our goal is to connect the NACBS Council to voices that it might not otherwise hear, and to learn about the issues you think are urgent and that we should be working on over the next year. If you are interested in the work of the RTF (or interested in joining its steering committee) attend this session to learn more. You can also email [email protected] to be placed on the RTF email list.