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Roger Whitson is Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has an article titled “Digital Blake 2.0″ for the book collection Blake 2.0: William Blake in Twentieth-Century Art, Music and Culture edited by Steve Clark, Tristanne Connolly, and Jason Whittaker forthcoming from Palgrave, is a contributor to the Teaching Romanticism blog maintained by Romantic Circles (, and is co-editor of the Blake 2.0 cloud ( with Jason Whittaker. For more information, please visit or follow him on twitter @rogerwhitson.

A Call for Contributors to NASSR GoogleDocs Collaborative Proceedings

The NASSR conference is fast approaching, and I (alas) won’t be able to attend. So, for purely selfish reasons, I am collaborating with Kirstyn Leuner to create a proceedings for the 2011 NASSR conference on GoogleDocs. If you want to help contribute to the proceedings, please join us! We simply ask that those of you who go to NASSR take notes at the panels you attend and upload those notes to GoogleDocs. Hopefully, the end product will be a set of notes from all (or most) of the panels at NASSR.  I’m planning on collecting the proceedings into a document that we could possibly propose to an online publishing platform like George Mason University’s PressForward.

Collaborative Proceedings have a long history at unconferences, for example the increasingly famous THATCamp regularly publishes notes on their sessions. Proceedings are a great way to archive conversations at conferences and to share information with people, like me, who aren’t able to attend. I’d also like to invite anyone who wants to participate in a Twitter backchannel for the NASSR2011 conference to simply use the hashtag #nassr2011. Despite my absence, I’d like to contribute to the conversations emerging from NASSR, and feel that many people (academic, non-academic, and alternate academic) would love to be part of the 2011 conference.

If you have any questions or any suggestions on how to organize the graduate student, postdoctoral, and professorial attendees to help collaborate on the 2011 proceedings, please let us know in the comments section or email myself ( or Kirstyn ( Should we, for example, set up a wiki for people to sign up for particular panels? Would it be better to see what emerges organically when several attendees decide to collaborate on the proceedings? We are open to suggestions.

Thanks in advance!