Recent Opportunities


Digital Humanities and Historic Preservation

The editors of Preservation Education & Research (PER) invite papers on the use of the digital humanities to teach, research, communicate, and experience aspects of the historic environment for the 10th (2017) edition of the journal. Digital humanities are commonly defined as the application of digital content, methods, and tools to the disciplines of the humanities. Preservationists are already well acquainted with digital content and tools such as mapping, laser scanning, and the online archiving of historical documents, to name only a few. These approaches have undoubtedly extended the reach and depth of preservation practice, yet there remains enormous potential for digital tools and methods to enable new research questions, interpretations, and experiences that otherwise may be impossible. PER welcomes paper manuscripts on subjects that may include but are not limited to the following examples: • Tours that make use of smart phones and tablets to feature archival information, video, sound, and other media that augment reality or enhance understanding of the built environment. • Geospatial analysis, mapping, modeling, and visualizations that illustrate change over time, distribution of historical features, or other patterns that reveal aspects of historical significance. • Digital storytelling or digitally recorded and disseminated oral histories as a means of enriching knowledge about the history of places or the meanings they hold for people across time. • Web-based surveys, social medial platforms, or other interactive, digitally-enabled public engagement methods for advancing approaches to values-based preservation planning. • Preservation-related research made possible by recently-digitized, primary source data. • Historic sites and museums enriched by digitally-enabled, multisensory, auditory, visual, or olfactory experiences. • Successes and challenges associated with incorporating the digital humanities into preservation pedagogy. While we encourage submissions based on this issue’s theme, papers on all topics related to preservation education, research, and scholarship will also be considered. The deadline for submission of papers (4,500-6,000 words in length) is February 15, 2017. All submissions must be emailed to and must adhere to the journal’s publication guidelines located at Papers will be blind reviewed and authors notified of publication status by April 2017. About PER Preservation Education Research (PER) is a refereed journal focusing on scholarship related to historic preservation (e.g., heritage conservation/cultural patrimony) education that addresses the historic environment. The National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) launched PER in 2007 as part of its mission to exchange and disseminate information and ideas concerning preservation education, current developments and innovations in preservation, and the improvement of historic preservation education programs and endeavors in the United States and abroad. For more information about NCPE and PER, visit Back issues of PER are also available on NCPE’s web site.
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