From the announcement:
In Born-Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives (2008), John Palfrey and Urs Gasser explore how the proliferation of new technologies informs the perceived realities of “digital natives” (those born in the digital age) and the “digital immigrants” who have experienced the movement toward digitization during their lifetime. Differences among members of these groups include, for example, how they express their identities in real and virtual spaces, how they perceive their level of connectedness to others, and how they express themselves creatively. Comprising both “native” and “immigrant” scholars and students, the digital humanities are a key field in which these differences play out-an already digital (born-digital) phenomenon as well as a field undergoing digitization.
This conference considers how humanities are already digital, the purposes of digitizing the humanities, how “natives” and “immigrants” can work together to deepen our understanding of the human experience, and the advantages and challenges that digital efforts create for scholarship and teaching. What key debates and innovative projects do the digital humanities foster?