Here is an alphabetical list of the presenters that we have confirmed
for the Technology Committee-sponsored session, “Six-Shooters: A
Digital Frontiers Lightning Round”:
- Saara Kekki, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Andrew Torget, University of North Texas
- Brenden Rensink, Brigham Young University
- Margaret Sternbergh, Independent Scholar, San Antonio
- Lauren Turek, Trinity University
- Leslie Miller and Kyler Miller, Idaho State University
- Gianna May Sanchez, University of Michigan
- Jessica Nowlin, University of Texas at San Antonio
- Sarah H. Salter, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
- Andrew Offenburger, Miami University
The session will be chaired by Jason Heppler, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, from 12:45-2:15 PM in the Directors room of the Hyatt Regency, San Antonio, Texas. Each presenter has six minutes and six slides (“Six-Shooters,” get it?) for their presentation. All presenters will entertain questions from the audience at the conclusion of all of the presentations. We encourage what may seem like “basic” questions as well as “shop talk” from those in attendance.
Please check this website in the days leading up to the conference
for posts by each presenter introducing themselves and providing brief
descriptions of the work they plan to present.
I’m pleased to be a new contributor on the blog and a panelist at this year’s Six-Shooters Lightning Round. (The main reasons I signed up for this session is because the title makes me think of Yosemite Sam.)
I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and will graduate in May 2015 with two graduate certificates in Digital Humanities and Great Plains Studies. My dissertation, “Restructuring the Reservation: Housing, Hygiene, and Domesticity on the Crow Reservation, 1880-1934,” examines house-building policy as an imposition of a larger project of cultural imperialism by enforcing Christian concepts of domesticity, gender, and hygiene on indigenous communities. The project introduces a unique set of photographs emerging from the Crow Reservation to examine signs of Native interruption to federal assimilationist policy.
More specific to the Six-Shooters Lightning Round, I have been working with a research team at the Center for Great Plains Studies to reassess the Homestead Act of 1862 based on the now-digitized NARA records for the State of Nebraska. We are preparing a manuscript (publisher TBA) for completion in 2015. The presentation, “Can I Get a Witness?: Network Analysis of Homesteaders in Nebraska,” examines a network forged legally between witnesses under the Homestead Act. Essentially, the Land Office required each homesteader to list four witnesses in a Proof of Posting which ran for five weeks in a local newspaper. While only two witnesses were required to testify at the Land Office, mapping all four connections reveals community formation, local leadership, and settlement patterns of neighborhoods in the rural plains. I created a digital companion to our manuscript, and while it is waiting for final review and a permanent home, you’re welcome to view its nascent form here.
I look forward to my six-minutes and six-slides of fame this coming Thursday!