Configuring History

Teaching the Harlem Renaissance through Virtual Reality Cityscapes

by James J. Sosnoski (Volume editor) Patricia Harkin (Volume editor) Bryan Carter (Volume editor)
©2006 Textbook XVI, 210 Pages
Series: Digital Formations, Volume 18


The multidisciplinary essays in Configuring History describe how teachers can use virtual reality technology to teach the Harlem Renaissance. Describing in detail the construction of Virtual Harlem, Bronzeville, and Montmartre – all important sites in African American cultural history – the essays delineate the technologies employed in the construction of these cityscapes and the learning theory – configuring history – that informs the project. The book provides a model of a collaborative learning network, linking classrooms at universities in the United States and in Europe, and demonstrates the importance of collaboration between the sciences and the humanities for the future development of instructional technologies.


XVI, 210
ISBN (Softcover)
Harlem renaissance Virtuelle Realität Lernumwelt ATC Digital Divide Learning Einvironment Round Earth Project Tele-Immersion Virtual Experience
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2006. XVI, 210 pp.

Biographical notes

James J. Sosnoski (Volume editor) Patricia Harkin (Volume editor) Bryan Carter (Volume editor)

The Editors: James J. Sosnoski is the author of Token Professionals and Master Critics (1994) and Modern Skeletons in Postmodern Closets (1995) as well as various essays on instructional technology, computer-assisted pedagogy, and online collaboration. He is currently working on Configuring: Learning to Understand Persons Unlike Us, a book on the role of virtual experiences in interpersonal communication. He earned an M.A. in English from Loyola University and a Ph.D. in English from Penn State. Patricia Harkin is the author of Acts of Reading (1999) and co-editor of Contending with Words: Composition and Rhetoric in a Postmodern Age (1991). Her other writings explore rhetorical history, theory, and pedagogy. She recently edited a special issue of Works and Days in celebration of the work of Richard Ohmann. She received her M.A. in English and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia and Miami University of Ohio, respectively. Bryan Carter teaches African American literature, with a primary focus on the Harlem Renaissance, at Central Missouri State University. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his M.A.Ed. from the University of Phoenix. The Virtual Harlem Cityscape was his brainchild.


Title: Configuring History