Bodies | Justice | Futures: Digital Humanities Forum 2019

Bodies, Justice, Futures, Digital Humanities Forum
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:00am to Friday, October 4, 2019 - 1:00am

9th Annual University of Kansas Digital Humanities Forum
October 3 & 4, 2019
Lawrence, Kansas

Keynote Speakers

Janet Chávez Santiago (Zapotec weaver and language activist)
Indigenous Language and Culture Visibility in the Digital Age: Examples from Zapotec Activism

Julian Chambliss (Professor of English, Michigan State University)
Mapping the Black Imaginary: Race, Space, and Power

Denisa Kera (Marie Curie research fellow, University of Salamanca)
Justice Machines, Pacts with the Devil, and the Myth of Automation from Klepsydra to Blockchain

The Digital Humanities Forum 2019, presented by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH), will take place in Lawrence, KS, October 3-4, 2019 (with pre- and post-conference workshops on October 2 & 5) at the Burge Union at the University of Kansas.

Conference Description

Now in its ninth year, the Digital Humanities Forum brings together faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students from the University of Kansas and beyond to celebrate and explore digital scholarship as a diverse and growing field of humanist inquiry. The Forum encourages participation (as presenters or attendees) by scholars at any stage in their careers, including undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty scholars; from gallery, library, archives, and museum professionals; as well as from those engaged in scholarship outside the university.

This year, the theme of the Forum is: Bodies, Justice, Futures. With this theme, the Digital Humanities Forum hopes to inspire presenters to think about the ways in which we envision and build towards just futures for individual and collective bodies from around the globe.  By evoking the human body, we ask presenters to foreground humanistic inquiries of digital culture and technology, to trace continuities between historical realities and present socio-political conditions, and/or take up issues related to marginalized and invisible lived experiences.

In addition to the three keynote talks listed above, highlights of this year's Forum include:

  • Six panel sessions addressing the topics of Borderland Identities in the Future of Digital Cultures; Mobility, Migration, and Community; Archival Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Technology; Surveillance Technologies and Bias; and Race: Image and Sound, Bodies and Motion;
  • A Digital Showcase highlighting a dozen interactive digital projects, installations, video games, performances, and film/video screenings;
  • Best Undergraduate Paper and Best Graduate Student Paper awards;
  • A pre-Forum workshop on "Digital Literacy and Community Engagement: Building a Public Humanities Praxis";
  • A post-Forum, full-day workshop at the Lawrence Public Library exploring the limitations of artificial intelligence and the future of algorithmic governance;
  • A reception at the Spencer Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Fall 2019 exhibition knowledges;
  • FREE registration includes lunches and coffee during the Forum.

We hope you will join us for several stimulating days of interdisciplinary conversing, sharing, tinkering and learning, with a focus on public, critical digital humanities.

Code of Conduct

The Digital Humanities Forum Planning Committee is committed to providing a safe and productive environment for everyone. You can read our code of conduct here

Contact Information

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