Call for Proposals: DH Forum 2019, University of Kansas, Oct 3-4, Bodies/Justice/Futures

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 1:00am

Digital Humanities Forum 2019

Bodies, Justice, Futures


9th Annual University of Kansas Digital Humanities Forum

October 3 & 4, 2019

Lawrence, Kansas


Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Janet Chávez Santiago (Zapotec weaver and language activist)

more speakers to be announced


Call for Proposals


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 at the Burge Union (1565 Irving Hill Rd, Lawrence, KS 66045) at the University of Kansas. Registration will open August 1st, 2019.


Submission Deadline: May 20th, 2019 at 11:59pm.


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.


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. Suggested topics related to our theme’s keywords are listed below.


Bodies: wearables and biotechnologies; cognition and neuro-aesthetics of art and literature; machine learning, artificial life, Turing bots, and robotics; datafication of human bodies and experiences; literary bodies: texts, archives, collections; the human in the (digital) archive; embodiment and affect in digital culture;  critical issues of identity (race, gender, sexuality, indigeneity, etc) in digital culture; digital materiality.


Justice: precarious and emotional labor in the digital humanities; ethics and politics of algorithms and digital platforms; data justice; eco-critical approaches to digital technologies and cultures; digital humanities in the global south; surveillance and privacy; democratization of science, technology, access, and knowledge production; citizen technology and citizen labs; race, space, and place in the digital.


Futures: emerging technologies and data economies; speculative futures and critical making; participatory, critical, and speculative design; architectures of necessity; minimal computing; IT governance and cybersecurity; hackerspaces, fabrication, and DIY/repair culture; open technology and hardware; video games and the utopian/dystopian; Afrofuturism and the digital; pirate libraries and peer-to-peer networks; participatory, experimental, and/or anticipatory digital pedagogy.


Forum organizers welcome proposals that explore connections in and between these themes and that suggest new approaches to digital scholarship.  We encourage proposals from 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.


Presentation Types

We welcome and encourage proposals for a wide range of traditional and non-traditional conference formats, including workshops, panels, papers, roundtables, interviews, debates, pecha kucha presentations, posters, games (anything from a life-size board game to a videogame to critical jeopardy), art installations, data visualizations, short film screenings, and music, dance, and theatre performances. We will also consider remote presentations via video-conference for those who are unable to travel to Lawrence.


Proposal Submission

Proposals should be submitted via the webform at and include a complete form and project description of 500 words maximum. Please note Forum organizers may request an alternative presentation format or collaboration between related proposals. The deadline for proposal submission is May 20th, 2019 at 11:59pm.


Student Presentation Award

Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit proposals for presentations. One student presentation will be selected for an award based on the quality, originality, and clarity of the proposal, along with its alignment with the DH Forum theme and expected future impact.  Students who wish to be considered for this award will be guided to submit an impact statement of 250 words in the online submission form. The awardee will be presented with a check for $500 and award certificate at the conference. Students should identify themselves as such at the time of abstract submission to be considered for the award. For a presentation to be eligible, at least fifty percent of the research or creative activity reported in the presentation must be performed by one or more student authors, and the student must be the primary presenter at the conference. Initial award notification will be sent by July 10, 2019.


Proposal Review and Notification

Submissions will be reviewed by Digital Humanities Forum 2019 Planning Committee made up of KU faculty, staff, and graduate students. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by July 10, 2019.


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

Please contact with any questions.


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