CFP: Data Driven: Digital Humanities in the Library

CFP: Data Driven: Digital Humanities in the Library
Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 12:00am

Call For Conference Proposals

Data Driven: Digital Humanities in the Library

June 20-22 2014, Charleston, SC

Guidelines for Submission
Lightning Round/Paper/Panel deadline: 01 December 2013
Workshop proposal deadline: 01 February 2014

General Information

“Data Driven: Digital Humanities in the Library,” sponsored by the South Carolina Digital Library, the College of Charleston and the Charleston Conference, invites submissions for its 2014 conference, on all aspects of digital humanities in the library. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Digital scholarship
  • Humanities & library collaborations on DH projects
  • GIS and/or data visualization projects
  • Text mining & data analysis
  • Digital humanities librarianship
  • Digital project management
  • Knowledge lifecycle, including production & collaboration
  • Creating or using tools & services for the production, editing and/or analysis of DH data
  • Metadata and linked data in DH

We particularly welcome collaborative panel and paper submissions from librarian and humanities scholar-based teams and/or graduate students. We strongly encourage any proposals relating to the theme of the conference.

Presentations may include:

  • Lightning Rounds (250-500 word abstract)
  • Long Papers (abstract of 1500 words max)
  • Panel Sessions (approximately 500-word overview)
  • Pre-conference workshops and tutorials (overview of 1500 words max)

The deadline for submitting lightning round, long paper, and session proposals is December 1st, 2013. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by February 1st, 2014. Workshop and pre-conference tutorial proposals are by February 1st, 2014, with notice of acceptance by March 1st, 2014. Please send all submissions to whitej [at] cofc [dot] edu with “DHLIB 2014 PROPOSAL” entered in the subject line. All submissions must include name, title and institutional affiliation.

Types of Proposals

We are currently accepting four types of proposals: (1) lightning round proposals; (2) paper presentations; (3) full panel sessions and (4) proposals for pre-conference workshops and tutorials. Depending on the types and quality of proposals received, the conference committee may offer acceptance in a different category from the one initially proposed, and will normally not accept multiple submissions from the same author or group of authors.

Lightning Rounds
Lightning Round proposals require a 250-500 word abstract. A lightning round is designed to be a fast-paced discussion of an area of interest, implementation of new technology or tool, or brainstorming session for a perceived challenge in the field presented with a minimum of background information. Lightning round presentations are 5-7 minutes maximum in length and will have 5 minutes set aside for Q&A.

Long Papers
Proposals for long papers should be 750 to 1500 words in length. Individual papers will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions. Papers of like themes may be partnered together to form a panel presentation. All proposals should include relevant citations to sources in the literature.

Panel Sessions
Panel Sessions consist of one 90-minute panel of three to four speakers presenting on a single theme. Panel organizers should submit an abstract of approximately 500 words describing the panel topic, how it will be organized, the names of all the speakers, and an indication that each speaker is willing to participate in the session.

Pre-Conference Workshops
Pre-conference workshops will be scheduled on Thursday, June 19th. Proposals require a 750 to 1500-word overview of:

  • The materials to be covered in the workshop
  • The expected educational outcomes
  • Expected number of participants and their requirements
  • A description of the target audience
  • Any technical requirements needed
  • A statement addressing the workshop holder’s qualifications, research interests and contact information.
  • Length: half day (3-4 hours) or whole day (7 hours, 1 hour lunch)

Participants in pre-conference workshops or tutorials will be expected to register for the conference as well as pay a small additional fee.


The conference committee is pleased to announce that this conference is under contract for publication with Purdue University Press, in the new series Charleston Insights in Library, Information, and Archival Sciences.

Selected papers and panelists will be contacted immediately after the conference and offered the opportunity to transform their paper/presentation into a book chapter for the upcoming monograph entitled “Data Driven: Digital Humanities in the Library”. Chapter selection notifications will be sent out in early July 2014, with completed chapters due in October 2014.

Information about the Conference Venue

“Data Driven: Digital Humanities in the Library” will be held on the College of Charleston campus in June of 2014. Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. The city of Charleston – world-renowned for its history, architecture, culture and coastal environment – serves as a living and learning laboratory for experiences in science, teaching, the humanities, languages and the arts.

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