CFP: Design and the Digital Humanities (MMLA 11/7-10, 2013)

CFP: Design and the Digital Humanities (MMLA 11/7-10, 2013)
Friday, May 31, 2013 - 1:00am

Josh Honn and I are organizing a panel at this year's MMLA, and I wanted to share the CFP with HASTAC folks.

CFP: Design and the Digital Humanities

Midwest MLA 2013

Theme: Art & Artifice

November 7-10, 2013, Milwaukee, WI

With this year’s M/MLA topic of “Art & Artifice,” MMLA's new Permanent Section on Digital Humanities will explore issues of, experiments with, and provocations on design. Digital humanities (DH) is often equated with tool-oriented, procedural tasks like text analysis and data gathering. For example, the recent MLA open access publication Literary Studies in the Digital Age, focuses on textual databases, mining, analysis, and modeling. However, Johanna Drucker, Anne Burdick, Bethany Nowviskie, Tara McPherson, and others have argued that interface and systems design, visual narrative, and graphical display are not peripheral concerns, but rather important “intellectual methods” (Burdick et al. 2012). Likewise, DH projects and publications often segment (content first, design last) and/or outsource (hire a firm, select a template) the design process, overlooking the powerful and important dialectic of design and argument, at times to the great detriment of the project itself. In an effort to further the conversation, we invite papers related to any aspect of design and the digital humanities. Possible topics/questions may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • design of interactive fiction, hypertext fiction, and electronic literature
  • games and virtual spaces
  • hybrid digital/analog fabrication practices and the ethos of hacking, making, and crafting that surrounds them
  • tensions between original designs and prefabricated templates and visualizations
  • the relationship between content and design in a scholarly edition, web archive, course website, or other digital content management project
  • design and affect, design and imagination
  • the tendency of DH project groups to separate designers and programmers on a team; tendency to divide design concerns from “technical” concerns
  • design standards, web standards, responsive & participatory design, and issues of accessibility of online publications and projects
  • skeuomorphism vs. born-digital design
  • design and code as language art, code poetry, etc.

Please send 250-word abstracts by May 31st to both Josh Honn (josh dot honn at gmail dot com) and Rachael Sullivan (sullivan dot rachael at gmail dot com).

Co-chairs: Josh Honn (Northwestern University) and Rachael Sullivan (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Image credit: Flickr user vial3tt3r, licensed under Creative Commons

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