CFP: Digital Humanities Forum: Return to the Material

Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 12:00am


CFP submission deadline: June 1
Forum registration opens in June

2013 Digital Humanities Forum

Return to the Material

University of Kansas

September 12-14, 2013      

  •  Thursday, September 12: Workshops

  •  Friday, September 13: THATCamp Kansas

  •  Saturday, September 14: Return to the Material conference

Keynote speakers:
Colin Allen, Indiana University
Jentery Sayers, University of Victoria
Whitney Trettien, Duke University

Recently digital humanities discussions have returned to a focus on the material in many senses. Bethany Nowviskie’s talk at MLA 2013—“Resistance in the Materials” —explored various facets of the material aspects of digital humanities, including the role of craft and collaboration, the “increasing casualization of academic labor," and the emergence of digital-to-physical technologies. KU’s 2013 Digital Humanities Forum will explore these and related topics in our program “Return to the Material.”
We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers, posters or panel sessions on topics from your own research that focus on the relationship between the digital and the material, such as:
  • How the digital deforms, reforms, and transforms the material, and vice-versa; 
  • Innovative computational approaches to the close reading of text, map, image or audio;
  • The implications for humanities scholarship and pedagogy of digital-to-physical conversion tools, wearable computers, and augmented reality technologies (e.g. 3-D printing, electronic textiles, Google Glass)
  • The future of physical objects and collections in a digital world;
  • New digital techniques in the making and exhibition of art;
  • The materiality of music, art, or film in the digital age;
  • Digital humanities as a key mode of addressing technological change;
  • The recognition of craft in building, creating and accessing electronic materials;
  • How the apparent wild experimentation of DH reveals substantial and tangible insights;
  • and other related topics.

DH Forum best student paper award: ​Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers or poster presentations. One student presentation will be selected for an award based on the quality, originality, clarity of the written abstract, along with its alignment with the DH Forum theme and expected future impact. The awardee will be presented with acheck for $400 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 paper to be eligible, at least fifty percent of the research reported in the paper must be performed by one or more student authors, and the student must be the primary presenter of the paper at the conference.

Proposal Deadline: June 1
Notification: June 15
Questions may be directed to the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities,

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