CFP: Utah Symposium on the Digital Humanities 2 (DHU2): Conduits and Hubs

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 3:00am

The second Utah Symposium on the Digital Humanities—sponsored by the Tanner Humanities Center, the University of Utah Department of English, the BYU Humanities Center, and the J.W. Marriott Library—will be held February 10-11, 2017, at the University of Utah Marriott Library. This event aims to continue the scholarly conversation in Utah and surrounding states about Digital Humanities theories, research, tools, and programs being developed in the region.

Call for Proposals
The Symposium’s planning committee, which includes representatives from each four-year institution in Utah, seeks proposals for presentations to be included in the symposium.

Please send a 300-word abstract to by November 1, 2016. The DHU2 Scholarship Committee will review proposals, with notifications sent to authors by December 9, 2016.

Symposium Theme and Presentation Topics
Utah has long functioned as a hub, a connection point for informational and infrastructural conduits. In the nineteenth century, it was the state where the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined to create the first Transcontinental Railroad. In 1969, the University of Utah hosted one of the ARPANET’s four hubs. DHU2 builds on this history, offering a meeting point for the Digital Humanities community in the state and surrounding Intermountain West.

DHU2 will look broadly at the conduits that transfer, share, and merge scholarship within the Digital Humanities.


Topics of particular interest include:

  • Theory / practice / users. Attempts to define the Digital Humanities have frequently constructed an opposition between theory and practice. But how might theory inform practice, and vice versa? What happens when we consider not only the makers of tools, but also their users? What conduits exist between digital humanities theory, making communities, and users?
  • Access/publics. What conduits exist between Digital Humanities scholars and the publics who are served by the work we produce? How do these communities access each other’s work?
  • Archives as conduits. What is an archive(s)? Who are archivists? What are the changing roles of the archives and the archivist in the ecology of Digital Humanities?
  • Libraries and Information Science. What conduits exist between Digital Humanities and Libraries and Information Sciences? Where can we push existing conduits to become more robust?
  • Pedagogy. How does Digital Humanities affect our teaching and vice versa?
  • Cultural work of Digital Humanities. What insights do the Digital Humanities have to offer “traditional” humanistic inquiry in fields like literature or art--and vice versa? How might concepts like narrative or image act as conduits between approaches, and what work might such concepts mobilize?
  • Definitions of Digital Humanities. Are there different or better ways to describe the work that is going on under the umbrella of DH?

Presentation Format
Presentations will be grouped by topic into 3-person panels. Each presentation will be allotted 20 minutes, with 20 additional minutes scheduled for discussion at the end of each panel. The symposium location will include audio/video equipment and Internet access.


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