"The Digital and Democracy" Digital Scholarship Colloquium 2018, Case Western Reserve University

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:00am to Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:00am

Join us for a rousing discussion of democracy and the digital at the fourth Digital Scholarship Colloquium hosted by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. We are now accepting proposals for papers, posters, panels, and/or demonstrations from scholars, students, librarians/archivists, technologists, non-profit researchers, and community organizers that interrogate the ways that digital tools work to either uphold or upend democracy, and how research might be used to advocate for positive impact within communities experiencing disruption and inequality. The colloquium is an opportunity to connect people to the scholarly work and digital tools that directly or indirectly affects their lives and civil liberties.

The colloquium will take place between November 1-2, 2018.

Proposals will fall into one of three categories:

Methodology: Proposed submissions discuss digital scholarship projects as case studies, including their workflows and best practices.
Theory: Proposed submissions discuss theoretical topics around digital scholarship, such as the ethics of big data, impact measurement, DS labor practices, or DS classroom pedagogy.
Workshops: Proposed submissions aim to teach attendees a skill using a specific digital tool, e.g. text mining with Voyant, a quick intro to Timeline JS, or how to “hydrate” social media data. Attendees would bring laptops to these sessions.

Proposals may include, but are not limited to topics related to healthcare, law, social sciences, housing, the environment, or social justice activism, such as:

  • Geospatial analysis of gerrymandering
  • Using big data to fight the opioid crisis
  • Algorithmic bias and predictive policing
  • Digital surveillance and constitutional rights
  • Equitable labor and cultural production
  • Net neutrality and digital access

Here are examples of Digital Scholarship Colloquium past colloquia:




Please submit your proposals here. All submissions must be received by May 31, 2018, and notifications of acceptance will be sent by mid-June.

Proposals should clearly connect to the theme of democracy and digital scholarship and identify action-oriented takeaways or opportunities for collaboration in and out of academia. Proposals where academics or nonprofit researchers are analyzing community-based projects should include members of that community on the panel. Proposals should evince a range of perspectives and identities among presenters. Accepted proposals should follow guidelines on creating accessible presentations. (https://www.diglib.org/dlf-events/2016forum/guide-to-creating-accessible...)

Accepted papers will have the opportunity to be published in an open access journal created by Case Western Reserve University and hosted in our institutional repository, Digital Case. If you have any questions, please contact Stacie Williams, Team Lead for Digital Learning & Scholarship at stacie.m.williams@case.edu or Charlie Harper, Digital Learning & Scholarship Librarian at charles.harper@case.edu.


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