Digitorium Digital Humanities Conference: Call for Proposals

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 12:00am

Event: Digitorium Digital Humanities Conference. 
When: Thursday, March 3rd – Saturday, March 5th 2016. 
Where: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. 

We are delighted to invite proposals for Digitorium 2016, a large-scale, international Digital Humanities conference to be held for the second time at the University of Alabama from 3rd-5th March 2016.

We seek proposals on Digital Humanities work from researchers, practitioners, and graduate students which showcase innovative ways in which digital methods have brought scholarship and scholarly communities to life, whether locally or globally. Our plenary speaker Professor Thomas H. Luxon (Dartmouth College) will anchor our program of events, presenting his pioneering work in founding The John Milton Reading Room, a major set of digital literary editions, created through scholarly collaboration. This session engages our main focus on digital methods and the communities which these can forge, as well as our subject-specific interests in Early Modern studies. We especially welcome proposals which discuss the use of digital methods and their novel results for research, pedagogy, and public scholarship.

2016 marks the launch of our inaugural journal, the eponymous Digitorium: all conference presentations are eligible for inclusion in the first issue, and we will be taking full advantage of a digital medium to incorporate papers, multi-media elements, visualizations, interactive posters, and more.

We have three key “pathways” for which participants can submit abstracts:

  1. Digital Methods: presentations on exciting new applications of digital methods, whether to bring an under-served subject to public attention, or to break new ground in established fields.
  2. Methods in Early Modern Digital Scholarship: proposals on the use of digital techniques in early modern studies, including literary and historical scholarship.
  3. Methods in American Studies Digital Scholarship: proposals on the use of digital techniques in any aspect of American studies, broadly conceived to include the earliest known surviving evidence of Native American people to present day issues, from history to literature, music, religious studies, and gender and race studies.

Proposals: We seek proposals for the following types of presentation for the conference and pre-conference days:

  1. 20-minute papers.
  2. 5-minute lightning talks.
  3. Posters.
  4. Digital exhibits: Bring your digital exhibit to the conference and present it as you would a poster.
  5. Workshops to share techniques which you have found useful.
  6. Roundtables.
  7. Experiential presentations: 20-30 minute workshop-style presentations walking your audience through a digital method which you have used for specific scholarly outcomes.
  8. Panels of three or four 20-minute papers or two experiential presentations.
  9. Panels comprised of a whole project team.

All proposals should be made via the Submissions page on the conference website. They should be between 300-500 words, with a 100-word version for inclusion in the conference program should the proposal be successful. Deadline for submissions is 10 December 2015.

For more information about the conference, including our plenary speaker, the venue, and the departments generously offering their support for this event, please explore our website. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr. Emma Annette Wilson, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Alabama Digital Humanities Center, ateawilson8@ua.edu and she will be happy to help, or to receive early proposals or ideas for Digitorium.

Digitorium is made possible by the generous support of the University Libraries, and the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies of the Department of English, at the University of Alabama.


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