System/Système D: Improvising Digital Scholarship Graduate Student Conference

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:00am

CFP: System/Système D: Improvising Digital Scholarship
Date: May 18, 2018
Venue: Lewis and Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship, Mills Library, McMaster University Hamilton, ON, Canada

System/Système D: to improvise, change, adapt. We use this term playfully to acknowledge the creativity, troubleshooting, and failures that accompany digital scholarship. Innovation and learning binds digital scholars together as we navigate uncharted waters with new evidence, new tools, and new questions. System/Système D: Improvising Digital Scholarship is about bringing together a cohort of graduate students who will go on to shape the future of digital scholarship in an academic context, in artistic and cultural settings, and most likely across industries.
This graduate student conference seeks to showcase the research of emerging digital scholars, and invites submissions from across disciplines.
This conference explores: What does it mean to improvise within the field of digital scholarship? What challenges do digital scholars face and how can they be overcome? What can we learn from interdisciplinary approaches and how do we make the field more accessible to diverse voices? We hope to foster new opportunities for collaboration and participation for graduate researchers whose work intervenes in and engages with digital scholarship. We encourage papers, demonstrations (audio-visual, software, etc.), exhibitions, posters, and performances on any research that employs emerging technologies, computational tools and methods including but not limited to:

3D Modelling, Artificial Intelligence, Code Art, Database Development, Data Art, Data Sovereignty, Digital Archives, Wearable Digital Self Portraiture, Digital Storytelling, Glitch Art, Linked Data Maker, Culture Mapping and GIS, Minimal Computing Machine Learning, Open Data, Robotics, Social Media Analysis, Software Development, Statistical Analysis, Video games. 

e also encourage research that engages with and builds from critical paradigms including but not limited to:
Crip Theory, Media Archaeology, Critical Race Theory, New Materialism, Postcolonial Theory, Posthumanism, Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Intersectionality Science and Technology Studies, Digital Labour.

Submission Guidelines: Applicants are invited to submit lightning talks, posters, performances, screenings, exhibitions, demonstrations, and critical karaoke. Please submit a maximum 250 word abstract, along with 3-5 keywords and a 75 word biographical statement. Please include a description of technical requirements, if necessary. The deadline for submissions is February 2, 2018.

Please direct submissions to:

Questions should be directed to the Organizing Committee at

This is an inclusive conference that welcomes BIPOC, QOC, LGBTTQIA+, disabled and Mad persons. Attendees are expected to respect the race, gender, sexual orientation, and dis/ability of all participants. Pronoun tags will be made available at the event. A quiet room will be located near the conference space. McMaster University recognizes and acknowledges that it is located on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.

Organizing Committee:
Katherine Eaton (PhD candidate, Anthropology)
Arun Jacob (MA student, Cultural Studies and Critical Theory)
Adan Jerreat-Poole (PhD candidate, English and Cultural Studies)
Michael Johnson (PhD candidate, Religious Studies)
Melodie Yunju Song (PhD candidate, Health Policy)
Sarah Whitwell (PhD candidate, History)


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