Undergraduate DH conference - Re:Humanities

Undergraduate DH conference - Re:Humanities
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 12:00am

Are you an undergraduate student? Interested in the Digital Humanities? Please consider submitting and applying to this conference - we will help interested HASTAC Scholars organize a proposal if you are interested.

Re:Humanities is an amazing opportunity for those of you working in the field of digital humanities — it is a national digital humanities conference of, for, and by undergraduates, now in its fifth year. They have reached out to us and are asking if any of you are interested in submitting a proposal to present at the conference. Of course, this is a great opportunity above all because there aren’t that many conferences geared towards undergraduates, where you are quite free to choose presentation formats, etc.

Be aware that the submission deadline is January 1, 2015 (Midnight GMT) and decisions will be announced in early February.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Save, Share, Self-Destruct,” and the organizers, undergraduates themselves, are seeking other undergraduates who engage with contemporary currents in digital humanities, scholars who both apply digital methodologies in traditional humanities research while posing critical questions about those technologies. They invite undergraduates who will think interdisciplinarily, exploring relationships between new digital technologies and the webs of power and access that surround them. The Working Group welcomes submissions of criticism and projects at all stages of development, with the understanding that a substantial amount of research will be accumulated to present at the conference at Swarthmore College, April 9-10, 2015.

The conference organizers encourage proposals that are concerned with but not limited to:

  • Criticism of new media technologies and practices
  • Archiving of personal and academic texts and literatures through new technologies and media
  • Collaboration and solidarity in the digital humanities
  • Hybrid practices, interdisciplinary media, and subversion of cultural and political norms
  • Intersections between academic research and a public audience
  • Public preservation of histories and cultures
  • Risk, trial, and error in new media
  • Privacy: digital footprints, cloud storage, and Big Data
  • Self-destructing data and Do Not Track technology
  • Identity as shaped by excessive information or data deprivation 

They organizers want to encourage you to submit a group proposal, and it doesn't have to be anything concrete or completely finished. However, please be informed that they have a limited number of scholars that the conference can host and provide travel stipends. You are more than welcome to be part of the presentation, as long you can find own travel and accommodation or find outside funding, perhaps from your department.

If you are interested in applying to the conference, an easy way to get started is to write a blog post on HASTAC requesting more attendants to your panel or in your group, then set up a Google doc, and get a proposal written collaboratively. We are happy to help but it should be a fairly simple process.

All submissions must include your name, institution, a short biography of 2-3 sentences, and a titled description of your project (maximum 700 words). Send a .doc/.docx, .pdf or .jpg file to rehumanities@gmail.com. (The conference organizers are happy to accommodate you if your submission requires a different format. In this case, please contact them at least seven days in advance of the due date). 

Contact Fiona & Kalle if you have additional questions or want help putting together a proposal! 

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