[Msa-discuss] Digital Diversity 2015, CFP 9/26/14

Kathryn Holland hollandk5 at macewan.ca
Mon Sep 15 23:11:02 EDT 2014

Hello all,

Please note the new CFP deadline for the Digital Diversity 2015
conference, below and at our website: digitaldiversity2015.org. 

Best wishes, Kathryn Holland  

Digital Diversity 2015: Writing | Feminism | Culture
Orlando turns 20
Edmonton, Canada 7-9 May 2015
How have new technologies transformed literary and cultural histories?
How do they enable critical practices of scholars working in and outside
of digital humanities? Have decades of digital studies enhanced,
altered, or muted the project to recover and represent more diverse
histories of writers, thinkers, and artists positioned differently by
gender, race, ethnicity, sexualities, social class and/or global
location?  This conference examines the trajectory of feminist digital
studies, observing the ways in which varied projects have opened up the
objects and methods of literary history and cultural studies. It marks
the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Orlando Project, an
ongoing experiment in digital methods that produces Orlando: Women’s
Writing in the British Isles, from the Beginnings to the Present
(orlando.cambridge.org). Alongside pioneering projects such as the Women
Writers Project, the Corvey Project, the Dickinson Electronic Archives,
the Perdita Project, and the Victorian Women Writers Project, Orlando
blazed a new path in the field, bringing together feminist literary
studies with emerging methods of digital inquiry.  These twenty years
have witnessed a revolution in how we research, produce, and circulate
knowledge. It is time to reflect upon the impact of the digital turn on
engagement with the literary and cultural past.
We welcome presentations that will together reflect on the past,
present, and future of digital literary and cultural studies; examine
synergies across digital humanities projects; and stimulate exchanges
across such fields as literary history, history, art history, cultural
studies, and media studies.
Potential topics include:

* Transformations and evaluations of feminist, gender, queer and other
recuperative literary studies
* Digital manifestations of critical race studies,
transatlantic/transnationalist or local/community-based approaches
* Collaborations between digital humanities specialists and scholars in
other fields
* Born-digital critical and creative initiatives in cultural history
(journals, blogs, electronic “branch” projects, crowdsourcing,
multi-media, and interactive projects)
* Editorial initiatives, digitization and curation of primary texts,
representation of manuscripts and the writing process
* Inquiry into texts, networks, and historical processes via
visualization and other “distant reading” strategies
* Authorship and collaboration: the work of women and other historically
marginalized writers, traditional models of scholarship, and new
conditions of digital research and new media
* Sound and sight: sound and visual arts studies in digital environments
* Identities and diversity in new media: born-digital arts in word,
sound, and image, in genres including documentaries, blogs, graphic
novels, memoirs, hypertexts and e-literature
* Conditions of production: diversity in academia, publishing, library,
information science, or programming, past and present
* Cultural and political implications of particular tools or digital
modes of presentation
* Pedagogical objectives, practices, environments
* Dissemination, accessibility, and sustainability challenges faced by
digital projects
The conference will include paper/panel presentations as well as
non-traditional presentation formats. Please submit abstracts (500 words
for single paper, poster, or demonstration, and 1500 words for panels of
3 papers or workshops) along with a short CV for each presenter. We are
applying for funding to support the participation of students and
emerging scholars.
We welcome proposals for other non-traditional formats. Half- to
full-day workshops will be held on the first day of the conference;
demonstrations and poster conference program. Proposals for workshops should provide a
description, outline, and proposed schedule indicating the length of
time and type of space desired.
The deadline for all submissions is  26 September 2014. Send proposals
and CVs by email, to digdiv2015 at gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter

Dr. K. Holland
Instructor in English, MacEwan University
Senior Research Associate, The Orlando Project (Orlando: Women's Writing
in the British Isles, from the Beginnings to the Present, Cambridge
University Press online, 2006-2014)


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