logo_soloEvent:                  Digitorium Digital Humanities Conference

When:                  Thursday, March 2nd – Saturday, March 4th 2017

Where:                 University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

We are delighted to invite proposals for Digitorium 2017, a large-scale, international Digital Humanities conference to be held for the third time at the University of Alabama from 2nd-4th March 2017.Library stacks

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. We especially welcome proposals which discuss the use of digital methods and their novel results for research, pedagogy, and public scholarship. The conference will host research presentations, roundtables, and for the first time in 2017, a stream of workshops throughout the event for participants to gain new digital skills, and to share their expertise in using particular tools. There will also be a lightning workshop session in which participants can share specific tools that have proven useful in their research or teaching.

2017 marks the start of a new style of presentation at Digitorium, showcase workshops. The purpose of these sessions is to allow participants to see the scholarly results of using a given digital tool (e.g. OpenRefine; oXygen; Story Maps; QGIS; Paper Machines; Visual Eyes 5), and then to learn how to use it themselves. For these sessions, we invite proposals from scholars interested in giving an initial 10-20 minute paper about their research project followed by leading a 30-60 minute hands-on workshop in which they will teach other participants how to use one of the digital tools deployed for the research presentation.

In anticipation of the launch of our eponymous journal, Digitorium, all presentations at Digitorium 2017 are eligible for inclusion in the second issue, and we will be taking full advantage of a digital medium to incorporate papers, multi-media elements, visualizations, interactive posters, and more.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 5 December 2016.

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

  • 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.
  • Digital Pedagogy and Public Scholarship: presentations on the use of digital methods in innovative teaching approaches, and for public outreach by universities, libraries, museums, and other institutions who are engaging communities via digital scholarship.

Proposals:

We seek proposals for the following types of presentation for the conference:

  • 20-minute papers.
  • 5-minute lightning talks.
  • Showcase workshops: a 10-20 minute paper followed by leading a hands-on workshop using the tool employed for your research (see above for details).
  • Posters.
  • Digital exhibits
    • Bring your digital exhibit to the conference and present it as you would a poster.
  • Workshops to share techniques which you have found useful.
  • Roundtables.
  • Experiential presentations
    • 20-30 minute workshop-style presentations walking your audience through a digital method which you have used for specific scholarly outcomes.
  • Panels of three or four 20-minute papers or two experiential presentations.
  • Panels comprised of a whole project team.

All proposals should be made via the Submissions page on the conference website. They should be between 200-400 words.

Deadline for submissions is 5 December 2016.

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, Digital Scholarship Librarian/Asst. Prof. of English at the Alabama Digital Humanities Center, at eawilson8@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 at the University of Alabama.

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