[GeoHumanities SIG] CFP: Places, Spaces, Sites: Mapping Critical Intersections in Digital Humanities

Brian Rosenblum brianlee at ku.edu
Mon May 9 20:41:15 CEST 2016

(apologies for cross posting)

Dear all,

I'm pleased to share the CFP for the Digital Humanities Forum 2016 at the
University of Kansas which will take place on September 30 and October 1.

Please share far and wide! Deadline to submit abstracts is June 10.

Full details http://idrh.ku.edu/dhforum2016

All best,
Brian Rosenblum (on behalf of the organizing committee)

Places, Spaces, Sites: Mapping Critical Intersections in Digital Humanities

The 2016 DH Forum will take place on Saturday, October 1, following a full
day of (gratis) Digital Humanities workshops on Friday, September 30. *Paper
proposals are due Friday, June 10. *

Notions of place, space, and site are theorized and put into practice in
distinct ways across various academic fields. Spatial technologies and
location services and tools, along with the rise of geo-humanities work,
are bringing the tensions among ideas of place, space, and site to the
surface. Moreover, a turn towards internationalization and the global has
been taking place in Digital Humanities scholarship and practice, further
complicating our notions of space and place. Digital Humanities has the
capacity to bring these tensions together in both conflicting and
harmonious ways. The 2016 DH Forum seeks to explore the intersections,
mutual critiques and/or coincidences among fields, and their practices and
conceptual tenets.

Place in Digital Humanities has largely been explored in terms of its
relevance or pertinence in departments, on campuses, in classrooms, in
libraries, etc. In a global perspective, places can be viewed as sites of
distinct academic practice (DH and otherwise), influenced by geopolitical,
linguistic and social asymmetries, colonial histories, and neocolonial
exploitation. The web, virtual spaces of collaboration, and online
communities are reinventing and complicating our understanding of space and
our place in the world. Furthermore, various notions surrounding the ideas
of place, space, and site are at the center of the geo-spatial turn seen in
many areas of Digital Humanities.

Still, what place, space, and site are remains subject to deeper reflection
and articulation, even more so as their traditional definitions intersect
with the digital. What are the implications of digital media and forms of
data collection and encoding place/space/site? What are the challenges
posed by historical notions of place/space/site to current thinking and
technologies? Places/spaces/sites have overlapping physical, symbolic,
affective, cultural, political, or metaphorical dimensions--how do spatial
technologies help or hinder how we interrogate and represent them? What is
the role of networked technologies to delineate, imagine, and create
places/spaces? How does place determine our place in the world? What is the
impact of race, gender and gender expression, age, able bodiedness and
disability, language, ethnicity, and geopolitics on ideas of
place/space/site? Does a place/site exist in a world we perceive to be in
constant movement? How do notions of the local and the global complicate
our thinking about place/space/site?

We welcome proposals on projects, research results, or critical/theoretical
approaches that address such questions. Topics may include (but are not
limited to) the following:

   - Locative and spatial narratives
   - Location aware technologies
   - Migration and refugee digital studies
   - Border digital studies
   - Local/global uses of digital media
   - DH infrastructure and practice in global/local contexts
   - Commemorative sites, collective memory and the digital humanities
   - Online communities
   - Placemaking
   - Community building
   - Digital archaeology
   - Methodologies for analyzing unstructured data in a spatial context
   - Virtual worlds
   - Recreations of historical and fictional places/spaces
   - Indigenous, queer, and/or feminist mapping strategies or projects
   - GIS and historical GIS applications in the humanities


*DH Forum Student Showcase:* We encourage graduate students to submit
abstracts of papers or poster presentations. Up to three of the student
presentations will be selected for a Student Showcase based on the quality,
originality, clarity of the written abstracts, along with their alignment
with the DH Forum theme and expected future impact. The presenters will be
awarded $200 each at the conference. Students should identify themselves as
such at the time of abstract submission to be considered for the showcase
and award. For a paper to be eligible, at least fifty percent of the
research reported in the paper must be performed by one or more student
authors, and the student must be the primary presenter of the paper at the

*Please submit 500 word abstracts in PDF format to idrh at ku.edu
<idrh at ku.edu> by June 10, 2016.*
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