[globaloutlookDH-l] Fwd: [DHSI] CFP: Making Humanities Matter (a volume of #dhdebates)

Daniel O'Donnell daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
Mon Feb 2 15:21:17 MST 2015

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Subject: 	[DHSI] CFP: Making Humanities Matter (a volume of #dhdebates)
Date: 	Mon, 2 Feb 2015 12:47:56 -0800
From: 	Jentery Sayers (UVic English) <jentery at uvic.ca>
Organization: 	University of Victoria
To: 	institute at lists.uvic.ca

Hello, everyone. I thought this CFP might interest many of you on the 
Digital Humanities Summer Institute list. Please don't hesitate to 
contact me with any questions. The deadline for abstracts is 3 April 2015.



Call for Papers: /Making Humanities Matter/
Jentery Sayers, Editor
Deadline for Abstracts: April 3, 2015

Part of the /Debates in the Digital Humanities/ Series
A book series from the University of Minnesota Press
Matthew K. Gold, Series Editor
Lauren Klein, Associate Editor

What does it mean to describe humanities scholarship as built, 
assembled, or constructed? To call a humanities argument a persuasive or 
provocative object? To understand humanities disciplines as creative 
disciplines? To, in short, make things in the humanities?

Engaging these questions and more, this volume in the Debates in the 
Digital Humanities Series examines the arts and humanities in an age of 
programmable worlds and digital/analog convergence. As both a working 
title and a framework, we understand "making humanities matter" to 
invite submissions that, through an attention to both theory and practice:

* Articulate what exactly it means to make things in the humanities;
* Describe how humanities research in computing is aligned with the arts 
and creative practice (e.g., sculpture, performance, visual arts, 
experimental media, and interaction design), and to what effects on the 
* Argue for what "humanities matter" should be or do, and why;
* Attend to how humanities scholarship and its materiality are changing 
alongside or through the Internet of Things, wearables, bots, physical 
computing, desktop fabrication, rapid prototyping, and speculative design;
*Unpack how humanities research is expressed through materials off the 
page or screen, in the form of tangible objects, tactile media, or 
human-computer relations; or
* Attest to the intersections between making things and the perceived 
relevance of humanities scholarship, including the role of making in 
public scholarship, community-based research, activism, and memory 

Related questions include but are not limited to:

* How is making a form of experimental research or applied media theory?
* How can tactile media be scholarship? How can argumentation be 
expressed through built forms?
* How is history being made through the (re)construction of artifacts, 
exhibits, experiments, and interactives?
* How is making associated with reuse, repurposing, old media, and 
critiques of obsolescence or waste in the humanities?
* How are laboratories, studios, and makerspaces playing a role in 
humanities research? In these spaces, how are people translating 
technologies and technical practices into humanities research?
* What does making mean for writing, rhetoric, public communication, 
peer review, publishing, and the trajectories of (scholarly) argumentation?
* How are teachers integrating making into humanities pedagogy, and how 
is "making" understood in the scholarship of teaching and learning?
* How is making functioning as a brand or fad, and to what effects on 
practice and practitioners? More generally, what are some critiques of 
making as a practice, movement, or concept in and beyond the academy?
* How are maker, do-it-yourself, or do-it-ourselves movements organized, 
by whom, for whom, in what relation to industry, and under what 
assumptions? What are the politics of making?

Practitioners from across the disciplines (regardless of rank, position, 
or whether they are affiliated with an academic institution) are invited 
to submit 300-word abstracts by 3 April 2015 to Jentery Sayers at 
jentery at uvic.ca.

Collaboratively authored submissions are especially welcome. The 
/Debates in the Digital Humanities/ editorial team will review all 
abstracts, and authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit 
full manuscripts by 15 June 2015, with peer-to-peer review occurring 
during July 2015. The volume will be published, in print and online, in 

For the volume, contributions may ultimately assume the form of critical 
essays, case studies, or project assessments (among other options). The 
word count of the submissions may vary from 2000 to 8000 words, 
depending on the submission. The editorial team will consult with 
authors of selected abstracts about the word count of their contributions.

If you have any questions about /Making Humanities Matter/ or this CFP, 
then please email Jentery Sayers at jentery at uvic.ca. Sayers is Assistant 
Professor of English and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought, as 
well as Director of the Maker Lab in the Humanities, at the University 
of Victoria.

/Debates in the Digital Humanities/ is a hybrid print/digital 
publication stream that explores new debates as they emerge. The first 
volume was published in 2012 and edited by Matthew K. Gold. For future 
announcements and news about the series, see 
http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/news and the twitter hashtag #dhdebates.


Jentery Sayers
Assistant Professor, English
Faculty Member, Cultural, Social, and Political Thought
Director, Maker Lab in the Humanities
University of Victoria
jentery at uvic.ca <mailto:jentery at uvic.ca> | @jenterysayers 
maker.uvic.ca <http://maker.uvic.ca/> | jenterysayers.com 

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