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