[globaloutlookDH-l] CFP: Digital Humanities Quarterly Special issue: "Lab and Slack. Situated Research Practices in Digital Humanities"

Urszula Pawlicka ulapawlicka at gmail.com
Mon Oct 1 07:49:03 MDT 2018

Lab and Slack.

Situated Research Practices in Digital Humanities

CFP: Special Issue for the Digital Humanities Quarterly

Editors: Mila Oiva (University of Turku) and Urszula Pawlicka-Deger (Aalto

Although the concept of digital comes with an assumption of placelessness
and detachment from physical space and geographical location, these matters
still play a significant role in the way the digital humanities research is
practiced today, and also in the future. The location, the surroundings and
infrastructure open the questions of accessibility and equality: space
shapes the opportunities for doing digital humanities research, both
enables and hinders collaboration, and both unifies and divides scholars.

The purpose of this special issue is to examine the different aspects
of situated
research practices of the digital humanities covering two
perspectives: physical
and virtual. The physical places of research refer to the various digital
humanities sites (laboratories, centers, departments) all over the world
and more widely to the surroundings a location in a particular city,
country, cultural sphere or continent affecting research practices. As
virtual environments of digital humanities scholarship, we define the
digital internet-based platforms, services, and tools that enable research
and scholarly collaboration. The aspects that determine digital humanities
research in both physical and virtual places are infrastructure (material
and non-material), social interaction (communication and collaboration),
and context (social, cultural, and political situatedness). The aspects
influence each other and changes in one of them can affect the others. They
have also impact on what is studied, the ways research can be done, and, in
the end the results of our knowledge, what kind of knowledge digital
humanities research can provide.

We seek a series of articles that address the following issues, but not
limited to, organized in two thematic clusters: 1) Lab: Physical
Situatedness; and 2) Slack: Virtual Situatedness.

Lab: Physical Situatedness

This cluster proposes:


   To look at digital humanities place from a pragmatic point of view to
   answer the questions of how to build a place for digital humanities within
   the university; what kind of institutional requirements need to be
   fulfilled and what type of obstacles stand in the way of development of the
   local field; and how a policy affects place, people, and research practices?

   To explore different sites of digital humanities, such as center,
   laboratory, department, and library in order to reflect upon
   infrastructural changes, differences, functions, and challenges.

   To consider people’s sense of belonging to place of digital humanities
   and a way of establishing local digital humanities community through
   various activities and events. Place attachment made by policy,
   representation, and symbolic gestures is, however, accompanied by a
   negative side of place identity that is exclusion. Therefore, the question
   is whether a place of digital humanities creates a mechanism to exclude
   people from the place and thereby, from the field.

   To investigate digital humanities place from the local perspective, its
   social and cultural surroundings, and political conditions. How do the
   geographical location, the structure of national or international funding
   tools, proximity or distance to the (other) DH institutions, libraries, or
   IT businesses influence the ways digital humanities research is done in a
   particular place? How are the local DH communities being established, and
   what are the best ways for enabling collaboration and sharing of expertise,
   tools and resources?

Slack: Virtual Situatedness

This cluster aims:


   To explore the ways the digital collaboration and analysis platforms and
   software  direct digital humanities research. As digital humanities often
   involves interdisciplinary collaboration and the research ‘materials’ are
   in digitally shareable form (data, code, visualizations), the research
   practices are also increasingly performing in a digital way. We discuss at
   Skype meetings, organize the workflow through Slack and Trello, share
   materials through Github and Dropbox, and co-write papers in Google Drive.
   Do we use these platforms because they are the best ones, or because they
   are marketed the best, and all the other use them as well? In what ways the
   algorithms of the virtual spaces direct the communication, collaboration,
   and the research findings of digital humanities?

   To analyze how utilization of virtual collaborative spaces tie us with
   other kinds of cultural and political dimensions. Being built by humans,
   the digital collaboration and analysis software contain cultural and
   spatial structures that enable one kind of activity and constraints the
   other. Does virtual collaboration enable crossing the physical, cultural,
   and language boundaries, or do the virtual spaces strengthen these
   boundaries, or construct new ones?

   To investigate the questions of ethics, accessibility, privacy and
   sustainability incorporated in the tools that we use for research.


Deadline for 200-Word Abstracts emailed to the Editors (milaoiv at utu.fi and;
pawlickadeger at gmail.com): October 15, 2018
Decisions on accepted abstracts: November 1, 2018
Deadline for final paper sent to the Editors: February 1, 2019

Review and peer review: All articles will be reviewed by the Editors and
then the publisher’s peer reviewer. Finished versions of accepted works
will be based on the peer review timeline of DHQ.

Please contact the Editors with any questions:

Mila Oiva: milaoiv at utu.fi
Urszula Pawlicka-Deger: pawlickadeger at gmail.com

About the Editors

Mila Oiva

Dr. Oiva is a postdoctoral researcher of Cultural History at the University
of Turku. She works in transnational Oceanic Exchanges digital humanities
project funded by the Trans-Atlantic Platform/Digging into Data. In
2017-2018 she worked at the KONE Foundation funded project “From a Road Map
to a Roadshow” project collecting the best practices of facilitating
digital history research in Finland, located in the History of
Industrialization and Innovation (HIIVA) group at the Department of
Mechanical Engineering of the Aalto University in Finland. She was a
visiting Fulbright scholar at the Institute of Slavic, East European, and
Eurasian Studies (ISEEES) at UC Berkeley in 2014-2015, and participated in
the Culture Analytics long program at the Institute for Pure and Applied
Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA in spring 2016.

She is author and co-author of several publications, for example Matres,
Inés, Mila Oiva, and Mikko Tolonen. “In Between Research Cultures The State
of Digital Humanities in Finland.” Informaatiotutkimus, no. 2/2018;
Johnson, Bruce, Mila Oiva and Hannu Salmi. “Yves Montand in the USSR. Mixed
messages of post-Stalinist/Western cultural encounters.” In Entangled East
and West: Cultural Diplomacy and Artistic Interaction during the Cold War,
ed. by Simo Mikkonen, Jari Parkkinen and Giles Scott-Smith, (forthcoming)
and Oiva, Mila. Selling Fashion to the Soviets. Competitive Practices in
the Polish Cloth Export in the early 1960s. In: Competition in Socialist
Society, ed. Katalin Miklóssy & Melanie Ilic, Great Britain, Routledge,

Urszula Pawlicka-Deger

Dr. Pawlicka-Deger is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Media
at the Aalto University and a member of Research Data Management Working
Group at the Aalto. She conducts research on infrastructural and conceptual
transformations in the humanities with an emphasis on a laboratory place.
Her last publication related to this topic includes a paper, titled Data,
Collaboration, Laboratory: Bringing Concepts from Science into Humanities
Practice released in “English Studies” (2017).  Besides, she works on open
science and research data management in the (digital) humanities. She
presented her work at the following international conferences: “The Making
of the Humanities VI” at the University of Oxford (2017), the American
Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Meeting at Harvard University
(2016), and Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of
Victoria (2014). She was a visiting Fulbright scholar in Creative Media and
Digital Culture at Washington State University Vancouver, US (2014/2015),
and a visiting researcher in English Department at Stony Brook University
(2015/2016). Over the years, she has published peer-reviewed scholarly
articles (“English Studies”, “CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture”,
and “Teksty Drugie”, etc.) and a monograph Literatura cyfrowa. W stronę
podejścia procesualnego (Electronic Literature: Towards Processual Approach,
Katedra 2017). http://pawlickadeger.com/

Urszula Pawlicka-Deger, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Media, Aalto University
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