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Cultural Studies Association – Critical DH Roundtable call for participants

November 24th, 2014

Steve Anderson

CDH is putting together a roundtable for this year’s Cultural Studies Association. The conference will be held from May 21-24, 2015 in Riverside, California at the Riverside Convention Center. This year’s theme is Another University Is Possible: Praxis, Activism, and the Promise of Critical Pedagogy. In keeping with this year’s theme, we would like to explore the question “What does critical digital humanities look like?”

The goal of this roundtable is to open a dialogue about critical approaches to digital humanities. Each participant will give a brief 5-7 minute provocation followed by a discussion.

Some topics for consideration, but not limitation:

–critical approaches to digital pedagogy, big data projects, data visualization, and digital scholarship
–specific campus initiatives, classes or programs that fall under the category of “critical digital humanities.”
–limitations of critical digital humanities
–theory vs. practice in DH
–cultural studies and DH
–public scholarship, public humanities, and public history

Building off of the terrific energy from THATCamp, we would like to invite the DHSoCal community to consider having a role in this conversation! If you are interested, please contact Steve Anderson at and let us know what you are interested in discussing by Dec 1, 2014. Also, feel free to pass this on to friends and colleagues.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Steve Anderson, Rochelle Gold, and Sarah Lozier

CFP: Digital Geo-Humanities Session

August 20th, 2014

Steve Anderson

Call For Papers: Digital Geo-Humanities
Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers
Chicago, Ill. / April 21-25, 2015

Session Description:
The umbrella of the Digital Humanities has enabled the proliferation of a variety of sub-disciplines within: digital history, digital media studies, spatial humanities, distant reading, text mining, and information visualization being some of the more prominent. In each of these cases the real work happens when questions and sensibilities from a background in traditional humanities meet the power of computer processing. Geographers – through the practice of map making and spatial analysis – have been wielding digital, cartographic methods to address scientific as well as humanistic questions for a longer period than many of the disciplines that now comprise the Digital Humanities. However, because of the insights and advances made by those in the DH community, “doing digital geography” is gathering a new set of approaches, methods, questions, and possibilities to address human geographical issues beyond cartographic representation. While (interactive) cartography remains the most common way to express geographic thought digitally, other modes of communication (e.g. websites) and types of products (e.g. photographs) are becoming possible objects of concern as digital geography joins the broader discussion that DH has opened. Presentations of projects that offer examples of these new types of products, and papers that offer insight into the burgeoning sub-discipline of Digital Geo-Humanities are welcomed. Collectively, presentations in this session will seek common ground in defining a Digital Geo-Humanities, both as a tool and as a medium of communication for advancing geographical thought and practice. Presenters should be able to answer how the use of digital tools has generated new questions for human geography, or how it has addressed problems in novel ways.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, or a project demonstration in this session, please submit an abstract (no more than 250 words, including images if you like) to Nicholas Bauch <> by October 22, 2014.

Session Organizer:
Nicholas Bauch
Post-Doctoral Scholar
Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, and the
Bill Lane Center for the American West
Stanford University

CFP – Inertia: A Conference on Sound, Media, and the Digital Humanities

August 19th, 2014

Steve Anderson

Inertia: A Conference on Sound, Media, and the Digital Humanities

April 30 – May 2, 2015

University of California, Los Angeles

Keynote speaker: Kiri Miller

CFP deadline: September 15

Co-hosted by Echo: a music-centered journal and the Digital Humanities Working Group at UCLA

As both material artifacts and cultural processes, sound objects and musical media invoke the Einsteinian mantra, “nothing happens until something moves.” Music studies have dealt with this concept through the veins of teleology, codification, and rupture, while the Digital Humanities extends this challenge to forms of inertia old and new. This conference appeals to the curator who recognizes the creator in herself; the writer who transitions from word processor to image processing; the composer as user-experience designer; the archaeologist turned 3D installation artist; the scholar as performer.

Grown from a tree with many branches, the landscape of the Digital Humanities has evolved into a transdisciplinary network that has tackled topics ranging from the curation of “radiant” texts and the interrogation of multimedia modes of argumentation, to the 3D modeling of historical space and the large-scale mapping of cultural data. Yet the soundscape of the Digital Humanities remains rather quiet, as scholar-practitioners and digital pedagogues have yet to embrace fully the ways in which sound and music can enhance the multimodal forms of teaching and research that the field has championed thus far.

This conference welcomes submissions on a broad range of topics related to sound, music, and multimedia. We are particularly interested in alternative format presentations, including workshops, lecture-demonstrations, roundtable discussions, performances, and other collaborative activities. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Sounding texts and the textuality of sound: manuscripts, notation, software, and code for sound design, curation, and production
  • Soundscapes and virtual worlds in architecture, archaeology, and beyond
  • Open source, copyright, and the politics of information architecture
  • Digital pedagogy: technology in the classroom; problems and approaches
  • Analog(ue): histories of sound and music within and without the digital
  • Theory and practice in production cultures, from musical performance to multimedia composition and editing
  • Visualization and sonification: listening through “big data”
  • Sonic warfare and digital ethics: surveillance, torture, noise, and silence
  • Musical networks, old and new
  • Sound play, games, and the ludohumanities
  • GIS, locative media, and musical geographies

Please send 300-word proposals via Word document [last name_first name.docx] to by 15 September 2014. Along with your name, affiliation, and email address, indicate any audio, visual, or other needs for the presentation.

CFP: The Study of Visual Culture in the Era of Zeros and Ones

July 23rd, 2014

Steve Anderson


Art Historians of Southern California:

The tele-electronic digital world is transforming the ways we teach, the types of research we pursue, the subjects we teach about, the methodologies we employ, as well as how we archive and preserve. The Getty has pledge to spend millions on digital tools and USC used its 1.9 million Mellon Grant for Digital Humanities to announce a larger pledge for the University to spend a billion in the next ten years on digital knowledge and informatics. Institutional leverage and enticement with monetary support is sure to create disruption and change for academics. What does this mean for scholars and professionals and how is it going to affect our disciplines? The College Art Association published their Samuel Kress Foundation study on Changing Research in Art History in their May 7th newsletter which highlighted the need for academics of visual culture to respond to the changing needs of the discipline.

This symposium seeks submissions which engage and theorize the ways the study of art history and visual culture are changing and the ways scholars are adapting and innovating to meet these new challenges and opportunities. We encourage inter-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary, cross-disciplinary and uni-disciplinary approaches. Diverse topics are welcome and we imagine receiving proposals on: digital pedagogy, archival practices, digital humanities, database as research, visual scholarship, virtual humanities, digital/virtual/database art among others.

250 Word abstracts should be submitted to & by August 15th. Participants will be notified by September 1st.

The conference will take place on Saturday, October 18th at Santa Monica College. Lev Manovich, pioneer in theorizing cultural analytics and new media history, will be the keynote speaker.