Digital Humanities Calls for Proposals and Participation

Recent years have seen an ever increasing number of conference and calls focused on digital scholarhip in the humanities. MLA2011 alone boasted nearly fifty such sessions. Mark Sample, assistant professor of literature and new media at George Mason University, has stated that "within the decade it will no longer make sense to compile [a list of digital humanities sessions]; it'll be easier to list the sessions that don't in some way relate in to the influence and impact of digital materials and tools upon language, literary, textual, and media studies."

Below is as complete a list as possible.



Submission deadline: 11-24-2014

Theorizing the Digital Humanities is an invitation to unpack, critique and analyze the impact of digital media on the study of the humanities. This anthology is not for the outlining or presentation of specific projects or praxis, but rather a means by which we can theorize about this emerging field. Our goal for this edition is to create a number of theoretical in roads to talk about the digital humanities in critical and helpful ways. Specifically we want to focus on how digital medium shapes the humanities and in turn how we can better theorize based on this insights. We invite you to submit an abstract for this anthology that outlines a philosophical contribution to the theorization and analysis of the digital humanities.

CFP: OER15 Conference

Submission deadline: 11-24-2014

The 2015 Open Educational Resources (OER) Conference will take place in Cardiff, Wales, on the 14th and 15th April next year. The conference focus is 'Mainstreaming Open Education' , including the following themes: Impact Research, Open Education across Languages and Cultures, Learners and Other Communities, Open Educational Practice, (OEP) and Policy, Open Courses and Open Education in Colleges and Schools.


CFP: Extending Play: The Sequel, Rutgers Media Studies Conference

Submission deadline: 12-01-2014

We invite scholars, students, tinkerers, artists, visionaries, and players to the second iteration of the Rutgers Media Studies Conference: Extending Play, to be held April 17th and 18th, 2015 on the Rutgers University campus in New Brunswick, NJ. Submissions are welcomed from scholars working in media studies and related fields across the humanities and social sciences.

CFP: Web Archives as scholarly Sources: Issues, Practices and Perspectives

Submission deadline: 12-08-2014

In March 2014, the web celebrated its twenty-fifth birthday. This vast information resource is of enormous importance to scholars, both as a primary source and as a means of networking and communication. It is, however, strikingly ephemeral, and much important data has already been lost. The archiving of this vast range of material, so that it is accessible to both contemporary and future researchers, increasingly occupies national memory institutions, and researchers are also beginning to realise and explore its value. This conference seeks to explore the potential of web archives for scholarly use, to highlight innovative research, to investigate the challenges and opportunities of working with the archived web, to identify opportunities for incorporating web archives in learning and teaching, and to discuss and inform archival provision. This multi-disciplinary conference is aimed at scholars, web archiving institutions, web archivists, curators, IT-developers, companies and public institutions interested in web archiving and research using web archives.


Submission deadline: 12-08-2014

We are pleased to announce that the Personal Digital Archiving Conference 2015 will take place in New York City for the first time! The conference will be hosted by New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program April 24 to 26, 2015.

This year’s conference will differ slightly from the Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) Conferences of previous years. We will have two full days of presentations focused on a set of themes and we will set aside a third day for workshops covering useful digital tools.


Submission deadline: 12-15-2014

The 2015 Electronic Literature Organization conference and festival will take place August 5-7th 2015. The conference will be hosted by the Bergen Electronic Literature research group at the University of Bergen, Norway with sessions at venues including the University of Bergen, Det Akademiske Kvarteret, the Bergen Public Library, the University of Bergen Arts library, and local arts venues. Bergen is Norway’s second-largest city, known as the gateway to the fjords, a festival city and cultural center with a lively and innovative arts scene.



Submission deadline: 01-08-2015

The HathiTrust Research Center is seeking proposals for Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) projects. ACS is a newly launched scholarly service at the HTRC offering collaboration between external scholars and HTRC staff to solve challenging problems related to HTRC tools and services. By working together with scholars, we facilitate computational access to HathiTrust Research Center digital tools (HTRC) as well as the HathiTrust (HT) digital library based on individual scholarly need. This Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) will drive innovation at the scholar’s digital workbench for enhancing and developing new techniques for use within the HTRC platform.

CFP – “Critical Making: Design & the Digital Humanities” Visible Language Special Issue

Submission deadline: 01-15-2015

This special issue of Visible Language journal investigates critical making at the intersection of design and the digital humanities, which is a site for expanding the role(s) of divergent scholarly and creative work. Design and the digital humanities connect through critical making practices, centering on human experience and advancing the prevailing expectations of their respective disciplines. In keeping with the theme of merging form and content, the traditional printed journal will be expanded to include a corresponding online space for interactive and digital work. We invite dialogues on what defines scholarly works in regard to non-traditional forms of writing and disciplinary crossovers. For this issue, we encourage exploratory, creative works that incorporate evidence-based research through critical commentary, traditional analysis, audience responses or participant feedback.


CFP: Harlot Special Issue – Craft & DIY Rhetorics

Submission deadline: 04-15-2015

Whether people love or loathe it, craft is most definitely having a moment. From Pinterest to Park Slope, doing it yourself—and supporting others who do it themselves—has become popular, social, personal, cultural, economic, political, and always (of course) rhetorical. In the next special issue of Harlot (October 2015), we seek critical and creative explorations of craft in theory and practice.

CFParticipation: Networked Publishing: Digital Writing in the Humanities

Submission deadline: 04-25-2015

Academic publishing has dealt with a variety of incidents and narratives over the last several years regarding its ability to succeed in the digital era. We are asking invited speakers to address the challenges, needs, failures, successes, experiences, provocations, and other related topics to the future or present situation of digital publishing as a scholarly and/or academic exercise. Speakers will address audio, print, visual, and other forms of digital publishing.


Call for Participation: American Antiquarian Society

Submission deadline: 05-01-2015

The American Antiquarian Society is launching a new initiative with a conference and workshop to explore critical, historical, and practical challenges of archival research and access, offering project-based development and discussion focused on the AAS’s unparalleled holdings in pre-1876 books, manuscripts, newspapers, and graphic arts.

Ongoing Calls

Office of Research Cyberinfrastructure: The International Journal on Digital Libraries

Submission deadline: Ongoing

The International Journal on Digital Libraries is a quarterly journal aimed at advancing the theory and practice of acquisition, definition, organization, management, and dissemination of digital information via global networking. The Journal seeks high quality research papers that present original theoretical results, algorithms, or approaches, as well as empirical and experimental studies

Digital Humanities Research and Publication in NCAW

Submission deadline: Ongoing

Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide has received a grant from the Mellon Foundation for a three-year capacity-building initiative to maximize the possibilities of the journal electronic delivery. With this in mind, NCAW is soliciting potential articles that take full advantage of new web technologies either in the research or the publication phase, or both. The Mellon grant is intended to help authors in the development phase of their articles as well as to aid NCAW in the implementation phase. NCAW is seeking scholarship that engages in one or more of the following, interrelated areas of investigation: Data Mining, GIS, and High-resolution Imaging

Authors are not expected to have extensive technical expertise themselves; instead NCAW will work with them to help in realizing the computing aspects of their project. Authors should, however, be generally knowledgeable about the technological possibilities related to their project and should be able to articulate how both specific computer-based research methods and the online publication format connect with the research questions on which their project focuses.

Drupal for Humanists

Submission deadline: Ongoing

Drupal for Humanists, it is meant to provide first an understanding of how to install and configure Drupal and then a series of case studies representative of Drupal's use in humanities research and the library, with a special emphasis on how these sites can evolve in an agile manner when the original project reveals new opportunities for future research, pedagogy or publication.

Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture

Submission deadline: Ongoing

  • Deadline for proposing a themed cluster is June of the year preceding the publication of the cluster.
  • Call for Themed Cluster Submissions is announced in January 20xx.
  • Deadline for cluster submissions is August 20xx.
  • Themed cluster published in October 20xx.

Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture seeks works generally considered “nontraditional” in that their nontraditionality is established by the eschewing of conceptual boundaries that separate the humanities, and specifically rhetoric, from the rest of the academic world. We encourage submissions that take risks, to such an extent that “risk” is recognized as the shifting myriad possibilities that appear, disappear, and mutate as one follows any creative, intellectual, or investigative path. Rather than offering a clear-cut definition of what rhetoric is, Itineration seeks submissions that investigate, expose, interrogate, contemplate, and/ or complicate the rhetorical impetus evident in all cultural productions, including examination of the very concept of “culture.”

Games on Games project

Submission deadline: Ongoing

The Games on Games project originates from the hypothesis that it is possible and fruitful to critique videogames and their related themes by adopting their own forms, mechanics and languages. The meta-referential intention to transpose scientific research from written word to the playing field opens up a range of different challenges...

GO::DH, Around DH in 80 Days

Submission deadline: Ongoing

AroundDH hopes to be a fun way to introduce the work of colleagues around the world to those who are just starting out. Everyday for 80 days we will visit a group or projects across the globe. An editorial board will select a total of 80 groups or projects out of master list created by volunteers like you. Groups in the list will be approached to describe themselves and highlight their work in 200 words or less. We will do our best to bring attention to digital scholarship outside of Canada, Europe, the US and Japan. In that sense, we are departing from a broad and inclusive vision of DH. Besides the audience of new comers, the global scope of the tour should also attract some of the more seasoned DH’ers. The greatest challenge of the editorial board is to balance the geographical margins with the greatest-hits of the northern mainstream. The greatest hope of the project is to paint enough of a broad picture of digital humanities to redefine it in the process. Thus, AroundDH can be read not only as a tour of the globe, but also as a dance around the periphery of DH.

Practices in the Digital Humanities

Submission deadline: Ongoing

This book series is focused on the practices of the digital humanities by providing best practices, models, case studies, and examples of how to build to standards, architect experiences, manage systems, and manage projects. Bringing together experts from across the digital humanities, this series will be written by digital humanities scholars for digital humanities scholars. This series will also provide digital humanities graduate students with a much-needed source for the practice of digital humanities. This book series will fill a major need for books on practice from the digital humanities perspective by providing specific examples of how to design, develop, and maintain digital humanities projects.

Digital Humanities and Social Change anthology

Submission deadline: Ongoing

I am currently gathering 100 word abstract proposals for an anthology of essays and project descriptions focusing on how digital humanities work has in the past or is currently supporting or promoting movements for progressive social change. I am especially interested in work connected fairly directly to social movements (feminist, anti-racist, Occupy, global justice, etc.), but will interpret the call fairly broadly. Abstracts and queries should be sent to: T.V. Reed,

CFParticipation: DHQ Call for Reviewers

Submission deadline: Ongoing

Digital Humanities Quarterly, an open-access, peer-reviewed, digital journal covering all aspects of digital media in the humanities is currently inviting scholars from all disciplines to join our team of regular peer reviewers. Our peer reviewers perform two important tasks: first, to ensure that the materials accepted for publication are of the highest quality, and second, to provide feedback that will guide the authors as they revise their articles. Peer reviewers thus act as the first audience for a submitted article and help the author to gauge whether the argument is clear, interesting, and well-crafted.


Submission deadline: Ongoing

The Building an Accessible Future for the Humanities Project is organizing workshops in Boston, Austin, Lincoln and Atlanta on technologies, design standards, and accessibility issues associated with the use of digital environments.

Call for Participation: On the Digital Practices in History and Ethnography Interest Group

Submission deadline: Ongoing

New members are invited to join the Digital Practices in History and Ethnography Interest Group (DPHE-IG) in the Research Data Alliance (RDA), an international initiative to facilitate the development of effective data practices, standards, and infrastructure in particular research areas, and across research areas–aiming to enhance capacity to archive, preserve, analyze, and share data, and for collaboration both within and across research communities.

RDA’s DPHE-IG works to advance data standards, practices and infrastructure for historical and ethnographic research, contributing to broader efforts in the digital humanities and social sciences. Bi-weekly calls move the work of the group forward. Many meetings are “project shares” during which someone leading a digital project describes their efforts and challenges. Some calls are with other RDA groups (such as the Provenance Interest Group), aiming to draw their expertise into our work in history and ethnography. Our call-in meetings are on Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. EST, through May 2015. Let us know if you would like to share a project.


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