Call for papers: Collect & Connect conference

Leiden (The Netherlands), 23-24 November 2020

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the international conference Collect & Connect: Archives and Collections in a Digital Age. The conference will be held at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden (depending on COVID-19 it could be moved online) on 23-24 November 2020.

The aims of this international conference which officially concludes the NWO/Brill Creative Industries Project Making Sense of Illustrated Handwritten Archives are two: to present results of finished and original research in the field of digitized archives and natural and cultural heritage collections, and to promote exchange and discussion between researchers and heritage professionals in the field of digital natural and cultural heritage.

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

Dr. Sharon Leon (Michigan State University)
Prof. Lambert Schomaker (University of Groningen)
Prof. Franco Niccolucci (PIN – University of Florence)

Paper formats & submission:

Regular papers with 10 to 12 pages (max. 12 pages, min. 10 pages) and short papers with 5 to 9 pages (max. 9 pages, min. 5 pages) need to be submitted through EasyChair.
All papers will be thoroughly peer-reviewed by at least two members of the conference’s program committee.

Important dates:

11 September 2020 (deadline for short and long papers)
2 October 2020 (notification of authors)
15 November 2020 (camera-ready papers)

Thematic scope of the conference:

In recent years, libraries, archives and museums have spent major efforts on annotating and enriching their digitized archives and collections with contextual information, in order to make them retrievable and interlinked in novel ways. Often institutions aim to enhance their reach and relevance for broader user groups. A major challenge in the field is the heterogeneous character of many of such digitized collections. Many handwritten archives and collections of physical objects in the realms of natural history, archaeology, history, and art history entail combinations of textual and visual elements whose interpretation requires a range of different expertises and computational technologies. This conference therefore welcomes papers that present, discuss, and reflect upon the technical, social, and institutional challenges digital heritage professionals and researchers encounter when enriching heterogeneous digitized collections with context.

Six to eight papers selected among those presented at the conference are expected to be selected for publication in the Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH). The authors of the selected papers will be asked to extend their conference papers to comply with the editorial standards of the Journal. They will be informed at the end of the Conference by the Selection Committee, formed by the Conference Chairs and JOCCH Editor-in-Chief, and will provided with a suitable deadline to prepare their papers for publication. Thus, to publish in this Special Issue it is necessary to present the paper at the International Conference Collect&Connect.

More information on guidelines and paper submission at:

https://sites.google.com/naturalis.nl/makingsenseproject/conference/cfp

CFP: Conference “Digital Humanities and Gender History”

Type: Call for Papers
Date: August 31, 2020
Subject Fields: Digital Humanities, Women’s & Gender History / Studies
**Deadline: August 31, 2020**

CfP Conference “Digital Humanities and Gender History”

Place: Online Conference

Dates: 5.2., 12.2., 19.2. and 26.2.2021, 4 – 8 p.m. CET

Languages: English, German

The Chair of Gender History at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (Germany), together with the Arbeitskreis Historische Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung e.V. and the Digital German Women’s Archive (Digitales Deutsches Frauenarchiv), is organising a virtual international conference on “Digital Humanities and Gender History” on the four Friday afternoons of February 2021.

The conference aims to address gender-historical aspects of the history of the digital and the digital humanities as well as the application of digital methods and research workflows for gender-historical questions. The conference will examine the gender-historical implications of digital methods, tools and projects as well as the possibilities and limitations, added values and challenges that digital methods offer for the study of gender history.

In addition to the presentation of current and completed projects, problem-centered lectures dealing with aspects of cross-cutting relevance for a digital gender history are particularly welcome. Proposals for topics can refer to the following thematic complexes:

  • Application of digital methods and tools in regards to gender history issues
  • Gender history of the digital humanities or digital sub-disciplines
  • Constructions of gender in or making it visible by digital methods (e.g. using data mining, network or GIS technologies, visualisations etc.)
  • Gendered or intersectional marking of digital models of reality, e.g. also artificial intelligence
  • Significance of gender in the modelling of digital humanities projects, the design and development of databases, algorithms, software, tools and digital working and virtual research environments
  • Digital archives and sources, their indexing and distribution
  • Digital forms of publication for gender history e.g. digital journals, blogs, project pages, social media etc.
  • Relationship between gender history and digital humanities or, possibly, considerations for a scientific disciplining of Digital Historical Gender Studies with specific questions, epistemes, methods and other (sub)disciplinary characteristics

Please submit your contribution, approximately one page in length, by 31 August to the e-mail address pia.sybille.marzell@uni-jena.de. We ask you to state whether your contribution will be a project presentation or whether you wish to focus on more comprehensive questions and aspects of digital gender history. Besides presentations with 20 minutes of speaking time, smaller lectures or alternative formats such as demos, tutorials, pecha kuchas etc. can also be proposed. Contributions from all epochs and regions are welcome.

The four conference afternoons in February form a unit, so participation in all four dates would be desirable. The conference languages are English and German. We are currently seeking funding to provide simultaneous translation of the conference in sign language as well as an English translation of the German contributions.

Contact Info:
Martin Prell (University of Jena)

Pia Marzell (University of Jena)

Contact Email: martin.prell@uni-jena.de

CFP: DLF Forum

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) are thrilled to announce our new CFP for our virtual DLF Forum this fall. We have a lot of exciting things planned and are excited to share the first steps with you.

First, we’ve made some adjustments to the dates on which we’ll hold our events this fall.

Full info about the new VIRTUAL DLF Forum CFP is here, but we can’t resist sharing some other details with you here:

  • Our guiding focus for this year’s Forum is building community while apart, chosen as a top priority by respondents to our recent DLF community surveyAs one step to this end, all of our 2020 events will be free of charge, and resources will be made widely available after our events. Later this summer we’ll share information about how to register for our events.
  • While we welcome proposals from anyone with interesting work to share, this year the planning committee will prioritize submissions from BIPOC people and people working at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other BIPOC-centered libraries, archives, and museums, in alignment with our commitment to do more to ensure marginalized voices have better and more central representation.
  • Accepted presentations and panels will be delivered via pre-recorded video that will “go live” at specific times during the conference, and there will be some method for community discussion during “watch parties” as videos are posted.
  • Because of our virtual format and our emphasis on bringing our community together, we will be offering a greatly reduced number of sessions than we typically offer in our traditional in-person DLF Forum. To make space for as many voices as possible, individuals may present only once on the conference program. However, we will offer additional ways for community members to share content and resources whether conference proposals are accepted or not.

More information and full details about the new VIRTUAL DLF Forum CFP are here: https://forum2020.diglib.org/call-for-proposals

If you submitted a proposal to the original CFP, you should have received an email from us already about next steps. If you did not receive an email, reach out at forum@diglib.org.

The deadline to submit to the new Forum CFP is Monday, August 17, at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

If you have any questions, please write to us at forum@diglib.org.

Thanks,
Gayle for Team CLIR/DLF

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CFP: International Conference on Digital Humanities: “Digital Dialogues”

Type: Conference

Date: October 24, 2020 to October 25, 2020

Location: United Kingdom

Subject Fields: Digital Humanities, Humanities, Research and Methodology, Social Sciences, Race Studies

With the epidemic shaking the world and the research/teaching/learning being moved online, the field of Digital Humanities has received unprecedented attention of scholars and professionals. It has become vital to explore its theories, methods and practices and to clarify its multiple possibilities and challenges.

This conference will look at the interaction of humanities and digital technologies and the use of humanities-related digital resources in various fields. It will analyse the ways digital humanities transformed and keep transforming academic environment, local communities and global conversations and the innovative ways of sharing knowledge and teaching it introduced.

We invite proposals from various disciplines including IT, media and communication, design, history, political sciences, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, literature, linguistics, psychology, etc.

Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:

  • practising digital humanities
  • teaching digital humanities
  • digital collections, data and research processes
  • digital humanities across class, race and gender
  • digital humanities as activism and artistic practice
  • digital humanities and cyberculture

Paper proposals up to 250 words and a brief biographical note should be sent by 10 August 2020 to digital.humanities@lcir.co.uk.

The Paper Proposal form could be downloaded from http://digital.humanities.lcir.co.uk/

Registration fee – 90 GBP

The conference will be held online. Papers presented at the conference will be published in a post-conference volume with an ISBN number.

Contact Info:

Dr Olena Lytovka, digital.humanities@lcir.co.uk
Contact Email: digital.humanities@lcir.co.uk
URL: http://digital.humanities.lcir.co.uk/

 

CFP: Archives During Rebellions and Wars, from the age of Napoleon to the Cyber War Era

TITLE

Archives during rebellions and wars. From the age of Napoleon to the cyber war era

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Fabio Caffarena, Benedetto Luigi Compagnoni, Antonino De Francesco, Filippo De Vivo, Maria Pia Donato, Luciana Duranti, Pierluigi Feliciati, Andrea Giorgi, Leonardo Mineo, Marco Mondini, Stefano Morosini, Stefano Moscadelli, Raffele Pittella, Oliver Poncet, Stefano Vitali.

The Symposium will be held in Milan, Italy, at the State Archives.

DATES

2021 May 19 (9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
2021 May 20 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
2021 May 21 (9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.)

DESCRIPTION

The title of this symposium makes reference to a paper presented on the 29th of November, 1914, at the School of Paleography, Diplomatics and Archival Science of the State Archives of Milan by Giovanni Vittani, who would become the director of that institution in 1920 until 1938. Clearly, a few months after the outbreak of the First World War, this subject was of great topical interest. Vittani discussed the heavy losses suffered by archives in Italy and abroad in the course of history, due to wars, revolutions and revolts. He concluded his speech stating that the only way of minimizing the destruction of archives, apart from international laws and sanctions, would be the development of a true “public interest”: only “when (archives) will be universally known for why they exist, that is, to everyone’s advantage, to the harm of no one, it will be inconceivable that anybody would think to endanger them on purpose”. But this was wishfull thinking, as the State Archives of Milan itself, in the summer of 1943, when Milan was heavily bombed, lost a large quantity of documents.

Archival preservation was always at risk during wars and rebellions, but during the age of Napoleon considerable innovations were introduced in this field, as in many others, and we are still today familiar with them. In earlier regimes, archives either were voluntarily destroyed, or became the spoils of war for practical reasons, such as using their information in order to rule new territories or, vice versa, to deprive enemies of the same information. From the beginning of the 19th century to the present day, new direct or indirect causes of danger for archives have developed. As shown in the book Archivio del mondo. Quando Napoleone confiscò la storia, by Maria Pia Donato, it was Napoleon who wanted to create a “great archives of the world” by transferring to Paris, the capital of the new Empire, documents from all of the occupied countries for the sole purpose of symbolizing the birth of a new universal history. From that time on, the historical and symbolical importance of archives has transformed them into political instruments for confirming or discrediting the legitimacy of wars and rebellions fought in the name of a national identity or an ideology.

Two hundred years after Napoleon’s death, the State Archives of Milan wishes to reflect on the theme of archives during wars and rebellions, aware of the fact that Vittani’s wish is still far from coming true, and that probably it will never come true. Wars of the third Millennium, which are also fought cybernetically, definitely refute the idea that archives are “to the advantage of all” and, above all, “of harm to no one”. Two centuries after the death of the man who dreamed about the creation of a great universal archives, colossal corporations have succeeded in collecting and managing an enormous bulk of data which, as the new “archives of the world”, may become powerful instruments for influencing people’s thought and actions, even to the point of fostering or stirring up new wars.

STRUCTURE

The symposium will be structured into 5 sessions, each one dedicated either to an historical period or to one of the themes listed below, depending on the proposals that will be submitted.

Each presentation will last 20 minutes, followed by a 5-minute period for questions and answers”.

SUBMISSIONS

The deadline for the submission of proposals is September 30th, 2020. Proposals will consist of an abstract, in English or Italian (2,000 characters maximum), and a curriculum vitae showing the speaker’s principal areas of expertise and research.

E-mail for proposals submission: convegnoasmi2021@gmail.com

Papers may be presented either in English or in Italian. For speakers who prefer to present in another language, a simultaneous translation will be provided, under the condition that the text of the paper be submitted well in advance of the event. However, an English or Italian translation of the paper will be required for publication in the Proceedings.

The deadline for the submission of the final text for publication in the proceedings is August 31st, 2021

THEMES

1 – Archives, wars, and diplomacy
– Management, transformation, and creation of archives before, during or after a war;
– How archivists and their profession change during war time;
– Archives of diplomacy.

2 – Secret archives and public archives
– Access to records and archives;
– Archives as instrument of power;
– Archives as instrument for exercising civil rights.

3 – Archives and “Empire”, Archives and “Nation”, Archives and “De-colonization”
– Archives as symbols of power;
– Archives as identity;
– Archives during crises, revolts and transitional periods.

4 – Archives as “Instruments” and Archives as “Monuments”
– The retention and/or disposition of archives in order to build an historical narrative;
– The construction of archives (collections of autographs, correspondence, letters, oral sources, diaries, etc.; community archives);
– Dismembered, dispersed, destroyed, migrated and removed archives / archives preserved deliberately or accidentally.

5 – Archives and technology
– Archives as technological products and instruments;
– Reliability and authenticity of archives in the era of cyber security and artificial intelligence;
– Data use and control.

CFP: Democratizing Knowledge: Examining Archives in the Post-custodial Era

Type: Call for Papers
Date: July 10, 2020
Location: New Jersey, United States
Subject Fields: American History / Studies, Archival Science, Cultural History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Library and Information Science
Call for Papers

Democratizing Knowledge: Examining Archives in the Post-custodial Era
November 7th, 2020 at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey

To acknowledge the archive as a construct is to understand that power, as Michel-Rolph Trouillot has argued, “is constitutive of the story.” Yet, for too long historians have operated as if the archive were a foregone conclusion, ignoring the ways in which history is a narrative shaped as profoundly by omission as by any material presence. The archiving of history rarely proceeds from the primary impact of events. Archives, rather, follow as a consequence of the “winning” of history, through processes which obscure the underlying social relations, preferencing one history over another. “Effective silencing,” Trouillot suggests, “does not require a conspiracy, nor even a political consensus. Its roots are structural.”

Trouillot is but one of a number of contemporary theorists, including Foucault and Derrida, who’ve challenged inherited archival practice, inspiring new approaches to the archive’s construction. The present post-custodial mode, for example, promises a more collaborative approach, giving voice to those previously silenced by institutional power. By shifting emphasis away from a centralized, physical archive towards digital repositories and archival networks constituted by social media and crowdsourcing, distance between the event and its commemoration collapses. Community access to and participation in the archive is prioritized, precluding institutional intervention.

The eighth annual Dean Hopper Conference seeks to bring into conversation historians, theorists, archivists and collection managers from across a range of disciplines to discuss past practice and imagine novel approaches to the archive. Thinking through the archive, broadly conceived, we ask the following: what is the future of archives? How might new archival practices foster more equitable distribution of resources? Should digital technology be more central to archives and material culture collections, rather than as a mere adjunct? What new risks threaten the production of history going forward? This conference is planned for Saturday, November 7th, 2020 at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. In the event that we will be unable to meet in person, a virtual platform is planned.

Keynote Speakers

Megan Rossman is assistant professor of communications at Purchase College and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Rossman’s films have screened at festivals including DOC NYC and Outfest. Her film Love Letter Rescue Squad won best student documentary in the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival American Pavilion in 2017. Her first feature-length film The Archivettes, explores the founding and development of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the largest collection of materials by and about lesbians. The project was awarded the prestigious Princess Grace Award.

Ariella Aïsha Azoulay is professor of modern culture and media at Brown University. Azoulay’s research and latest book, Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism (Verso, 2019), focus on the potential history of the archive, sovereignty, art, and human rights. Potential history, a concept and an approach that she has developed over the last decade, has far-reaching implications for the fields of political theory, archival formations, and photography studies. Her books include: Civil Imagination: The Political Ontology of Photography (Verso, 2012), and The Civil Contract of Photography (Zone Books, 2008).

Deadline & Submissions

We invite proposals on this theme from graduate students, scholars, and professionals across the humanities. Proposals for individual papers and panels are welcome. Additionally, proposals for undergraduate poster presentations, whether based on a faculty-directed project or individual research, are also encouraged. Please send a 250-word abstract or a proposed poster, as well as a brief biography to hopper@drew.edu by July 10th. For panel proposals, please submit a 200 word panel abstract in addition to individual paper abstracts.

Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to

History of archives and archival theory

Archives and the production of memory

Strengths and weaknesses of current archival practices

Identification and exploitation of narrative silences in the archive

Archival activism or the “interventionist” archivist

The future of digital archiving

“Alternative” archives (film, art, bodies, etc.)

Museums and archival practice

Public history and curation as archival practice

The social justice imperative in archival production

The archival processing of born-digital media

Archival networking and crowdsourcing

Archives of performance, oral history, music or sound, film, etc.

Landscape or architecture as archive

Contact Info:
Please send a 250-word abstract or a proposed poster, as well as a brief biography to hopper@drew.edu by July 10th. For panel proposals, please submit a 200 word panel abstract in addition to individual paper abstracts.

Contact Email: hopper@drew.edu

CFP: “The Presence and Persistence of Stories,” National Council on Public History

“The Presence and Persistence of Stories”

Stories are the cornerstones of our relationship to each other and to the land. With each telling and re-telling, we reinforce relationships, we bridge past and present, and we lay foundations for the future. A single place might have many histories, it might have vibrant pasts distinct from our own, but through our stories, our memories, and our experiences, we become inextricably connected to that place. This conference celebrates stories and histories, and explicitly grounds them in the land of their telling.

At the dawn of NCPH’s fifth decade, this conference invites sessions that illuminate the ways stories of the past bring meaning to the present and that consider how narratives form and re-form through the ongoing nature of their interpretation. While the theme is particularly focused on Indigenous storytelling, the telling of under-told stories, and what it means to speak stories to future generations, we also hope to engage histories that reveal the dynamism and complexities of all communities, known and less-known.

View the full Call for Proposals, and see below for submission details.

CFP: For the Health of the New Nation

CALL FOR PAPERS

FHNN Virtual Conference

June 2020 

Title:  Silences in the LAMS: Digital Surrogacy in the Time of Pandemic

Date:  October 12, 2020 (VIRTUAL)

Intro: The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, in conjunction with the CLIR-funded project For the Health of the New Nation (FHNN) through a partnership with the Philadelphia Area Consortium for Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL), invites proposals for a one-day, online conference on the use of digital primary sources. 

In a time when the use of hard-copy primary sources has been all but eliminated, how are teachers, scholars, and other researchers using digital surrogates in their work? How has this digital format impacted the research process? What are the strengths and weaknesses of working solely with digital collections? How do (or don’t) digital surrogates manifest silences within archives?  This conference will explore these questions and more to examine the challenges and rewards of conducting or teaching history in a near virtual environment.

Session Formats

Presenting online creates new challenges, but it also offers new possibilities. While we suggest your proposal match one of the session formats below, we encourage presenters to use any digital presentation style that would engage and entice viewers.

Traditional Paper Presentation – 30-minute session of one fully prepared paper, with time for comments and discussion 

Panel Discussion – 60-minute session consisting of three to five panelists discussing perspectives on a selected topic 

Lightning Talks – 30-minute session of four to five 5-minute talks on a given topic 

Proposal Evaluation:  The Program Committee invites proposals on the following topics, as they relate to digital archival collections:

  • Archival silences
  • Exclusions in the history of medical education
  • Metadata and access
  • Teaching with primary sources
  • Loss of physicality
  • Effective digital tools to mine content

    Presenters are encouraged, though not required, to use digitized materials from the CLIR Hidden Collections grant project, For the Health of the New Nation…, in their proposals.

    Submitting a Proposal: Initial proposals require an abstract of up to 250 words as well as a preliminary title. If the abstract is accepted, full papers will be due this fall (see below for more details). 

    Submission form: forms.gle/i7pPgVLXMYLgtPHu7 

    Deadline for abstract submission:  July 1, 2020

    Date of acceptance notification:  July 15, 2020

    RBM publication:  If your abstract is accepted, you may be asked to submit your full presentation for potential publication in RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Cultural Heritage, Spring 2021 issue.  Final selection for publication will be dependent on the number of submissions and input from the RBM editorial board.

    Deadline for paper/presentation submission:  September 1, 2020

    RBM accepted papers due:  September 15, 2020

    Word limit for papers:  Papers must conform to the publication guidelines of RBM.  We suggest no more than 3500 words. 

    Review Committee members:

    Beth Lander, College Librarian/The Robert Austrian Chair, College of Physicians of Philadelphia
    Kelsey Duinkerken, Special Collections & Digital Services Librarian, Thomas Jefferson University
    Kelly O’Donnell, Ph.D., NEH Postdoctoral Fellow, Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

    Keynote Speaker:  Melissa Grafe, Ph.D.  John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History, Head of the Medical Historical Library

    Contact names

    Beth Lander, College of Physicians of Philadelphia (blander@collegeofphysicians.org)
    Kelsey Duinkerken, Thomas Jefferson University (Kelsey.Duinkerken@jefferson.edu)

    For the Health of the New Nation is supported by a Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

ATALM Presentations available

We have good news! The narrated presentations of nineteen sessions recorded at the 2019 Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) Annual Conference, held in Temecula, California, are now available on the Sustainable Heritage Network. Each of these sessions were included in the conference’s Professional Development Certificate program and correlate with either the Library Services and Programs Certificate or the Language Preservation and Revitalization Certificate.

We are pleased to share these ATALM sessions from forty-two experts working in archives, libraries, and museums across the United States. This new set of resources covers language documentation, grant writing and reporting, international collaborations, digital records management, photo digitization, or community engagement, and more. If you were not able to attend one of these ATALM sessions or would like a refresher, visit this collection on the SHN: http://www.sustainableheritagenetwork.org/collection/2019-narrated-presentations

Please note that Professional Development Certificate sessions are organized by their respective focus under the “In this Collection” box in the page linked above.

Thanks to all the session leaders!

Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and MuseumsInstitute of Museum and Library ServicesSIL InternationalLittle Big Horn College Library/ ArchivesAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesNortheast Document Conservation CenterHuna Heritage FoundationNational Endowment For HumanitiesNational Endowment for the ArtsNational Park ServiceZiibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and LifewaysNational Native American Boarding School Healing CoalitionSherman Indian MuseumNorthern Arizona UniversityUBC Museum Of AnthropologyIndigenous Library Services, University of ManitobaQuapaw Tribal LibraryHennepin County LibraryMinnesota Department of EducationHistorypinSustainable MuseumsSaginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Tribal OperationsUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks Rasmuson LibraryAlaska State LibraryMontana Historical SocietyCatawba Cultural CenterCenter for Digital Scholarship and Curation

MLA Citation for Canceled Presentation

How do I list on my CV a presentation for a conference that was canceled?

If the conference that accepted your presentation was canceled, you may list the presentation on your CV under a header such as “Accepted Papers” or “Invited Speeches” and note that the conference did not take place. The following provides an example:

Chen, Joanne. “Strategies for Teaching Grammar to First-Year College Students.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Milwaukee, WI, 25–28 Mar. 2020. Conference canceled.

If you have an abstract or the paper, you might consider depositing it on a noncommercial repository like the MLA’s Humanities Commons so that you can get a DOI, share your work with colleagues, and invite feedback.