CFP: 4th Annual Digital Humanities Conference


CFP: 4th Annual Digital Humanities Conference

University of Toronto

21-22 October 2021



The Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) at the University of Toronto cordially invites U of T submissions to our fourth annual DH Conference, to take place virtually on 21-22 October 2021.

This year’s conference foregrounds critical digital humanities research and praxis. Critical DH is an intersectional field that emphasizes questions of power, social justice, and critical theory in making, analyzing, and using digital technologies. This is a version of digital humanities that places anti-racist, de/anti/postcolonial, feminist, and queer/trans/non-binary work at its core, and which understands our current historic shift in digital technology as an opportunity for social and political transformation. Critical Digital Humanities foregrounds creative praxis, co-creation, public engagement, and community-based research.

The 4th Annual DH Conference builds on the work of the Digital Humanities Network (DHN), which hosted the first DHN conference in 2016. In this year’s conference, we ask DH researchers and practitioners to interrogate power and culture with/through the frameworks of humanistic inquiry and digital technology. At the same time, the conference aims to foster collaborations and critical scholarship across the tri-campus community by providing a platform for people to share ideas, discuss trends and network with colleagues from UofT. While our focus this year emphasizes critical DH, all DH researchers, practitioners, and the DH-curious are encouraged to submit and attend!

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 4th Annual DH Conference will be held online and is open to U of T faculty, librarians, and staff. The conference organizing committee welcomes proposals in the following formats:


  • Conference Papers (Synchronous): 15-20 minute presentations to be organized into themed sessions. Papers will focus on research that utilizes or has been enabled by digital technologies. Paper sessions will be conducted live over Zoom.


  • Digital Exhibits / Project Demonstrations (Asynchronous): Exhibits/demonstrations will showcase digital sites, archives, visualizations, etc., with an emphasis on both design and research content. Digital exhibits/project demonstrations will be curated as asynchronous WordPress pages on the CDHI/DHN website with descriptions, screengrabs, links, etc. in order to allow viewers to explore the project asynchronously and leave comments and questions. Project designers will be expected to respond periodically to the comments/questions over the course of the conference.


Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • De/anti/postcolonial DH
  • Indigeneity, technology, and DH
  • Network and data sovereignty
  • DH and the Global South
  • Black DH
  • Asian diaspora studies
  • Critical ethnic studies
  • Feminist data practices
  • Queer/trans/non-binary DH
  • Technology, pleasure, and desire
  • Bias in algorithms, AI, or machine learning
  • Critical/alternative archiving and preservation
  • Born-digital research and archiving
  • Digital/data privacy and the right to be forgotten
  • Critical infrastructures (i.e., software/hardware, tools, people)
  • Migration and movement
  • DH and the global past
  • Deep mapping
  • Decolonizing mapping and spatial analysis
  • Remote sensing/scanning
  • AR/VR/XR
  • Critical app studies
  • Electonic literature
  • Multilingual DH
  • Critical surveillance studies
  • Radical digital pedagogy
  • Digital research ethics
  • Equitable community partnerships
  • Justice-oriented DH praxis
  • Accessible DH
  • Genealogies of the critical digital humanities


All full-time faculty members, librarians, and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Toronto, including research stream, teaching stream, and CLTAs, are welcome to apply.

Please submit 250-word abstracts and a 150-word biography to by 31 August 2021. We will notify successful applicants by 15 September 2021.


*Please note that the University of Toronto is under censure from the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) for its decision to terminate the hiring of Dr. Valentina Azarova as the director of the Faculty of Law’s International Human Rights Program (IHRP). More details of the censure can be found here. The CDHI supports CAUT’s censure and calls on the University of Toronto administration to uphold standards of academic freedom. We are observing the censure by not inviting any external speakers to participate in this conference, which is designed to build research networks in digital humanities within the University of Toronto.