CFP: Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Presentations

Call for Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Presentations:

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 U of T. While our focus this year emphasizes critical DH, all DH researchers, practitioners, and the DH-curious are encouraged to submit and attend!

Registered graduate and undergraduate students from any U of T campus, discipline, and year-level are invited to submit posters in the humanities or interpretative social sciences on topics that engage with digital technology, digital tools, digital cultures, or research production.


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
  • Electronic 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

Benefits to Students

  • Win cash prizes!
  • Gain valuable presentation experience
  • Network with like-minded peers and professors from a variety of fields
  • Include your presentation on your CV and grad school/job applications


How to Submit

Please email with a 150 word abstract outlining the research to be

presented in your poster by 31 August 2021. Also include the title of poster and your

minor/major/specialist field. Posters will be presented from 4:00-5:00 EST on Friday, 22 October. It is your responsibility to be available to speak about your research during this time. We will notify successful students by 15 September 2021 and provide printing information at that time.


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*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.