CFP: Lightning Rounds


CFP: Lightning Rounds 

4th Annual Digital Humanities Conference 

University of Toronto 

21-22 October 2021 


Missed the deadline? Crunched for time? Never fear! You can still participate in the fourth annual DH conference with our just-in-time lightning rounds. In this format, presenters will offer a 7-8 minute snapshot of their digital research, followed by 30-40 minutes for discussion and networking. The lightning rounds will take place during two afternoon sessions on Friday, 22 October 2021 from 1:00-2:25pm and 2:30-3:55 EST. 

All full-time faculty members, librarians, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students at the University of Toronto are welcome to apply. 

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Ross at with your name and the title of your talk by 20 September 2021


About the Conference: 

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! 


*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.