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!

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 dhn.admin@utoronto.ca by 31 August 2021. We will notify successful applicants by 15 September 2021.

All U of T Graduate Students are invited to submit proposals for conference papers and posters to occur synchronously over Zoom on the afternoons of October 21 and 22. Paper presentations should span 10-15 minutes and will be organized into themed sessions. Posters will be presented from 4:00-5:00 EST on Friday, 22 October.

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

All graduate students at the University of Toronto are welcome to apply.

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 applications

How to Submit–Posters

Please email dhn.admin@utoronto.ca with a 150 word abstract outlining the research to bepresented in your poster by 31 August 2021. Also include the title of poster and your minor/major/specialist field. We will notify successful students by 15 September 2021 and provide printing information at that time.

How to Submit–Papers

Please submit 150-word abstracts and a short biography to dhn.admin@utoronto.ca by 10 September 2021. We will notify successful applicants by 15 September 2021.

Helpful Poster Design Guides

UTM: http://guides.library.utoronto.ca/posters

Gerstein: http://guides.library.utoronto.ca/c.php?g=251602&p=1674771

Registered 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 dhn.admin@utoronto.ca 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.

Helpful Poster Design Guides

UTM: http://guides.library.utoronto.ca/posters

Gerstein: http://guides.library.utoronto.ca/c.php?g=251602&p=1674771