Call for Proposals – English

Digital Humanities at Michigan State University is proud to continue the Global DH Symposium for an 8th year. This will be the Symposium’s first year as a hybrid conference with a multi-day synchronous virtual event and a one-day, in-person event at MSU. The virtual symposium welcomes presentations in English, Spanish, and Chinese and will offer live interpretation between languages. 

Digital humanities scholarship continues to be driven by work at the intersections of a range of distinct disciplines and an ethical commitment to preserve and broaden access to cultural materials. DH has been a key site for interrogating narratives about disruption, connection, identity, resistance, bias, and accountability. As our world continues to be shaped by a global pandemic and climate crisis, these narratives and conversations are as urgent as ever. 

Focused on these issues, we invite work at the intersections of critical DH, that engages with anti-colonial and post-colonial frameworks, feminist and anti-racist praxis, and that crosses political and disciplinary borders. Lastly, we define the term “humanities” rather broadly to incorporate the discussion of issues that encourage interdisciplinary understanding of the humanities.

This symposium, which will include a mixture of presentation types, welcomes proposals by the end of the day Thursday, December 1, midnight in your timezone.

This year we especially anticipate and welcome presentations on the following topics:

  • Digital rights, advocacy, and activism
  • Digital storytelling
  • Anti-colonial digital humanities
  • Digital humanities, the environment, and sustainability

We are always interested to hear about the following topics

  • Digital Humanities approaches to the global pandemics and issues of healthcare
  • Indigeneity – anywhere in the world – and the digital
  • Surveillance, censorship, and/or data privacy in a global context 
  • Productive failure; failure as a part of DH praxis
  • Cultural heritage in a range of contexts, particularly non-Western
  • Open data, open access, and data preservation as resistance
  • Global digital pedagogies and emerging technologies
  • Equity and inclusion in digital access
  • Borders, migration, and/or diasporas and their connections to the digital
  • Multilingualism and the digital
  • Global research dialogues and collaborations

Presentation formats

TypeVirtual/In PersonProposal LengthSupported LanguagesLivestream Option
15 Minute PresentationVirtual250-300 wordsEnglish, Spanish, Chinese
Live Interpretation Available
60 Minute PanelVirtual100-words describing the panel as a whole, plus 100-words for each presentation in the panelEnglish, Spanish, Chinese
Live Interpretation Available
Project ShowcaseVirtual250-300 words*English, Spanish, Chinese
Live Interpretation Available
60 Minute Virtual WorkshopVirtual250-300 words**English
No Interpretation Available
7 Minute Lightning TalkIn Person250-300 wordsEnglish
No Interpretation Available
60 Minute PanelIn Person100-word proposal describing the panel as a whole, plus 100-word description for each presentation within the panelEnglish
No Interpretation Available
Poster PresentationIn Person250-300 words***English
No Interpretation Available

* [Project Showcase] The Project Showcase is a session similar to a poster presentation fair, in which presenters will share their work with small groups or individuals. The presenters will be asked to record a 5-7 minute presentation and submit it at least a week before the conference. The recordings will be shared with the attendees ahead of time and also played at the beginning of each project showcase section. The project showcase enables discussion and feedback in small groups in a more conversational way over the course of 30 minutes.

** [Virtual Workshop] Presenter will submit a 20-30 minute recording in advance. There will be a 20 to 30-min recording of the workshop shared with the attendees ahead of time. This recording will also be played during the first half of the workshop slot. This will be followed up by a 30-min synchronous discussion/Q&A with the presenter and the attendees.

*** [Poster] Presenters will share their work with small groups or individuals. Rather than a set presentation length, the presenters will be asked to submit a poster ahead of time for printing. This presentation will enable one-on-one feedback and ask presenters to share about their work in a more conversational way over the course of one hour. There will be multiple poster presentations concurring in the same space.

Please note that we conduct a double-anonymous review process, so do not identify your institution or identity in your proposal.

Deadline to apply: December 1, 2022

Notifications of acceptance: January 13, 2023