Call for Proposals – English

Please note that you will have to create an account in Oxford Abstracts to submit a proposal.

Deadline to apply: October 22 October 9, 2023

Notifications of acceptance: December 5, 2023

Digital Humanities (DH) at Michigan State University (MSU) is proud to continue the Global DH Symposium for the 9th year. This will be the Symposium’s second year as a hybrid conference with a multi-day synchronous virtual event (March 18-20) and a one and a half-day, in-person event at MSU (March 22-23). The virtual symposium supports presentation and attendance in English and Spanish through live interpretation.* The in-person symposium will be in English. 

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, that supports 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.

*We are interested in supporting participation and presentation in additional languages as much as possible within our capacity. Please reach out if you would prefer to submit a proposal or present at the conference in another language. We will do our best to accommodate you.

This Symposium, which will include a mixture of presentation types, welcomes proposals by the end of the day Sunday, October 2nd, Monday, October 9th, 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
  • Humanist critiques of Artificial Intelligence

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
Live Interpretation Available
60-Minute PanelVirtual100-words describing the panel as a whole, plus 100-words for each presentation in the panelEnglish, Spanish
Live Interpretation Available
Project ShowcaseVirtual250-300 words*Any language
No 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.

The Global Digital Humanities Symposium will conduct an open review process. Names and institutional affiliations of submitters will be shared with reviewers, and names and affiliations of reviewers will be shared with submitters along with a comment on their submission. note that we conduct a double-anonymous review process, so do not identify your institution or identity in your proposal.

New this year: Submit your ideas in-person! We are holding a half day unconference on the second day of the in-person event (March 23). Attendees will have an opportunity to propose unconference activities on the day of the event. The unconference will not be livestreamed or interpreted.

Travel Funding Support

Presenters accepted for the in-person Symposium are eligible to apply for funding to offset travel expenses related to presenting at the Global Digital Humanities Symposium, up to $700 USD. A limited number of awards are also available to cover accommodations on campus at Owen Hall, a residence hall on MSU campus.  

Priority will be given to those traveling internationally to attend the event as well as to students and scholars without adequate funding availability otherwise. The application for receiving funds will open upon acceptance to the Symposium. The application form will ask presenters about their travel itinerary and expenses.

Please note that you will have to create an account in Oxford Abstracts to submit a proposal.