CFP: DH Reading Group at UCLA

The UCLA Digital Humanities Reading Group meets twice a quarter at UCLA to discuss the work of a student, faculty, or staff member at UCLA (or any other school in the area). If you think you might be interested in presenting your work in the 2011-2012 academic year, please email me at David Shepard with a brief description of a project you might like to present and, roughly, when you would want to present it (“January” or “early winter” is close enough). Projects should be digital humanities related (broadly defined), and can include research, pedagogy, or anything in between. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

CFP: Mapping Place: GIS and the Spatial Humanities

Call for lightning talks and poster presentations: Mapping Place: GIS and the Spatial Humanities Friday-Saturday, February 25-26, 2011
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UC Santa Barbara

Mapping Place will examine the intersection between Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the spatial turn in the humanities. Participants have been asked to describe their mapping projects in relation to humanities methodologies, research objects and/or concerns. In particular, the conference will examine the contributions that GIS make to our evolving ideas of place. We welcome proposals for 3-5 minute lightning talks and poster presentations. Please send a 500 word abstract and brief CV to by January 14, 2011.

For further information about mapping place, visit

CFP: Reimagining the Archive

Reimagining the Archive

A Three-Day Symposium
November 12-14, 2010
James Bridges Theater
School of Theater, Film & Television
University of California, Los Angeles

Organized by:
UCLA Film & Television Archive
UCLA M.A. Program in Moving Image Archive Studies (MIAS)
Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA), Paris
INA’Sup / European Centre for Research, Training and Education on Digital Media
With additional support from:
National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP),
U.S. Library of Congress
Department of Information Studies /
Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA Cinema & Media Studies Faculty, Department of Film, Television & Digital Media /
School of Theater, Film & Television, UCLA

Digitality has radically and dynamically transformed the role of traditional archives and museums as repositories for revered, to-be-safeguarded cultural objects. As de facto archives created by users and industry organizations proliferate online; as the social engagement and complexity of Web 2.0 culture expand; and as expansive copyright regimes entail ever more intrusive forms of monitoring and enforcement, archives’ traditional missions of custody and controlled access are being challenged by the new habits and expectations of scholars, researchers, and the general public alike.
The unquestioned trust and task of defining the authenticity, provenance, and movement of archival objects and collections – once the sole province and prerogative of legacy institutions and expert curators – has become more open, participatory, and fluid. In the face of “remix culture,” “archive fever,” and emergent “long tail” phenomena, institutions and rights holders are struggling to come to terms with these new, shared missions and responsibilities. The way ahead for reinventing cultural heritage institutions is uncharted, but inaction is not an altermative. They must adapt or risk irrelevance.
Reimagining the Archive will explore the changing role of archives and cultural heritage institutions, and the new opportunities presented by the remapping and remixing of traditional, cherished, and seemingly immutable institutional models and practices. How might archives build new relationships and professional paradigms, and perhaps ultimately a new philosophy of archives and archiving that embrace and enrich the contemporary “many to many” landscape of media culture?
The Symposium aims to bring together archival and cultural scholars, professionals from private and public cultural organizations, mainstream and independent creative artists who make digital media and artworks, and specialists from major information technology and media firms engaged in all aspects of digital asset management, conservation, and preservation. The Symposium will provide a forum for wide-ranging discussion and debate on all aspects of archival practice, technology, and research.
Symposium organizers invite the submission of competitive presentations in a range of formats (e.g., papers, posters, interactive demonstrations, media projects, artworks) related to any of the following conference themes, broadly conceived:
• Transition
New roles for archives: circulation, annotation, mediation and evaluation
Shifts in institutional focus from archives of objects to archives of events — from archive as entity/repository to archive as activity and performance
The proliferation of de facto archives
From “audiences” to “users”: from reception to engagement and social production
The documentation, annotation and evaluation of emergent and innovative objects, forms, genres, e.g., games, net apps, social media, “worlds”

• Navigation
The changing legal, regulatory, ethical, and policy landscape of digital cultural heritage, nationally and internationally; threats fair use and the public domain
Digital creation and clearance culture: remix and policing
Intellectual freedom v. digital rights management (DRM)
Peer-to-peer architectures and collections
The cloud and the archive
Internet, archives, or both? Does the Internet need to be archived? Is it a container of content, content in itself, or both? Can it be archived in the absence of designated archival responsibility or action?

• Curation
The future of archives as knowledge references and authorities
Digital challenges to core archival principles
Assigning value, selection, collecting
The significance of independent / amateur media production
Persistence of memory, ecstasy of forgetting: issues of exclusion, selection, sorting, and choice; what to keep and why? Where and when is memory, remembering, forgetting?
Archives as memory and knowledge. Digitization and new possibilities for scholarly, analytical and critical reading. Do digital media convey knowledge in a new way, and if so, what kinds of knowledge? What are the implications for education, cultural transmission, and pedagogy?

Submission Guidelines
All proposals must include the following information:
• Name, title and affiliation of each author (please indicate student authors)
• An extended abstract (500 words) describing the presentation, including illustrations or diagrams for installation as needed
• Requirements for technical support (e.g., AV, space, electrical) required for presentation or installation, if needed
• First author’s name and page numbers on all proposal pages
Student submissions are strongly encouraged.
Proposals should be submitted as attachments to email.
Please send proposals and other inquiries to:

Important Deadlines
• Proposals will be considered as they are received
• Preliminary deadline for receipt of proposals: August 1, 2010
• Acceptance notification by September 1, 2010

Jaimie Baron and Dawn Fratini

Literature.Culture.Media Research Slam – EXTENDED

This call went out a couple months ago to the UCSB campus, but I’d like to extend the invitation to any DH SoCal scholars that wish to participate!

Call for Submissions

Literature.Culture.Media Center Research Slam
Down from the lectern and into the crowd!

Friday, May 21
1 pm – 530 pm

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of English
South Hall (various locations)

Please send project description, technical requirements (if any), and a short biography by May 9 to

Have you done recent work that you’re particularly proud of? Are you working on a project and would like to get feedback from your peers and faculty? Interested in seeing the diversity of scholarship occurring on campus? UCSB’s Literature.Culture.Media Center is devoted to investigating and highlighting innovative ways of combining traditional humanities research with concepts and methodologies related to information media and technology. In this tradition, we are hosting the third annual Research Slam to showcase the unique work done by scholars across campus.

The goal of the Research Slam is to combine the best features of traditional academic humanities venues like lectures and roundtables and combine them with the free-flowing, hyperattentive and participatory focus of the poster session and poetry slam. The format includes a series of parallel presentations, followed by a plenary discussion at the end of the afternoon. Glow necklaces will be provided!

A Research Slam is:

• Non-linear intellectual encounters
• Smaller, more personalized discussions, followed by a large group session
• Multi-media, multi-modal, and/or multi-temporal
• Inclusive of faculty and students
• Performative, interactive, playful
• Interested in new paradigms of sharing scholarly work

A Research Slam is not:

• Divided and structured hierarchically
• Quiet or stationary
• Lecture-based
• Traditional or conventional
• Boring

The Literature.Culture.Media Center is now soliciting multimedia projects, research posters, and other creative or scholarly works taking advantage of the intersections between academics, information and technology to showcase at the Slam, regardless of department, class level, or period of focus of the contributor. We invite faculty, graduate students, or undergraduates to apply! If you think your project fits the structure of the event, we’d love to have you!

Potential Critical Nodes:

reading/audience practices
educational technology
media arts
popular culture
GIS/mapping/locative media
communication studies

(Please note that the Research Slam does not endorse exhaustive lists. Please expand at your will.)