“Apologies for Cross-posting”: CFPs in the Digital Humanities


After combing through the DHSI listserv, that steady pipeline of hidden gems for academic projects, we found more than a few CFPs and announcements, several of which overlap with the topics and issues with which the editors of this website are interested in. Here are a smattering of these opportunities:

CFP for “Right to Left” at DHSI 2021—Online Edition

We are soliciting papers related to digital work in any living or historical RTL language such as Arabic, Azeri, Hebrew, Kurdish, Ottoman, Persian, Syriac or Urdu. Possible topics might include RTL languages and cultures seen from any of these angles:

  • bidi/multidirectionality
  • digital culture in RTL societies
  • open social scholarship
  • digital pedagogy
  • integrating RTL into global digital humanities
  • platforms and user experience
  • transliteration practices (e.g., Arabizi, P/Finglish)
  • internationalization/localization (e.g., interface translation)
  • adapting and building digital resources and methods (e.g., RTL XML)

Please send 200-word abstracts and participant bios to rtlright2left@gmail.com by February 25, 2021.
Accepted participants will prepare a pre-recorded short talk (10 mins) which will be posted in advance of the conference on a password-protected site available to conference registrants. During the conference there will be a two-hour live discussion of accepted papers.

A publication of papers from this year’s conference is anticipated along with previous two years in the open access journal Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH).

CFP: Representation and Recovery–ADE Virtual Annual Conference
Well-funded digital archives have energized the field of documentary and scholarly editing, yet the recovery of content by women, Indigenous people, Black people, People of Color, and other underrepresented groups has suffered setbacks since the 1990s. For editing and other communities, the recovery of marginalized voices was long hampered by funding sources that focused interest on well-known and canonical historical figures. And even though the interests of funding organizations have shifted in the context of changing technologies and constituencies, the field has been slow to respond. Increasingly, however, new funding sources and technologies are enabling documentary editors, textual scholars, historians and other interdisciplinary scholars, educators, genealogists, family historians, students, librarians, archivists, church historians and other community groups to bring marginalized voices and artifacts to light.

The ADE Program Committee solicits presentations for panels and individual papers on recovery broadly, including efforts of small-scale projects; rare or marginal texts; texts and artifacts produced by women, Indigenous people, Black people, People of Color and other marginalized groups; texts that dislodge the single author model; the exploration of the ways in which scholarly editions, archives, and pedagogical recovery projects can avoid reproducing colonization/marginalization; the ways in which editors can offer context to historically famous figures to avoid placing them on a pedestal; and the role that new technologies, social media environments, editorial institutes, and community groups play in advancing these objectives. We welcome projects and individuals in all disciplines and at any stage of their career, as well as those who engage in public history and advancing knowledge beyond the academy.

Please submit inquiries and 300-word abstracts and brief bio(s) to Noelle Baker (noelle.baker@me.com) by 1 March 2021.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Initiatives to support peer review of and recovery work by marginalized figures
  • Editing and minimal computing in the Global South
  • Community recovery work
  • Teaching with recovered materials in K-12 classrooms
  • Digital technologies, accessibility, and the broadening/democratizing of knowledge
  • Recovering hidden voices and stories through their interactions with canonical figures
  • Editors’ responsibility to engage with emerging scholarship adjacent to their figures
  • Decolonializing archives, records, and editions (including but not restricted to metadata, bibliographies, and indexing) for the discoverability of marginalized and underrepresented groups
  • Challenges and strategies in placing historic (and imperfect) figures in context in 2021
  • Editorial institutes and expansive definition(s) of what constitutes digital recovery
  • Editorial treatment of understudied documents for which encoding is scholarship
  • Pedagogical experiments with micro editions and recovery
  • Teaching an imperfect past in 2021
  • Decolonialized approaches to recovery
  • Social editions, new platforms, and more democratic models of recovery
  • Creating discoverability for underrepresented individuals via county/state sheriffs’ records, professional licensing records, store ledgers, and other related records

NEH is Hiring! Program Specialist in the Division of Preservation and Access:

Full Information: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/589725600

Open & closing dates: 01/19/2021 to 02/09/2021

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. The Division of Preservation and Access provides leadership and support for a sustained national effort to preserve and increase the availability of resources important for research, education, and public programming in the humanities.

The Program Specialist assists with administrative activities that support managers and program officers in the Division of Preservation and Access. The duties of this position are focused on supporting the review of complex grant applications administered by the Division, including making analytical decisions and recommendations on actions as may be appropriate as to assure accurate administrative control for compliance with applicable Division and Endowment regulations, procedures, and policies as well as:

  • Participates in grant program management through monitoring workflows, distributing materials for outreach, and review of proposals.
  • Provides guidance to applicants on inquiries regarding specific grant programs within the division.
  • Participates in the administration of application review by conducting statistical analyses of application and awards.
  • Writing humanities content for public audiences.


Professional experience working in a cultural heritage organization, university, or with grants

A Bachelor’s degree in a discipline of the humanities is required (a Master’s degree in the humanities, library & information science, museums studies, or a related field is preferred).

Conditions of Employment: U.S. Citizen; Relevant experience and/or education; Favorable background investigation; Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service

Grade: GS 11

Salary: $72,750 to $94,581 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Call for Reviews: Information & Culture
James Hodges will soon be the new Senior Book Reviews Editor for Information & Culture journal (https://infoculturejournal.org/). He writes:

“I’m especially interested in bringing a more global and multicultural range of subject matter to our review pages. This means that while our general focus on the social and cultural influence of information remains unchanged, I am eager to seek out books and reviewers with origins and expertise in areas beyond the Anglosphere and Global North.

Do you have a book coming out that fits with the editorial mission of Information & Culture?
Is there a new or upcoming book that you would like to review?

If so, please contact reviews@ischool.utexas.edu to let us know!

We are also currently seeking reviewers for the following titles:

A History of Data Visualization and Graphic Communication
Michael Friendly, Howard Wainer; June 2021

Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge
Richard Ovenden; November 2020

Please get in touch via reviews@ischool.utexas.edu if you are interested in reviewing these or other titles.

More information: Information & Culture is an academic journal printed three times a year by the University of Texas Press. It publishes original, high-quality, peer reviewed articles examining the social and cultural influences and impact of information and its associated technologies, broadly construed, on all areas of human endeavor. In keeping with the spirit of information studies, we seek papers emphasizing a human-centered focus that address the role of and reciprocal relationship of information and culture, regardless of time and place.

The journal welcomes submissions from an array of relevant theoretical and methodological approaches, including but not limited to historical, sociological, psychological, political and educational research that address the interaction of information and culture.”