Critical Digital Humanities panel at (dis)junctions Graduate Conference, Apr 5-6. DEADLINE Feb 11

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University of California, Riverside

In keeping with this year's (dis)junctions conference theme, Encounters With(in) Texts, this panel invites papers that explore the notion of encounter within the context of Critical Digital Humanities. The conference theme theorizes that encountering is related to, but hardly synonymous with interaction and mediation - two theoretical lenses more frequently deployed within the Digital Humanities field. As such, one area in which papers on this panel might focus, then, is in further explicating the theoretical constellation made up by these three terms. How can we further theorize the differences and similarities within mediation, interaction, and encounter? Other topics that papers on this panel might address include, but are not limited to the following: questions of encountering copies and "originals"; questions of encountering texts within a digital environment; notions of seriality, repetition, and replication; questions concerning the digital archive and its (in)exhaustibility; differing expectations structuring our encounters with user-generated vs. corporate generated content online; encountering the digital environment through different material/physical devices; encounters of identity performances online. Papers that from any time period, genre, or disciplinary tradition that deal with questions, structures, and environments of digitization are invited to this panel.

We welcome abstracts of 250-300 words, to be submitted to with the subject line "African American Panel" no later than February 11, 2013. Submissions are especially welcome from those positioned outside the university (community organizers, independent scholars, recent or not-so-recent graduates, artists, and others). Presentations are to be 20 minutes in length. Please include your name, email address, departmental affiliation, institution, and phone number with your abstract.

This is a panel call for the 20th Annual (dis)junctions Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Conference at the University of California, Riverside. This year's general theme, "encountering with(in) texts," examines the impact of situatedness, unexpectedness, and/or unpreparedness on "face to text" encounters with media objects, embodied encounters negotiated through or overdetermined by texts, and representations of "encountering" within texts. Please visit for more information on this year's theme, our other subject- and discipline-specific panel calls, and Keynote Speaker Dr. Nicholas Mirzeoff.