Network Detroit: Digital Theory and Practice (Sept. 22-23 2013)

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Lawrence Technological University
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Network Detroit: Digital Theory and Practice (September 22-23, 2013) will bring together Detroit and Michigan digital humanities scholars. The metropolitan Detroit digital humanities context includes elite universities and small liberal arts colleges, a private sector accustomed to civic activism, and world-class heritage institutions accustomed to collaborating with corporate partners. Given this regional context, the Network Detroit conference will be a laboratory for working out ways to re-imagine the boundaries that dominate discussions about the future of the digital humanities: large versus small, center versus camp, elite versus upstart, disciplinary versus collaborative, peer review versus public interest. The conference, hosted by Lawrence Technological University, will be a showcase for a variety of innovative projects and ideas.

Network Detroit is a large-scale effort to build up southeastern Michigan's humanities cyberinfrastructure and is intended to send out a call to action. First, Network Detroit will gather a census of area digital humanities projects. Second, Network Detroit will invite participants to think creatively about inter-institutional collaboration and resource pooling. Finally, Network Detroit will intensify focus upon the place of digitization in Detroit cultural heritage work.

We welcome panel proposals, papers, and projects that focus on the digital humanities, especially regarding the cultural heritage of Detroit. Papers may address, but are not limited to, the following topics and lines of inquiry:

digital humanities
humanities computing
digital archiving and repositories
career paths for digital humanists (universities, libraries, corporate, alt-ac)
text analysis
digital pedagogy (methods, gamification, content management systems, online learning)
history of the book
game studies

Abstracts due by May 1, 2013. Send abstracts to