Digital Diversity 2015: Writing | Feminism | Culture Orlando turns 20 Edmonton, Canada 7-9 May 2015

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Canadian Institute for Research in Computing and the Arts, University of Alberta Department of English, MacEwan University Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta, Faculty of Arts and Science, MacEwan University Kule Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Alberta
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Digital Diversity 2015: Writing | Feminism | Culture

Orlando turns 20

Edmonton, Canada 7-9 May 2015

How have new technologies transformed literary and cultural histories? How do they enable critical practices of scholars working in and outside of digital humanities? Have decades of digital studies enhanced, altered, or muted the project to recover and represent more diverse histories of writers, thinkers, and artists positioned differently by gender, race, ethnicity, sexualities, social class and/or global location? This conference examines the trajectory of feminist digital studies, observing the ways in which varied projects have opened up the objects and methods of literary history and cultural studies. It marks the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Orlando Project, an ongoing experiment in digital methods that produces Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles, from the Beginnings to the Present (orlando.cambridge.org). Alongside pioneering projects such as the Women Writers Project, the Corvey Project, the Dickinson Electronic Archives, the Perdita Project, and the Victorian Women Writers Project, Orlando blazed a new path in the field, bringing together feminist literary studies with emerging methods of digital inquiry. These twenty years have witnessed a revolution in how we research, produce, and circulate knowledge. It is time to reflect upon the impact of the digital turn on engagement with the literary and cultural past.

We welcome presentations that will together reflect on the past, present, and future of digital literary and cultural studies; examine synergies across digital humanities projects; and stimulate exchanges across such fields as literary history, history, art history, cultural studies, and media studies.

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cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
gender_studies_and_sexuality
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
popular_culture