Digitization, Representation & Access

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference
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CFP for Roundtable participation on "Digitization, Representation & Access"

Session Organizer: Paul Fyfe (North Carolina State University)
Moderator: Bethany Nowviskie (Director, Digital Library Federation, Council on Library and Information Resources; Research Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, Department of English, University of Virginia)

Saturday, 14 October 2017, 8:30–10:00 a.m.

Bibliography Among the Disciplines Conference  |  12–15 October 2017, Philadelphia, PA

This roundtable discussion encourages participants to tackle issues surrounding the politics/ethics of digitization and digital collections of cultural heritage materials. Questions which participants might address include: How has the representation of different peoples, histories, and materials been shaped by the institutional prerogatives of digitization? What might be done to address digitization’s potential to create political imbalances or archival silences? What kinds of productive relationships might digitization professionals seek to build with cultural heritage objects’ communities of origin and use? How do the technical protocols and platforms of digitization shape the cultural horizons of what such materials purport to represent? What are the consequences of widespread or limited access to digital collections, and what approaches might individuals and institutions take to building, communicating, and curating them?

We envision this roundtable as beginning with three to five 5- to 8-minute position papers, which will be followed by a discussion led by the session organizers and a moderator. The discussion will include presenters and up to 50 additional participants from the conference.

To be considered to deliver a position paper, please submit a proposal of no more than 500 words by 25 October 2016 at:

Bibliography Among the Disciplines, a four-day international conference, will bring together scholarly professionals poised to address current problems pertaining to the study of textual artifacts that cross scholarly, pedagogical, professional, and curatorial domains. The conference will explore theories and methods common to the object-oriented disciplines, such as anthropology and archaeology, but new to bibliography. The program aims to promote focused cross-disciplinary exchange and future scholarly collaborations. Bibliography Among the Disciplines is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and organized by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School. For more information, please visit: rarebookschool.org/bibliography-conference-2017