Now due 10/19: Intersectional, Innovative, Digital: Whither the New Humanities? (Now virtual - NeMLA 2021)

deadline for submissions: 
October 19, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Sabina Lenae, New York University
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The idea that studying the humanities generates more empathy and compassion is one that is now commonly understood. However, the humanities have been at a crossroads for these past ten odd years, since the rise of the digital humanities as “the next big thing” (Panapacker, 2009). Staunch advocates of the traditional humanities would look back and defend the discipline's ongoing relevance from its inception. Although there has been much-needed innovation in the humanities in recent years, partly in response to greater funding and public fervor for so-called “STEM” fields, it has not been without controversy. Some have lamented the fact that the digital humanities ‘canon’ reflects early humanities scholarship in being predominantly white and upper class, calling instead for a more intersectional approach. Others have celebrated the very expansion of the term ‘humanities’ to include fields closer to social science, law, and technology. And others still have pointed to the great potential of digital humanities in engendering collaborative endeavors that enrich and maintain longevity for this field of knowledge. How do these debates play out across cross-cultural contexts, whether in world languages, literatures, or cultural studies? Papers are invited that frame the debates, propose innovative approaches, or critique the state of the humanities. The unprecedented nature of this moment in scholarship allows for a creative range of responses here. Topics can include: immigration and movement across borders, free trade, film festivals, collaborations for humanitarian aid, and more traditional scholarly presentations. Work in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Hindi are all welcome. The aim is to have a conversation about what role(s) the humanities - including the social sciences - can play in our current and future world.

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NB: NeMLA 2021 conference will be remote / virtual.

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