Reminder: NEMLA 2021 Panel: Rethinking Innovation: Practices of Care and Maintenance in DH Scholarship and Pedagogy
NeMLA 2021: Philadelphia, PA. March 11-14, 2021. Given the pandemic, remote participation on this panel is not only possible, but welcomed.
Short Description of the Panel
Following a wave of interest in care and care relations in literary studies and the scholarship of teaching and learning, this panel invites all manner of submissions that explore what it means to care about or care for the Digital Humanities, its practitioners, audiences, and material objects.
Abstracts of 200-300 words should be submitted directly via the NeMLA website by September 30, 2020: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18803.
Although you must create an account on this site, you do not need to be a dues-paying NEMLA member to submit an abstract. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
General guidelines for abstracts can be found at http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers.html. View the conference web site at https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html.
Longer Panel Description
While the theme for this year’s NEMLA conference proposes the dyad of “tradition and innovation,” influential recent work in the Digital Humanities has skirted these two poles. A forum on “Ethics, Theories, and Practices of Care” in the 2019 edition of Debates in the Digital Humanities, for example, explores the status of care relations, maintenance and repair, the embrace of lowered-innovation levels, and the turn away from compulsive productivity in the sphere of Digital Humanities scholarship and pedagogy. These concerns follow a similar wave of interest in care and care relations in literary studies.
Digital Humanities practitioners and scholars working within these areas are asking questions like what does it mean to be a “caretaker of systems” (Nowviskie)? What does it mean to center “the work of care in our digital practices” (Klein and Gold), or to “care for things as things” (Jackson)? Is the collaborative nature of DH work itself a manifestation of interpersonal caring (Crunk Feminist Collective)? Always relevant, such scholarly and pedagogical questions and inquiries have become urgent since the massive shift to remote learning, telework, and virtual forms of social life and care in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In this framework, this panel invites all manner of submissions that examine what it means to care about or care for the Digital Humanities, its practitioners, audiences, and material objects. Topics may include but are not limited to DH projects and tools foregrounding practices of care (such as digitization initiatives, the creation of digital editions, archives, exhibits, and repositories); advocacy work; authoring of tutorials and documentation; software maintenance; repair/enhancement of obsolesced DH projects and tools; data management and preservation activities; labor practices; studies of collaboration and trust within development communities; minimal computing applications; and the intersections of digital technologies with the environmental humanities.