DEADLINE EXTENDED - Humanities in the digital age: New directions and emerging trends - Virtual International Conference

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Department of English, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru, India

Living as we do in the age of technology, we have witnessed the internet, social media, and smart devices penetrate every sphere of human activity. Technology provides  powerful tools to conduct research on a scale hitherto unimaginable: for the first time in history, scholars from the stream of humanities are facing the problem of data abundance rather than scarcity (Rosenzweig, 2003). New methods and tools are evolving everyday to analyse Big Data. New formats of presenting and disseminating research have also become available, of which pre-print archiving and open access projects are only some of the most common examples. Within the field of literary study and analysis, digital tools for Natural Language Processing (NLP) have given a new impetus to what Franco Moretti called “distant reading” (2000). Research in the humanities today can include a variety of activities such as geospatial analysis, data mining, corpus linguistics, data visualisation, and simulation.

Digital humanities (DH) is the growing field of study and research that involves the use of digital resources, technology, and tools to understand areas of traditional humanistic inquiry such as history, anthropology, literature, or psychology. According to Callaway et al. (2020), the field is today dominated by researchers originally from English studies. There are several definitions for the term–with entire books such as Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader (2016) dedicated to the subject–and lively debates around the centrality of coding knowledge for being a successful DH scholar. Today, conferences, workshops, and courses on Digital Humanities often include introductory sessions for traditional humanities scholars on the use of programming languages like Python or R.

What do these developments mean for students of literature and other humanities subjects in India? Are there unique challenges in engaging with digital tools and resources given the uneven level of access and inequalities inherent in our society, with its intersection of caste, gender, class, and regional differences? Or can these new tools and technology in fact enable us to reimagine our collective future? Dodd and Kalra (2020) present an overview of Digital Humanities in India, with our own set of unique challenges and opportunities. For instance, they note how the growth of internet use in the country is all set to expand exponentially in the next decades and how the increased use of multiple regional languages online may transform the digital landscape.

In this context, we invite original research papers from academics, researchers, and practitioners for our two-day international conference (online) on topics including but not limited to:

  • Digital transformation of literary genres
  • Digital teaching and learning in the English classroom
  • Digital methods of language and linguistic analysis
  • Digital cultural artefacts
  • Digital narratives and life writing
  • Art in the digital space
  • Translation for digital media
  • Digital Humanities and gender
  • Digital Humanities and privacy
  • Digital Humanities and ecology
  • Digital Humanities and activism
  • Digital Humanities and caste
  • Digital Humanities and the subaltern
  • Digital Humanities and intersectionality
  • Digital Humanities and neurosciences
  • Digital Humanities and the posthuman
  • Digital Humanities and popular culture
  • Digital Humanities and education
  • Digital Humanities and archival research
  • Digital Humanities and the state
  • Digital Humanities and memory
  • Digital Humanities and the spiritual
  • Digital Humanities and identity
  • Digital Humanities and gaming
  • Digital Humanities and performance studies
  • Digital Humanities and ethical studies
  • Digital Humanities and disability studies
  • Digital Humanities and fandom studies
  • Digital cartography and spatial humanities
  • Humanities and Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Medical/Health Humanities
  • Digital Environmental Humanities
  • Critiques of Digital Humanities

Important Dates:

Last date for the submission of abstracts: 15 December 2022

Date of confirmation of acceptance: 20 December 2022

Last date for the submission of full papers: 20 January 2023

Date of the virtual conference: 29th and 30th March, 2023

 

Please email your abstract in about 200-250 words to dhconf2023@kristujayanti.com.

The full paper may be in the range of 5000-8000 words. Please adhere to the APA 7 format for citations.

Please feel free to write to us at dhconf2023@kristujayanti.com if you have any questions.