International Pronouns Day!

We endorse International Pronouns Day, which seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities. We encourage colleges, schools, workplaces, and local organizations to hold educational and empowering events on International Pronouns Day.

Black Lives Matter

As an organization that prioritizes inclusivity and social justice, Digital Frontiers is outraged and saddened by the tragic killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and so many others. We are appalled that systemic racism has enabled the COVID-19 epidemic to disproportionately impact Black communities and that the failure of  governmental responses at every level has exacerbated these injustices. We see our Black friends and colleagues, and we stand with them in this crisis. 

As the Board of Directors of Digital Frontiers, we believe that it is our responsibility as an organization and as a community to reject racism, and to disempower white supremacy. Over the years, our inclusive community has supported and sustained us. So now we too, as leaders of this community, must stand firmly in support of our Black friends and colleagues. 

Let us be perfectly clear: 

  • We stand in opposition to the killing of Black people by militarized police;
  • We stand with Black Lives Matter and commit to share the fight for a future free from white supremacy in all its forms.

Our organizational mission is to bring together the makers and users of digital resources for the humanities; what does that mean in this time of crisis?

Digital Frontiers amplifies the voices of the most vulnerable and marginalized in our community. We support and highlight the work of early career faculty and professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, and members of our community who are not academics. Not infrequently, these are people of color, queer and trans folx, people with disabilities, and representatives of other margininalized communities. Digital Frontiers offers a safe place for these members of our community to find allies and collaborators, and strives to model inclusive practice in our governance, our editorial and peer review processes, and at our events. As such, we listen; we evolve and grow as individuals and as a community; when we err, we accept and learn from correction; and we act on behalf of the most vulnerable in our community. 

When we drafted our Statement of Inclusion & Accessibility in 2015, we knew that a statement was not enough. We understood that statements must be backed up with action in order to not be hollow. In the intervening years, we have reworked the Statement to reflect the values of our community, and we endeavor through all our initiatives and interactions to advance the values that Statement enshrines. From our Statement of Inclusion:

Digital Frontiers is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, national origin, language proficiency, military service, professional status, religion, marital status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or other group status.

We see the values of radical inclusion encoded in our Statement of Inclusion & Accessibility as central to our core mission as a non-profit organization. These are the values on which this community was founded, and these are the values that will see us into the future.

In these uncertain times, we have asked our community to invest in the future of Digital Frontiers; we continue to need your support in order to survive. As such, we feel we owe our community, not merely a statement, but a series of clear actions that we will take to advance our mission of radical inclusion and social justice.

  1. The Board of Directors of Digital Frontiers will:
    1. Strive to be actively anti-racist in our work with the digital humanities community and other professional communities in which we work and interact.
    2. Listen to the concerns and recommendations of POC within and beyond our community and take action to address them in a meaningful way.
    3. Use our broad platform online to promote the work of POC scholars, artists, technologists, librarians and others who operate in digital space.
  2. Furthermore, the Editorial Board of Unbound: A Journal of Digital Scholarship endorses the statement from the FemEdTech collective on the disproportionate impact of our current state of crisis on women researchers and scholars. We expect that the pandemic and social unrest are also disproportionately affecting the work of POC as well. The Editorial Board has taken specific actions based on the recommendations in that statement, including prioritizing and centering the work of marginalized scholars, and has publicized these actions on the journal site.

We stand in solidarity with our Black friends and colleagues. We commit ourselves and our organization to advancing equity and seeking justice in all areas that we touch.

Digital Frontiers is Changing

Digital Frontiers 2019: Tear Down the Walls at the University of Texas at Austin was the eighth annual conference organized by and for the Digital Frontiers community. This was our largest event yet, and continued our tradition of provocative conversations about digital scholarship that crossed disciplinary, institutional, and professional boundaries. However, rising costs and logistical challenges have shown that an annual conference is not a sustainable activity for an organization like Digital Frontiers. As such, DF19 will be our last annual conference.

2020 will be a year of new things for the Digital Frontiers community. We just launched Unbound: A Journal of Digital Scholarship with the Proceedings from Realizing Resistance, the first satellite event organized by DF, and will soon publish the Proceedings from DF19: Tear Down the Walls. We have additional satellite events in the works for the coming year, including Realizing Resistance Episode 2: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Star Wars Universe in May 2021.

The Directors are grateful to our past host institutions, all of those who served on the program committee and as peer reviewers, to all of those who shared their work at the conference, and to all of those who invested their professional development funds to attend. Eight years is a great run, and we ended on a strong note. We look forward to exploring new ways to serve our community.

Tips and Action Items for DF19UT Presenters and Artists

  1. Register. All Presenters must register to participate. Registration closes September 20. Register here.
  2. Schedule. Check out the Conference Schedule to see when you’re on. Plan ahead, be prepared.
  3. Your Info. Check the website to confirm that your name and title are correct. Email if you need to update your information.
  4. Travel. Make your travel arrangements now! The Travel and Accomodations page has some helpful info about getting to and from Denton from DFW, and other local arrangements.
  5. Minimize Laptop Swaps. The conference facility runs on Windows. To respect the time of the other presenters and the attendees, Presenters are encouraged to either upload your presentation in advance to the shared presentations folder (to follow from your moderator), or to bring a Windows compatible presentation on a jump drive.
  6. Inclusion. Attendees and participants at Digital Frontiers must abide by the Digital Frontiers code of conduct. Digital Frontiers is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion or other group status. Review our Statement of Inclusion.
  7. Accessibility. Presenters needing accommodations should notify as soon as possible. We are committed to making whatever accommodations are necessary for our participants. Help us help you by letting us know what you need.
    Presenters should review the slides from the DLF webinar on Creating Accessible Presentations and endeavor to make their slides accessible. For digital handouts, review these posts on Accessible non-HTML Content.
    Always use the mic. No, really. Just use the mic.
  8. Time. We’ll be contacting you with details on time for your sessions. We endeavor to allow for 10-15 minutes of Q&A at the end of the session. To respect the time of other presenters and attendees, timekeepers will cut off speakers who go over time.
  9. Posters. Your poster should be 36″ h x 48″ w. We’ll have poster board and clips, so print on paper or fabric and pack light. Posters will be displayed throughout the conference, so bring it when you check in Thursday morning.
  10. Repository. We encourage all presenters to contribute their presentations, handouts, and posters to the Digital Frontiers Collection of the Texas State University Digital Library. To facilitate this process, presenters can upload their slides to the shared doc folder for their session. If you prefer to place your presentation in your home repository, please share a link with us so we can connect to it from the site.
  11. Proceedings. We will be publishing a proceedings from DF19: Tear Down The Walls in Unbound: A Journal of Digital Scholarship, the forthcoming journal from Digital Frontiers. This will be an opportunity to spin up your talks into longer articles. We’ll share details on manuscript preparation and submission shortly. Publication is by no means required, but we hope you’ll consider participating.  If you choose not to prepare an article, your abstract will be included in the Proceedings.
  12. Handouts. If presenters would like to share digital handouts, they can upload them to the shared doc folder. The documents will be linked to their sessions on the conference website.
  13. Community. Join the Facebook Group. Make connections for ride/room shares, and share news with the DF community.
  14. Dress Code. This is a casual/comfortable event. Dress in a manner that makes you happy. Nobody cares if you wear a tie or heels. We don’t control the climate in the conference space, and Texas weather can be unpredictable in September, so layering is encouraged.
  15. Be Social. Follow us on Twitter and start talking about the conference.  Find the description of your session or a session you’re excited about and Tweet it out! Consider these Principles of Conference Tweeting when live-tweeting the conference.
  16. Email if you have questions.
If you’re the Corresponding Author on your proposal, please share this with your co-authors and presenters. We’ll be following up with additional information for Poster presenters shortly.