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.
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.
- The Board of Directors of Digital Frontiers will:
- Strive to be actively anti-racist in our work with the digital humanities community and other professional communities in which we work and interact.
- Listen to the concerns and recommendations of POC within and beyond our community and take action to address them in a meaningful way.
- Use our broad platform online to promote the work of POC scholars, artists, technologists, librarians and others who operate in digital space.
- 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.
As a community, we are looking to the future. Earlier this year, we announced some changes for the organization, with a renewed focus on sustainability and serving the needs of our community. And now we’re asking for your help in planting seeds for that future.
As we turn to new initiatives including our new journal, Unbound: A Journal of Digital Scholarship; our satellite events including Realizing Resistance: Episode II in 2021; and the forthcoming DF Learn webinar series, we need our community’s support to bring these changes to fruition.
Over the years we have worked hard to keep costs low for you – we’ve never asked for a membership fee, we kept registration for all events under $100 (and provided lunch and coffee!), but now we need your help to lay the foundation for Digital Frontiers’ future.
Giving Digital Frontiers your support today will:
- Help us cover administrative costs including web hosting, email, and other costs of doing business,
- Enable us to offer Honoraria for DF Learn teachers,Provide design, infrastructure, and services like copy-editing for Unbound,
- Kick off other initiatives driven by the professional development needs of the DF community,
- And build a bridge to sustainability for our community.
We acknowledge that these are uncertain times. We’re all experiencing change and challenges both personally and professionally. As in-person events are being cancelled and the future of conferences and professional meetings themselves are in question, small, nimble organizations like Digital Frontiers are well equipped to fill the vacuum for professional development, networking, and scholarly communication opportunities in digital space. But we cannot respond to these needs, these challenges, without your help.
If every subscriber to the DF email list gave $5.00, we’d have seed funding for DF Learn, and to cover administrative costs for the rest of 2020. If you can give more, we’d of course be grateful. And if you can’t give now, we understand. We’re grateful for whatever support you can offer: sign up to peer review for Unbound, propose a DF Learn workshop, or work with your institution to sponsor a workshop or future satellite event. If you’ve benefited at all from the Digital Frontiers conference and the community we’ve built over the past eight years, now is the time to invest in our collective future.
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.
Unbound: A Journal of Digital Scholarship is a journal by and for the DCSC community, hosted by the University of North Texas Libraries Journal Hosting Service. The journal invites examinations of the interstices of digital scholarship, broadly conceived, with an emphasis on digital cultural studies; critical digital humanities; libraries, archives, and museums; the interpretive social sciences; and socially engaged computational or quantitative methods.
Unbound publishes content on a rolling basis, in annual editions. The journal conducts open peer and editorial review, and publishes under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) license. We also publish Proceedings from the annual Digital Frontiers conference and related satellite events. Unbound welcomes work from scholars and professionals at all stages of professional development in all fields.
The Editors welcome submissions in the following categories:
- Notes & Features
Interested in editing a special issue? Visit the Submissions page for details.
We are also looking for volunteers to participate in open peer review of Unbound submissions. To sign up, please register on the site
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