DF19 Call for Workshops

Digital Frontiers welcomes workshop proposals for the 2019 conference, Tear Down The Walls, hosted by UT Austin in Austin, TX on September 26-28, 2019. Workshops will be held Saturday, September 28.

Digital Frontiers is a conference and community that brings together the makers and users of digital resources for the humanities. Established in 2012 to respond to the need for an affordable, high-quality conference that addresses the emerging field of digital humanities from a variety of perspectives, Digital Frontiers is a truly interdisciplinary experience.

Tear Down the Walls

The theme for Digital Frontiers 2019 is Tear Down the Walls. Digital Humanities scholars deal with numerous barriers and borders as they interrogate the world around them through a digital lens. We invite participants to think critically about the composition of these walls, of their implicit and explicit functions, and the colonial practices by which many were and are still being created. Some of these barriers are created by a community for self-preservation, while others are built to perpetuate structural inequalities and discriminatory practices. Not all walls are physical. As a community, Digital Frontiers has interrogated the frontier and the border in digital scholarship as scenes of both conflict and creativity. In 2019, we invite scholars, students, librarians, archivists, gallery and museum professionals, and community practitioners to interrogate these boundaries and amplify the weaknesses we can use to tear down those walls that serve only those gatekeepers in power. We also encourage reflection on the aftermath: how do we communicate, produce, and exchange knowledge when these walls no longer block the way?

We invite proposals for workshops that aim to radically reconfigure modes of knowledge production as related to cultural, technological, and digital studies. Workshops focused on removing barriers to access for digital production and digital resources are particularly welcome. We are particularly interested in workshops that engage with questions of accessibility, user experience, and ethics of care in digital communities. The benefit of attending a workshop session lies primarily in its participatory nature. In proposing a workshop session, we encourage organizers to demonstrate their commitment to facilitating actions, not simply observations by the attendees. While learning outcomes are not a requirement, we encourage organizers to think of what community-driven artifacts, physical or digital, may result from this session. For full details on the conference theme, please visit the main conference Call for Proposals.

Submit a Workshop Proposal

Participants at all stages of professional development in all disciplines, including students, are encouraged to submit their work.

Workshops will be 90 minutes.

Code of Conduct

All conference participants must comply with the Digital Frontiers Statement of Inclusion, our community code of conduct. The Digital Frontiers community endorses the Student Collaborators’ Bill of Rights and the Collaborators Bill of Rights. Project leads engaging in unethical labor practices toward students and collaborators (i.e. unpaid or uncredited student labor, or unpaid internships or practica) should seek other venues for their work.

Key Dates & Deadlines

  • CFP Opens: January 15, 2019
  • CFP Deadline: April 14, 2019
  • Notifications: June 1, 2019
  • Workshop Proposals Open: April 10, 2019
  • Workshop Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2019
  • Workshop Notifications: June 1, 2019
  • Conference: September 26-27, 2019
  • Workshops: September 28, 2019