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CFP: Digital Storytelling & the Humanities (9/28-29, University of Kansas)

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    Matthew K. Gold



    7th Annual University of Kansas Digital Humanities Forum
    September 28-29, 2017
    Lawrence, Kansas

    The 2017 DH Forum will include a day of free digital humanities workshops
    on Thursday, September 28, followed by a day of keynote talks, panel
    presentations, and posters/exhibitions exploring the theme of Digital

    Registration is free but space is limited.

    This year’s DH Forum will focus on the theory and practice of digital
    storytelling as it relates to humanities research, teaching and learning.
    In particular, we seek innovative approaches and examples of digital
    storytelling that address questions related to democratizing DH practices,
    communicating knowledge and research, and representing underrepresented
    languages, places and peoples.


    Anastasia Salter, Assistant Professor of Digital Media, University of
    Central Florida​
    Joseph Erb, Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Missouri​
    Kim Gallon, Assistant Professor of History, Purdue University

    Storytelling is fundamental to human experience and used for creative
    expression, communication, and self-conception at the personal, community,
    and international levels. Narratives and stories represent how we
    understand the world and provide the matrix in which arguments cohere.
    Digital media hardware and software have expanded the forums and techniques
    available for the creation and reception of compelling narratives and have
    encouraged new literacies and approaches to narrative form and function.

    Digital stories may engage audiences across various media in a multi-modal
    ways, encourage new forms of interaction with data and code, and take
    advantage of the interactive possibilities of the Web and mobile platforms.
    Some digital stories interweave the affordances of digital media with
    storytelling practices and poetics to produce co-created, algorithmic,
    location-based, and non-linear narratives. Other digital stories take
    advantage of the proliferation of digital networks to tell personal or
    untold stories or to communicate complex knowledge about human experiences
    in immediate and interactive ways.

    We welcome proposals for

    – paper/research presentations (approx. 20 minute presentations);
    – panel or discussion sessions (30-60 minutes, with multiple
    – workshops on digital storytelling tools, platforms, methods and
    pedagogy (1 – 3 hour sessions);
    – creative works of digital storytelling that may be displayed as part
    of an exhibition session.

    Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

    – The connection between digital storytelling, knowledge production, and
    humanities scholarship;
    – How can digital storytelling facilitate telling stories of
    underrepresented languages, places and people;
    – Innovative examples of Indigenous and minoritized stories,
    multilingual and non-English language stories, and local and regional
    – Digital storytelling for public humanities and civic engagement;
    – Digital stories for scholarly communication and broader impact
    initiatives (including communicating your scholarship to wide audiences in
    new ways);
    – Digital storytelling within museums, cultural institutions, or
    exhibition spaces;
    – Ethics and best practices in digital storytelling;
    – Storytelling with open datasets;
    – Techniques, successes/failures, case studies and impact stories of
    digital storytelling;
    – Methods and genres, including oral histories, podcasting, locative
    media, multimedia & transmedia narratives, social media, video games,
    computational narratives, data visualization, electronic literature and
    – Maps as stories and/or mapping stories;
    – Tools and platforms for digital storytelling including innovations in
    virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D modeling, artificial intelligence,
    or other emerging technologies;
    – Innovations in expanded media, creative or artistic works.

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