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CFP: Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing, and Social Justice (4/23-24, Lehigh University)

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    Matthew K. Gold


    We are calling on scholars, media makers, public historians, artists,
    designers, technologists, and social justice activists to submit a session
    proposal for the Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing and
    Social Justice conference in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania April 20-22, 2018.

    Submit your session online by filling out this form. The deadline is
    November 15, 2017.

    Sessions may be proposed under one of the conference’s six tracks. A track
    is a series of sessions connected by a shared theme; in this case,

    – Digital Scholarship
    – Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Valley (pertaining to the Lehigh Valley)
    – Vidas Digitales (Spanish-language)
    – How-to Workshops & Trainings
    – Digital Futures Kids & Youth
    – Public Humanities & Documentary Storymaking

    You may also propose a lunch caucus for Saturday, April 21st 12:30-1:30.
    These are informal self-organized meetups for groups or individuals with
    common interests. We can help you find a space for your caucus group but
    lunch will not be provided.

    Six Tips for a Good Session Proposal:

    – A clear connection to at least one of the conference themes: digital
    humanities, media-based organizing, storytelling and social justice. The
    Allied Media Projects defines “Media-based organizing” as “any
    collaborative process that uses media, art, or technology to address the
    roots of problems and advance holistic solutions towards a more just and
    creative world.”
    – A diversity of structures such as panels, roundtable discussions,
    skill shares, academic paper presentations, performances, games or
    participatory workshops. Better yet if they are hands-on, creative,
    imaginative, and fun.
    – A good session will result in tangible resources, concrete skills or
    strategic next steps.
    – We are looking for sessions that value the expertise of people most
    impacted by a problem to solve that problem. We are excited about sessions
    that are place-rooted in Bethlehem, the Lehigh Valley, and other
    small-deindustrialized cities or from places that will have something to
    learn from and share with Lehigh Valley residents.
    – Sessions should create collaboration and connection. We love sessions
    designed by multiple organizations or individuals and that build
    collaborative relationships that extend beyond the conference.
    – Accessibility for people of diverse abilities, experiences, ages, and
    backgrounds. Use clear language and activities that are accessible to
    people of all abilities. When you submit your proposal, you will specify
    if the audience is for beginners, everyone or advanced. We want to offer a
    range of learning opportunities: from beginner to advanced.


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