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    From: Urszula Pawlicka-Deger <>
    Date: Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 10:05 AM
    Subject: [DHSI] CFP for _Critical Infrastructure Studies & Digital
    Humanities_ in the Debates in DH series
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    Dear all,

    We are pleased to invite proposals for contributions to the *Critical
    Infrastructure Studies & Digital Humanities* book we are editing for
    the Debates
    in the Digital Humanities Series (
    of Minnesota Press). (See our full, more detailed CFP

    *Critical Infrastructure Studies & Digital Humanities* aims to direct the
    attention of digital humanists to the wider area of infrastructure studies,
    and deploy perspectives gained from that wider infrastructuralism to better
    understand the infrastructures of DH. It will bring infrastructural
    approaches front and center as an area where DH is uniquely equipped to
    lead the humanities in thought and practice, using its own infrastructural
    legacy as inspiration and mirror. The aim is to understand how
    infrastructure underpins and influences DH, and how DH in turn can
    influence infrastructure design, development, and maintenance. The volume
    will promote understanding of critical infrastructure studies as a field of
    writing and practice, and open dialogues between DH and cognate
    infrastructural fields.

    Please consider contributing a work for *Critical Infrastructure Studies &
    Digital Humanities* that might fit into one of the following three

    1. *Critical Infrastructure Studies from the Perspective of DH*:
    Argumentative essays (preferably in the range of 6,000 words) that explore
    issues and debates around historical or contemporary infrastructures, or
    infrastructuralism at large, but with attention to (or through the lens of)
    their digital platforms, technologies, data, media, and other features of
    interest to DH.

    2. *Digital Humanities from the Perspective of Critical Infrastructure
    Studies*: Argumentative essays (preferably in the range of 6,000 words)
    that explore debates, histories, and theories of the infrastructures of DH
    itself, and of its institutions and practices, in ways that exceed a narrow
    disciplinary focus or a “this is my project” mode. Essays would ideally
    draw DH into wider vistas that will interest humanists in general or
    scholars in other fields.

    3. *(Re)Envisioning DH Infrastructure*: Briefer textual or multimedia
    (e.g., digital arts, graphic novel, filmic, musical), interactive,
    data-modeled, documentary, creative, or other works that help envision or
    reenvision infrastructures and are represented by a critical statement.
    (Contributions for this category can include materials in digital form to
    be embedded or linked from the open-access, online version of the volume
    that will appear on the Manifold platform three months after the
    publication of the print book. But there must be a standalone critical
    statement for the print book.)

    To ensure that the volume includes diverse viewpoints, the editors
    encourage contributions from scholars, scholar-activists, practitioners,
    artists, designers, engineers, and others from different racial, ethnic,
    and indigenous backgrounds, from the LGBTQ community, from around the
    world, from different disciplines and kinds of institutions, and from those
    at all levels and stages in their profession. (Contributions must be in
    English, though translations in other languages provided by authors may be
    included in the post-print, open-access version of the volume.)

    A distinctive feature of *Critical Infrastructure Studies & Digital
    Humanities *is that each essay or other contribution will include a
    brief “*infrastructure
    manifest*” that declares the principal infrastructures underlying its
    creation—e.g., natural resources, unceded indigenous land, and major
    platforms, networks, tools, and institutional or other structures providing
    sources, storage, processing and workflow (including writing, visualizing,
    communicating, and collaborating), and labor and expertise—along with any
    key ethical considerations.

    Please see the full CFP and timeline on the Debates in the Digital
    Humanities Series website:

    We invite proposals by December 15, 2021. Please submit 500-word abstracts
    and a short bio to,, and (Please address all three editors.)

    If you have questions, please contact us at the email addresses above.

    Kind regards,

    Alan Liu, Urszula Pawlicka-Deger, and James Smithies

    Dr Urszula Pawlicka-Deger
    Marie Curie Research Fellow, King’s Digital Lab
    Virginia Woolf Building, King’s College London |

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