Call for Video Contributions

All video contributions have now been submitted and accepted. This call remains on the website for archival purposes, in case it may be of use to anyone organizing a similar event.

On October 2 and 3 2015, the University of Maryland Women’s Studies Department will host a gathering for scholars and practitioners doing gender, race, sexuality, class, and disability studies in digital humanities – where “digital humanities” is defined as broadly as we can imagine to mean both the use of digital tools to aid humanities scholarship and humanities scholarship about digital tools. For example, are you and fellow grad students building a digital syllabus for your communities outside the academy? Are you researching the ways that #BlackLivesMatter has moved through digital media outlets? Are you working to build an Omeka site to house an archive of images from Japanese survivors of US internment camps? What about analyzing the social justice implications of the hollaback app on communities of color? Are you an ethnographer and/or participant in a tumblr fandom with important insights on digital transnational networks?

We want you to have the opportunity to participate even if you aren’t able to come to Maryland. As part of our day of public presentations, we will be featuring a TransformDH video showcase. If you’re doing exciting digital work that focuses on gender, race, sexuality, disability, economic justice, or something related to these, we want to see your work!

** Update as of July 2**

We have received some wonderful video proposals and are excited to see the final versions at the conference.

We have space for just a few more, however, and so we are extending the deadline until July 15. At this point, since we have had some inquiries, we would also like to invite proposals for short talks from anyone who will be able to attend in person and present their work. Talks will have the same time limits as videos (3 minutes minimum, ten minutes maximum) and will be recorded and live streamed as part of the event. We envisage that this format will look much like lightning talks but welcome all performance formats so long as they fit within the time limit. If you’re submitting a talk, we will ask you to send us visuals and notes in advance to help smooth transitions and so that we can help our ASL interpreters best prepare.

What we are looking for:

  • Videos *or in-person presentations* between three and ten minutes in length that share new ideas about gender, race, sexuality, class, region/nationality, and disability in digital humanities/digital studies.
  • Videos should have a new element – not just something you have created or recorded in the past. The new element could be a short introduction added to a video you have already made, though; it doesn’t have to be 100% new.
  • We would love to see different approaches (remix, music, performance, interactivity) in addition to the talking-head format.
  • Collaboration is encouraged, but videos made by a single creator are equally welcome.
  • Videos should consider accessibility: when you submit your final version, we will ask you to include captions, a written description of visual elements, and information about any potential triggers such as strobe lighting.
  • Example videos might look like:

How to submit:

  • Submit a proposal to transformdh@gmail.com; we will let you know if we can include your video. Our time is limited, and though our priority will be to include as many participants as possible, we may not be able to accept everyone.
  • Proposals should be a maximum of 300 words long and should describe the video you plan to submit. What is it about? Who will be making it? What will the format be? Why do you see this as part of the project of #transformDH?

Deadlines:

By July 15 2015 (EXTENDED DEADLINE): Send proposals to transformdh@gmail.com. Submit as early as you can!

By August 15 2015 (EXTENDED DEADLINE): We will let you know whether your video has been selected. We will accept as many submissions as possible, but our time is limited so we may have to make tough decisions. At this time we’ll confirm the final requirements for videos and let you know how to submit your file.

By September 15 2015 (EXTENDED DEADLINE): submit your final video! This deadline is early so that we can be sure to have time to iron out any technical difficulties. If you are giving an in-person talk, we would like to receiog a draft version of your visuals and notes by this date.

October 2 2015: the video showcase will take place in Prince Frederick Hall at the University of Maryland College Park––and live online.


More information about the event:

The Transformative Digital Humanities Conference and THATCamp is the second year of UMD’s Women’s Studies Technology Institute (information about the first year is here at Julie Enszer’s website) and co-sponsored by the Design | Cultures & Creativity Honors Program. This event seeks to bring together the international, interdisciplinary, cross-institutional, and extra-institutional network of conversations and collaborations about the idea of a “Transformative Digital Humanities” that has been taking place since 2011 through the hashtag #transformDH.  The key claims of #transformDH have been that questions of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability have always been central to digital humanities and digital media studies, despite the ways in which the field has sometimes been constituted as in opposition to so-called ‘identity politics’; and that feminist, queer, and antiracist activists, artists, and media makers outside academia are doing work whose contribution to digital studies ought to be fully recognized. Digital humanities is an interdisciplinary field whose highest-profile projects have focused on tool-building, archival preservation, textual analysis, and mapping; #transformDH shifts focus from technological processes to political ones, arguing for a digital humanities constituted through activist interdisciplines (Women’s Studies, LGBT and Queer Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, Disability Studies, and many more) that center on the intersection of digital production and social transformation through research, pedagogy, activism, art, and play. The work of our keynote speaker, Lisa Nakamura, on race and gender in digital spaces, has been and continues to be foundational to the ideas that are shared and developed in these networks.

On October 2, we will have a day of scheduled presentations and workshops open to the public, culminating with a keynote speech from Lisa Nakamura. A plenary session will bring together several founding members of the #transformDH collective to discuss the history and future of the movement: Moya Bailey, Anne Cong-Huyen, Amanda Phillips, and Alexis Lothian. A #transformDH video showcase will include work submitted by scholars and creators within and outside of academia, and a roundtable on disability studies and digital humanities is in the process of being planned. We will be livestreaming all presentations and inviting remote participation in the form of video contributions; ASL interpretation will be provided.

On October 3, we will hold  THATCamp TransformDH: a collaborative, impromptu ‘unconference’ in which participants from all backgrounds and skill levels learn, create, and play around together in sessions proposed on the spot. THATCamp is a participatory event that will be open to a limited number of participants. Registration will open formally in August. If you know you are definitely planning to attend and want to reserve your place now – or if you have any other questions – please email us at transformdh@gmail.com