CfP: Questioning Models: Intersectionality in DH (Cologne, 8-10 November)

8 Nov 2017 (All day)

The Cologne Centre for eHumanities (CCeH) is organising a three-day symposium from the 8th to the 10th of November at the University of Cologne. The event aims at exploring intersectional approaches on textual scholarship and Digital Humanities theories, practices, and tools. A session will be dedicated to Italian and German women writers during the Renaissance. This  specific case study is part of a project funded by NetEx (Network and Exchange funding programme, University of Cologne).

We welcome proposals in any area of scholarship, that pay specific attention to intersectionality, and that employ digital and collaborative approaches to the study or the editing of marginalised subjectivities and their digital modelling and representations. We encourage the submission of projects’ presentations at an advanced stage that investigate how digital technologies can re/produce, enable or restrict the construction of identities (e.g. in racialised and gendered terms).

Researchers of all levels, including students and professional practitioners, are welcome. We expect a diverse audience of textual scholars, historians, information scientists, social scientists, digital humanists, graduate students and interested members of the public. The communication language of the symposium will be English, but we are accepting proposals and papers in English, Italian and German.

Type of presentations:

  • Short paper (20 minutes)

  • Lightning talk (10 minutes)

  • Posters

To submit a paper, please email an abstract to up to 300 words as an attachment to by 31st August, 2017.


Confirmed plenary speakers:

  • Barbara Bordalejo (KU Leuven)

  • Øyvind Eide (Universität zu Köln)

  • Vera Faßhauer (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)

  • Domitilla Olivieri (Utrecht University)

  • Elena Pierazzo (Université Grenoble)

  • Serena Sapegno (University of Rome La Sapienza)

Topics include but are not restricted to:

  • Critical race, feminism, gender, queer, and disability studies in Digital Humanities

  • Women writers during the Renaissance and women’s writing

  • Digitization, editing, and curation of primary texts and the writing process by women and marginalized identities

  • Building and analysing corpora of texts produced by or about marginalised identities

  • Traditional authorship, subversive subjectivities, and challenging canonical models of scholarship

  • The role of social media and new media in constructing racialised and gendered identities

  • Collaborative digital research, infrastructures, methods, and tools

  • Representations of identities, transmedia storytelling and digital media

  • Digital archives in relation to black and LGBT histories

  • The challenges and implications of developing digital literary archives and online repositories of diaspora communities and marginalised identities

  • Context of production: diversity in academia, publishing, library, information science, or programming

  • Dissemination, accessibility, sustainability, and the challenges faced by digital projects

Important dates:

  • Deadline for submissions: 31st August 2017

  • Notification of acceptance: 15th September 2017

  • Symposium: Cologne (Germany), 8th-10th November 2017