CFP: Social Justice and Online Activism, Chesapeake Digital Humanities Consortium Conference 2021

Shayna Maskell's picture
February 25, 2021 to February 26, 2021
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Human Rights, Public History

The Chesapeake Digital Humanities Consortium (CDHC) invites submissions for its second annual conference: Social Justice and Online Activism. This year’s conference will be held virtually on Zoom in two half-day sessions on February 25th and 26th. There will be no conference registration fee.

Proposal Submissions

We encourage participation from the broader digital humanities communities, including undergraduate and graduate students, college and university faculty, independent scholars, community members, librarians, archivists, and technologists. Within the larger theme of Social Justice and Online Activism, we encourage submissions within the following areas:

  • COVID-19
  • Race and Racial Inequities
  • Social Media and Mobilization
  • Automating Inequality (cf. Automating Inequality; e.g. flaws of fraud detection, decision-support software vis-a-vis inequality)
  • Algorithmic Bias (cf. Algorithms of Oppression)
  • Bias in AI and Machine Learning 
  • Digital Archives Power (cf. Archives Power)
  • Cybertypes (cf. Nakamura's Cybertypes)
  • Crowdsourcing DH projects 
  • Hashtag activism 
  • Inclusive DH pedagogy
  • DH for social good

Please submit proposals online through our form by November 31, 2020. Applicants will be notified with a decision by December 31st, 2020.

Proposal Types

All proposal abstracts should address 1) the research/pedagogical significance of the project, and 2) the platform or tool used in the project.

Individual Presentations. Please provide an abstract of 250 words and a brief bio (75 words). Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes in length.

Panels. Panels feature individual presentations organized around a common topic. Please provide a panel rationale of no more than 300 words, with individual presentation abstracts (150-300 words) for up to five participants. Include titles and institutional affiliations for each participant. Only one person should submit abstracts on the panel’s behalf. (note: students should specify their institutional status). Panels will last one hour each. 

Lightning Round. Please submit a 100-word description on a topic you would like to discuss for 5 minutes.

How I Made This. In these show-and-tell sessions, members of the DH community will introduce you to their projects in a more practically-minded manner, with an opportunity for a robust conversation following. These sessions, which may foreground long-term research projects, small DH initiatives, or pedagogical projects, should be developed with an eye towards helping conference participants get a handle on the kinds of resources available, projects in development, and opportunities for collaboration and community-building. What was your goal or guiding question? What theoretical or contextual approaches framed your work? What tools did you use? What failures did you encounter, and what did you learn from them? What did you find successful? Did you pursue grants, and if so, how did you go about that? How does the project employ collaborators? How did you find institutional support? What is the next step for the project? Session leaders may elect to run a hands-on workshop, but proposals should bear in mind technological and geographical limitations. Sessions should not be organized around traditional papers. Each show-and-tell session is 45 minutes in length, with at least half of the time reserved for discussion or Q&A.  Please submit a 150-word description and rationale of and for your proposed workshop, and indicate whether your workshop would be beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

If you have any questions, please contact

Contact Info: 

Shayna Maskell, George Mason University