CFP: Digital Humanities in Language and Culture Courses (NeMLA 2022).

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Call for Papers
March 10, 2022 to March 13, 2022
Maryland, United States
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, Educational Technology, Languages, Linguistics, Teaching and Learning

Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting an abstract to the following roundtable at the NeMLA's 53rd annual convention in Baltimore, MD (U.S.A.)  from March 10 to 13, 2022.

FORMAT: Roundtable. Participants give brief, informal presentations followed by an open conversation. 

DESCRIPTION: This roundtable discusses the inclusion, design, and assessment of Digital Humanities (DH) initiatives in language and culture courses. Despite the proliferation of literature dedicated to the interdisciplinary nature of DH, the resources available to explore their inclusion and applications in language and culture courses are still scattered. Beyond the increasing number of multi-language projects, websites, open-access resources, and databases that foster faculty and student collaborations, it remains difficult to give visibility to these works and assess their outcomes, especially in language courses. What happens when we intersect the principles and methods of DH with the teaching and learning of languages? What happens when we bring initiatives like wikis, blogs, video and image tagging, social networking, mapping, or annotating texts in languages and culture courses taught either in the target language or in English? How do we assess students' progress or contributions to collaborative digital projects when multiple languages are involved?

GOALS: The goal of this roundtable is to discuss (successful and unsuccessful) experiences and best practices to include, design, and assess DH initiatives (ranging from small assignments to large collaborative projects) in language and culture courses across the curriculum. In offering a venue to present current digital and humanities practices, projects, activities, and collaborative initiatives, this roundtable encourages participants to consider some possible questions:

  • Which DH initiatives are more suitable for courses taught in the target language?
  • Which ones work better in courses taught in English?
  • How do they foster students’ digital literacy in the target language and/or in their native one?
  • What are the best practices to assess the multidimensional aspects of these works?
  • To what extent do they foster students’ engagement with other cultures and languages?
  • Can DH be a viable alternative to reinvigorate students’ relations with the humanities in general, and with languages in particular?

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 30, 2021. The decision will be made by October 15, 2021. You don’t need to be a member of NeMLA to send your proposal. 

INSTRUCTIONS: For consideration, please upload a 250-300 word abstract in English, with a proposed title and a brief biography here 

CHAIR: Dr. Arianna Fognani

Contact Info: 

Dr. Arianna Fognani 

Assistant professor of Italian

Coastal Carolina University,  Conway SC


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