CFPs for “Bibliography Among the Disciplines” Conference

Posted on September 9th, 2016 .

Please take note and forward as appropriate the following calls for proposals on digital humanities and digital collections (below), among the many offerings at next year’s conference “Bibliography Among the Disciplines.” The full list of CFPs is available on the website:

This four-day international conference will be held in Philadelphia from 12 to 15 October 2017, bringing together scholarly professionals poised to address current problems pertaining to the study of textual artifacts that cross scholarly, pedagogical, professional, and curatorial domains. The conference will explore theories and methods common to the object-oriented disciplines, such as anthropology and archaeology, but new to bibliography. The Bibliography Among the Disciplines program, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to promote focused cross-disciplinary exchange and future scholarly collaborations.

The conference sessions will include both traditional and innovative formats: plenary addresses, short presentations, roundtable, workshops, working groups, and site visits. The project will culminate in 2019 with a volume of essays contributed by conference participants. The conference and subsequent volume will seek to build on the ongoing series of symposia conducted by Rare Book Schoolís Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, established in 2012 through funding from the Foundation.

Materiality of Digital Objects (paper session)

Session Organizer: Ryan Cordell (Northeastern University)

Friday, 13 October 2017, 3:45ñ5:15 p.m.

Scholarship in the humanities increasingly relies on digital primary and secondary sources, whether born-digital materials or digitized historical documents, but scholars have not adequately grappled with the bibliographical implications of this shift. To that end, this session asks: how should twenty-first-century bibliographers treat born-digital and digitized objects in order to take seriously the materiality and sociology of computational texts? Which established bibliographical approaches canóor shouldótransfer to the digital realm, and what new methods, both technical and intellectual, are required for responsible scholarship that draws on digital sources? How could bibliography interface with adjacent fields such as media archeology, computer forensics, data science, and library science as it adapts its methods for the computational medium? Conversely, what methods and insights from the long bibliographical tradition canóor shouldómore robustly inform conversations in those adjacent fields? During this conference session, three participants will give 20-minute presentations, followed by a half-hour discussion led by a moderator.

Please submit a proposal of no more than 500 words by 25 October 2016 at:

Dynamics of Digital Collections (short presentations)

Session Organizer: Paul Fyfe (North Carolina State University)

Saturday, 14 October 2017, 10:45 a.m.ñ12:15 p.m.

This session of short presentations aims to identify and share innovative approaches to digital collections of cultural heritage materials. In the simplest terms, what can digital collections do? How are digital collections or smaller projects adapting to handle different kinds of materials, bibliographic features, objects, images, or other modalities? In what ways are people using digital collections beyond the expectations of their makers? What can digital collections do better? How might they facilitate a broadening of the reach of bibliography or its connections across the disciplines? How are digital collections being used to engage new audiences and publics? During this conference session, six participants will give 10-minute presentations, followed by a half-hour discussion led by a moderator.

Please submit a proposal of no more than 500 words by 25 October 2016 at:

Digitization, Representation & Access (roundtable)

Session Organizer: Paul Fyfe (North Carolina State University)

Saturday, 14 October 2017, 8:30ñ10:00 a.m.

This roundtable discussion encourages participants to tackle issues surrounding the politics/ethics of digitization and digital collections of cultural heritage materials. Questions which participants might address include: How has the representation of different peoples, histories, and materials been shaped by the institutional prerogatives of digitization? What might be done to address digitizationís potential to create political imbalances or archival silences? What kinds of productive relationships might digitization professionals seek to build with cultural heritage objectsí communities of origin and use? How do the technical protocols and platforms of digitization shape the cultural horizons of what such materials purport to represent? What are the consequences of widespread or limited access to digital collections, and what approaches might individuals and institutions take to building, communicating, and curating them?

We envision this roundtable as beginning with three to five 5- to 8-minute position papers, which will be followed by a discussion led by the session organizers and a moderator. The discussion will include presenters and up to 50 additional participants from the conference. To be considered to deliver a position paper, please submit a proposal of no more than 500 words by 25 October 2016 at:

Thank you! we look forward to your submissions.

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