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Call for Provocateurs: DHSI 2014 Birds of a Feather Sessions!

Call for Provocateurs: DHSI 2014 Birds of a Feather Sessions

The 2014 DHSI will include a new immersive discussion forum for consideration of issues that concern and consume the DH community: Birds of a Feather sessions. These three sessions will take place Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the afternoon after courses have ended (4:30-5:30).
Each session will involve two provocateurs and one respondent who will address a topic and prepare the framework of the session. It will begin with brief interventions by each of the provocateurs (five minutes each). Most of our time will be spent in group discussion with the audience, both in person and on Twitter.
We are currently soliciting applications for provocateurs on the three topics below. We’re looking for BRIEF (five-minute) provocations, trenchant interventions, designed to provoke discussion. Please submit a 100-word bio and 100-word thoughtful and engaging position statement via EasyChair at by 31 January 2014.
Topic 1: Gimme a D, Gimme an H!: Where Are We Going and Who Is With Us? (Diane Jakacki, respondent) 
“If the digital humanities is successful, it will disappear,” as Mike Witmore said at the 2013 MLA. As big-tent DH brings in more collaborators beyond humanities disciplines, what will the “D” and “H” stand for? Is every humanist a digital humanist now? Conversation could address: 
- The relevance of the humanities to to higher education. What happens if the humanities goes away from the DH? 
- The issue of digital equality and access to technology 
- The question of identity. As those involved with the formation and proliferation of digital approaches to research and teaching, where do those of us who identify as “Digital Humanists” fit into a new world order?
Topic 2: Open-Source Research: P.R. or Peer Review? (Michael Ullyot, respondent)
Methodological openness is a key feature of many DH projects. We think, write, and analyze data in open forums, using social networks as intellectual networks. What impacts are these research methods having on DH and on humanities research more broadly? Is this openness just public relations, or is it building a new peer-review model? Conversation could address: 
- tweeting our queries and interim results 
- blogging about our data, protocols, and problems 
- asking questions on DHAnswers and Quora 
- finding collaborators and precedents 
- crowdsourcing error-correction through peer-to-peer review
Topic 3: Digital Humanities: The Next Generation (Laura Estill, respondent) 
What responsibility do we have to prepare emerging digital humanists for careers in and out of the academy, and how are we working to meet those goals? This session considers professionalization in classrooms, at conferences, through mentoring, in social media, and beyond. Conversation could address: 
- #alt-ac; librarians and archivists 
- formal and informal training; grad and undergrad; postdocs 
- mentoring and community training: DHSI, THATCamps, etc. 
- DH events/streams at broader disciplinary conferences 
- advocacy: in the profession, in our institutions, and in the broader community 
- deans and department chairs
See you in Victoria!
Laura Estill, Texas A&M University  
Diane Jakacki, Bucknell University  
Michael Ullyot, University of Calgary


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