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Reminder of DHRA CFP

Wed Apr 30, 2008 00:00

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


DRHA 2008: New Communities of Knowledge and Practice'

The DRHA (Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts) conference is
held annually at various academic venues throughout the UK. The
conference theme this year is to promote discussion around new
collaborative environments, collective knowledge and redefining
disciplinary boundaries. The conference, hosted by Cambridge with its
fantastic choice of conference venues will take place from Sunday 14th
September to Wednesday 17th September

The aim of the conference is to:

*Establish a site for mutually creative exchanges of knowledge.

*Promote discussion around new collaborative environments and
collective knowledge.

*Encourage and celebrate the connections and tensions within the
liminal spaces that exist between the Arts and Humanities.

*Redefine disciplinary boundaries.

*Create a forum for debate around notions of the 'solitary' and
the collaborative across the Arts and Humanities.

*Explore the impact of the Arts and Humanities on ICT: design and
narrative structures and visa versa.

There will be a variety of sessions concerned with the above but also
with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and
theorising around practice. There will also be various installations and
performances focussing on the same theme. Keynote talks will be given by
our plenary speakers who we are pleased to announce are Sher Doruff,
Research Fellow (Art, Research and Theory Lectoraat) and Mentor at the
Amsterdam School for the Arts, Alan Liu, Professor of English,
University of California Santa Barbara and Sally Jane Norman, Director
of the Culture Lab, Newcastle University. In addition to this, there
will be various round table discussions together with a panel relating
to 'Second Life' and a special forum 'Engaging research and performance
through pervasive and locative arts projects' led by Steve Benford,
Professor of Collaborative Computing, University of Nottingham. Also
planned is the opportunity for a more immediate and informal
presentation of work in our 'Quickfire' style events. Whether papers,
performance or other, all proposals should reflect the critical
engagement at the heart of DRHA.

Visit the website at for more
information and a link to the proposals website.

The Deadline for submissions will be 30 April 2008 and abstracts should
be approximately 1000 words.

Cambridge's venues range from the traditional to the contemporary all
situated within walking distance of central departments, museums and
galleries. The conference will be based around Cambridge University's
Sedgwick Site, particularly the West Road concert hall, where delegates
will have use of a wide range of facilities including a recital room and
a 'black box' performance space, to cater for this year's parallel
programming and performances.


CFP: Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts

Wed May 02, 2007 00:00

Over the last decade the annual Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts (DRHA) conferences have constructed an unusual kind of meeting place for the Humanities: a space in which researchers, curators, and distributors of digital resources could meet and share perspectives on their complementary agendas. Last year, that forum was expanded to include participants from the creative and performing arts, giving the event a new flavour and a new direction. This year, the conference aims to explore further major issues at the interface between traditional humanities scholarship and the creative arts, by focussing on their differing or complementary approaches to the deployment of digital technologies. Can the Arts and the Humanities share expertise? Are they divided by a common tongue? To what extent are they developing common technical solutions to different problem areas? As in previous years, the conference will articulate these questions by showcasing the very best in current practice across the widest spectrum of digital applications in the arts and humanities and by fostering informed but accessible debate amongst professionals.

The Programme Committee for DRHA07 is now soliciting imaginative and provocative contributions for the conference addressing such topics as:
•the benefits and the challenges of using digital resources in creative work, in teaching and learning, and in scholarship;
•the challenges and opportunities associated with scale and sustainability in the digital arena;
•new insights and new forms of expression arising from the integration of digital resources in the arts, humanities, and sciences;
•social and political issues surrounding digital resource provision in the context of global ICT developments;
•the implications of "born-digital" resources for curators, consumers, and performers;
•training methods and best practice for digital arts and humanities practitioners.

Other themes include: interactivity and performance; digital media in time and space; integration and deployment of existing digital resources in new contexts; policies and strategies for digital deployment, both commercial and non-commercial; cataloguing and metadata aspects of resource discovery; encoding standards; intellectual property rights; funding, cost-recovery, and charging mechanisms; digitization techniques and problems.
Format: The conference will take up three intensive days, comprising presentation of academic papers and technical reports, performance and installation events, software and product demonstrations, debates and training events. The atmosphere will be informal, the discussion energetic. Leading practitioners and representatives of key funding agencies, such as the the Arts Council, the AHRC, the JISC, and the AHDS will be amongst the participants. We hope that from this occasion a new consensus will emerge based on real life experience of the application of digital techniques and resources in the Humanities and Arts.
Timetable: Proposals are now invited for academic papers, themed panel sessions and reports of work in progress.Your proposal should be no smaller than 500 words and no longer than 2000; closing date for proposals is May 2nd 2007. All proposals will be reviewed by an independent panel of reviewers, and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 13th June 2007. All accepted proposals will be included in the Conference preprint volume, and will also be considered for a post-conference publication.
Sponsors: The conference is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Data Service,.

Further information: The conference web site at will be regularly updated, and includes full details of the procedure for submitting proposals, the programme, and registration information. Bookmark it now!