Abril 12-15 – ONLINE

The Global Digital Humanities Symposium Planning Committee is pleased to open the Call for Proposals for the 6th annual Symposium, scheduled for April 12-15, 2021. This virtual event will take place synchronously over four days, with approximately three hours each day of programming.

The Call for Proposals is now available in English, French, and Spanish (links below), and proposals and presentations are welcome in any of these three languages. During the Symposium, we will support live interpretation of presentations in these languages. Live captions will also be provided for presentations given in English. Further details about this foray in supporting multilingualism at the Symposium are available in the CFP.

Free registration for the Symposium will open in early February 2021. Find out more, including information about past Symposia at https://msuglobaldh.org.


This year the commitee especially anticipates and welcomes presentations on the following topics:

* Global DH during a global pandemic
* Surveillance, censorship, and/or data privacy in a global context
* DH as socially engaged humanities and/or as a social movement
* Equity in digital access
* DH as a tool of political empowerment

Other topics of interest are:

* Productive failure; failure as a part of DH praxis
* Critical cultural studies and analytics
* Cultural heritage in a range of contexts, particularly non-Western
* Open data, open access, and data preservation as resistance, especially in a postcolonial context
* How identity categories, and their intersections, shape digital humanities work
* Digital humanities, the environment, and climate change
* Global research dialogues and collaborations within the digital humanities community
* Global digital pedagogies
* Indigeneity – anywhere in the world – and the digital
* Digital humanities, postcolonialism, and neocolonialism
* Borders, migration, and/or diaspora and their connection to the digital
* Digital and global languages and literatures
* Innovative and emergent technologies across institutions, languages, and economies
* Scholarly communication and knowledge production in a global context

Presentation formats


* 5-minute lightning talk (300 word proposal)
* 15-minute presentation (300 word proposal)
* 90-minute panel (100 word proposal describing the panel as a whole, plus 100 word description for each presentation within the panel)
* Project showcase (300 word proposal)
* There will be a session similar to a poster presentation fair, in which presenters will share their work with small groups or individuals. Rather than a set presentation length, this project showcase will enable one-on-one feedback and ask presenters to share about their work in a more conversational and extemporaneous way.

Important deadlines
Tuesday, December 1, 2020, midnight in your timezone

Submission instructions

Full CFP – English – https://msuglobaldh.org/call-for-proposals-english
Full CFP – Espagnol – https://msuglobaldh.org/call-for-proposals-espagnol
Full CFP – Français – https://msuglobaldh.org/call-for-proposals-francais


2021 Planning Committee

Listed in alphabetical order

  • Richard Ajah, University of Uyo, Nigeria
  • Brian Atkinson, University of Illinois Chicago, USA
  • Ayodele James Akinola, Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • Akwasi Bosompem Boateng, North-West University, South Africa
  • Max Evjen, Michigan State University, USA
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Michigan State University, USA
  • Devin Higgins, Michigan State University, USA
  • Ranti Junus, Michigan State University, USA
  • Irshad Ibrahim Kandakkeel, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar
  • Marsely Kehoe, Hope College, USA
  • Katherine Knowles, Michigan State University, USA
  • Tianyi Kou, Michigan State University, USA
  • Kristen Mapes , Michigan State University, USA (Chair)
  • Ellen Moll, Michigan State University, USA
  • Felix Oke, Anchor University Lagos, Nigeria
  • Martha Olcott, Michigan State University, USA
  • Kate Topham, Michigan State University, USA
  • Aparna Zambare, Central Michigan University, USA