CfP: Digital Humanities and Gender History

Call for papers, deadline 31 August 2020

Online Conference

5, 12, 19 and 26 February 2021

4 - 8 p.m. CET

The Chair of Gender History at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, together with the Arbeitskreis Historische Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung e.V. and the Digital German Women's Archive (Digitales Deutsches Frauenarchiv), is organising a virtual international conference on "Digital Humanities and Gender History" on the four Friday afternoons of February 2021.

The conference aims to address gender-historical aspects of the history of the digital and the digital humanities as well as the application of digital methods and research workflows for gender-historical questions. The conference will examine the gender-historical implications of digital methods, tools and projects as well as the possibilities and limitations, added values and challenges that digital methods offer for the study of gender history.

In addition to the presentation of current and completed projects, problem-centered lectures dealing with aspects of cross-cutting relevance for a digital gender history are particularly welcome. Proposals for topics can refer to the following thematic complexes:

- Application of digital methods and tools in regards to gender history issues
- Gender history of the digital humanities or digital sub-disciplines
- Constructions of gender through digital access to sources and their analysis (e.g. data mining methods, network or GIS technologies, visualisations etc.)
- Gendered or intersectional marking of digital models of reality, e.g. also artificial intelligence
- Significance of gender in the modelling of digital humanities projects, the design and development of databases, algorithms, software, tools and digital working and virtual research environments 
- Digital archives and sources, their indexing and distribution
- Digital forms of publication for gender history e.g. digital journals, blogs, project pages, social media etc.
- Relationship between gender history and digital humanities or, possibly, considerations for a scientific disciplining of Digital Historical Gender Studies with specific questions, epistemes, methods and other (sub)disciplinary characteristics

Please submit your contribution, approximately one page in length, by 31 August to the e-mail address pia.sybille.marzell@uni-jena.de. We ask you to state whether your contribution will be a project presentation or whether you wish to focus on more comprehensive questions and aspects of digital gender history. Besides presentations with 20 minutes of speaking time, smaller lectures or alternative formats such as demos, tutorials, pecha kuchas etc. can also be proposed. Contributions from all epochs and regions are welcome.

The four conference afternoons in February form a unit, so participation in all four dates would be desirable. The conference languages are English and German. We are currently seeking funding to provide simultaneous translation of the conference in sign language as well as an English translation of the German contributions.

Posted: 
06/07/2020