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Humanist Archives: Oct. 26, 2021, 7:27 a.m. Humanist 35.322 - pubs cfp: critical infrastructure studies

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 322.
        Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
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        Date: 2021-10-25 07:00:00+00:00
        From: Alan Liu <>
        Subject: CFP for _Critical Infrastructure Studies & Digital Humanities_ in the Debates in DH series

Dear all,

We are pleased to invite proposals for contributions to the Critical
Infrastructure Studies & Digital Humanities book we are editing for the Debates
in the Digital Humanities Series,
(University of Minnesota Press). (See our full, more detailed CFP.

Critical Infrastructure Studies & Digital Humanities aims to direct the
attention of digital humanists to the wider area of infrastructure studies,
and deploy perspectives gained from that wider infrastructuralism to better
understand the infrastructures of DH. It will bring infrastructural
approaches front and center as an area where DH is uniquely equipped to
lead the humanities in thought and practice, using its own infrastructural
legacy as inspiration and mirror. The aim is to understand how
infrastructure underpins and influences DH, and how DH in turn can
influence infrastructure design, development, and maintenance. The volume
will promote understanding of critical infrastructure studies as a field of
writing and practice, and open dialogues between DH and cognate
infrastructural fields.

Please consider contributing a work for Critical Infrastructure Studies &
Digital Humanities that might fit into one of the following three

1. Critical Infrastructure Studies from the Perspective of DH:
Argumentative essays (preferably in the range of 6,000 words) that explore
issues and debates around historical or contemporary infrastructures, or
infrastructuralism at large, but with attention to (or through the lens of)
their digital platforms, technologies, data, media, and other features of
interest to DH.

2. Digital Humanities from the Perspective of Critical Infrastructure
Studies: Argumentative essays (preferably in the range of 6,000 words) that
explore debates, histories, and theories of the infrastructures of DH
itself, and of its institutions and practices, in ways that exceed a narrow
disciplinary focus or a “this is my project” mode. Essays would ideally
draw DH into wider vistas that will interest humanists in general or
scholars in other fields.

3. (Re)Envisioning DH Infrastructure: Briefer textual or multimedia (e.g.,
digital arts, graphic novel, filmic, musical), interactive, data-modeled,
documentary, creative, or other works that help envision or reenvision
infrastructures and are represented by a critical statement. (Contributions
for this category can include materials in digital form to be embedded or
linked from the open-access, online version of the volume that will appear
on the Manifold platform three months after the publication of the print
book. But there must be a standalone critical statement for the print book.)

To ensure that the volume includes diverse viewpoints, the editors
encourage contributions from scholars, scholar-activists, practitioners,
artists, designers, engineers, and others from different racial, ethnic,
and indigenous backgrounds, from the LGBTQ community, from around the
world, from different disciplines and kinds of institutions, and from those
at all levels and stages in their profession. (Contributions must be in
English, though translations in other languages provided by authors may be
included in the post-print, open-access version of the volume.)

A distinctive feature of Critical Infrastructure Studies & Digital
Humanities is that each essay or other contribution will include a
brief “infrastructure manifest” that declares the principal infrastructures 
underlying its creation—e.g., natural resources, unceded indigenous land, 
and major platforms, networks, tools, and institutional or other structures 
providing sources, storage, processing and workflow (including writing, 
visualizing, communicating, and collaborating), and labor and expertise—along 
with any key ethical considerations.

Please see the full CFP and timeline on the Debates in the Digital
Humanities Series website:

We invite proposals by December 15, 2021. Please submit 500-word abstracts
and a short bio to,,
and (Please address all three editors.)

If you have questions, please contact us at the email addresses above.

Kind regards,

Alan Liu, Urszula Pawlicka-Deger, and James Smithies

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