Call for Papers: ECHIC 2018 – “Equip & Engage: Research and Dissemination Infrastructures for the Humanities”, deadline 5 September 2017

Posted by: DIGHUMLAB , June 16, 2017

4 – 6 April 2018, the Faculty of Arts of KU Leuven and the KU Leuven Libraries are hosting a European Conference for the Humanities on behalf of the European Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres (ECHIC)

Like the preceding ECHIC conferences in Dublin, Utrecht, Nottingham, Oporto, Pamplona, Macerata and Edinburgh, the conference aims to probe some of the most pressing issues facing the humanities as academic disciplines and interdisciplinary fields.

In 2018, the theme is “Equip & Engage: Research and Dissemination Infrastructures for the Humanities”.

Papers and discussions will be focused around (challenges connected to) digital scholarship in the humanities and the dissemination and impact of the results of this research.

The topic of the conference elicits a number of questions. Proposals – especially from, but not limited to, early career researchers are welcomed – for (20-minute) papers, (10-minute) project presentations/demos or (5-minute) lightning talks dealing with these or related questions:

  • Is there a need for separate research and dissemination infrastructures for the humanities? In what way would they differ from what is currently available or is being prepared for the social and behavioural sciences and STEM disciplines?
  • In what way does digital scholarship in the humanities differ from non-digital scholarship? Should non-digital scholarship be considered a thing of the past or should it be considered (and valued?) as a different research method?
  • To what degree do the current funding models in various European countries accommodate the full cost of ownership and long-term sustainability of research and dissemination infrastructures and digital projects?
  • In the beginning, the digital turn seemed to be an important element in democratizing humanities education and research. Should humanities education and research fulfill this role? Has the digital turn fulfilled the initial promises of democratization? Can we predict future developments?
  • What are the infrastructures the humanities need to achieve optimal public engagement? How can these infrastructures strengthen public engagement in the humanities?
  • What is the role of open data and open access in the humanities? Should our institutions follow or lead in this context?

Further information here