Open call for articles

Problems of Education in the 21st Century. Information_Twenty-ninth_CFP_PEC_2017
 We would like to invite proposals for articles for an international blind peer-review scientific journal “Problems of Education in the 21st Century”

Papers should be original work and substantively different from papers that have been previously published or are under review in a journal or another peer-reviewed conference. We invite submission of papers describing innovative research on all aspects of education and related areas. Submitted papers will be assessed based on their novelty, technical quality, potential impact, and clarity of writing.

The call is open till 15 June 2017

We advise you to use a template for paper preparation. You can download it from our website: Theoretical papers usually follow an argumentative pattern and are organised around the solution of a problem.

Full CFP and Submission details



“Digital Defense for Artists, Scholars, & Activists” at the American Society for Theatre Researcher conference

Digital Research Methods: Digital Defense for Artists, Scholars, & Activists
Digital Defense for Artists, Scholars, & Activists – A working session convened by Kalle Westerling (The Graduate Center, CUNY) and Sarah Bay-Cheng (Bowdoin College). We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to reach out to me at (link sends e-mail) if you have any questions.

When we talk about bodies–extraordinary or otherwise–we tend to think about physical beings in the world. However, alongside our physical experiences, we are each compiling simultaneously a record of data, a “data body” that parallels the physical self. For most of human history, such data has been recorded, collected, and analyzed in material objects by other humans. These ranged from bank transactions recorded by corporations, to surveillance files compiled by governmental organizations such as the FBI or Stassi. Since the mid-20th century, such files have shifted from analogue to digital through electronic credit cards, satellites, and GPS. Now, with fitness trackers, smartphones, and social media adding to the vast array of digital personal data, these databodies have become desirable commodities that can now only be understood by machines. As a collection of various performances, these databodies and how they are understood by institutions have very real consequences for the bodies they represent. As artists, theatre and performance scholars, and teachers, these data are ubiquitous within our field, from maintaining our own data collection, to new methods of analysis and publication, to dissemination of academic material online and online scholarly profiles. It is, therefore, vital that as we engage these methods within our research and teaching, that we and our students can also understand the implications of digital methods in research. This session invites participants to share their tools and methods for doing and sharing their work, while also maintaining privacy in online environments.

This session invites participants both to share methods and practices from their use of digital methods in theatre and performance studies and to raise questions about the safety and security of digital databodies in our work, classrooms, and scholarship.

The goals for this session are three-fold:

  1. to share our respective practices for doing the work itself, i.e., how do scholars engage digital methods in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of performance scholarship;
  2. to draw attention to potential vulnerabilities in this work;
  3. to share and discuss strategies for addressing potential problems, particularly as they affect potentially already vulnerable populations of artists, scholars, and activists.

In an age of rampant social media and digital exchange, how does one protect one’s own work, scholarship, and reputation online? For artist-activists, what digital strategies most useful for promoting community and access, while also protecting the vulnerability of one’s databody within existing surveillance systems? When introducing social media and digital exercises into a curriculum, how can we ensure that our students are engaging fully while also protecting their rights to privacy? What are the ethical concerns of digital research and scholarship in performance? (Here, we might also think about the ethics of participatory performance that digitally tracks or records its audience.)

Participants in the working group will be invited to submit short position papers (3–5pp) outlining their potential questions or project to share. The potentially wide-ranging focus of this working group may require the formation of smaller focus groups within the working group based on these papers and these will be organized in an online session prior to the conference. The session conveners will arrange the various contributors into topical areas (for example, activism and security; digital ethics in performance; protecting your data online; etc.) Online group discussion will precede the conference with position papers shared among the group via the DRS blog site.

At the conference, the session will begin with project and methodology presentations, akin to a digital roundtable or electronic poster session. We will model this on the 2013 Digital Methods session in which several project and presentations are available simultaneously for sharing and review with participants’ own technologies. These presentations will ideally be interactive to introduce scholars to new techniques in the participants’ own practices and projects. The second part of the session will focus on group discussions of ethics and implications for these kinds of project. This discussion will also focus on teaching digital methods in a variety of environments. Much of the content will be lead by the individual proposals and the format of online sub-group discussion, simultaneous presentations at the conference, and larger group discussion and debate will allow a significant number of participants to contribute to the session, while also allowing for maximum engagement with the issues at hand.

For any specific questions, please contact the working group convenors at and

All submissions must be received formally through the ASTR website.

Deadline for receipt of working group proposals is 1 June 2017

Please contact the conference organizers at if you have any questions about the process.

Call for Proposals – DH Forum on Digital Storytelling

​7th Annual University of Kansas Digital Humanities Forum
September 28-29, 2017
Lawrence, Kansas

This year’s DH Forum will focus on the theory and practice of digital storytelling as it relates to humanities research, teaching and learning. In particular, we seek innovative approaches and examples of digital storytelling that address questions related to democratizing DH practices, communicating knowledge and research, and representing underrepresented languages, places and peoples.

Storytelling is fundamental to human experience and used for creative expression, communication, and self-conception at the personal, community, and international levels. Narratives and stories represent how we understand the world and provide the matrix in which arguments cohere. Digital media hardware and software have expanded the forums and techniques available for the creation and reception of compelling narratives and have encouraged new literacies and approaches to narrative form and function.

Digital stories may engage audiences across various media in a multi-modal ways, encourage new forms of interaction with data and code, and take advantage of the interactive possibilities of the Web and mobile platforms. Some digital stories interweave the affordances of digital media with storytelling practices and poetics to produce co-created, algorithmic, location-based, and non-linear narratives. Other digital stories take advantage of the proliferation of digital networks to tell personal or untold stories or to communicate complex knowledge about human experiences in immediate and interactive ways.

We welcome proposals for

  • paper/research presentations (approx. 20 minute presentations);
  • panel or discussion sessions (30-60 minutes, with multiple participants);
  • workshops on digital storytelling tools, platforms, methods and pedagogy (1 – 3 hour sessions);
  • creative works of digital storytelling that may be displayed as part of an exhibition session.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • The connection between digital storytelling, knowledge production, and humanities scholarship;
  • How can digital storytelling facilitate telling stories of underrepresented languages, places and people;
  • Innovative examples of Indigenous and minoritized stories, multilingual and non-English language stories, and local and regional histories;
  • Digital storytelling for public humanities and civic engagement;
  • Digital stories for scholarly communication and broader impact initiatives (including communicating your scholarship to wide audiences in new ways);
  • Digital storytelling within museums, cultural institutions, or exhibition spaces;
  • Ethics and best practices in digital storytelling;
  • Storytelling with open datasets;
  • Techniques, successes/failures, case studies and impact stories of digital storytelling;
  • Methods and genres, including oral histories, podcasting, locative media, multimedia & transmedia narratives, social media, video games, computational narratives, data visualization, electronic literature and others;
  • Maps as stories and/or mapping stories;
  • Tools and platforms for digital storytelling including innovations in virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D modeling, artificial intelligence, or other emerging technologies;
  • Innovations in expanded media, creative or artistic works.

Please submit a 500-word maximum abstract of your proposed session by June 15, 2017.


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Thursday, July 13, 2017 – 12:05pm to Sunday, July 16, 2017 – 12:05pm

CONSTRUIT 2017 “Making, Thinking and Learning in the Digital Age” will bring together participants from many different disciplines and educational settings to discuss, illustrate and reflect on the impact of digital artefacts on learning practices. The conference celebrates the work of Seymour Papert by making a new contribution to his vision for constructionism.

The conference will offer a broad platform for engagement with a variety of learning environments and will also showcase the achievements of the EU Erasmus+ CONSTRUIT! project.

The deadline for submission of abstracts (500 words maximum) is June 13th 2017.

For more details, see the conference website at and the construal of online resources at

DPI 2017: Digital Pedagogy Institute 4th Annual Conference

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The 4th Annual Digital Pedagogy Institute conference will be held this August at Brock University in the beautiful Niagara Peninsula:

Dates: Wednesday August 16 – Thursday August 17, 2017


The two-day conference will include keynote addresses, presentations, workshops, and digital tool training that focus on the innovative use of digital technologies to enhance and transform undergraduate and graduate teaching.Plenary Speakers:

Dr. Ian Milligan, University of Waterloo

“Learning to Collaborate (or Why You Should Hang Out with Librarians)”

Dr. Bonnie Stewart, University of Prince Edward Island

“The State of Digital Pedagogy: Where Networks and Institutions Intersect”

Dr. Joycelyn Wilson, Georgia Tech

“The Hip Hop Archive as Pedagogical Design Issue: Speculating Across the Digital to the Physical ”


Invitations to submit a proposal for a paper, workshop, or poster:

•      digital pedagogy best practices in the Humanities or Social Sciences;

•      digital pedagogy collaborations between faculty, educational developers, librarians, and/or graduate/undergraduate students;

•      digital pedagogy collaborations with organizations outside the academy;

•      the state of digital pedagogy education in higher education;

•      digital pedagogy case studies, including course and assignment innovations;

•      innovative new uses for traditional digital pedagogy tools.


Proposal Deadline: June 1

Early Bird Registration Deadline: June 22

Force11 New Summer Institute

FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute

July 30 – August 4, 2017
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA   USA

FORCE11 (Future of Research Communications and E-Scholarship)—a global community of researchers, students, librarians, publishers, funders and scholars interested in the future of scholarship—is pleased to announce the launch of its new annual Summer Institute in Scholarly Communications: the Force 11 Scholarly Communications Institute at the University of California, San Diego (FSCI@UCSD), July 30-August 4, 2017.
FSCI@UCSD is a week-long program that offers participants training, networking and skills development in new modes of research communication.

The UC San Diego Library is hosting the event that will take place at the Institute of the Americas on the UC San Diego Campus.

“The research community lacks a forum for coordinated access to training, skills development, and expert knowledge on new modes of research communication,” says Cameron Neylon, President of Force 11, “even as funders are mandating change and the wider world has embraced new forms of communication.”

Based on proven models in other disciplines, FSCI@UCSD will bring world-leading experts in different aspects of scholarly communication to San Diego to design and deliver courses that will help participants to navigate this new world. Courses will be established for all levels, from absolute beginners to experts. They will also be aimed at different audiences, including students, researchers, administrators, funders, and information professionals, including librarians and publishers.

Typical topics to be covered at the annual event will include:

Introductory Level

  • Open Access, Open Source, Open Data, What Does this All Mean?
  • Building a Digital Presence: Social Media, Repositories, and the Researcher
  • Research Communications 101: Tools for Improving Scholarly Communication
  • Data and Other Forms of Non-narrative Publication
  • Understanding Research Metrics
  • Open Peer Review: How to give and Receive Criticism


  • Copyright, Open Access and Open Data
  • New Metrics and How to Use Them to Build a Research Portfolio
  • Introduction to Open Data Management
  • Implications of OA on Research Publications
  • Making it Work: Knowledge Mobilization, Knowledge Translation, and Popularization

Specialised/Topic Focused

  • Implementing Successful Open Access, and Open Data Mandates
  • Supporting the Research Lifecycle  for Researchers and Administrators
  • Evaluating New Forms of Research Publication
  • Implications of OA on Publication and Collection Building
  • Data Ownership and Copyright Issues
  • Data-informed Strategy for Institutional Leaders
  • Maximizing Impact Across Disciplines
  • Increasing Transparency and Reproducibility in Research Communications

“Scholarly Communication is in a disruptive phase at the moment. Students know the rules that governed their supervisors’ early careers are changing” said Maryann Martone, past president of Force 11 and UCSD professor emerita. “Libraries know the current publishing and data repository system is unsustainable; researchers know the systems within which they have worked are changing rapidly,” adds Brian Schottlaender, UCSD’s Audrey Geisel University Librarian. “Administrators know government, industry, funders, and the general public are expecting research to be performed, communicated, and measured in new ways. But knowing that things are changing is not the same as understanding what those changes are or how individuals and institutions can navigate them. This is what FSCI@UCSD will provide.”

For more information or to sign up to receive further information about the FSCI@UCSD, visit

Call for Chapters: Social Annotation in Modern Learning

Call for Chapters: Social Annotation in Modern Learning Contexts

This book, published by IGI Global, aims to illustrate how social annotation intersects with modern digital literacies, and it will investigate the heavily-researched domain of reading and writing cognition with annotation practices in a digital environment. Moreover, this book will address the ethical intricacies of social annotation within public and private digital spaces, and it will explore how social annotation can help mitigate digital polarization. Case studies also will be considered.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Social Reading and Academic Performance
  • Writing in Public Spaces
  • Fact-checking with Social Annotation
  • Digital Polarization
  • Social Annotation Technologies
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Performative Publishing

Please visit to view more information and to submit your chapter proposal. There are no publication fees or costs to you.

Proposal Deadline: May 30th.

SPHINx 2017 Workshop

SPHINx 2017 – SPatial Humanities meets Spatial INformation Theory: Space, Place, and Time in Humanities Research

a pre-conference workshop @ COSIT2017 – the biennial Conference on Spatial Information Theory in L’Aquila, Italy, 4 September, 2017

Humanities disciplines such as history, classical studies, literary studies, and philology have in recent years experienced a “spatial turn” similar to that begun in prior decades within the social sciences and archaeology. Many researchers in these fields are now explicitly recording the spatial and temporal attributes of their data and mapping them for visual analysis and argumentation. In many cases they are also performing spatial or spatial-temporal computations, including but not limited to viewshed, network, and cluster analyses, and agent-based and other models and simulations are increasingly common. The software used for this work is the same as that used for the environmental and social sciences: desktop GIS and specialized spatial and natural language processing libraries for the Python and R languages. These new spatial researchers are experiencing the same representational and analytic challenges in studying geographical dynamics that are well known to other disciplines, but they also face distinctive issues related to the nature of historical humanities data. Furthermore, epistemologies associated with new quantitative approaches must be reconciled with their traditional methodological practices.

Spatial information theorists and geographic information scientists have not normally drawn from humanities research cases for their development of theoretical models or the specific software and systems built upon such models. It is our belief the time is ripe for fruitful dialog between these groups.

To further and encourage such dialog, we invite papers that explicitly address one or more of these distinctive issues, particularly in the context of active or recent humanities research:

  • computing over sparse and uncertain data, e.g., the life courses of historical individuals
  • comparing and conflating conflicting assertions about the same phenomena from multiple sources
  • representing and analyzing place as experienced space
  • theorizing historical events and processes and their formal representation as spatial-temporal data, in simple, useful indexing and reasoning systems
  • building digital historical gazetteers, challenges for which include:
    • automated and machine-assisted discovery of place references in historical texts
    • place and place-name disambiguation
    • representing not only real‑world places but fictional or speculative ones
  • formalizing complex spatio-temporal relations (e.g., topological) in texts; modeling entities with evidence of multi-space, multi-time properties
  • integrated methods for performing textual analysis with spatial analysis
  • scaling of discovery methods for aggregate analyses on very large collections
  • place sentiment analysis
  • computational narrative analysis as it relates to space and place
  • cartographic representations of historical textual information

Instructions for authors

We are accepting short paper submissions (6-8 pages, including tables, figures, and references) on the topics of interest described above. We encourage paper submissions from researchers working on these issues from any disciplinary perspective. All articles must be prepared using either the Springer Word Document Template or the Springer Latex Document Template (contributed books). More general information for your camera-ready manuscript preparation can be found in the Manuscript Guidelines and Key Style Points and on the website of Springer.

The workshop proceedings will be published in a combined volume with the other COSIT workshop proceedings. It will be published by Springer, in the series Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography.

Submissions should be made through the EasyChair website.

Important dates

  • Papers due: May 12
  • Notification of acceptance: June 16
  • Camera-ready papers due: June 28
  • Workshop: September 4

Registration information can be found on the main COSIT webpage


Please feel free to contact the workshop co-organizers:

Ben Adams
University of Canterbury

Karl Grossner
World Heritage Web

Olga Chesnokova
University of Zurich

First International Workshop on Privacy-sensitive Collections for Digital Scholarship


Part of Digital Humanities 2017

Pre-Conference Workshop


Humanities scholars have historically used archives that include restricted or privacy-sensitive collections in order to conduct their investigations about sensitive topics. The recent developments in digitization and dissemination technologies present the possibility of making archival collections broadly available. Furthermore, collections of new, born-digital documents will be readily available to support and enhance scholarship. However, such access has also exacerbated threats to the privacy of individuals named in these records. Examples of such privacy-sensitive records include mental health institutional records, prison records, records of the Truth and reconciliation commissions, Nazi archives, and the Guatemalan national police archives. Access to paper records is protected by distance, physical barriers, and varying state and national policies and laws. In some cases, the legal frameworks for digital records are substantially less clear than those for physical records. Furthermore, the online availability of such records has a potential to stigmatize or embarrass the families or descendants of those named in the records when they bear no responsibility for the acts or health conditions of the named individuals, raising ethical issues in providing broad, open access to these records. In addition to scholars, demographics such as family members, journalists, social services providers, and policy makers can all benefit from access to these historical collections.


We invite scholars and practitioners who work with or are interested in issues surrounding humanities scholarship supported or enhanced by digital, privacy-sensitive collection to contribute to and participate in this workshop. A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

  • Digitization, curation, and preservation of privacy-sensitive collections
  • Theoretical and metadata models
  • Policies, workflows, and protections for accessing materials
  • Issues in using cloud services for privacy-sensitive materials storage and scholarship
  • Scholarly information behavior and needs
  • Models that recognize diverse user needs (for example, aggregate data, individual information)
  • Institutional and political negotiations surrounding access to privacy-sensitive collections
  • Mechanisms and models for data retrieval from handwritten documents
  • Privacy-aware digital repository architectures
  • Privacy-aware crowdsourcing and transcription methods
  • Privacy issues in designing user interfaces and data visualizations
  • Privacy mitigation in data analytics and presentation
  • Evaluation of existing software, infrastructure, and techniques
  • Social justice issues and non-scholarly outcomes of work with restricted collections

Proposals: formats and submission

All contributions must be written in English.

  • full papers (up to 3,000 words, exclusive of references): submissions that report on mature work or stake out a position in an area of interest
  • work-in-progess papers (up to 1,500 words, exclusive of references): submissions that present early results or a nascent project

Submit papers via the workshop’s EasyChair submission page

Important dates:

  • May 15: due date for all proposals
  • May 31: Notification of acceptance
  • June 7(expected): Early registration date for DH 2017 ends (workshop participants must register for both the conference and the workshop)
  • August 1: Submission of final, camera-ready papers
  • August 7/8: PC4DS 2017 Workshop


Please contact us in case of questions.

Unmil Karadkar (
School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin

King Davis(
School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin