[Humanist] 28.749 events: historical records; post-anthropocentric creativity; public engagement; careers

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 749.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Stanislav Roudavski <srou at unimelb.edu.au>                 (49)
        Subject: Post-Anthropocentric Creativity (Call for Submissions)

  [2]   From:    Neil Fraistat <fraistat at umd.edu>                          (37)
        Subject: Engaging the Public

  [3]   From:    Marco Braghieri <braghieri.marco at gmail.com>               (34)
        Subject: cfp: Blue Skies Above, Solid Ground Below, DH Early Career
                Conference | King's College London

  [4]   From:    Darrell Meadows <darrell.meadows at nara.gov>                (59)
        Subject: Upcoming NHPRC Webinars for Publishing Historical Records in
                Documentary Editions

        Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:00:24 +0000
        From: Stanislav Roudavski <srou at unimelb.edu.au>
        Subject: Post-Anthropocentric Creativity (Call for Submissions)

Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting work to this special issue. The plain-text version is below and the full poster form can be found here:


Dr Stanislav Roudavski

The University of Melbourne
Senior Lecturer in Digital Architectural Design

Elseware Collective; ExLab
Founding Partner

personal: stanislavroudavski.net
collaborative: elsewarecollective.com, exlab.org
publications: unimelb.academia.edu/StanislavRoudavski/Papers
tutorials: vimeo.com/exlab


Call for Submissions, special issue of Digital Creativity, 27:1, January 2016

the flesh that covers me is the flesh that covers the sun (Dylan Thomas)


Stanislav Roudavski and Jon McCormack


This special issue aims to audit existing conceptions of creativity in the light of non-anthropocentric interpretations of agency, autonomy, subjectivity, social practices and technologies. A review and update of these conceptions is prudent in the age when human creativity is credited as the dominant, yet hugely destructive, influence on the planetary environment.

The conceptual componentry of creativity is in redesign on many shop floors including those of new materialism (Barrett and Bolt, eds, 2013; Coole and Frost, eds, 2010), speculative realism and object-oriented philosophy (Bryant, et al., eds, 2011), posthumanism (Callus and Herbrechter, 2012), ontological designing (Fry, 2012), biology (Turner, 2000), science and technology studies (Knorr-Cetina, 1999), multispecies ethnography (Kirksey and Helmreich, 2010), deep ecology (Sessions, ed., 1995), post-environmentalism (Shellenberger and Nordhaus, eds, 2011) and ecosystem approaches (Waltner-Toews, et al., eds, 2008), to name but a few.

In response, the editors propose two lines of enquiry, aiming to engage and extend the relevant work that already exists in a variety of disciplines:

The first will consider the <agents>, <recipients> and <processes> of creativity. With current developments emphasizing the interdependence between human and biophysical systems, nonhuman entities can be seen as creative agents. How do such agents differ from the recipients of their creativity? Posthumanism questioned understandings of humanity but largely continued the focus on human invention, human freedom and human self-construction through technology. Can matter, things, nonhuman organisms, technologies, tools and machines, biota or institutions be seen as creative? Turning from agents to relationships and processes, are the concepts of embodied or autonomous agency necessary for thinking about creativity? How can existing notions of creativity be extended or challenged through the developing understandings of complexity, emergence, supervenience, evolution and ecosystems?

With the notion of creative agency made more inclusive, the second line of enquiry will consider the <purpose>, <value>, <ethics> and <politics> of creativity. The concept of creativity implies production of desirable novelty. But is production of novelty always of value? In a finite world, the creation of the new often comes with the destruction of the old. Should creativity be judged by the equity of its goals (cf. net-zero or regenerative creativity)? Can the ethics of creativity be defined through the characteristics of its processes (cf. slow creativity or resource recycling)? Should current power relationships be reshaped (e.g., from mastery over nature to deep listening and from creativity to stewardship)? Answers to these questions are interesting because they can challenge established worldviews by interrogating freedoms, rights, voices, subjectivities and the imaginations of all stakeholders, human or otherwise.

Returning to the remit of the journal, how can these lines of enquiry illuminate, benefit from, expand, reinterpret or challenge existing and forthcoming phenomena of computation or - in other words - of "digital creativity"?


This issue seeks to produce an interdisciplinary conversation with contributions from art, design, computing, engineering, architecture, philosophy and science. The editors particularly encourage submissions that include analytical explorations of existing practices through multispecies ethnographies, case reconstructions, actor following, process accounts or other research methods. Submissions can also extrapolate into critical appraisals of future possibilities using thought experiments, speculative designs, design fictions or imaginable use-case scenarios. In this context, possible and emerging practices, early prototypes or partial demonstrators can be appropriate and are welcome.

The editors encourage innovative narrative or visual strategies that can express relevant scenarios better that more typical forms of academic writing. Dialogues, conversations, plays, scripts, instruction sets, games or visual essays (for example) might be suitable alongside logical arguments or formulae.


Initial proposals should be submitted as abstracts of 800-1200 words, exclusive of references and biographies. The extended abstract should include the following information: 1) Name of author(s) with email addresses and affiliation, if applicable; 2) Title of the paper; 3) Body of the abstract; 4) Preliminary bibliography; 5) Author(s)'s short bio(s); and 6) Indication of whether the submission will be a short or a long paper.

Following acceptance of the abstract by the editors, the final articles will be accepted subject to a double-blind peer review process. Typical forms are short articles (2500-3500 words) and long articles (5000-7000) words, inclusive of references. Alternative narrative forms will be also considered as discussed above. Upon acceptance of the abstract, authors will be sent further guidelines based on the Digital Creativity's Instructions for Authors at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/NDCR


Abstracts due: May 15, 2015
Short/long papers due: July 15, 2015
Final, revised papers due: October 1, 2015 Expected publication: January, 2016


Send the abstract as PDFs to Stanislav Roudavski at stanislav.roudavski at cantab.net as well as to the editors of Digital Creativity at dcsubmit at gmail.com


Barrett, Estelle and Barbara Bolt, eds (2013). Carnal Knowledge: Towards a 'New Materialism' through the Arts (London; New York: I.B. Tauris)

Bryant, Levi R., Nick Srnicek, and Graham Harman, eds (2011). The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism (Prahran, VIC, AU: re.press)

Callus, Ivan and Stefan Herbrechter (2012). 'Introduction: Posthumanist Subjectivities, or, Coming after the Subject', Subjectivity, 5, 3, pp. 241-264

Coole, Diana H. and Samantha Frost, eds (2010). New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics (Durham, London: Duke University Press)

Fry, Tony (2012). Becoming Human by Design (London: Berg) Kirksey, S. Eben and Stefen Helmreich (2010). 'The Emergence of Multispecies Ethnography', Cultural Anthropology, 25, 4, p. 545

Knorr-Cetina, Karin (1999). Epistemic Cultures: How the Sciences Make Knowledge (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press) 

Sessions, George, ed., (1995). Deep Ecology for the Twenty-First Century (Boston; London: Shambhala)

Shellenberger, Michael and Ted Nordhaus, eds (2011). Love Your Monsters: Post-Environmentalism and the Anthropocene (Oakland, CA: Breakthrough Institute)

Turner, J. Scott (2000). The Extended Organism: The Physiology of Animal-Built Structures (Cambridge, MA; London: Harvard University Press)

Waltner-Toews, David, James J. Kay, and Nina-Marie E. Lister, eds (2008). The Ecosystem Approach: Complexity, Uncertainty, and Managing for Sustainability (New York: Columbia University Press)

        Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:26:09 -0500
        From: Neil Fraistat <fraistat at umd.edu>
        Subject: Engaging the Public

Dear all,

We are pleased to issue an open call for applications to “Engaging the
Public: Best Practices for Crowdsourcing Across the Disciplines.” This
workshop, to be held at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, on
May 6-8, 2015, is being led by Dartmouth College and the University of
Maryland, with the support of the National Endowment of the Humanities, the
Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Sloan Foundation.

The aim of the workshop is to culminate and then broaden the conversations
from a series of regional meetings and webinars taking place through the
auspices of Dartmouth’s 2014-15 IMLS-funded National Forum in Crowdsourcing
for Libraries and Archives: Creating a Crowdsourcing Consortium (CCLA), to
help advance a truly cross-disciplinary agenda (see:
http://www.crowdconsortium.org).  A capstone for this process, our 2 ½ day
event will bring together 50 scholars and practitioners from several
disciplines, spanning the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, as
well as representatives from 10 funding agencies.

Through a mix of formal and informal presentations combined with
facilitated breakout sessions, we will focus on questions concerning how
researchers and institutions might best leverage crowdsourcing strategies
for increasing public engagement, integrating data into existing
collections, and improving knowledge production in a variety of domains.

If you believe that you could make an important contribution to this
conversation, please do apply for one of the 15 open slots in the workshop
by filling out the online application form
and following the accompanying instructions. Applications are due by
Monday, March 2; decisions will be made by Monday, March 16. All workshop
participants will receive support for travel, lodging, and meal expenses.

Co-Directors: Mary Flanagan, Neil Fraistat, and Andrea Wiggins

Neil Fraistat
Professor of English & Director
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
University of Maryland
301-405-5896 or 301-314-7111 (fax)
Twitter: @fraistat

        Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:25:54 +0000
        From: Marco Braghieri <braghieri.marco at gmail.com>
        Subject: cfp: Blue Skies Above, Solid Ground Below, DH Early Career Conference | King's College London

[Please circulate and advance apologies for cross posting]

*Call for Papers*

*1st Digital Humanities Early Career Conference*

*‘Blue Skies Above, Solid Ground Below: Innovation and Sustainability in
Digital Humanities’*

18 June 2015

King’s College London, Strand Campus

The Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London is pleased to
announce its first Early Career Researcher Conference in Digital Arts and
Humanities research. This years theme is ‘Blue Skies Above, Solid Ground
Below: Innovation and Sustainability in Digital Arts & Humanities’. We
invite contributions on any related topic, but particular areas of interest
falling within this years theme include:

   - Curiosity-driven research

   - Innovation in the representation of digital materials online

   - Providing long-term digital access to cultural heritage

   - Research grounded in real world problems

   - Further information is available from the conference website
    http://blueskiessolidground.wordpress.com/ , Twitter
   <https://twitter.com/DHBSSGC> feed and Facebook
   <https://www.facebook.com/dhbssgc> Page

The conference committee seeks proposals for:

   - *Presentations* - submissions should include: a title, author list
   (including names, email addresses and institutional affiliations), and an
   abstract for the proposed presentation (250 words max.). Presentations on
   the day should last no more than 15 minutes, and will be followed by 5
   minutes of discussion time.
   - *Posters *- submissions should include: a title, author list
   (including names, email addresses and institutional affiliations), and an
   abstract for the proposed poster (250 words max.).

*Submissions should be made by 31 March 2015 to the email address below
(please indicate in your email whether you wish to propose a presentation,
poster or either): phddh2015 at lists.cch.kcl.ac.uk
<phddh2015 at lists.cch.kcl.ac.uk>*

        Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:29:18 -0500
        From: Darrell Meadows <darrell.meadows at nara.gov>
        Subject: Upcoming NHPRC Webinars for Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the
National Archives supports projects that promote access to America's
historical records to encourage understanding of our democracy, history,
and culture. Potential applicants to the NHPRC’s Publishing Historical
Records in Documentary Editions program are invited to attend either of two
upcoming webinars on the program and application process. Webinar times and
instructions appear at the end of the message.

The upcoming webinars are intended for currently-funded projects preparing
for the June 17, 2015 deadline, and others who may be considering
preparation of an application for the fall cycle (deadline October 8, 2015;
this second deadline is open to both currently-funded projects and projects
seeking first-time support).

The NHPRC seeks proposals to publish documentary editions of historical
records. Projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American
history or cover broad historical movements in politics, military,
business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national
experience. The historical value of the records and their expected
usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project.

The goal of this program is to provide access to, and editorial context
for, the historical documents and records that tell the American story. The
NHPRC encourages projects, whenever possible and appropriate, to provide
access to these materials in a free and open online environment, without
precluding other forms of publication.

Grants are awarded for collecting, describing, preserving, compiling,
editing, and publishing documentary source materials in print and online.
Because of the focus on documentary sources, grants do not support
preparation of critical editions of published works unless such works are
just a small portion of the larger project.

Applicants may apply for funding for one year. Award amounts may range from
$30,000 to $200,000. Depending on the availability of funding, the
Commission expects to make as many as 25 grants in this category, for a
total of up to $2,500,000. Grants begin no earlier than January 1, 2016.

First Deadline: Any currently funded NHPRC documentary edition project:
Funding Opportunity Number: EDITIONS-201506. Draft (optional): April 3,
2015. Final Deadline:  June 17, 2015. NHPRC support begins no earlier than
January 1, 2016.

Second Deadline: Any currently funded NHPRC documentary edition project and
any project seeking first time support: Funding Opportunity Number:
EDITIONS-201510. Draft (optional): August 3, 2015. Final Deadline:  October
8, 2015. NHPRC support begins no earlier than July 1, 2016.

* * * * *

Webinars will be held on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, 25 February @ 3:30 p.m. Eastern

Tuesday, 3 March @ 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Webinar attendees will need to click on the following link (
https://connect16.uc.att.com/gsa1/meet/?ExEventID=89909710) and enter their
name and email address. You do not need to pre-register for these webinars.
Please email me at darrell.meadows at nara.gov if you have any questions.

R. Darrell Meadows, Ph.D.
Director for Publishing
National Historical Publications and Records Commission
National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 114
Washington, DC 20408
P: 202.357.5321
F: 202.357.5914
darrell.meadows at nara.gov

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