::fibreculture:: cfp: Connected Communities: global or local2local?

Ned Rossiter ned at nedrossiter.org
Fri Dec 3 08:34:01 CET 2010

Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts Conference 2011

Connected Communities: global or local2local?

The DRHA 2011 Conference
Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts

Sunday 4th September - Wednesday 7th September 2011

University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, with add on option of  
Saturday 3rd September in Shanghai


In 2011 the DRHA conference will explore the new connectivities in  
societies and cultures which are enabled by the blending of virtual  
and physical space, the traversing of time and space through the  
virtual, and the evolution of innovative methodologies. Crossing  
disciplines and challenging boundaries within the humanities, arts  
and the creative industries, this conference will examine critically  
familiar notions of the ‘local’, the ‘global’ and the ‘network’  
across the cultural spectrum. We anticipate specific strands focusing  
on such topics as the following, but the conference welcomes other  
related suggestions:

Digital connectivities in performance, composition, education,  
teaching and business:

Telepresence and liveness
Digital media
Virtual realities, virtual cultures
How have the creative industries responded to these opportunities?
Narratives and networks:

Cultural translations
Peer to peer exchange and learning
New generation web infrastructures, open source communities
Digital alternatives to narrative
Digital spaces and histories:

Site specificity in the age of the digital network
New self representations- from avatars to blogs, web pages and  
pervasive monuments
Localisation and inspiration, the impact of GPS and mobile technologies
Displacement and reproduction
Digital cultural heritage: the past and the present
Chinese digital cultures
Who owns the digital: local2local, or global?

Digital inequalities
National and global digitisation strategies
Digital cultures and criticality
New spaces for dissent: empowerment through the digital
The Google Book Project and other IP debates
Questions of design, usability and audience run through all of these  

We invite original papers, panels, installations, performances and  
workshop sessions which address the conference theme of ‘Connected  
Communities’. Proposals for panel sessions are particularly  
encouraged. Proposals for papers with attached screen-based examples,  
innovative and non-traditional session formats, including  
presentations and discussions concerning performances or  
installations which are to be presented, are welcome. (Please note,  
however, that the costs of any specialist equipment, transportation  
or technical support associated with presentations must be borne by  
the applicant.)

The deadline for submissions is 31st January 2011. Abstracts should  
be approx 600 words. Performances, installations and screen based  
works should take care to answer the questions regarding space  
requirements and installation needs. Letters of acceptance will be  
sent by 11th March 2011, when registration for the conference will  
open. All accepted applicants will be expected to register as  
confirmation of their acceptance.

The DRHA (Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts) conference  
is hosted annually by various UK academic institutes (previous  
conferences: http://projects.oucs.ox.ac.uk/DRHA/index.xml). This  
year’s conference is hosted by Nottingham University at their campus  
in Ningbo, China (http://www.nottingham.edu.cn/en/index.aspx). It  
will take place from Sunday 4th September to Wednesday 7th September  
2011. Costs for the accommodation, food and conference registration  
fee will be a maximum of £200 for those who book by 4 April. Please  
note no costs can be covered for participants, presenters or  
performers. We recommend you seek funds for your attendance as soon  
as your proposal is submitted for presentation.

Pre-Conference Option

There is also the option of a pre-conference gathering (for a modest  
additional cost). This is to join us in Shanghai for the afternoon  
and evening of Saturday 3rd September. A programme of events is being  
organised in Shanghai for that afternoon/evening and, after an  
overnight stay in Shanghai, an air-conditioned bus will take  
attendees on to the Nottingham University Campus, Ningbo (2 hours  
journey) to start the conference on Sunday afternoon.
Please see: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cas/ 

for more information. All submissions must be on-line; a link is  
currently under construction.

Conference Co-chairs:
Judith Still, University of Nottingham
Ghislaine Boddington, Middlesex University/body>data>space

Conference Lead:
Andy White, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China

Online Submission:

Conference Co-chairs:
Judith Still, University of Nottingham, judith.still at nottingham.ac.uk
Ghislaine Boddington, Middlesex University, ghislaine at bodydataspace.net
- for installations and programme queries.

Conference Lead:
Andy White, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China,  
andrew.white at nottingham.edu.cn
- for locations, on site and practical queries.

Conference Co-ordinator:
Lisa McCabe, University of Nottingham, lisa.mccabe at nottingham.ac.uk
- for general enquiries.

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