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**CALL FOR PROPOSALS**

Forthcoming Conference


DRHA 2009: DYNAMIC NETWORKS OF KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE: CONTEXTS, CRISES,
FUTURES
http://www.dho.ie/drha2009


The DRHA (Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts) conference is
held annually at various academic venues throughout the UK. The
conference this year aims to promote discussion around dynamic networks
of knowledge and practice, new digital communities of knowledge and
practice, engaging users and digitisation of cultural heritage.
The conference is hosted by Queen's University, Belfast, the Royal Irish
Academy and Swansea University in partnership with the National Library
of Wales.  It will take place from Sunday 6th September to Wednesday 9th
September 2009. It will be held at QUB with its innovative spaces,
fantastic architecture and state-of-the-art Sonic Laboratory.

The conference will:
* Establish new digital communities of knowledge exchange
* Promote discussion around the impact of data on scholarship and wider
society
* Enquire into how innovations become mainstream through mutation,
imitation, and the 're-invention of the wheel'
* Advance discussion around digitisation of scholarly editions and
cultural heritage
* Evolve new approaches to the digital representation of time, space and
locality
* Debate burning issues in digital preservation and sustainability
* Investigate user engagement and social participation
* Explore the impact of narrative and design in the Arts and Humanities
on ICT and vice versa
* Promote discussion around education and the digital humanities and
arts
* Share the theory and practice of creating and documenting digital arts


Keynote speakers will include:


* Steve Benford, Professor of Collaborative Computing, University of
Nottingham

* Andrew Green, Librarian of Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National
Library of Wales

* Jane Ohlmeyer, Professor of History, Trinity College Dublin.


We invite original papers, panels, installations, performances,
round-tables, workshop sessions and other events that address the
conference themes, with attention to 'contexts, crises, futures'. We
particularly encourage proposals for innovative and non-traditional
session formats such as 'town hall' discussions and hands-on workshops
that will help to foster 'dynamic networks of knowledge and practice'.

DHRA 2009 will also include a round-table event with facilities for
enabling international participants to present papers via Second Life,
and a further session dedicated to the discussion of Multi-user Virtual
Environments such as Second Life.

Short presentations, for example of work-in-progress, are also invited
for an informal, rapid (Quickfire) slideshow and discussion event
(please see DRHA website for further details).


Anyone wishing to submit a performance or installation should visit
http://www.sarc.qub.ac.uk/main.php?page=soniclab and
http://www.mu.qub.ac.uk/AboutUs/Facilities/PerformanceSpaces/
for further information about the spaces and technical equipment and
support available. Spaces include the Sonic Arts Laboratory, the Harty
Room and the McMordie Hall.

All proposals, whether papers, performance or other, should reflect the
critical engagement at the heart of DRHA.

The deadline for submissions will be 31 March 2009. Abstracts should be
between 600 - 1000 words.

A selection of submissions will be published in The Edinburgh University
Press International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing.

On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September, QUB with the Digital
Humanities Observatory and King's College London, will offer a series of
short, pre-conference, hands-on courses in TEI, GIS and Visualisation.
Further details and prices will appear on the DHRA 2009 website.

Please see http://www.dho.ie/drha2009 for more information and a link
for online submission.


             Sue Broadhurst
             DRHA Programme Chair


Professor Sue Broadhurst,
School of Arts,
Brunel University,
West London,
UB8 3PH, UK
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