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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 569.
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        Date: 2020-01-21 14:23:18+00:00
        From: Roopika Risam 
        Subject: CFP: Minimal Computing Special Issue of DHQ, Abstracts by 1/30

CFP: Minimal Computing special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly

Link: http://digitalhumanities.org/dhq/submissions/cfps.html

Guest Editors
Alex Gil (Columbia University Libraries) and Roopika Risam (Salem State

Abstracts Due
January 30, 2020

Special Issue Description

This special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly will bring together essays
and case studies on the promises and limitations of minimal computing from
historical, practical, and theoretical perspectives, as well as within the
context of specific research projects and their environments.

Minimal computing can be defined as any form of digital or computational praxis
done under some set of significant constraints of hardware, software, education,
network capacity, power, agency or other factors. Within the context of digital
humanities scholarship, minimal computing refers to such computing practices
used for teaching, research, and the construction and maintenance of a hybrid –
digital and analog - scholarly and cultural record.

Broadly construed, our scope is not limited to digital scholarship within the
confines of universities and thus includes work undertaken in galleries,
archives (institution and community-based), and libraries, as well as in
collaboration with communities. In this issue, we strive for equity in gender
and particularly encourage submission by women and gender minorities. We further
actively seek to include at least one contribution from each of the following
geographical areas: Latin America, Africa, and Asia. We are able to accept
submissions in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Suggested Topics

Topics can include but are not limited to:

  *   Minimal hardware: aged machines, USBs, arduinos, simple circuits, etc.
  *   Minimal computation: simple scripts, bash, tranductions, etc.
  *   Static site generation
  *   Teaching fundamentals of computing tied to subjects in the humanities and
      the humanistic social sciences
  *   Forms of making-do in relation to computation: jugaad, hacktivism, DIY
  *   Technological disobedience, i.e. using technologies in a way they were not
  *   Marginal forms of knowledge and memory production involving computation
  *   A critique of minimal or minimalist approaches undertaken by choice,
      rather than by necessity
  *   Genealogies of minimalist forms of computation
  *   Case studies on projects that address a multiplicity of costs
      (environment, bandwidth, access, maintenance, etc) and needs (publishing,
      remembrance, resistance, etc) with an overall reduction in complexity
  *   Implications of minimal computing practices for universities, libraries
      and archives.

Submission Formats

The special issue will consist of two sections: The first section will be
reserved for scholarly arguments grounded in history or well argued theoretical
work on minimal computing, and the second section will include case studies in
the form of specific projects or deep descriptions of environments that pose
particular challenges or constraints for digital scholarship and strategic
responses to them that incorporate minimal computing practices.

In the first section, we welcome historical perspectives on minimal computing
that place contemporary practices in dialogue with multiple documented
genealogies; theoretical or strategic pieces that examine socio-technical
implications of these practices at scale today; and critical or skeptical voices
who are familiar with the implications of minimal computing and the informal
discussions and practices that have taken place in the recent past.

For the second section we welcome deep descriptions of projects and environments
that include, extend, and complicate minimal computing practices, prompting
meditations on difference and imperfect similarity between multiple projects or
environments. These case studies should help mainstream audiences understand the
granular thinking behind design decisions that respond to specific constraints
and challenges.

Submission Details

We ask that you send your abstracts (max. 500 words) to
rrisam@salemstate.edu and
agil@columbia.edu by January 30, 2020 for a first
round of review. Early inquiries are encouraged. We will notify all submitters
of the status of their submission in late February. If you are invited to submit
a full-length article (~4,000-8,000 words) or a case study (~2500 words), we ask
that they be submitted by June 30, 2020.

Roopika Risam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Secondary and Higher Education and English
Faculty Fellow for Digital Library Initiatives
Salem State University

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