[CFP] Digital Humanities: a cross-disciplinary approach to literature, language and education

Digital Humanities: a cross-disciplinary approach to literature, language and education

Volume 12 of Iperstoria (www.iperstoria.it)

Mauro Carassai (California State University Northridge, USA)
Annarita Taronna (University of Bari, Italy)

Emerging as increasingly recognizable branches of the Digital Humanities, digital history, digital literary and linguistic studies have been constantly expanding over the past decades on the accomplishments of encoding, text mining, visualization, quantitative history, so-called cliometrics, and statistical treatment of big data. By putting such scholarly practices in conversation with forms of analysis, presentation, and research still heavily relying on print textuality, digital scholarship exists today in the form of digital archives, online presentations, data visualizations, interactive maps, interfaced time-lines, audio files collections, and virtual worlds. Yet, despite its focus on developing new strategies to interconnect, extend, and reconfigure existing histories, digitally-mediated scholarship cannot do away with what can be considered the fundamental feature of historiographical, literary and linguistic critical materials: its existence as conflicting narratives based on rigorous evidence.

Although fully aware of the promise of future scenarios that will accept collaboration, technology innovation, data mining, topic modeling, corpus linguistics, network analysis, 3D Modeling, and big data processing as established practices in academic work, we are currently interested in papers that:

– by means of innovative technological methods and/or procedural algorithmic rhetoric, reconfigure American historiographical past or American literary analyses carried out by established practices in traditional humanities studies. Our goal is to map current attempts at rethinking historical narratives as well as literary criticism and literary histories of the Americas by means of digital processes, tools, and methods enabled by networked and programmable media. We welcome contributions in any format, from traditional essays, to multimodal documents, to web-based artifacts;

– focus on software-assisted linguistic data analysis, concerning the identification of lingua-cultural contact phenomena, the study of specialised language (especially concerning journalism, law, politics, economics and tourism), the – implementation of dictionaries, glossaries and terminological handbooks – fundamental tools for teachers and experts as well as for any other interested users.

– implement innovative didactics, relying on new digital tools specifically designed for education, new professional figures in research, teaching and businesses working or dealing with technology. In particular, specific attention will be dedicated to blended learning (combining class lectures and distance learning), e.g. for disabled people, thanks to specifically designed technological and digital didactic strategies.

Proposals for contributions, in English or in Italian, are welcome from scholars working on topics that include, but are not limited to:

Corpus Linguistics
Computational linguistics
Applied linguistics (in technology-related fields)
Computer-assisted teaching and learning
Computer-assisted teaching and learning for people with disabilities
Innovative didactics
Distance learning
Computer-assisted second language acquisition
Corpus-based translation studies
Audiovisual translation
Multimedial translation
Audiovisual translation for hearing and sight impaired
Multimedial translation for hearing and sight impaired

An abstract of 150-200 words should be submitted to redazione@iperstoria.it by August, 15, 2018. Notification of Acceptance by August, 21, 2018. Deadline for contributions: September, 30, 2018.All inquiries regarding this issue should be sent to:

Mauro Carassai: mauro.carassai@csun.edu
Annarita Taronna: annarita.taronna@uniba.it