MLA Call for Papers in Digital Humanities

MLA 2014 will host a number of panels that can be interesting for Digital Humanists. Here is a list of the ones I found while browsing their website. I have ordered them chronologically, using the deadlines. Apart from a few cases in which the deadline has passed already, they are still open.

If you find a call for paper that is not on the list, feel free to mention it in a comment.

Past deadlines

Algorithmic Approaches to Computational Science

Special Session
All accepted papers will be printed in International Journal of Engineering Innovation and Mathematics. submit manuscripts reporting original, unpublished by 30 December 2013; shantanu jana (

Open Access… Closing Doors?

MLA Committee: Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession
Please consider participating in a roundtable discussion on various aspects of Open Access: OA impact and impact factor, embargo, validity, and others. 250-word abstract and a 1-page CV by 21 February 2014; Svetlana Tyutina (

Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory

Discussion Group: Libraries and Research in Languages and Literatures
How do libraries and archives function as sites for preserving and constructing public memory? For more details go to: 1 page abstracts by 24 February 2014; David Oberhelman (

Text Tools in the (Digital) Humanities

Special Session
Plain text as a practical medium for (digital) humanists. Brief presentations of applications, workflows, and creative computing in research, publication, blogging, and teaching. Description and bio by 1 March 2014; Steven J. Syrek (

Open CFP

Literature and Science Meets Digital Humanities

Division: Literature and Science
Innovative uses of DH tools, methods, visualizations in investigations of the interrelations of the sciences and literature across genres/periods. 250 word abstracts, 100 word bios by 3 March 2014; Pamela Gossin (

Geocritical explorations within the text

Special Session
Presentations and discussion of conflicts/crises from qualitative (geocritical) and/or quantitative (geostatistical) GIS analyses or pedagogy of the spaces produced *inside* the literary object. 250-word abstracts by 7 March 2014; Moacir P. de Sá Pereira (

Virtual Women: Webcomics

Special Session
How has the web provided an alternative space for women in comics? Potential topics include explorations of gender, identity, agency, and representations of cartoonists or characters. 250 word Abstract/CV by 8 March 2014; Leah Misemer (


Literary Questions, Digital Evidence: A Roundtable

Special Session
How scholars (any field) have used digital archives of literary texts, periodicals, visual/material culture to better answer questions of literary interpretation, composition, reception, etc. 1-page abstracts by 10 March 2014; Adena Spingarn (

The Library as Method

Division: Methods of Literary Research
Research libraries are changing: what are the implications for methods, objects, institutions, theories, practices? How do libraries themselves constitute critical and historical methods for literary studies? 300-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Andrew M. Stauffer (

Literature and Digital Games

Division: Literature and Other Arts
How do the formal strategies of videogames relate to or reconfigure literature? Proposals welcome on issues of spatial storytelling, algorithmic designs, and digital textuality. Send 200-word abstracts by 14 March 2014; Patrick Jagoda (

New Approaches to Science and Technology in Victorian Studies

Special Session
Victorian literature/culture and: STS (science, technology, society); philosophy of science / technology; history of science/technology; technoculture; etc. 500-word proposal a 1-page CV by 14 March 2014; Jessica Kuskey (

Designing an Archive for Cloud and Crowd

How can networks (human and/or digital) combat institutional amnesia? What digital spaces can we build today to preserve a history for tomorrow? 350-word proposals by 14 March 2014. Contact or

Digital Rhetorics in Flux

Division: The History and Theory of Rhetoric and Composition
This panel seeks papers that explore institutional constraints on the development of digital rhetorics, such as funding, IT support, legacy technologies, space, access, and attitudes toward born-digital scholarship. Please send 250-500 word proposals by 15 March 2014; Jan Fernheimer (

Pedagogy and digital editions

MLA Committee: Committee on Scholarly Editions
Teaching and using digital textual scholarship in the classroom. Abstracts (full papers will be required later) by 15 March 2014; Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco (

Bibliography for the twenty-first century

Discussion Group: Bibliography and Textual Studies
Discussion Group: Libraries and Research in Languages and Literatures
We invite discussions of projects, research, issues, controversies, trends, and other topics related to bibliography in a digital age. For more information, visit ‎. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Dawn Childress ( and Matt Cohen (


Electronic Round Table on Nabokov, Digital Scholarship, and Augmented Reality

Special Session
Innovative context-aware tools and archives, global collaborative partnerships, cultural memory, distributed cognition. 300 words abstracts and a listing of relevant URLs by 15 March 2014; Zoran Kuzmanovich (

Literary Twitter

Special Session
Roundtable examining the role of Twitter in literary culture and the profession: literary writing on Twitter, use in the literature classroom, live-tweeting at conferences, etc. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2014; Kristina Booker (

Networked Humanities: Infrastructures and Methodologies

Special Session
Where does research happen? Address collaborative, computational, and pedagogical questions regarding digital humanities research. 250 word abstract and short CV by 15 March 2014; Aaron Mauro (

Revitalizing the Humanities in the 21st Century

Special Session
How can we revitalize the humanities in the rapidly changing 21st century climate through innovative scholarship, intellectual imagination, and cross-pollination? Please send 250 word abstracts. by 15 March 2014; Michelle B. Slater (

Text-nology Idea Jam: The Future of the Book

Special Session
Innovative session explores transition from manuscript to print to digital. How could/should new technologies (not) change textual form? 250-word abstracts for facilitator questions by 15 March 2014; Tamara O’Callaghan ( and Andrea Harbin (


Writing for Algorithms

Special Session
Writing, as it’s practiced by bloggers and spammers, no longer addresses exclusively humans, but also the algorithms of search engines and email programs. What’s the effect on readers? Abstract(250words) by 15 March 2014; Martin Wagner (


Into the Digital Future: Amazon, Apple, and Google Make Book History

Allied Organization: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing
How do e-books change the relationship between authors, publishers, distributors, retailers, readers? Legal, reception, economic, content, production considerations. abstract and CV by 15 March 2014; Greg Barnhisel (


How do distributed networks of human and non-human agents disclose new dimensions of “authenticity.”

Referring to the material substrate that “authenticates” data “integrity” and also to the identity performances such data manifests, this panel seeks talks that explore how medial form, coterie performance, literary output and digital forensics collaborate with and sometimes “corrupt” each other.

More context:

Send 300-word abstracts and a short bio to by 15 March.

Students in/and the Digital Humanities

Special Session
Proposing 7-minute roundtable presentations exploring current issues in student labour, training, funding, collaboration, project management, and publication in the Digital Humanities. 300-word abstract and biography by 19 March 2014; Lindsey Seatter (

The End of Remediation?

MLA Committee: Committee on Community Colleges
Papers can address issues related to the future of Developmental studies, including/not limited to accelerated learning, performance-based funding, the Common Core, and the completion agenda. One-page abstracts. by 21 March 2014; Susannah Mary Chewning (

Websites of Memory

Special Session
This panel invites papers that address the mediation of memories (individual and/or collective) in cybermedia environments. 250-word abstract/CV by 21 March 2014; Alexander McKee (


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