Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Call for Proposals

CAPAL/ACBAP Annual Conference – May 28–June 3, 2016
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2016
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) invites participation in its annual conference, to be held as part of Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2016 at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (http://congress2016.ca/). The conference offers opportunity to share critical research and scholarship, challenge current thinking, and forge new relationships across all disciplines.


In keeping with the Congress 2016 theme, Energizing Communities, CAPAL16 seeks to look “Beyond the Library” to rethink how academic librarians engage with their communities within which our institutions are situated or those with whom we share disciplinary concerns or approaches. Such communities may be physical, epistemic, academic, or imagined communities, communities of identity, or those communities around us and to which we contribute.

What can the discipline of library and information studies (LIS) learn from other disciplines?  What might LIS as an interdisciplinary field look like?  Where and how should academic librarianship be situated within and in relation to other communities?


Like any institution, academic libraries both reflect and help shape the societies of which they are part. It is therefore critical for academic librarians to consider how they and their work are situated – professionally, ontologically, ethically, epistemologically, and physically. As social agents, we share and occupy socio-economic, political, and technological spaces in our efforts to provide diverse, high quality, informational resources and critical education within a contemporary (i.e., neoliberal) legal and economic framework.

In such an environment, effecting change requires seeking out, examining, and engaging with new ideas, approaches, theories, communities, understandings, and ways of knowing, which, themselves, may fall outside the traditional boundaries of the discipline of library and information studies. We need to move our lines of inquiry “beyond the library”–physically and intellectually–into new arenas and new communities. This conference is an invitation to academic librarians and scholars who study libraries and information to discuss how we can reframe academic librarianship: in practice, in policy, in theory, and in society.

Potential topic areas include but are not limited to:

·         Academic librarianship in the context of urgent socio-political priorities, such as climate change, environmental sustainability, and social equity;
·         The relationship between academic librarianship and democracy;
·         Academic librarianship and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples;
·         Indigenizing, decolonizing, diversity, and inclusion in academic librarianship;
·         The philosophical bases of academic librarianship in social theory;
·         The history of academic librarianship and the role of academic librarians in the academy;
·         The potentially biased treatment of controversial issues and scholarly debates in knowledge organization and information retrieval systems;
·         The sociology of knowledge mobilization;
·         Academic librarianship and its relationship to the design of user spaces;
·         Academic librarianship’s response to privacy and security in the “post-Snowden” era;
·         Community development, “town-gown” relationships, and academic librarianship;
·         Core values of academic librarianship in mediated spaces;
·         Critical theory, interdisciplinary approaches and subject expertise in LIS education for academic librarians.


The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers as well as proposals for panel submissions of three papers. Individual papers are typically 20 minutes in length. For individual papers, please submit an abstract of 300 words and a presentation title, with brief biographical statement and your contact information. For complete panels, please submit a panel abstract of 300 words as well as a list of all participants and brief biographical statements, and a separate abstract of 300 words for each presenter. Please identify and provide participants’ contact information for the panel organizer. International proposals and proposals from non-members and students are welcome.

Please feel free to contact the Program Committee to discuss a topic for a paper, panel, or other session format. Proposals should be emailed as an attachment as a doc. or docx. file, using the following filename format:


Proposals and questions should be directed to the Program Chairs:

Michael Dudley:         m.dudley@uwinnipeg.ca
John Wright:               jpwright@ucalgary.ca

Deadline for proposals: January 4th, 2016.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Digital Humanities Course

t is a pleasure for us to announce at the Open University announced that the registration period is extended until March 13, for the two courses offered by the Digital Innovation Lab @UNED (LINHD): the “Experto professional en Humanidades Digitales”http://linhd.uned.es/p/titulo-propio-experto-profesional-en-humanidades-digitales/ in its second edition (specialization course in Digital Humanities), and the “Experto Profesional en Edición Digital Académica” http://linhd.uned.es/p/titulo-propio-experto-en-edicion-digital-academica/ (specialization course in Digital Scholarly Editing).
Registration is open till 1st December and admissions are limited. The courses will start in January 2015 and will end in September. Each of them consists of 30 units, and will be taught completely online and in Spanish.
We hope that this initiative will let users a deeper knowledge of digital humanities and digital scholarly editing. Please, feel free to circulate this message among all people that could be interested in following any of these programs.
Best regards,

Elena González-Blanco García
Director of the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab @UNED (LINHD)
Rosa Sebastià
Digital Medievalist --  http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/
Journal Editors: editors _AT_ digitalmedievalist.org
Discussion list: dm-l@uleth.ca

Monday, October 19, 2015

Law | Book | Culture in the Early and High Middle Ages

Call for Submissions
for an edited collection

Law | Book | Culture in the Early and High Middle Ages

Edited by Thomas Gobbitt, PhD,
Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW), Vienna, Austria

Article submissions are invited for an edited collection focusing on the cultural contexts of medieval manuscripts containing laws and related texts. The moments when laws and related texts were first written have often been prioritised over the subsequent dissemination, emendation, transmission and reception of their later copies. However, rather than relegating later textual witnesses as passive and often flawed copies, modern scholarship has turned to seeing each manuscript witness of a text within the contexts of its production, and as an active, equally authoritative expression of the agency of the scribes and readers in the community for which the book was produced.

We are particularly interested in contributions addressing scribal strategies and the production and use of legal documents and books of medieval law. Contributors may focus on a wide range of medieval legal texts, such as ‘barbarian’ and royal law-codes, capitularies, Canon, Roman, Civil or Common Law, treaties, formularies, charters and cartularies, as well as related works of medieval legal scholarship such as commentaries and sample pleas.

We are especially interested in interdisciplinary and transcultural medieval studies, as well as those that incorporate the disciplines of history of the law, history of the book, codicology, palaeography, diplomatics, literature, linguistics, law, legal history, history, sociology, archaeology, folklore, theology, art history, and material culture. 

Abstracts of 250-500 words for proposed articles of 7,000 to 10,000 words, including references, should be sent to thomas.gobbitt@assoc.oeaw.ac.at for consideration by 31 Dec. 2015. This volume is under consideration for the series Explorations in Medieval Culture (Brill).

The Technical Details of Everyday Life

2016 Medieval Graduate Symposium

“The Technical Details of Everyday Life” 
Keynote: Nicola Coldstream- “Behind the Scenes at the Medieval Entertainment”

Call For Papers: Topics from any discipline, any time-Late Antique to Early Renaissance 

Preference given to those that address the conference theme 

300 word abstracts are due December 1, 2016, submitted via email to Mickey.Abel@unt.edu.

Conference Dates: March 3rd and 4th, 2016 
Available Awards: $200 AVISTA Prize 
Location: University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Sponsored by AVISTA

Tamara Bentley Caudill

Department of French and Italian
Tulane University
311 Newcomb Hall | 1229 Broadway
New Orleans, LA 70118