Re:Humanities ’16: Bleeding Edge to Cutting Edge

Bryn Mawr || Haverford || Swarthmore

Conference: March 31-April 1, 2016 at Bryn Mawr College
Submission Deadline: January 1, 2016 (Midnight GMT)

Re:Humanities is the first national digital humanities conference of, for, and by undergraduates, now in its sixth year. Our theme for Re:Humanities 2016 is “Bleeding Edge to Cutting Edge.” The Re:Hum Working Group, comprised of students from Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore Colleges, seeks undergraduates who engage with contemporary currents in digital humanities. We especially encourage work that uses digital methods and tools to engage in traditional humanities research and poses critical questions about those technologies. We invite undergraduates who will think interdisciplinarily, exploring relationships between new digital technologies and the webs of power and access that surround them.

In today’s culture of innovation, the question of failure looms large. Bleeding edge innovations, ideas, and technologies are high risk, and prone to failure, as they have not yet been fully implemented. Cutting edge ideas are tested, polished, and primed for success. Re:Humanities ’16 aims to explore the space between raw risk and published presentation. This year, with the help of Marisa Parham and Moya Baileywe challenge ourselves and each other to create a space for inquiry by spectacularly failing together. How does the concept of failure shape  the process of success? Where does Digital Humanities as a field lie on the spectrum between bleeding and cutting edge? Are the terms mutually exclusive or can they exist in a productive relationship with each other? What happens to good ideas that do not work? These concerns raise fundamental questions for both scholars and the community. As in past years, we hope this theme will merge theoretical analysis and practical inquiry in the interdisciplinary spirit of the digital humanities.

The Working Group welcomes submissions of criticism and projects at all stages of development, with the understanding that a substantial amount of research will be accumulated to present at the conference at Bryn Mawr College, March 31-April 1, 2016. We encourage proposals that are concerned with but not limited to:

  • Criticism of new media technologies and practices
  • Archiving of personal and academic texts and literatures through new technologies and media
  • Collaboration and solidarity in the digital humanities
  • Hybrid practices, interdisciplinary media, and subversion of cultural and political norms
  • Intersections between academic research and a public audience
  • Public preservation of histories and cultures
  • Risk, trial, and error in new media
  • Privacy: digital footprints, cloud storage, and Big Data
  • Identity as shaped by excessive information or data deprivation
  • What haven’t we heard about because they were initially “failures”?
  • The ways that the academic disciplines view failure – the risks and benefits of experimentation, completeness
  • The rhetoric of describing innovation
  • Is DH itself bleeding or cutting edge? Are they mutually exclusive?

Students selected to present will receive a small award to defray travel costs. Lodging will be arranged at no cost to participants.

The submission deadline is January 1, 2016 (Midnight GMT) and decisions will be announced in early February. All submissions must include your name, institution, a short biography of 2-3 sentences, and a titled description of your project (maximum 700 words). Send a .doc/.docx, .pdf or .jpg file to (We are happy to accommodate you if your submission requires a different format. In this case, please contact us at least seven days in advance of the due date).

We look forward to your participation!

The Re:Humanities 2016 Working Group
Miranda Canilang ’17 (BMC)
Hannah Weissmann, ’17 (HC)
Leila Selchaif, ’18 (SC)
Amanda Lee ’18 (SC)