Rhetoric and Place in the Digital Now

Call for Papers


Margins is seeking conference submissions that explore the ways in which humanistic inquiry is being reimagined or otherwise influenced by the onset of the age of the network. While our conference is constructed around a digital humanities (DH) approach to research, we highly encourage non-traditional proposals and projects across all disciplines. We are excited by the ideas that have fallen through the cracks, ones that openly dispute the dogmatic narratives of place and presence in the contemporary digital atmosphere, where space often becomes a point of fierce contestation. As Steven Jones argues in The Emergence of the Digital Humanities, the digital has been, and always will be, physical, an idea that reveals a landscape of margins that are oftentimes imaginary, in constant flux or otherwise ontologically troublesome. The DH community is often one that is marginalized for a variety of reasons, and our response is a designed space where a skeptical reverence for traditional media combines with an approach to digital studies that risks the eclectic for a chance to reconfigure the way we approach humanities research.

Our goal is for Margins to be a place of non-place, where work can expand upon tradition but not be confined by its historical borders. The DH discussion is often referred to in terms of “big tent” vs. “little tent,” where a select few are given access to an exclusive group (little tent) where the majority of the resources are located. We are certainly not that tent, but rather more like a tent for DH outcasts, a place where the marginalized are given a democratic space for a burgeoning discourse. This is as much about the scholarly analysis of networked person and place as it is an in-between; the non-definition of the margin(al) is freeing in its ability to bring together disparate methodologies, subjects, pathologies and disciplines.

Interested in submitting to Margins? Visit the submissions page.