CFP: Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives conference, April 2015

CFP: “Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives: Filling the Void”

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN, USA)

April 11, 2015

The Graduate Student Association of Modern Languages (GSLMA) at Vanderbilt University has released a Call for Papers for its inaugural conference titled “Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives: Filling the Void.” Held on April 11, the conference, hosted at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, will feature keynote speaker Dr. Carl Blyth, an applied linguist at University of Texas at Austin.

According to the organizers, “the title of the conference problematizes Scott Prensky’s 2001 terms “digital native” and “digital immigrant.” Although these terms attempt to explain the generational gap and its technological divide, our conference looks to the ways in which the reality of technology in the language classroom and in our research defies such classifications.”

Conference organizers welcome submissions related to:

  • Digital Humanities and the arts
  • Digital Humanities in dissertations
  • Digital Humanities and pedagogy
  • Digital Humanities and race
  • Digital Humanities and disability
  • Digital Humanities and gender studies
  • Digital Humanities as multicultural and multilingual
  • Applying specific instructional models in CALL
  • MOOCS and other open online courses for language learning
  • Outcome based frameworks in CALL design
  • Gaming and virtual worlds
  • Online Intercultural Exchanges
  • CMC and OCMC in the language classroom
  • Specific CALL tools and their implementation in the classroom
  • CALL project designs (and evaluation)
  • The direction of Digital Humanities as a field
  • Crowdsourcing scholarly research

Proposals may be submitted in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Proposals should be sent to with an abstract of 250-350 words and a separate title page that includes name, email, phone and university affiliation. For more information on the conference, please see the GSMLA blog’s Call for Papers.

Abstract submission deadline: January 26, 2015

Call for Papers: New Directions in the Humanities

The University of British Columbia will host the Thirteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 17-19, 2015. The organizers recently issued a CFP with a special focus on “From ‘Digital Humanities’ to a Humanities of the Digital.”

The CFP invites paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia on issues such as:

The ‘digital’ as a social imaginary: exploring historical continuities and ruptures in social and cultural practices in the era of digital cultures.
The digital within the humanities: new methods and tools for documentation, research, and representation.
The political economy of digital humanities: e-learning, e-publishing, and the reframing of disciplines and institutions.
Big data and little data; negotiating the public and the private.
Open access and open cultures: developing sustainable knowledge ecologies
Adapting methodologies and focus in the digital age: has the dust settled on the ‘digital humanities’?
From the digital humanities, to a humanities of the digital; rebuilding the humanities in the shadow of the digital, and developing a humanities of the digital.

The proposal submission deadline is December 4. For more information on the conference, including submission information, see the New Directions in the Humanities website.

October 29: Summit on Online Education

Summit on Online Education: Mainstreaming Innovation in Higher Education
Illini Union A, B & C
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
October 29, 2013
8:45 AM–3:00 PM (Registration: 8:00–8:45 AM)

Who should attend?

All faculty, staff, and students, including distance education coordinators, distance learning faculty, distance learning managers, instructional designers, policymakers, subject matter experts, technology coordinators, virtual instructors, and visionary leaders.

Why attend?

Higher education has moved beyond acknowledging disruption and is now focused on strategically managing the rapid pace of change in our industry. At this year’s Summit, we will discuss the innovations that will lead us into the next decade and beyond. Attendees can expect:

  •     A deeper understanding of new and innovative practices in teaching and learning;
  •     An appreciation of online and innovative education from the student perspective;
  •     Insight into the challenges and opportunities facing higher education today and a unique viewpoint from one of our peer public research universities;
  •     Discussions on topics such as real-time adaptive learning, utilizing our massive, open, online course (MOOC) content to improve residential education and using learning analytics to predict and address student success;
  •     Campus leadership’s perspectives on our future directions; and
  •     An opportunity for engagement with Dr. Harrison Keller and members of the new campus Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning, an entity formed by integrating Online & Continuing Education, the Center for Teaching Excellence, Campus Programs in Teaching & Learning and two staff members from CITES Academic Technology Services.


This event is free and open to all. Online registration ends October 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM. Register at

Please e-mail or call 217-333-2880 for more information.

Sept. 18: A New Deal for the Humanities symposium

Symposium: A New Deal For the Humanities 

Date: September 18th, 2013
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For the complete schedule, see the event PDF.
Location: South Lounge, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana

This event is free and open to the public.


About this event:
Non-instrumental disciplines, and the humanities in particular, seem increasingly marginalized in public universities, which have struggled in the past quarter century to respond to the collapse of state funding. Situating itself between the 150th anniversary of the first Morrill Act in 2012 and the 60th anniversary of the GI Bill in 2014, “A New Deal for the Humanities” seeks both to document a tradition of public investment in higher education and to galvanize a conversation on adapting the humanities for survival in the current landscape. Bringing together experts from several disciplinary backgrounds, we shall explore approaches to the humanities designed to meet the needs of twenty-first century publics broadly conceived. What kind of institutional models would allow liberal education to flourish on this century’s public research campuses?

Co-Sponsored by IPRH, Trowbridge Initiative in American Cultures, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.

More information at the event website:

Sept. 30: NFAIS Humanities Roundtable

The National Federation of Advanced Information Sciences (NFAIS) will host the NFAIS Humanities Roundtable XII in Chicago, Illinois on Monday, September 30.

The event will feature leading speakers from humanities disciplines and the information sciences, including Professor Christopher Cantwell from the University of Missouri-Kansas City giving the keynote talk, “Digital Humanities, Digital Data” and Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian at UIUC, speaking on humanities users and digital resources.

More information about on-site and virtual registration and event schedule for the NFAIS Humanities Roundtable  is available at