CFP: VIEW Special Issue “Audiovisual Data in Digital Humanities”

Considering the relevance of audiovisual material as perhaps the biggest wave of data to come in the near future (Smith, 2013, IBM prospective study) its relatively modest position within the realm of Digital Humanities conferences is remarkable. The objective of this special issue for VIEW is to present current research in that field on a variety of epistemological, historiographical and technological issues that are specific for digital methods applied to audiovisual data. We strive to cover a great range of media and data types and of applications representing the various stages of the research process.

The following key topics / problems / questions are of special interest:

  1. Do computational approaches to sound and (moving) images extend or/and change our conceptual and epistemological understanding of these media? What are the leading machine learning approaches to the study of audio and visual culture and particularly time-based media? How do these approaches, models, and methods of learning relate to acquiring and producing knowledge by the conventional means of reading and analyzing text? Do we understand the 20th century differently through listening to sounds and voices and viewing images than through reading texts? How does massive digitization and online access relate to the concept of authenticity and provenance?
  2. What tools in the sequence of the research process – search, annotation, vocabulary, analysis, presentation – are best suited to work with audio-visual data? The ways in which we structure and process information are primarily determined by the convention of attributing meaning to visual content through text. Does searching audio-visual archives, annotating photos or film clips, analyzing a corpus of city sounds, or presenting research output through a virtual exhibition, require special dedicated tools? What is the diversity in requirements within the communities of humanities scholars? How can, for example, existing commercial tools or software be repurposed for scholarly use?
  3. What are the main hurdles for the further expansion of AV in DH? Compared to text, audiovisual data as carriers of knowledge are a relatively young phenomenon. Consequently the question of ‘ownership’ and the commercial value of many audiovisual sources result in considerable constraints for use due to issues of copyright. A constraint of a completely different order, is the intensive investment in time needed when listening to or watching an audiovisual corpus, compared to reading a text. Does the law or do technologies for speech and image retrieval offer solutions to overcome these obstacles?

Contributions are encouraged from authors with different kinds of expertise and interests in media studies, digital humanities, television and media history.
Paper proposals (max. 500 words) are due on October 2nd , 2017.
Submissions should be sent to the managing editor of the journal, Dana Mustata.
A notice of acceptance will be sent to authors in the 1st week of November 2017.
Articles (3 – 6,000 words) will be due on 15 th of February 2018. Longer articles are welcome, given that they comply with the journal’s author guidelines.
For further information or questions about the issue, please contact the co-editors: Mark Williams (Associate Professor Film and Media Studies, Dartmouth College U.S.), Pelle Snickars (Prof. of Media Studies Umea Univesity, Sweden) or Andreas Fickers (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History).

About VIEW Journal
See for the current and back issues. VIEW is supported by the EUscreen Network and published by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Utrecht University, Royal Holloway University of London, and University of Luxembourg. VIEW is proud to be an open access journal. All articles are indexed through the Directory of Open Access Journals, the EBSCO Film and Television Index, Paperity and NARCIS.


Call for Chapters: Creativity and Person Growth for Librarians/Social Justice and Activism in Libraries

1. Creativity for Success and Personal Growth for Librarians

Book Publisher: McFarland

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor, Library Partnerships with Writers and Poets (McFarland, 2017); public, academic librarian, indexer.

Carol Smallwood, co-editor, Gender Studies in the Library (McFarland, 2017);
public library administrator, special, school librarian.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, library administrators, and board members. Successful proposals will address creative, practical, how-to chapters and case studies depicting a variety of aspects and angles of the library profession as a creative endeavor, within the library walls and beyond. We are looking for ideas that can serve as a foundation, to incorporate into an MLIS course; a Human Resources’ or an organizational plan, as well as a kick-start to personal career goals planning. The focus is on library staff professional and personal growth and development, NOT creative programming and services for patrons.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters; author discount. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapter(s) with a concise clear summary by October 30, 2017, with brief bio on each author; place CRE, Your Name, on subject line to

2. Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action

Book Publisher: McFarland

Su Epstein, Ph.D., co-editor. Director, Saxton B. Little Free Library, Columbia, Connecticut
Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian, Michigan
Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing how to take the concept of diversity to the next level. The role librarians can play in social justice and social change, activities supporting tolerance in libraries. Topics could be inclusivity, tolerance, civic engagement, civic education, human rights, social responsibility; in the areas of collection development, programming, professional development, partnerships and outreach—just to name a few.

One author or two or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published. Public, school and special librarians, LIS instructors are especially encouraged to submit.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by October 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place TOL, LAST NAME on subject line to:

CFP: Various Newsletters

Open Entry (Michigan Archival Association)

Dear MAA Members,

The editors of Open Entry are now seeking submissions for our Fall newsletter.  The deadline is Friday, September 15.

We are looking for the following:

  • MAA 2017 Annual Meeting:  Your news and images from our recent conference in Traverse City.
  • Michigan Repository news and announcements.
  • Internship articles by Michigan students or interns in Michigan.
  • Archivists in the News: the arrivals, departures, and achievements of Michigan archivists.
  • Articles related to archival work that you would like to write.

Submissions can be text within your email message or attached as a Microsoft Word document. Typical article length ranges from 200 to 1,200 words.

If you have questions about what to write, or how to write it, we are happy to work with you.

Please email submissions to

Again, that deadline is Friday, September 15.

Thanks and best regards,

Open Entry Editors
Cynthia Read Miller
Troy Eller English
Lindsay Hiltunen


The SAA Manuscript Repositories Section is currently accepting submissions for the Fall 2017 issue of our newsletter.

We welcome submissions of articles, announcements, and jpeg images relating to new collections, completed or ongoing projects, and issues of interest to colleagues.

Please send contributions to by Friday, September 29, 2017.

Thank you,

Ashley Todd-Diaz
Editor, Manuscript Repositories Section Newsletter


SGA Newsletter (Society of Georgia Archivists

We are seeking submissions for the Fall SGA Newsletter. As always, we would love to hear about any special projects or timely archival topics, as well as  member or institutional news (new hires, grants, exhibitions, awards, etc.). Also, if you attended or presented at SAA (or any other conference for that matter) we would love to hear your thoughts on the event or any special take aways you had.

The deadline for submissions is October 1.

Thanks! We looks forward to seeing what you all have been up to!

Kelly Zacovic, Archivist
City of Savannah, Research Library & Municipal Archives
City Hall, Room 103, Bay St. at Bull St.
PO Box 1027, Savannah, GA 31402
Phone: (912) 651- 4212
Fax: (912) 525-1775
Discover the Archives at:


Archival History News seeks written submissions for the launch of the Archival History Section’s recurring newsletter, soon available on the web.  Are you working with a collection that sheds light on the history of the profession?  Have you just made an archival discovery that you wish to share with the community?  Or are you conducting some exciting historical research at your institution and want to get the word out?

Consider submitting your piece to the Archival History News!  We are soliciting brief essays, short biographies or remembrances of archivists, book reviews of archival histories, and longer articles detailing moments in archival history.  Also send copies of archival photographs (taken before the year 2000) showing the work of archives and special libraries.  The newsletter’s scope is flexible and first-time submitters are always welcome.

The Archival History Section is excited for the revival of its newsletter.  Edited by Adam Mosseri and Eric Stoykovich, Archival History News is eager to receive submissions.

Archival History News, Author Guidelines:

Mission:  Archival History News serves as a means of communicating the value of archival history to a broad public, through the publication of ongoing archival history research, documentary or biographical notes, book reviews, and announcements of interest to those writing about the history of archives, archivists, and archival practices.

What we publish:  Archival History News will publish a variety of items which meet the approval of the editors, including submissions, contributions, and links to content on other websites. The editors are open to new ideas and first-time submitters are always welcome.

When we publish:  Submissions are accepted for review on a rolling basis, though publishing to the new website will occur on a schedule. For the moment, the editors anticipate releasing new material at least every four months.

Archival History News is NOT a peer-reviewed journal:  An author who submits works for publication should expect to have their work(s) reviewed and proofread by the editors, which may include blind review by outside editorial consultants, depending on the complexity of the topic or languages involved. Some submissions may be readied for publication with little or no editorial intervention, while others may be rejected outright. An author whose work needs editorial help or receives notice of rejection will receive an explanation from the editors in a timely manner (no more than 45 days from submission).

While authors should submit works not otherwise published elsewhere, there is no obligation on accepted authors of Archival History News to regard their submissions as the exclusive property of Archival History News. However, authors should cite Archival History News in later re-use of materials when it substantially replicates content published in Archival History News.

Accepted Formats:  Documents may be submitted in three formats: Word documents, MAC Book documents, and editable PDFs.  Digital images should be submitted as JPEGs.

Style:  Chicago Manual of Style is the preferred means of citation.  The main body of text should be 12 pt. Calibri with endnotes in 10 pt. Calibri.

Please send contributions to


SAA Human Rights Archives Section Newsletter

Please submit newsletter items about archives and human rights (writ broadly) to These can be recent publications, upcoming events or exhibitions, opportunities and scholarships, or something else entirely as long as it connects to archives and human rights. For the September newsletter, please send you submission by September 22, 2017.

CFP: Case Studies and Bibliography for “Design for Diversity”

See brief call and submission form.

Case Studies

The Teaching and Learning Toolkit will feature a set of short, intensive case studies that provide evidence of a wide range of practical experimentation and design work. We see these examples as an important way for practitioners to share concrete experiences of their work on the issues surrounding diversity in system design, library and information science, archival work, digital cultural heritage, and related areas. Within the Toolkit, these case studies can be used as readings, as the basis for a variety of assignments, and as an important attestation of practice that may not be fully represented in the research literature. The case studies will also be a valuable input for our discussions in the two Design for Diversity public forums, and some may be featured in those events.

The case studies will be comparatively short (about 750-2500 words) narratives that describe a specific project, organization, work process, or similar undertaking. Studies might focus on any aspect of the “design for diversity” problem space: a more inclusive search interface, an experimental approach to user-generated keywords, an outreach effort, a curricular experiment, a new way of structuring a database, an attempt to teach children about metadata. The goal is to provide information about the project that can enable a reader to understand the problem being addressed, the specific actions, methods, and outcomes, and what was learned (whether through success or failure). Taken as a group, the case studies will compile varied, concrete examples of inclusive practices, demonstrating the concrete ways in which practitioners are supporting the diverse needs of communities and what they learned from their triumphs and failures, and finally, provide a platform for underrepresented practitioners to be heard and contribute their work to the larger conversations.

If you’re interested in contributing a case study, please fill out this Case Study submission form and provide a 3-5 sentence brief summary of the case study you would be interested in sharing. The Design for Diversity team will contact all respondents within 1-2 weeks of the initial proposal date with more information about next steps. All case studies will be published on the Design for Diversity site, and selected case studies will be published as part of the final teaching and learning toolkit. Please subscribe to our email list to receive updates.

Foundational Readings

We will be actively developing this list over Summer 2017. To suggest new resources for this list, please add to the reading list Crowdsourced Bibliography under “Suggested Readings.” Under “Topics for Further Exploration,” please include particular topics or fields that you hope are further developed in this bibliography. Otherwise, feel free to explore the readings and annotations already generated.

If you are interested in joining our Zotero library, please contact us to request access.

CFP: disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory

disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory, Vol. 27: Archives

Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2017 

The editorial collective of the open access journal, disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory, calls for submissions that explore “Archives” for an issue to be published summer 2018. As early as the 1970s when French philosopher Michel Foucault published The Archaeology of Knowledge and the Discourse of Language (1972), archives have undergone a conceptual shift from mere repositories of historical documents to representing processes of knowledge production and forms of social meaning. Two decades later, another French philosopher, Jacques Derrida, contemplated the power and authority of archives in his Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression (1996). Today, archives continue to receive attention from scholars in the social sciences and the humanities. From the archival memory-work of Karen Till (2005; 2008) and Caitlin DeSilvey (2007), to recent scholarship on (post-)colonial archives and tribal knowledge (Christen 2012; Caswell 2014), the topic of archives has come to occupy a central space in the discourses of a vast array of disciplines and approaches. In addition to providing new insights, these works also serve to question widely held institutional beliefs and practices. In this vein, we seek submissions that look at a range of archives, including national, personal, and community archives to investigate the ways in which documents, images, objects, and places serve various purposes and occupy different types of cultural, intellectual, and physical spaces. Possible topics may include:

  • Archives in practice
  • Bodies in archives / bodies as archives
  • Participatory approaches to archives
  • Community archives
  • Archival methodology
  • Digital archives
  • Memory and archives
  • Rhetoric of the archive
  • Literary archives
  • Art and archive
  • Archives and (post-)colonialism
  • Race, culture, and archives
  • Silence and speaking / absence and presence
  • Hauntings
  • Queer and queering archives
  • Affect and archives
  • The future of archives

Additionally, submissions may explore memory institutions, broadly conceived, in order to touch on the constitution of libraries, museums, and universities, and their relation to social practice and theory. Finally, we welcome submissions that investigate archives and archival practices beyond the borders of the United States and outside of the global west.

More details can be found here:

CFP: Special Issue of Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture

Sources and Resources: Photography and Archives in Africa

Special issue of Critical Interventions

edited by Jürg Schneider, Marian Nur Goni, and Érika Nimis

Since the “discovery” of photography in Africa and photographs from Africa as sources for academic research or marketable goods on the international art market some 25 year ago, photo archives have increasingly attracted the attention of scholars, art dealers, artists and curators, who also act as resource persons and main intermediaries between the archives and the public. From the early 1990s on, various individuals from the global North have been ploughing the African continent, mainly focussing on early photo studios, in search of historical photographs which also engendered important material gains. Researchers working in and with photo collections of professional studio photographers, state press agencies, para state institutions and families have created from these sources an impressive though still incomplete corpus of scholarly work that touches on a great variety of topics such as biographies of early and contemporary African photographers or the various forms of photographic practices on the continent. Photo exhibitions and festivals in the North and South organized by a rather exclusive group of curators have mushroomed in recent years and so have exhibition catalogues and monographs. Not least, the last ten years have seen a number of projects that focussed on the digitization (and to a lesser extent material preservation) of photo collections in Sub-Saharan Africa with the common goal of conserving the visual heritage of the continent and making it accessible to a wider public. All this has had and still has a deep impact on the circulation, accessibility, perception and use of historical photographs from Africa. Likewise, all these activities have profoundly changed our understanding of photographs’ materiality, the ways how it is perceived, dealt with and addressed as well as the cultural and economic value that is attributed to them.

But not only was the photograph as the material, or after its digitization, immaterial carrier of visual information of the past affected by these activities but also the archive. Answering to changing societal processes and discourses, market logics and explicit or implicit policies with regard to access, reproduction and preservation photo archives are more than ever exposed to troubling dynamics of reconfiguration and profound transformations. New technological resources – the Internet, digitization and databases – have qualified the materiality of photo archives and challenge the boundaries between form and content. The archive has lost much of its status as a national or personal patrimony, but increasingly circulates “in global systems of loan, exchanges and markets” (Hall 2002, 337)*. What is more, photo archives, and the control over the inclusion, exclusion, circulation and access of and to the materials they hold, have now increasingly become tokens in a struggle for political, social or economic power and the formation of cultural and national identities.

Contributors to this special issue of Critical Interventions on Photography and Archives in Africa are invited to rethink in new terms all issues addressed above, based on the notions of sources (the photographic archive itself in all its forms) and resources (encompassing all of the persons, means and technological tools involved in the valorization of photographic archives), in order to offer new readings of these two key notions in this specific field of research.

* Hall, Martin. 2002. « Blackbirds and Black Butterflies. » In Refiguring the Archive, edited by Carolyn Hamilton, Verne Harris, Michèle Pickover et al., Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 333-361.

Please submit your abstract by Sept. 1st, 2017 to:,, and

Submitted abstracts should be no longer than 500 words, and be sent as an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Call for Book Proposals: Controversial Monuments and Memorials

Controversial Monuments and Memorials:
A Guide from the American Association for State and Local History

In the wake of the horrific recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the ensuing move to remove monuments to white supremacy, the American Association for State and Local History Editorial Board is seeking book proposals for a work tentatively titled Controversial Monuments and Memorials: A Guide from the American Association for State and Local History.

In order to publish the book while communities are still grappling with this part of their local history, the Board seeks proposals from authors able to complete a 40-50,000 word manuscript between now and December 29, 2017 (approximately four months). Given this short timeline, the Editorial Board will consider proposals that include some reprinted material.

The AASLH Editorial Board envisions a guide for public officials, community leaders, and historic site and museum professionals that will prepare readers to:

  1. Understand the history of racial violence that makes these monuments, memorials, and other physical markers like street signs, controversial in the United States (possibly also providing some international context and examples for comparative purposes).
  2. Discuss the events in Charlottesville and other locales as they relate to their own communities.
  3. Present their communities with practical ways to move forward in contextualizing and/or removing controversial monuments.

Proposals should address these questions:

  1. Imagine that your book is being promoted on the AASLH website or on Amazon. Begin with a title that captures the tone and spirit of your book. What would the ideal descriptive copy be? Emphasize special features or sections using bullets where appropriate.
  2. Your one to three paragraph bio. Emphasize your education and experience that’s relevant to this book topic. Please include other articles or books you’ve published related to this topic. The point here is to position yourself as an expert in this area
  3. Tentative table of contents. Please include page number estimates for each chapter. Please also include for each chapter an estimated number of photographs, figures, tables, or other graphic elements you think you would want to include in the chapter.

For questions, please contact Rebecca Shrum, Series Editor, at or Bob Beatty, Managing Editor, at

Rowman & Littlefield will offer a $1,000 advance against royalties to the author upon acceptance of a complete manuscript delivered by December 29, 2017.

Proposals are due Monday, September 18, to Bob Beatty (