Call for Proposals

Our Call for Proposals is now closed.


The DRHA conference is one of the foremost in the world, facilitating dialogue between academics and practitioners from:

  • Digital arts, design and performance
  • Digital humanities
  • Creative and cultural industries
  • Digital libraries and archives
  • Digital cities and urban commons.

We welcome proposals for research presentations that respond to the theme of Data Ache by exploring the effect and affect, implication and application of data. These may include papers, performances, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, installations, panels/roundtables, and 5-minute “living posters”, in any of the following areas (but not limited to):

  • Big data, aesthetics and cultural analytics;
  • Materiality of data and media archaeology;
  • The digital dark age and conservation;
  • Data visualisation and sonification;
  • Post-truth: fatigue and saturation of data;
  • Collection and harvesting of data;
  • Sign versus signal versus noise: ethics and aesthetics of data cleaning;
  • Digital anthropology, creative cartography, ethnography and mapping;
  • Open Data/Big Data: culture, rights and freedoms;
  • The archival politics of search engines (e.g. gender and race blindness), and preserving the past;
  • Issues in framing practice-as-research as/with/through data;
  • The interaction of spaces and data spaces/sets;
  • Virtual, augmented, and physical artistic and creative practices
  • Smart cities, resilient cities and The Internet of Things;
  • Immaterial curation, museum, exhibition and heritage practices;
  • Digital archives: sustainability and searchablity (compatibility, interoperability);
  • Collective prosopography and visualisation tools;
  • Digital texts, images and objects: manuscripts, the print page, artefacts and the problems of immateriality;
  • Data leaks, surveillance, and hacking.

It is anticipated that a range of themed edited collections and/or special journal issues will arise from this conference. There will be no conference proceedings.


Modes of Presentation:

The DRHA2017 conference welcomes proposals from across arts and humanities contexts. There is an opportunity to propose presentations in the following modes:

Individual Paper
(20 minutes)

You may propose an individual 20 minute paper on any topic related to the conference theme. All papers must be presented in person at the conference by their authors (or at least one author, if jointly written). You may propose a performative paper (scheduled in a performance studio space). Papers will be curated thematically by the conference organisers.

Living Poster
(5–8 minutes)

A ‘living poster’ is a 5–8 minute presentation of research information arising from the conference theme, accompanied by either a single PowerPoint / projected slide or else an A0 paper poster (produced by the presenter). We anticipate that living posters will be proposed to either supplement a performance or exhibition piece that is being presented during the conference, or else by students that are submitting their first papers. We will try to schedule live posters alongside 20 minute papers in sessions that have been curated thematically by the conference organisers

(90 minutes)

A panel involves at least three presenters (including a chair), exploring a common theme or issue. It can comprise a number of papers/presentations or take the form of a conversation or roundtable. You may request that a panel is scheduled in a classroom, studio or cinema space. No more than 2 presenters in a proposed panel may be based at the same institution (unless they are presenting a joint or collaborative paper within it). Panel proposals must outline who is involved and how each person will contribute (with individual abstracts supporting an overarching one if necessary).

(90 minutes)

Workshops should be 90 minutes in length and related to the conference theme of Data Ache. They can have between one to three presenters/facilitators. Workshops should be interactive and allow the participants time to explore, engage with and practice the concepts, technologies and ideas presented. Proposals must outline both the activities and the key outcomes for participants. It is possible to ask participants to sign up for the workshop in advance and to limit numbers of participants if necessary.

Workshops can be located in either a classroom or performance studio space with minimum technical support. Maximum set up and get out time is 20 minutes (each).


You may propose digital video screenings up to 60 minutes in length for stand alone films or to present documentation of other projects. Discussion time will be scheduled following all screenings and it is also possible to combine a short research paper/introduction with screenings (total maximum time including introduction and discussion is 90 minutes). This must be indicated in the proposal. Screenings may be located in either the Jill Craigie Cinema or Immersive Vision Theatre.

Performance, exhibition or installation

You may propose installations, exhibitions or performances of up to 75 minutes in length in one of our three studio spaces (RLB 307, RLB 308 or House Studio) or the Immersive Vision Theatre (specifically for multi-media/sonic performances). Lighting plans, etc. will need to be received at least 7 days prior to the conference to enable our technicians to rig and must be based on resources currently in the space. You will be entitled to a single technical rehearsal of up to one hour in length prior to the performance (not necessarily immediately preceding) and a technician will be available to support your performance if required. Maximum set up time (prior to technical rehearsal) and get out time is 60 minutes each. It is also possible to propose introduction and discussion time before and after your performance (total maximum time available is 90 minutes).

We are also able to accommodate installations and exhibitions in (empty) classroom and some public spaces with little or no technical support. These may be set up for up to a single day and you may propose scheduled times for introduction or discussion. We will try to organize an invigilator when you are not available, but cannot guarantee this.

It is also possible to propose pop up performances, exhibitions and installations in other spaces across campus (indoors and outdoors) and possibly during conference ‘social times’. Please email us ( with your ideas informally prior to submitting proposal so we can work through possibilities with you.

You can also propose artistic research for a group exhibition in a local gallery open to the public or a performance for our Immersive Vision Theatre.

Please note that we are unable to pay any fees or meet any personal expenditure related to travel and accommodation or those related to the presentation of creative practice at DRHA2017. Discounts will be available for students. All presenters are required to pay a conference fee; (with the exception of performers/technicians who are not named on the proposal and do not attend any other conferences sessions).