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).