Call for proposals – Digital Cultural Heritage: Mobilities, Mutuality and Heritage Futures

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2022 (deadline extended to February 21st!)

Event dates: 30 May - 1 June 2022

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland or Helsinki, Finland

Digital Cultural Heritage: Mobilities, Mutuality and Heritage Futures invites participants with a diverse range of expertise and interests, both topical and methodological, to consider how the digital (as broadly understood) intersects with, poses, and can potentially address some of the biggest challenges and ideas in cultural heritage today.
These major themes include
- The intersections between digital practices and the cultural heritages of increasingly mobile people and communities.
- Public engagement with digitised heritage; and how heritage organisations use the digital to engage with publics and communities.
- The digital preservation and (re)production of objects, sites, texts, practices, tangible and intangible heritages.
- The heritage of the digital and the mediated themselves; and the ways in which this heritage is preserved and produced, engages people, and becomes the heritage of a mobile, migrant world.
- Constructions of heritage in digital media genres - who debates, discusses and speaks for cultural heritage, and how?

By participating in this workshop, you will join a community of critical and ambitious thinkers engaging with the key questions that will shape (digital) heritage in the coming years and decades. In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop skills in and experiment with digital tools to engage, build and communicate with communities around your researchb topic or methodology.

How to apply
To apply for a place in the workshop, we ask for the following materials:
1. Abstract of your doctoral thesis (max. 500 words)
2. Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
3. Letter of introduction from the thesis supervisor or other academic referee (max.300 words). This can be in the form of an email.
4. Essay (2000 words). Applicants should submit a short essay situating their own research in the context of digital cultural heritage. We expect academic and critical essays which also demonstrate your motivation to participate in the workshop.
This essay will form the basis for your introductory symposium presentation, and it will also state a ‘problem’ or ‘opportunity’ that you would like to invitemparticipants to engage with during the workshop, with a view to exhibiting at our concluding ‘virtual exhibition’.
5. (max 500 words) Proposal of a digital object or objects you intend to work with as part of the public engagement sessions during the workshops. This might be a series of posts on social media, a digital audio-visual document, a lidar scan, a digitised text or a fragment of code - something that engagement with which can enrich our understandings of both heritage, and the digital

Evaluation criteria
The applications will be assessed by the Scientific Committee according to the following criteria:
1. Abstract of the doctoral thesis: not scored but evaluated as relevant/not relevant to the workshop theme.
2. Curriculum vitae: max. 10 points, focused on relevant experience and skills.
3. Letter of introduction: not scored, but checked to ensure the referee supports participation in the event.
4. Essay: max. 25 points, based on the originality of the argument, analytical approach, and references to academic literature on the topic, as well as its potential to generate
productive discussion during the workshop.
5. Public engagement object: max 10 points.
The workshop organisers will communicate the Scientific Committee’s decision to each applicant.


Applications should be submitted through the registration form:

Key dates:

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2022
Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2022
Publication of final program: 11 April 2022
Online event for participants: To be confirmed
Workshop: 30 May – 1 Jun 2022

Details in the attached document.