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Symposium in New Media,Technology, and the Humanities

The Faculty of the Humanities at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is pleased to announce a two-day symposium on New Media,Technology, and the Humanities scheduled for March 14-15, 2016, and organized in connection with the Meta.Morf Art +Technology Biennale which is devoted to the technology of the outer space and interstellar travel.

Futurescapes shares the Biennale’s interest in interplanetarity, time, and the cosmic beyond, and in humans who dream, invent, construct, and destroy their way into the future. The Symposium will explore new locations and entanglements of the humanities and technology, and offer a place for diverse scholars to showcase their cosmic or future-oriented work across disciplinary boundaries. As we enter our future, scientists in the Digital Humanities start to break down the boundaries that have separated communication technologies and the classical humanities. Knowledge about ourselves, our history and our future, our culture and our languages, finds in the Digital Humanities new forms of expression. But, we also will interrogate critically how and with what tools humanists and technologists communicate, think big ideas, and make things. Finally, we want Futurescapes to address ethical, legal, and political implications of such work, and how it bears on the futures of our diverse fields.

Keynote Speakers

Kari Kraus is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies and the Department of English at the University of Maryland. Her research and teaching interests focus on new media and the digital humanities, digital preservation, game studies and transmedia storytelling, and speculative design. She was a local Co-PI on two grants for preserving virtual worlds; the PI on an IMLS Digital Humanities Internship grant; and, with Derek Hansen, the Co-PI of an NSF grant to study Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) and transmedia storytelling in the service of education and design. Her latest transmedia work is likewise funded by the NSF. With Min Wu and Doug Oard, she Co-PI'ed “Exploring Invisible Traces in Historic Recordings,” which used audio forensics techniques to help recover provenance information about undated recordings. Kraus has written for the New York Times and the Huffington Post, and her work has been mentioned in the Atlantic, the Salt Lake Tribune, the Huffington Post, Gamasutra, Wired, on Baltimore Public Radio, and by the Long Now Foundation. In 2015, she entered into a Space Act Agreement with NASA. She is currently writing a book about how artists, designers, and humanities researchers think about, model, and design possible future.

Call for Papers

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Futurescapes will showcase interdisciplinary and/or digital humanities projects that deal with any of the issues listed below, and scholars, practitioners and students from the fields of technology, the arts, and the humanities are encouraged to submit their work.

We are especially interested in projects addressing any of the following:

Digital humanities, interdisciplinary methodologies and new research questions How have humanistic thoughts and creative practices associated with fine arts, music and culture transformed neuroscience, information technology, communication, and computational sciences? Conversely, how has the digital turn transformed the supposedly “analogue” disciplines of literary studies, linguistics, and philosophy? What do text mining, data visualization, data sonification, topic modeling, textual annotation, digital curation offer the humanities? What are the new research questions they enable us to ask? What are the benefits and limitations (economic, methodological, political, legal, ethical, etc.) of this digital and big-data turn and these cross-disciplinary methodologies?

Speculative practices in the humanities and technological fields How do different disciplines narrate and landscape the future? How do they harvest the “past” for this purpose?

Disciplinary keywords in translation What are the humanities and technical sciences’ key terms (memory, space, future, data, narrative, network, design, for instance), and how do they travel/translate across disciplines?

Critical pedagogy How can we use technology in the service of critical pedagogical practices? How can technology help build collaborative and critical intellectual communities? Activate new student networks? Transform teaching, assessment, and reflection into dialogical practices? How can we turn students and educators into active global digital citizens?

Sustainability and the humanities How do interdisciplinary humanities engage with sustainability in the environmental and temporal senses? How can those of us working in digital humanities create projects that last, instead of dying of “digital rot”? Can the humanities help us better understand sustainability? Can technology make the humanities more sustainable?

Legal regimes and access to technology and the humanities How do intellectual property laws shape knowledge production and sharing in the humanities, the technical and science fields, and across the globe?

Power, technology, and the humanities How are existing power frameworks (also within the humanities themselves) consolidated, transformed, challenged by new technologies? Who has the privilege, the right, to create and narrate the future? What is the gender of the future? How are our futures classed and raced?


We solicit Paper or Mixed-Media Project Abstracts, Proposals for Mini Workshops, and Proposals for Lightning Shorts. Note different deadlines for each.

  • Abstracts of up to 500 words (excluding references and Figures or Tables) should be sent by 31st November 2015 to the following e-mail address: tba
  • Proposals for Mini Workshops of up to 200 words should be sent by 31st October 2015 to the following e-mail address: tba
  • Proposals for Lightning Shorts of up to 200 words should be sent by 31st November 2015 to the following e-mail address: tba (PhD and MA students are particularly welcome to showcase their work)

Conference Logistics

More information soon


[Hanna Musiol], Associate Professor, NTNU, Department for Language and Literature

[Dorothee Beermann], Professor, NTNU, Department for Language and Literature