CFP: Digital Humanities: Labor, Political Economy and Activism in the Age of Digital Mediation

The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (JITP) invites submissions for a special issue on, “Digital Humanities: Labor, Political Economy and Activism in the Age of Digital Mediation.”  From the call:

We are all digital humanists now: we are all interpellated as users of platforms, workers in the marketized university, subjects to a changing political and technological economy. The shifting relations between labor, technology, class, and political economy pose urgent questions for the pedagogy and the politics of teaching in the humanities. We confront an uncertain future for labor activism and organizing as technologies such as artificial intelligence threaten to replace, deskill, or enshittify entire swathes of the “knowledge economy” in academic as well as industrial contexts. Whether the current shifts in the economy tend towards “neofeudalism,” surveillance capitalism, or “something worse,” they are profound. We see the disciplines and fields that make up the Digital Humanities as in dialectical relation to the changes and contradictions in the political economy around them, contradictions yet to be fully named and explored. We seek papers along two axes of the dialectic of theory and praxis, “Political Economies of the Digital” and “Synthesizing Political Resistance,” for a special issue of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. We especially welcome contributions from graduate students, non–tenure-track faculty, academic or tech union organizers, and staff within DH spaces.

The special issue will be organized into two clusters, I. Political Economies of the Digital in the Humanities, and II: Synthesizing Political Resistance. Research-based manuscripts and multimedia projects alike are accepted and peer reviewed.  Collective, collaborative, and/or multi-author forms of publication are welcome and encouraged.

Submission deadline for full manuscripts is 15 June 2024, with anticipated publication in December 2024.

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