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Call for Submissions: “#Right2Left Workshop,” Digital Humanities Summer Institute

April 30, 2020

Although this year’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria, BC has been postponed until 2021, several of the workshops planned for the weekend between the two weeks are moving forward in virtual format.

We put out a call for participation earlier this year for the #Right2Left workshop, focusing on digital work in cultures where some of the languages are written from right to left such as Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Urdu and Syriac.  We have already accepted a number of participants, but we have room for a few more.

Details of the exact format are forthcoming, but it will feature pre-recorded 10-15 minute talks from the already accepted participants by May 15th.  There will be an open discussion of the papers during a scheduled time on the weekend, most likely in the form of a short Twitter presentation and discussion.

In case you have some work that you would like to present in a 10-15 minute pre-recorded talk, please contact me directly by 30 April 2020. 

Here is the original call that we put out for the workshop:

#Right2Left at #DHSI2020 is interested in exploring challenges, opportunities, and implications that are distinctive to digital work in languages written from right to left such as Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Urdu and Syriac.

Topics for exploration might include:

  • multi-directional texts
  • digital methods and RTL scripts
  • RTL workarounds
  • pre-Unicode histories of RTL digital environments
  • LTR transliteration/approximation of RTL languages
  • digital literacies in RTL environments
  • minimal RTL computing
  • digital pedagogy for RTL languages
  • RTL TEI XML
  • localisation for RTL cultures
  • rethinking DH for RTL languages
  • RTL digital cultures and the humanities
  • RTL digitality for research and pedagogy in the social sciences
  • RTL digital cultures and public users’ behaviour
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