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2021 Theme: Social Justice and Online Activism

Date: February 25th and 26th, 2021.

Location: Virtually on Zoom in two half-day sessions

Registration fee: FREE!

2021 Conference repository

Social Media

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Keynote: Dr. Amanda French

Amanda French

Dr. Amanda French will be keynoting CDHC 2021!

Dr. French is the Community Lead and Data Entry Shift Lead at The COVID Tracking Project.

The COVID Tracking Project is a volunteer organization launched from The Atlantic and dedicated to collecting and publishing the data required to understand the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Every day, they collect data on COVID-19 testing and patient outcomes from all 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia. Their dataset is currently in use by national and local news organizations across the United States and by research projects and agencies worldwide. Their data API (which allows sites and apps to import our dataset automatically) receives about two million requests per day. On April 15, they launched the COVID Racial Data Tracker, a partnership between the COVID Tracking Project and the Center for Antiracist Research that collects, publishes, and analyzes racial data on the pandemic within the United States.


Digital Humanities Bingo

Download one or many Digital Humanities-themed bingo cards and play along throughout the sessions!

What counts:

There are no prizes, only enduring admiration.

Virtual Happy Hour

Join us Thursday, February 26th from 5:15-6:15pm ET for a virtual happy hour for some informal chatting and networking!


All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Conference Repository

The 2021 Conference recordings and available slides are accessible in our OSF repository! All content is licensed under a CC-By Attribution 4.0 International License.

Day 1: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
11:00am - 12:00pm Introduction and Keynote Amanda French    
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch Break    
12:30pm - 1:30pm How I Made This: “Cultural Heritage Data: How to Design a Representative Database” - Lada Zimina and Antonina Puchkovskaia Panel: “Finding Power & Place for Undergraduate Online DH” - Desiree Dighton, Emma Shaw, Amanda Roberts, and Alexis Colucci GENDER & DIGITAL COMMUNITY: Individual Presentations

“De-“Cypher”-ing the Matrix: A Critique of the Manosphere and Red Pill Ideology” - Luka Dowell

“Recovering #SelfCare for Intersectional Feminist Futures: Neoliberalism, Self-Care, and Whiteness in Hashtag Communities” - Shana MacDonald, Brianna I. Wiens

“Coding for Trends: Author and Commenter Posting Trends in an Online Community” - Jaime W. Roots
1:30pm - 1:35pm Break    
1:35pm - 2:35pm How I Made This: “None (for student-led activism around racial justice? Focusing on the ARTS 4800 practicum course)” - Greg Chan Panel: “Huellas Incómodas: A Digital Preservation of the #UAEMex Student-Feminist Movement” - Sylvia Fernández Quintanilla, Rosario Rogel-Salazar, Alan Colín, Abraham García, and Verónica Benítez PANDEMIC, PUBLIC HEALTH & HEALTHY PUBLICS: Individual Presentations

“CDC and WHO Twitter Messaging on COVID-19” - Katie Kuiper

“Overcoming the Pandemic through Viral Poetry Games: The Phenomenon of COVID-19-Inspired Digital Acrostic Poems in South Korea” - Christina Han

“A Study of Hashtags (untitled)” - Shri Vaishali V, Rukmini S
2:35pm - 2:55pm Break    
2:55pm - 3:55pm How I Made This: “Resilient Stillness—A performative tool about Stillness and Togetherness” - Brittney Harris Panel: “Collecting and Contextualizing the Current Moment of Racial Reckoning” - Laura Brannan, Janine Hubai, Anne Dobberteen, Dr. George D. Oberle, and Alyssa Toby Fahringer STATE, SECURITY, MEDIATION, & POWER: Individual Presentations

“Avoiding the Automation of Inequality: The Need for Secure and Equitable Social Nets” - Donna Schaeffer

“Sousveillance: Filling the Legal Gap” - Kelly Wheeler

“Digitally mediated inclusive comparison: A Pedagogy” - Sayan Bhattacharyya
3:55pm - 4:00pm Break    
4:00pm - 5:00pm How I Made This: “Movable: Narratives of Recovery and Place” - Kristen Lillvis and Paige Justice How I Made This: “Reframing the Remains: An Infrastructural Remediation of North Carolina” - Margaret Baker Panel: “The Covid-19 History Project: Undergraduate Research and Public History during a Pandemic” - Danielle Greene, Mary Culler, Madeline Altobelli, Bethany Stewart, Grace Barth, and Andrew Grant
5:00pm - 5:15pm Break    
5:15pm - 6:15pm Virtual Happy Hour    

Day 2: Friday, February 26, 2021

Friday, February 26, 2021 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
12:30pm - 1:30pm How I Made This: “Literature in Context: An Open Anthology of Literature in English” - Tonya Howe TECHNOLOGY & SYSTEMIC INEQUALITY: Individual Presentations

“Systemic Racism and Its Impact on the Siting of Chemical Dependency Programs in Harlem” - Shawn Hill

“Solidarity Online: Digital Dalits and the construction of Counter Public Sphere” - Madhu

“Brasileiras não se calam”: harassment, xenophobia and discrimination linked to coloniality in denunciation in cyberspace” - Camila Lamartine Barbosa
RELIGION, ETHICS, AND TECHNOLOGY: Individual Presentations

“The Option for the Poor: A Theological Contribution to Cyber Ethics” - Matthew Shadle

“Enslaved by the Church, Sold for the Republic: The Untold Story….”(arcgis project to accompany his research) - Nathan Marvin
1:30pm - 1:35pm Break    
1:35pm - 2:35pm How I Made This: “Feminists Do Media: Instagram Hacking for the Resistance” - Shana MacDonald, Brianna I. Wiens Panel: “‘Heritage from Below’: Building and Developing The South Asian Canadian Digital Archive (SACDA)” - Satwinder Kaur Bains and Magnus Berg RHETORIC, NARRATIVE, & THE BODY: Individual Presentations

“Click me: multilinear cyberliterature as illness narrative for womxn with hyperandrogenism” - Megan Perram

“Iranian women and Baghdad bombing” - Zaina Ujayli

“Broletariat: Tik Tok and Hegemonic Masculinity” - Gavin Thibodeau
2:35pm - 2:55pm Break    
2:55pm - 3:55pm How I Made This: “Child Labor Project: Using Historical Photographs to Teach Data in Social Context” - Tom Ewing How I Made This: “The Roswell Museum Federal Art Center: Exploring the Archive with Scalar” - Sara Woodbury Panel: “Using Digital Humanities Tools for Archival Description: the Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation Initiative at Georgetown University” - Mary Beth Corrigan, Adrian Vaagenes, and Emily Baldoni
3:55pm - 4:00pm Break    
4:00pm - 5:00pm Lightning Round & Closing Remarks LIGHTNING TALKS:

“The Ubume Challenge: A Digital Environmental Humanities Project” - Sam Risak

“Digital Mapping and Public History in Revealing Police Violence and Activism in the Great Plains” - Joel Zapata

“Apartheid Heritage(s)” - Cassie Tanks

Call for Proposals closed

Proposal Submissions

We encourage participation from the broader digital humanities communities, including undergraduate and graduate students, college and university faculty, independent scholars, community members, librarians, archivists, and technologists. Within the larger theme of Social Justice and Online Activism, we encourage submissions within the following areas:

All proposals will be reviewed by the Steering Committee and the Annual Program Committee. Applicants will be notified with a decision by December 31st, 2020.

Proposal Types and Lengths

All proposal abstracts should address 1) the research/pedagogical significance of the project, and 2) the platform or tool used in the project.

If you have any questions, please contact

Code of Conduct

The Chesapeake DH Consortium seeks to provide a welcoming, professionally engaging, fun, and safe experience and ongoing community for everyone, both in person and online. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Discriminatory language and imagery (including sexual) is not appropriate for any event venue, including talks, or any community channel such as the slack channel or mailing list.

Harassment is understood as any behavior that threatens or demeans another person or group, or produces an unsafe environment. It includes offensive verbal comments or non-verbal expressions related to gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religious or political beliefs; sexual or discriminatory images in public spaces (including online); deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Concerns about violations of this code of conduct can be directed to the Chesapeake DH Consortium governing body members at