CFP: Digital Natural History: On Telling Multispecies Stories

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Digital Natural History: On Telling Multispecies Stories

Proposal Deadline: February 28th, 2023

Series Publication: Rolling Publication Starting Spring 2023

There are emerging and fascinating ways for humans to use technology to share the entangled stories of human and more-than-human worlds. In particular, combinations of art and technology are increasingly being brought together to engage with Natural History Collections in diverse ways.

This series draws inspiration from scholars such as Jill Didur, Elaine Ayers, Claudia Berger, and Geneviève Chevalier, who use various digital approaches to natural history through critical counter mapping, locative media, and virtual reality to shift our understanding of human connections to and with the natural world.  

We are inviting contributions of blog posts between 800-1200 words as part of a NiCHE series on “Digital Natural History: On Telling Multispecies Stories.” Our intention is to bring together work from a diverse set of scholars that will serve to either kickstart new research or a platform to share stories that do not fit into the peer-reviewed journal publication pipeline.

Some possible topics for contributions to the series could include:

Counter mapping with botanical collections

Critical plant studies

Public engagement digital platforms 

Small-scale digital exhibits of plants

Storytelling techniques of natural history collection

Visual and artistic ways of telling botanical stories

Anticolonial/decolonial/Indigenous plant histories

Digital educational tools related to plants

Individual or collection of artwork

We’re also interested in seeing submissions that imagine the theme of digital natural history in thoughtful and creative ways not mentioned specifically here.

Proposals of 150 words will be accepted until February 28, 2023, with publication expected during Spring 2023.

If you are interested in contributing to this series, please email your proposal and a short bio to Heather Rogers (heather.rogers2 [@] and Nick Koenig (nkoenig [@] Please also feel free to write to us if you would like more information or have any questions.

NiCHE offers $100 CAD honoraria to contributors without adequate or consistent access to institutional support. Learn more about our honoraria policy here.

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Heather Rogers

I am a recent graduate of the Digital Humanities program at McGill University. My research focused on digital environmental humanities (DEH), new materialism, critical plant studies, and botanical history.

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