CfP: Digital Humanities in Arabic

Call for papers, deadline 15 January 2020

April 20-21, 2020

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Qatar

This conference focuses on issues and challenges pretraining to the praxis of Digital Humanities (DH) in diverse geographical contexts, countries, and cultures, especially, though without being limited to, Arabic. The conference is very multidisciplinary by nature with the aim of advancing the current state of knowledge for researchers in Arabic literature, culture, media, arts, history, political science, and sociology. All in all, this conference will explore the text mining and computational analysis of Arabic and non-Latin scripts, as well as the network analysis of non-Western social, political and historical transformations. We are especially interested in the development of Digital Humanities tools and platforms designed for the distinctive challenges of Arabic studies scholarship.


The contributors will be selected for the originality and strength of their work and the specific relevance of their work to the themes of the conference. The conference will help initiate an inquiry that will hopefully culminate in a co-edited book project, which will further enhance our commitment to knowledge dissemination.Thus, this transnational collaboration intends to provide researchers in Arab universities with the needed resources to share their intellectual contributions and engage western academia in an enriching conversation about Arabic Digital Humanities.


Moreover, we intend to submit a special issue from the conference papers to the peer-reviewed journal Philological Encounters (Brill). The proposed issue will focus on the potential and limits of DH in Arabic textual and historical scholarship.



We invite submissions that may include scholarly inquiry into Arabic uses of digital technologies; digital humanities projects that focus on Arab/Muslim history and culture; Islam and digital theory; the intersection of Arab studies and digital humanities; digital tools and artifacts; Arabic digital humanities and memory; social media and Arab activism/movements, etc.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

   ·       Computational literary studies, literary text mining and network analysis

  • DH and the epistemologies of the Arab/Muslim World
  • DH and theory from the Arab/Muslim Studies
  • DH and Arab/Muslim critical perspectives
  • DH and cultural criticism
  • DH and Activism
  • Critique of DH
  • Postcolonial DH
  • Evaluating digital scholarship
  • Digital hegemonies
  • DH and alternative methodologies
  • Technical challenges of DH with non-anglophone and non-Latin material
  • DH and local communities
  • DH and intercultural problems
  • DH and multilingualism
  • DH and social/political change in the Arab/Muslim World
  • DH and citizen-driven innovation from the Arab world
  • DH and big data from the Arab world
  • Digital Media and DH
  • Machine Translation and DH

Please provide an abstract of 300-500 words and brief bio (75 words). For each abstract, please include 3-5 keywords.

Proposal Submissions

We invite submissions from graduate students, faculty, librarians, and independent scholars to actively participate in the conference!

  • Abstracts should be sent to the conference organizer, Dr. Eid Mohamed at  
  • Submission deadline: Jan 15, 2020
  • Reviewing period: Jan 15– 20, 2020
  • Acceptance Notification: Jan 20, 2020
  • Full paper Submission: April 10, 2020

**The submission deadline is Jan 15, 2020**

Travel grants and accommodation for all participants will be provided through a research grant from the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Doha Institute for Graduate Studies