26.03.2024 Call for Papers: Cultural Heritage Data & Power

Cultural Heritage Data & Power

Exploring Digital Collections and Situated Knowledges in Film History and Beyond 

Closing Conference of the BMBF Research Group “Aesthetics of Access. Visualizing Research
Data on Women in Film History” (DAVIF) (2021-2025) 

November 14–16, 2024 | Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany

In recent years, the application of digital tools and methods is on a rise within the field of film
and media studies, often relying on data provided by film heritage and other GLAM
institutions. At the same time, these institutions seek ways to make their collections more
accessible for researchers. In this process, ethical considerations regarding data provenance,
archival silences and situated knowledges woven into cultural heritage data take on a new
urgency. While digital humanists have increasingly investigated power structures inscribed in
cultural heritage data, the political, theoretical, and technological underpinnings of film
historical collections need further explorations. For example, how do categorization
processes underlying information technologies affect our understanding of film history? What
impact do they have on different social groups and especially on marginalized communities?
How should we deal with the inclusion of certain data and the exclusion of others? How can
we identify and represent gaps and blind spots in cultural heritage collections when reflecting

Bringing together researchers, scholars and practitioners, the conference seeks to stimulate
a critical debate about the creation, processing and archiving of film historical data and other
cultural heritage data. The goal of the conference is to examine how critical perspectives on
historical research data can be combined with new ways of applying and exploring digital tools
and methods in film and media studies and beyond. Based on DAVIF’s research on data
visualizations and women in film history, the conference focuses on the intersections of
feminist (film) historiography, critical data studies, data feminism, archival and curatorial
practices, computational approaches, AI applications, and information infrastructures.

We invite film and media scholars, film historians, film archivists and digital humanists from
various fields to reflect on and challenge power structures of data collections and practices.
In particular, we welcome feminist perspectives that seek not only to tell different stories, but
also to tell them differently.

Participants are encouraged to consider a wide range of subjects for their proposals. These
may include but are not limited to: 

  • Datafication of film and media studies and beyond 
  • Feminist film historiography including speculative approaches
  • Archival silences, biases and gaps in cultural heritage collections
  • Power-critical analysis of the creation, processing and archiving of film historical data
    and other cultural heritage data 
  • Data provenance in film heritage institutions and other GLAM institutions 
  • Critical, feminist, queer, postcolonial approaches to data visualizations
  • Analysis of information infrastructures and authority data (e.g. Wikidata, GND, LoC,


We welcome two types of proposals: 1) papers and 2) workshops. But we can also try to
facilitate other formats. Please submit your proposal (title, abstract of max. 300 words and a
short biographical note of max. 150 words, 5 keywords, and 3 references) by April 30, 2024
via . Presentations will be allowed 20 minutes + 10 minutes
of discussion. For workshop proposals please indicate the number of participants.

Abstracts will be selected by June 15, 2024. 


An open access publication of all conference papers is planned for fall 2025.


The event is the closing conference of the BMBF research group “Aesthetics of Access.
Visualizing Research Data on Women in Film History” (DAVIF) (2021-2025).
It will take place at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, from November 14–16, 2024. The
conference will be held in English. 

For speakers who do not have their own means of travel, travel and accommodation costs
may be covered on application. Please contact us regarding further arrangements. 

More information will follow shortly at the conference website.


Abstract submission deadline: April 30, 2024
Notification of paper/workshop acceptance: June 15, 2024
Conference: November 14–16, 2024
Deadline for publication submission: January 10, 2024
Scheduled publication date: Fall 2025 


The conference is organized by Dr. Sarah-Mai Dang, Pauline Junginger and Anne Hart (DAVIF
Research Group).