This Call for Proposals is available on the workshop web page at:



Humanities scholars have historically used archives that include restricted or privacy-sensitive collections in order to conduct their investigations about sensitive topics. The recent developments in digitization and dissemination technologies present the possibility of making archival collections broadly available. Furthermore, collections of new, born-digital documents will be readily available to support and enhance scholarship. However, such access has also exacerbated threats to the privacy of individuals named in these records. Examples of such privacy-sensitive records include mental health institutional records, prison records, records of the Truth and reconciliation commissions, Nazi archives, and the Guatemalan national police archives. Access to paper records is protected by distance, physical barriers, and varying state and national policies and laws. In some cases, the legal frameworks for digital records are substantially less clear than those for physical records. Furthermore, the online availability of such records has a potential to stigmatize or embarrass the families or descendants of those named in the records when they bear no responsibility for the acts or health conditions of the named individuals, raising ethical issues in providing broad, open access to these records. In addition to scholars, demographics such as family members, journalists, social services providers, and policy makers can all benefit from access to these historical collections.


We invite scholars and practitioners who work with or are interested in issues surrounding humanities scholarship supported or enhanced by digital, privacy-sensitive collection to contribute to and participate in this workshop. A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

Proposals: formats and submission

All contributions must be written in English.

We encourage you to submit proposals for:

Please submit papers via the workshop's EasyChair submission page:

Important dates:

Program Committee (evolving)

Donald Fyson, Département des sciences historiques, Université Laval
Pat Galloway, School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin
Unmil Karadkar, School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin


Please contact us in case of questions.

Unmil Karadkar ([log in to unmask])
School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin

King Davis([log in to unmask])
School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin


The organizers are funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (grant number: 11500653) under the scholarly communications program.

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