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May 1, 2017

Day of DH 2017


By Rachel Rochester and Heidi Kaufman

Please join us on Friday, May 5, from 3-5 p.m. in Knight Library 117 for a Podcasting Workshop! Podcasts are a growing genre, and a versatile academic tool. Your humble author, Rachel Rochester, will be joined by Claire Graman (Eng.), and Dr. David Chamberlain (Classics) for a workshop on Podcasting basics and discussion of the podcast form in academia. Refreshments will be served and we hope to see you there! Please RSVP here.










Every year on the Day of DH, scholars interested in the Digital Humanities co-create an international digital event, detailing their projects and what DH means to them. This year’s Day of DH, which took place on April 20, was organized by the Centernet, the International Network of Digital Humanities Centers, with the hosting and technical support of the LINHD: Laboratory of Innovation of Digital Humanities of the UNED (Digital Innovation Lab @ UNED), headed by Elena González-Blanco (UNED) and the collaboration of Humanidades Digitales CAICYT, headed by Gimena del Rio Riande (Conicet, Argentina). This year’s Day of DH saw 123 registered users, nine groups, 92 blogs, 8 discussion forums, and a riot of activity on Twitter.

Icon for Day of DH 2017. A lowercase dh sits over a lowercase hd. The letters on the left are red, the ones on the right are gray. On the left it reads "dia" and on the right it reads "day." The whole thing sits over 2017.






DH is a field that has no firm definition, which is part of what makes the Day of DH so important. By showcasing a wealth of “typical days” for DH scholars around the world, participants can see the breadth of projects that fit under the DH umbrella.

As I read through various blogs on the official Day of DH page, I realized not only that a vast array of projects can be categorized as DH, but that DH scholars have impressively diverse days. Most of the posts read like to-do lists that range from wildly disparate to thrilling to utterly banal, but they all coalesce into a coherent representation of the scope of digital humanities work. Jessica Dussault, a programmer at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), wrote about starting her morning spreading the word about the redesigned Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition website, moving on to researching the UNL marching band’s history and preparing student presentations on the subject for publication, shifting to building an API, and finally thinking about the preservation of endangered data. Georg Vogeler wrote about presenting on state of the art digital editing at a conference. Several scholars and researchers from King’s Digital Lab at King’s College London contributed blog posts about their various research projects. Neil Jakeman wrote about the pleasure in showing project partners the benefits of relational databases. Tiffany Ong wrote about unboxing a new desktop computer screen. Arianna Ciula and Geoffroy Noel wrote about collaborating with the Department of Informatics to develop a way to process multilingual texts in translation. Some of the posts on the cite are elaborate and philosophical, waxing poetic about the future of the field, while others are simple snapshots of the minutes that tick by in a digital humanist’s day. All of it leads us ever closer to an understanding of the field as a whole.

An image of a white man with short hair wearing a bowler hat and suit. Binary code on ethereal blue overlays the image.

From the Day of DH 2015 page: “A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) is an open community publication project that will bring together scholars interested in the digital humanities from around the world to document what they do on one day”












Twitter, as it so often does, captured the essence of the long-form blogs in terser terms. Users used the hashtag #dayofdh2017 to showcase projects, wish other humanists well, look forward to upcoming events like DHSI, and network.

What does DH mean to you? What does a day in your life as a digital humanist look like? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

April 24, 2017

“Hacking the Dissertation” and the Evolution of Expertise


By Heidi Kaufman & Rachel Rochester

We are pleased to announce a new workshop co-sponsored by the library and Digital Humanities. Please join us in Knight Library 117 for an Introduction to R & RStudio this Friday, April 28, from 3-5 p.m. R is an open source programming language used by statisticians, data scientist, digital humanists and data designers.  This session will introduce users to the basics of R, the RStudio environment and the basics of operating in R.  Attendees can install R and RStudio in advance of the session, instructions on how to do so can be found here:


Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there.

I’m in the middle of writing my dissertation, and it’s a long, convoluted process involving dead ends, false starts, and conceptual growing pains. In recent years the traditional challenges of writing a dissertation have become newly complicated by the introduction of digital tools that invite audience participation and feedback. While many students writing dissertations participate in writing boot camps or dissertation workshops, the introduction of digital tools means that people can comment or become part of a dissertation community in absentia. And this, of course, raises the thorny issue of feedback in light of the dissertation committee. Can just anyone provide helpful feedback on the dissertation? What if the audiences wants me to talk about cute kittens in my chapter on Derrida and my dissertation committee says no? How then might we think about the potential benefits and challenges of public feedback spaces designed or used specifically for the writing of the dissertation? Will this make our jobs easier by providing an audience? Or will it complicate our professional relationships with our advisors? No one wants their thesis to be generic, but it takes daring and audacity to adapt such an institutionally entrenched form. I’m working my way up to it, marshaling my resources, and outlining my last chapters, thinking about the dissertation as a whole and what it contributes to the discourse in postcolonial theory, the environmental humanities, and, of course, the digital humanities.







These kinds of questions led me to Anastasia Salter’s “Hacking the Dissertation,” published in Daniel J. Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt’s Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities. Salter opens by arguing that she’s come to prefer student work that is “open and collaborative,” and can’t help but feel like the traditional essay is a project’s starting point rather than its goal. If that’s true, she reasons, so too might the dissertation need to be reimagined in the digital age. As it stands, she argues, “It exists, it goes in front of a committee, and mostly it is of vast significance only to the person writing it.” For Salter, more widely spread relevance may come from open-access collaboration in digital forums. The online environments Salter envisions might “become spaces that encourage continual revision, collaboration, and extension” by “offering a community of collaborators—other creators of content who are enthusiastic about sharing their own knowledge and opinions because they are engaged in the same processes for themselves.” And while Salter acknowledges that publishing original work online opens it up to snark, derision, and even vitriol, she suggests that the benefits could well outweigh the risks.

An image of the cover of Hacking the Academy.










The idea of an ever-present community of scholars willing to offer their expertise is alluring, but it’s also controversial. Theoretically, advisors and committee members are meant to fill that role, offering feedback and guidance gleaned from experience and expertise. A cacophony of online input might threaten to drown out or counter their advice. A dissertation writer new to the field could easily become overwhelmed by competing information. It seems obvious that Salter is not advocating that the digital communities she describes replace institutional systems of support, but it’s worth considering whether online discussion and feedback forums make us stronger writers and scholars. Many writing classrooms, including my own, have used a model of “audience feedback” to help students hone their theses and arguments, but writing instructors carefully monitor and direct those instances of peer input. When my composition students critique each other’s work, I spend a great deal of time offering guidance to be sure both that the feedback is on point and that the students receiving that feedback consider it critically. Similarly, dissertation writing groups serve a similar, analog purpose. But in both of those situations, online feedback is tethered to real-world relationships and shared discourse communities. Online, such checks and balances are much more difficult to implement.

Arguably, an online discourse community may not be much different from the process of soliciting external reviews on book projects under consideration at presses. Reviewers are expected to offer feedback on a work in progress, just as members of a face-to-face dissertation workshop. Perhaps what’s different about the dissertation is that a small group of people—the dissertation committee members–have been designated “official” readers and supporters of the project. Without their approval the dissertation won’t pass and the degree won’t be complete. For better or worse, commentors in an online forum do not have the same kind of power.

In grad school, I’ve often operated under the assumption that more feedback is better. When preparing articles for submission or writing samples, I’ve been coached to have as many eyes on the piece as possible. Nevertheless, I find myself wondering if the open-access model Salter lays out is a populist driver of more desirable scholarship, or a way to lose the thread of an argument under a barrage of input. Can those comments truly open up smarter, more marketable avenues of inquiry? Or does this digital method threaten to undermine dissertators by introducing more information than they can use given the constraints of the committee structure? How public or private should a dissertation-in-progress be?

Please send us your thoughts!

April 17, 2017

Digital Geohumanities



By Rachel Rochester and Heidi Kaufman

We are looking forward to our first event of the term, a Twitter Workshop, taking place this Friday, April 21, from 3-5 p.m. in Knight Library 117. Veteran Tweeters Rachel Tanner and Courtney Floyd of UO’s English Department will share tips and techniques for using Twitter in scholarship and pedagogy. Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so if you are planning to attend, please RSVP here. We hope you will join us!

The Twitter logo against a white background









Although many of us working in the humanities have long foregrounded space and place into our scholarship, such projects are beginning to coalesce into the emergent, interdisciplinary field of Geohumanities. The “Space, Place, and the Humanities” National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, to be held at Northeastern University in July and August, describes the field as the “intersection of geography, history, literature, creative arts, and social justice.” A vast number of Geohumanities projects are digital in nature, not just because so many digital tools enable innovative geospatial thinking, but also because DH and the Geohumanities are innately similar in their ability to inspire innovative interdisciplinary collaborations. In his introduction to the recent special issue of the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing dedicated to the digital Geohumanities, Nicholas Bauch writes: “geohumanities practice makes sense in the cradle of digital humanities. They share an ethos of experimentation and expression with new media, focusing on techniques born from design fields” (6). The commonalities between the fields, and the groundswell of excitement that they generate, continues to prove fruitful for creative and visceral scholarship.

A flat map of the world pixelated to look as if the whole world is digital







Back in February we highlighted StoryMapJS as a particularly accessible and useful tool for adding Geohumanities elements to DH projects. This week, and in preparation for our “Mapping Tools 101 for Humanists” workshop that will take place on Wednesday, May 24, from 3-5 p.m. in Knight Library 117, we wanted to highlight an exciting new project that has just gone live.

Launched on April 11, the Mapping Early American Elections project works to overlay early American election data onto 50 maps and visualizations that will represent Congressional and state elections for 24 states. The visualizations will offer new ways to showcase and examine the New Nation Votes collection of electoral returns. In the team’s introductory announcement, they anticipate that the website they develop “will include a map browser inviting users to explore early American political history in exciting new ways. Issues such as changes in voter participation, turnover in Congress and the state legislatures, the growth of party competition, and regional changes in voting patterns will appear with new clarity.” By translating data into visual resources, researchers will be able to consider early America’s political nascence from a new perspective. The project depends upon vital funding from the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities, as did the New Nation Votes collection originally.

A woodcut of three women in 1800's dresses casting ballots with onlookers

Howard Pyle’s woodcut engraving “Women at the Polls in New Jersey in the Good Old Times,” published in Harper’s Weekly in November, 1880











Although the benefits of such a project are clear, mining mappable data, and learning how to generate maps with that data, is a massive undertaking. One of the most exciting aspects of the Mapping Early American Elections project is its mission to teach users not just about the transitional political identity of the U.S., but about the tools and techniques necessary for creating future digital humanities projects with similar raw materials. The team intends to generate tutorials so that users can use QGIS to create their own maps. Moreover, they intend to make their data easily accessible to the public.

Are you planning or creating a digital geospatial project of your own? What tools are you using? What tools are you curious about? Or what do you wish there was a tool for, if only someone would help you build it? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

April 10, 2017

NEH Grants for the Digital Humanities


By Rachel Rochester and Heidi Kaufman

Have you ever considered using Twitter in your scholarship or classes? Please join us on Friday, April 21 from 3-4 in Knight Library 117 to learn from Twitter veterans from the English department, Rachel Tanner and Courtney Floyd. Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

This week, we’d like to congratulate Tara Fickle, Assistant Professor of English, on her newly awarded summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her project, “Behind Aiiieeeee!: A New History of Asian American Literature.”

An image of Dr. Fickle, smiling and facing the camera.

Dr. Tara Fickle, Department of English, Assistant Professor












The project will be a digital edition and reconsideration of Aiiieeeee!, a foundational Asian American literary anthology from the 1970s. Dr. Fickle will work with Shawn Wong of the University of Washington, one of the original editors, who has provided Dr. Fickle access to a “treasure trove” of original material related to the anthology. Her plan is to digitize and showcase this material through a series of online interactive learning modules.

In 4x6 rows, pictures of pertinent humanities projects stand in the background. These include ancient-looking gold jewelry, a group of African musicians and dancers, an archer, a villa-style house, a buddha's face, and children gathered around a computer. In white font in the foreground reads "National Endowment for the Humanities announces New Grant Recipients."








Dr. Fickle is one of several scholars at UO to have received support from the NEH for digital humanities work in recent years. The NEH has long been a champion for the digital humanities, and offers further evidence of the importance of the growing field. Back in 2006, the NEH recognized the value of DH and created the Digital Humanities Initiative, which has since changed its name to the Office of Digital Humanities. Now, eleven years out, the department is a critical source of financial support for scholars in our field. The ODH official materials state that networked digital materials have fundamentally changed the ways we “read, write, learn, communicate, and play,” and the ODH supports projects that both study digital culture and “harness new technology for humanities research.” Along with the Mellon Foundation, the Association for Computers and the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies, the NEH is one of the largest sources of funding for digital humanities scholars and projects.

The crest of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which features an eagle with an American flag shield clutching an olive branch in one claw and a collection of arrows in the other.









The NEH has many exciting funding opportunities for DH work with upcoming deadlines. Applications for Digital Humanities Advancement Grants are due on June 6, 2017, for the Humanities Open Book Program are due September 13, 2017, and for Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities are due March 13, 2018.

In the most recent federal budget blueprint, the Trump administration proposes to completely defund the NEH. This would be an immense loss for the Digital Humanities community and the humanities at large. As a federal agency, however, the NEH is unable to lobby for itself. As NEH Chairman William D. Adams explained in his statement on the issue, executive branch agencies like the NEH must answer to the President and the Office of Management and Budget, and must abide by budgetary requests. Because of this, people who value the work and support of the NEH must be particularly vocal in their support. Via e-mail with Scott Jaschik, Rosemary G. Feal, executive director of the Modern Language Association, wrote, “The NEH, along with the NEA, are the only federal agencies dedicated to cultivating and curating literary and cultural research and production. The research budget of the NEH is less than 1 percent of the federal budget for scientific research, yet NEH grants provide catalytic effects that have multiplied throughout communities for 50 years now. I trust that the Congress will continue to value and fund these agencies. The MLA’s members will be vigorously advocating for a robust NEH, which we need now more than ever.”

An image of the United States Congress in session. Red block letters read "Call Today to Support the NEH!"









If you would like to express your support for the NEH, there’s still time to do so. Write and call your representatives and mention, specifically, how much you value the NEH. You can find your senators here, and your representative here.

Congratulations again to Dr. Fickle for her tremendous accomplishment!


April 6, 2017

Friday Feature

After a lovely spring break, we are pleased to welcome you back with 14 exciting digital humanities opportunities!

1. Deadline: 12 April, 2017

Access 2017

Access is Canada’s premier annual library technology conference bringing librarians, technicians, developers, programmers, and managers from all library sectors together to discuss cutting-edge library technologies. Access 2017 is a single stream conference featuring exciting keynotes, presentations, lightning talks, a hackathon, and lots of time for networking and social events.

We are seeking proposals for:

*   20 min presentations (15 min presentation, ~5 min questions)
*   These could be demos, theory or practice, case studies, original research, etc.
*   These submissions will be double blind peer-reviewed
*   30 min panel sessions
*   5 min lightning talks

2. Deadline: 14 April, 2017

The Austrian National Library (ONB) in Vienna (Austria) is looking for a full time Digital Humanities Software Developer for the Competency Network of Digital Editions KONDE. KONDE is a cooperation with several Austrian Universities and research institutes lead by ACDH Graz.

The new position is based in the research and development team of the library and will work on the online platforme for digital objects of the library for further research and analysis, as well as on user interface design and implementation.
The applicant should have experience in software develoment, service-oriented architectures, XML and Java.

Please find the details at ONBs job portal (in German only)

3. Deadline: 14 April, 2017

Fully-funded PhD Scholarship in Digital Arts & Humanities at National University of Ireland Galway

The closing date is approaching (5pm on Friday 14 April 2017) for applications for a fully-funded scholarship in Digital Arts & Humanities at the National University of Ireland Galway.

National University of Ireland Galway invites applications for a four-year Structured PhD scholarship in Digital Arts & Humanities to commence in September 2017. For further details of the application process, see:

The Structured PhD in Digital Arts & Humanities at NUI Galway is a full-time four-year interdisciplinary programme from which eight students have graduated since its inception in 2011. This PhD programme provides fourth-level researchers with the platform, structures, partnerships, and innovation models to engage and collaborate with a wide range of academics and practitioners. Our ambition is for students to contribute to the developing digital arts and humanities community world-wide. The programme welcomes proposals on the use of digital tools and methodologies in the scholarly analysis of cultural texts and phenomena, and on practice-based research in digital art and media. Students will gain exposure to transferable skills in digital content creation and analysis that are academically and professionally beneficial. DAH Scholarships are valued at 16,000 plus fees per annum.

4. Deadline: 15 April, 2017

University College Cork invites applications for a limited number of
scholarships in the four-year structured PhD programme in Digital Arts and
Humanities (DAH) for entry in 2017. Candidates will pursue their individual
research agendas within the program, based on projects developed from
proposals which they provide during the application process. Scholarships must be applied for separately from the application for entry to the program. The program application can be found here, and the scholarship application is available here.

5. Deadline: 16 April, 2017

An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University, Ireland, is looking for a PostDoc
to join the Letters of 1916.  This is an exciting role to further a
successful public engagement project as it enters a new research phase.

The successful candidate will support Letters of 1916 as it expands its
scope through 1923. S/he will be responsible leading the project???s
technical development, including the creation of a new single
workflow/framework and visualisations of complex data.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in computer science,
engineering, digital humanities or a related discipline. This is a
fifteenth month position funded by the Irish Research Council. Further
details available here:

6. Deadline: 20 April, 2017

The FORCE11 is Seeking Applications for its 2017-2018 Communications
Fellowship Program.
Application Details:

7. Deadline: 30 April, 2017

Masterclass: Participatory Engagement in Digital Humanities Projects (Maynooth)

An Foras Feasa, The Research Institute in the Humanities at Maynooth
University is delighted to announce a Masterclass on “Participatory
Engagement in Digital Humanities Projects” on 29- 30 June 2017

This Masterclass, supported by DARIAH and Humanities at Scale, will explore
how participatory engagement is increasingly being considered a key
component in the design of digital humanities projects. The goal of this
Masterclass will be to arrive at a classification of various forms of
participation and knowledge production, providing a window onto the issues
of creating and managing a participatory engagement digital humanities

For more information please visit the An Foras Feasa

8. Deadline: 30 April, 2017

Call For Proposals: New Technologies and Renaissance Studies
RSA 2018, 22-24 March, New Orleans

Since 2001, the Renaissance Society of America annual meetings have featured panels on the applications of new technology in scholarly research, publishing, and teaching.  Panels at the 2018 meeting will continue to explore the contributions made by new and emerging methodologies and the projects that employ them, both in-person at the conference and online via individual and group virtual presentations.

We welcome proposals for in-person and online papers, panels, and or poster / demonstration / workshop presentations on new technologies and their impact on research, teaching, publishing, and beyond, in the context of Renaissance Studies.  Examples of the many areas considered by members of our community can be found in the list of papers presented at the RSA since 2001 ( and in those papers published thus far under the heading of New Technologies and Renaissance Studies (

Please send proposals before 30 April 2017 to Your proposal should include a title, a 150-word abstract, and a one-paragraph biographical CV, as well as an indication of whether you would consider or prefer an online presentation. We are pleased to be able to offer travel subventions on a competitive basis to graduate students who present on these panels; those wishing to be considered for a subvention should indicate this in their abstract submission.

9. Deadline: 1 May, 2017

Baylor University Libraries is looking for a new Digital Scholarship Librarian. Details here:

10. Deadline: 12 May, 2017

The application to the Second cycle degree
/ 2 year Master programme in “Digital humanities and digital knowledge” at
the University of Bologna (Italy) is opening.

The international degree offers a cross-disciplinary curriculum designed to
foster close connections between humanities and the sciences of
representation and processing of information and knowledge.

Candidates are expected to be familiar with the basic topics in computer
science (especially with principles related to the Word Wide Web) and
humanities (literary and linguistic basic skills) and to have a knowledge of
the theories and the methods in the Digital Humanities domain; they must own
aptitude to computational techniques; they need to have the language
competences required to understand teaching materials and texts, also
specialized, in the English language.

Admission requirements and assessment intakes are available in the call for
application here.

11. Deadline: 15 May, 2017

Applications for a place at the 8th European Summer University in Digital Humanities are now being accepted (see:

The Summer University takes place across 11 whole days. The intensive
programme consists of workshops, public lectures, regular project
presentations, a poster session, teaser sessions and a panel discussion.

Thanks to our sponsors, we can again offer a whole range of scholarships
to participants of the Summer University (see:

For all relevant information please consult the Web-Portal of the
European Summer School in Digital Humanities “Culture & Technology”: which will be continually
updated and integrated with more information as soon as it becomes

12. Deadline: 31 May, 2017

CFP: Advancing Linked Open Data (LOD) in the Humanities

Monday, August 7, 2017 @DH2017, Montreal

This is a call for participation in a half-day workshop on Advancing Linked
Open Data (LOD) in the Humanities that will take place on the on August 7,
2017, one day prior to the start of Digital Humanities 2017, in Montreal,
Canada. The workshop seeks to bring together a wide selection of LOD
scholars, researchers, and advocates to share ideas for future LOD tools or

Prospective participants should submit the following:

1.   A summary (500-word maximum) of your work in LOD to date, with an
emphasis on current projects, including a statement of the institutional
position and affiliation of the submitter(s), if relevant.
2.   A position paper (500-word maximum) that outlines gaps or opportunities
related to current LOD tools and/or suggests ideas for new ways to take
advantage of the growing body of LOD in the humanities.

Submission will be via a Google form by May 31st: Images can be referenced in the form
of external links.

The submission form requests permission to make your submission part of an
openly available online resource with a CC-BY-NC licence. Projects or
researchers unable to participate are invited to submit a summary for
inclusion in this resource (see below).

Successful submissions will be shared with all participants in advance of
the conference. Participants will rank the position papers with a view to
their potential to advance work in the field if taken up by the LOD

The authors of the four top-ranked proposals will be asked to present a
short pecha-kucha-style talk to kick off the workshop. After a short
discussion period, participants will then divide into working groups to
strategize about how the ideas might be advanced and come back to the
larger group with next steps. All participants will regroup for a final
discussion and future planning.

13. Deadline: 6 July, 2017


The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invite proposals for Digital Edition Publishing
Cooperatives. Working together, the Cooperatives will develop technical
and human infrastructures to support the digital publication of
documentary and scholarly editions and to provide for their long-term
preservation, discovery, and use. This initiative responds to the urgent
need of scholars and documentary editors for reliable, sustainable,
authoritative, and field-driven outlets for publication and discovery of
digital editions. At the same time, we hope to investigate the possibility
of creating a federated system or systems for publishing and sustaining
digital editions.

Developing the Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives will be a two-stage
process for Planning and Implementation.

Up to eight planning grants will provide funds to support the first stage
of this multi-year endeavor, beginning no later than February 1, 2018. Each
project team will consist of a principal investigator to spearhead the
initiative, a lead representative from each of at least three participating
editions and the host institution(s). During the Planning stage, each
team will develop a proposal for implementing a Digital Edition Publishing
Cooperative. Planning grants are for one year and up to $100,000.

All planning teams would be eligible to apply for Implementation funding.
Three implementation grants of between $350,000 and $500,000, each for up
to three years, are expected to be awarded, for a total of up to $1.25
million. Implementation grants will be awarded in September 2019, with a
start date of no later than October 1, 2019. A full description of the
program, its outcomes, and a glossary of special terminology, are available

14. Deadline: 8 October, 2017

Call for papers for a Workshop on Corpus-based Research in the Humanities (CRH) with a special focus on space and time annotations. The workshop will take place in Vienna (Austria) January 25-26, 2018

The Workshop on “Corpus-based Research in the Humanities” (CRH) brings together those areas of Computational Linguistics and the Humanities that share an interest in the building, managing and analysis of text corpora. The edition of this year has a specific focus on time and space annotation in textual data, backed by a keynote speaker with special interest in this aspect of corpus management.

Submissions of long abstracts for oral presentations and posters (with or without demonstrations) featuring high quality and previously unpublished research are invited on the following TOPICS:

– specific issues related to the annotation of corpora for research in the Humanities (annotation schemes and principles), with special interest in space and time annotations
– corpora as a basis for research in the Humanities
– diachronic, historical and literary corpora
– use of corpora for stylometrics and authorship attribution
– philological issues, like different readings, textual variants, apparatus, non-standard orthography and spelling variation
– adaptation of NLP tools for older language varieties
– integration of corpora for the Humanities into language resources infrastructures
– tools for building and accessing corpora for the Humanities
– examples of fruitful collaboration between Computational Linguistics and Humanities in building and exploiting corpora
– theoretical aspects of the use of empirical evidence provided by corpora in the Humanities

This year, CRH will have a SPECIAL TOPIC concerning time and space annotation in textual data. Submissions with this focus are especially encouraged.

Contributions reporting results from completed as well as ongoing research are welcome. They will be evaluated on novelty of approach and methods, whether descriptive, theoretical, formal or computational.

The proceedings will be published in time for the workshop. They will be co-edited by Andrew Frank, Christine Ivanovic, Francesco Mambrini, Marco Passarotti and Caroline Sporleder.


We invite to submit long abstracts describing original, unpublished research related to the topics of the workshop as PDF. Abstracts should not exceed 6 pages (references included) and written in English.
Submissions have to be made via the EasyChair page of the workshop at (requires prior registration with EasyChair).
The style guidelines can be found here:

Reviewing will be double-blind; therefore, the abstract should not include the authors’ names and affiliations or any references to web-sites, project names etc. revealing the authors’ identity. Furthermore, any self-reference should be avoided. For instance, instead of “We previously showed (Brown, 2001)…”, use citations such as “Brown previously showed (Brown, 2001)…”. Each submitted abstract will be reviewed by three members of the program committee.

Submitted abstracts can be for oral or poster presentations (possibly with demo). There is no difference between the different kinds of presentation both in terms of reviewing process and publication in the proceedings (the limit of 6 pages holds for both abstracts intended for oral and poster presentations).

The authors of the accepted abstracts will be required to submit the full version of their paper, which may be extended up to 10 pages (references included).

April 3, 2017

Getting Started in DH with Dr. Constance Crompton

By Rachel Rochester and Heidi Kaufman


Welcome back DH@UO readers! This term we have some exciting Research Interest Group meetings and workshops, and we hope to see you there! The first will be a Twitter workshop, on Friday, April 21 from 3-5 p.m. in Knight Library 117, where veteran Tweeters Rachel Tanner and Courtney Floyd of UO’s English Department will share tips and techniques for using Twitter in scholarship and pedagogy. Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public.


An image of Constance Crompton, with short red hair, looking at the camera from a slight angle and smiling.

Dr. Constance Crompton, image from her website,













Today we’re pleased to present a new episode of the DH Podcast, where we sat down with Dr. Constance Crompton to discuss getting started with DH, no matter your current academic level or previous experience. Dr. Crompton is an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and English, and Director of UBCO’s Humanities Data Lab. She is a researcher with the Implementing New Knowledge Environments project and, with Michelle Schwartz, she co-directs the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project. She serves the associate director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and as a research collaborator with The Yellow Nineties Online. Her work has appeared in several edited collections, the Victorian Review, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Nineteenth Century Studies, The UBC Law Review, Digital Humanities Quarterly, and Digital Studies/ Le champ numérique. She is co-editor, with Richard Lane and Ray Siemens, of Doing Digital Humanities (Routledge 2016).



March 16, 2017

Friday Feature

For this, our last Friday Feature of the term, we have six Digital Humanities opportunities to share. Enjoy!

1. Deadline: March 31, 2017

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT 2017) is soliciting papers for an open panel on “The History of Artificial Intelligence and its Discontents.” Please feel free to contact Colin Garvey for more information.For more details please see

2. Deadline: April 10, 2017

Call for Participation: A four-day training workshop on EpiDoc will be held in Athens (Greece), from Tuesday, 2 May to Friday, 5 May 2017, at the Academy of Athens. The workshop is organized by the Academy of Athens within the framework of the DARIA-EU project “Humanities at Scale.” The workshop will focus on the digital editing of epigraphic and papyrological texts and the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient texts.

The workshop will be conducted in English and the participation is free.

The workshop will assume knowledge of epigraphy or papyrology; Greek, Latin
or another ancient language; and the Leiden Conventions. No technical
skills are required, and scholars of all levels, from students to
professors, are welcome.

Please fill the application form here.

Due to the limited seats there will be a selection among applicants.
Applicants will be notified by email.

For additional information, please contact:

3. Deadline: April 17, 2017

Looking for a cool new public humanities project? The first annual Endangered Data Week, which seeks to raise awareness of threats to publicly available data of all kinds, across sectors and disciplines, is seeking participation. More information available here.

4. Deadline: April 20, 2017

Save the date and join us for the annual Day of Digital Humanities that will take place on April 20th, 2017.

A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (DayofDH) is a project looking at a day in the work life of people involved in digital humanities computing. Every year it draws people from across the world together to document, with text and image, the events and activities of their day. The goal of the project is to weave together the journals of participants into a resource that seeks to answer, “Just what do digital humanists really do?” DayofDH seeks parallel activities to disseminate DH on that date via the website, which is currently in development. All ideas, particularly those that are multilingual, are welcome. Please visit or Twitter (@dayofdh and #dayofDH) for more information.

5. Deadline: April 20, 2017

The Archive Unbound, a one-day symposium to be held at Cardiff University on Friday, 5 May 2017, invites proposals of up to 300 words for 20-minute papers that explore any aspect of the curation, build, (re)mediation and creative re-use of archives, including demonstrations of current projects. Please send proposals or enquiries to Michael Goodman ( Attendance at the Symposium is free and limited to no more than 30 delegates. While non-speaking delegates are welcome, priority will be given to speakers.

More information about the Cardiff Digital Cultures Network and its events can be found on their website ( and by following them on Twitter (@CUdigitalnet).

6. Deadline: May 26, 2017

The annual TEI Consortium Members’ Meeting and Conference is held every September/October/November, and brings together members of and contributors to the TEI community to share research, showcase tools and techniques as well as provide a report of the state of the TEI-C as part of the Members’ Business Meeting. They are now seeking applications to host the conference and members? meeting for 2018 and 2019.

The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) is a consortium which collectively develops and maintains a standard for the representation of texts in digital form. Its chief deliverable is a set of Guidelines which specify encoding methods for machine-readable texts, chiefly in the humanities, social sciences and linguistics. Since 1994, the TEI Guidelines have been widely used by libraries, museums, publishers, and individual scholars to present texts for online research, teaching, and preservation. In addition to the Guidelines themselves, the Consortium provides a variety of resources and training events for learning TEI, information on projects using the TEI, software developed for or adapted to the TEI, and an annual conference and members? meeting. In August of 2017, the TEI Consortium and community as a whole will receive the esteemed Antonio Zampolli Prize from the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations.

Additional information about conference expectations and requirements, including detailed information about the application process can be found:


March 13, 2017

The DataRefuge Project at the University of Oregon


By Rachel Rochester and Heidi Kaufman

Last Saturday morning people from across the University of Oregon campus and the Eugene area crowded into a computer lab in McKenzie Hall for a crowdsourcing public humanities meetup. The dozens of people filling the lab shared an attitude of subdued excitement. We were there on a common mission: to join the rush to preserve government data on the environment. This was an event that united friends and colleagues interested in Computer Science, DH, PH, the Environment, IT services, and the UO libraries, as well as a number of other departments and local members across our Eugene community.

The DataRefuge Logo, a blue lock blossoming out of green leaves, beside the words Data Refuge in black.




Scientists and their allies have developed deep anxiety surrounding the scientific data housed on government servers since Donald Trump assumed the Presidency. Although it is illegal to delete government data, it’s not illegal to take it offline, making it virtually inaccessible for climate experts and scholars. Extensive cuts to government agencies, particularly those concerned with environmental research and welfare like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), threaten access to scientific data housed on government servers. The cuts, when viewed alongside some alarming changes to federal science agency websites, have some people nervous about the future of critical climate research, among other lines of inquiry. As a recent New York Times article notes, changes to available data so far “appear only to reflect the publicly stated priorities of the new administration and there have been few signs as yet that federal databases are being systematically manipulated or restricted.” Nevertheless, for many activists, the changes are enough to drive them to attempt to back up vulnerable data.

An image of an industrial site with rusting buildings and the hashtag #DataRefuge in white font in front.





The event at UO began when Stephanie LeMenager, the Barbara and Carlisle Moore Distinguished Professor in English and Environmental Studies, brought the DataRefuge Project to the attention of several environmental humanists on campus. A group effort ensued, though the bulk of the organizational credit is due to LeMenager, Taylor McHolm, a PhD candidate in the interdisciplinary Environmental Science, Studies and Policy Program, and DH’s own Heidi Kaufman. McHolm notes that the event wouldn’t have been possible without the immense efforts of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) and the University of Pennsylvania Program in the Environmental Humanities (PPEH Lab), who are working together to spearhead the initiative on a national level.

McHolm became invested in the project for both practical and political reasons. In E-mail correspondence he writes: “On the practical level, the data refuge process is an opportunity to make data meaningful and secure it. As an environmental humanist, I rarely work with raw data. But my work depends on those who do. Moreover, so does my livelihood and well-being outside of my academic life — and that’s true for quite a lot of other people, too. As the climate continues to change, climate and environmental data give us access to trends and models that can help us grow food, organize cities, figure out appropriate forms of transportation, and help ensure justice for vulnerable and disproportionately impacted communities. If the data were to go missing, all of that would be far more difficult to achieve. Canvasing federal sites for important data also gives us a sense of all the work that’s being done. A number of participants noted that they didn’t realize how many programs were out there. So this is a way to show that this data influences their lives on some level. That alone is a reason to engage in the process.”

A screen grab of a Tweet from Donald Trump from Jan. 29, 2014. It reads "Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!"








McHolm, like many of the participants at the event, was also driven by frustration at the attitudes expressed toward science during the most recent political cycle. He writes: “ With every change in administration, there are going to be shifts in
policy and messaging. With the election of Donald Trump, this was certainly no different. What was different, however, was the open hostility to social and environmental justice measures … Many [members of Trump’s administration] refuse the reality of climate change. Seeing these people come to power in a position that grants them the authority to make their views actionable was motivating, to say the least. It would be very easy (though illegal) for this data to simply be erased. It would be easier still to make the data hard to find or access. The DataRefuge process, and our work in it, is just one small way of helping prevent those scenarios.”

Anxieties about how the Trump administration will handle government data are shining a light on the broader issue of information storage in the digital age. Much of the research funded by the government exists only on government servers that may not be backed up or easily searchable. In a recent New York Times article, Laurie Allen, a digital librarian at the University of Pennsylvania who helped launch the Data Refuge project, notes that the process of storing climate data digitally has always been deeply flawed, even prior to the current administration’s changes. “No one would advocate for a system where the government stores all scientific data and we just trust them to give it to us,” she said. “We didn’t used to have that system, yet that is the system we have landed with.”

Unfortunately, backing up the data is not as easy as cutting and pasting. Much of the data can only be extracted by custom code, which is being written as it becomes necessary. The information must also be preserved and archived in such a way that it can be authenticated by future researchers. At UO’s Data Refuge event Taylor McHolm gave a brief overview of the history of the Data Refuge project before helping participants divide up into groups according to skill. Some participants used a web browser extension to help alert a web crawler to automatically copy federal websites, while flagging more complex materials that need more human attention. A second group began working to develop ways of mining those more complicated data sets.

Stephen Fickas, a professor in the University of Oregon Computer Science Department who participated in the event, notes that the logistical challenges of a data migration project of this magnitude make this project appealing from an intellectual standpoint as well as an altruistic one. In an e-mail he wrote that his interest was partially inspired by “the technical challenges involved in snapshotting major pieces of the Internet,” as well as the way the structure of dividing people to take on different, collaborative team roles could work for other crowd-sourced research projects.

An image of women holding signs and wearing lab coats in DC against a gray sky.

(Photo: Hilary Brueck) Scientists at the Women’s March in DC. Anxiety over science in the Trump administration has also inspired a national, upcoming March for Science.












McHolm is realistic about what he believes the DataRefuge Project can accomplish. He writes, “I think it’s important that we realize and be open about the fact that this process … isn’t saving the world. There’s credible reason to believe that data may not be as vulnerable as some folks have said that it is. Even if that’s the case, though, having back-ups is always helpful, and civic engagement is more necessary now than it was a few months ago. This is a way to engage civically, learn about federal agencies and their necessity, and become more familiar with the importance of environmental data and regulations.” In an era when it’s easy for environmental activists and concerned citizens to succumb to helplessness, this is a concrete action that may, at least, stimulate intelligent inquiry into climate data and the politics surrounding it.

If you’d like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you in the comments. The event on Saturday was Phase 1, and if there is enough interest UO may host a more public and large-scale event. Potential organizers and participants alike are encouraged to reach out. Oregon State University is also holding a DataRefuge event on March 17-18 that is open to the public.

March 9, 2017

Friday Feature

Welcome to the Friday Feature! This week we have 20 digital humanities opportunities to post. Enjoy!

1. Deadline: March 10, 2017

Registration for the fourth annual Library Publishing Forum (#LPForum17) closes today, Friday, March 10. The Forum will be held March 20-22, in Baltimore, MD.

2. Deadline: March 13, 2017

The DH + Design symposium, to be held at Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, on May 4th and 5th, 2017, seeks applications. The symposium will bring together leading scholars from the digital humanities and design to explore these increasingly convergent fields, and to identify additional possibilities for their intersection. Organizers will facilitate a series of multi-format conversations around topics of shared concern, including the role of practice (and other applied forms of research) in each field; the similarities and differences between each field’s design processes; theories of speculation as they have been developed through the humanities and design; and how these two fields, together, might rally to address pressing matters of social and political concern. We are seeking to assemble a diverse group of symposium participants that spans a range of scholarly fields, institutional settings, and career levels. To apply to attend, or for more information, please visit:

3. Deadline: March 13, 2017

The British Museum and the Department of Information Studies at University College London seek a 28 month Post Doctoral Research Assistant on the major research project Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane’s catalogues of his collections. More details can be found here and here.

4. Deadline: March 20, 2017

The Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) at the University of Alberta invites proposals for individual presentations or panels that engage with the topic of Digital Media in a Post-Truth Era. The Around the World Conference is not physical, but is a full-day internet event to be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017. You can see past conferences at

The unfolding of recent political events in the United States has sparked much debate around “fake news,” disinformation and trustworthiness on the web. We hope to use these developments as a starting point for a broader discussion of how digital media has challenged and/or unsettled our notion of truth. The conference theme of “post-truth” is loosely-defined and we welcome considerations of this topic from a wide range of perspectives: from the algorithmic to the philosophical. We welcome, as well, discussion of “post-truth” as a notion reflecting a certain insularity and how questions of the “truthiness” and the web resonate differently across the world. KIAS will support all the technological requirements in association with your tech support contact, create the schedule and event infrastructure, including the pre-recorded talks, advertise online and locally, and digitally archive the event and host the talks for future use.
Those interested in presenting either individually or as part of a panel are asked to submit a brief abstract (max. 150-200 words combined) by March 20.
For more information, contact project manager Chelsea Miya at<> or<>.

5. Deadline: March 28, 2017

The upcoming 2017 BitCurator Users Forum “Digital Forensics: The Academic Library and Beyond,” scheduled to take place April 27-28 2017 on the campus of Northwestern University, seeks proposals for Lightning Talks and Birds of a Feather Discussions. Both are intended to be more informal than traditional panels, and are meant to update the audience or provoke a discussion amongst fellow practitioners. If you have a project you have been working on, a kernel of an idea you’d like to get feedback on, or anything beyond and in-between please submit your proposals for either a lightning talk or birds-of-a-feather discussion here.

6. Deadline: March 31, 2017

CFP for the twentieth anniversary International Conference on TEXT, SPEECH and DIALOGUE (TSD 2017)
Praha (Prague), Czech Republic
August 27-31, 2017
Full details here.

7. Deadline: April 5, 2017

The Access 2017 Library Technology conference (Sept. 27-29 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), seeks proposals for a variety of presentation types. More information available here.

8. Deadline: April 5, 2017

The Alan Turing institute seeks a Research Assistant in Data Ethics.
JOB TITLE: Research Assistant in Data Ethics
LOCATION: Turing Head Office, British Library, London
SALARY: £35,000 p.a. (negotiable dependent on skills & experience)
HOURS: Full-time
CONTRACT TYPE:  Fixed-term secondment (12 months)
CLOSES: 05 April 2017
More information available here.

9. Deadline: April 7, 2017

University of Oregon’s CAS seeks hybrid/online course proposals for CAS Online Course Development Grants for summer 2017. The full CFP, and grant details, is available here.

10. Deadline: May 1, 2017

The 4th Annual Digital Pedagogy Institute Conference (Ontario, Canada) seeks proposals for presentations, workshops, and posters on a variety of themes related to digital pedagogy. A partnership between Brock University, the University of Guelph, and the University of Toronto Scarborough, the three day conference will include keynote addresses, presentations, workshops, and digital tool training that focus on the innovative use of digital technologies to enhance and transform undergraduate and graduate teaching. More information can be found here.
Conference Dates: Wednesday August 16 – Friday August 18, 2017
Location: Brock University (St. Catharines, Ontario)

11. Deadline: May 1, 2017

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Visiting Research Fellowship program. SIMS aims to bring manuscript culture, modern technology, and people together to provide access to and understanding of our shared intellectual heritage. Part of the Penn Libraries, SIMS oversees an extensive collection of pre-modern manuscripts from around the world, with a special focus on the history of philosophy and science, and creates open-access digital content to support the study of its collections.
Fellows will be encouraged to interact with SIMS staff, Penn faculty, and other medieval and early modern scholars in the Philadelphia area. Fellows will also be expected to present their research at Penn Libraries either during the term of the fellowship or on a selected date following the completion of the term. More information on eligibility and the application process is available here: .

12. Deadline: May 12, 2017

CFP for short papers on the “spatial turn” in various humanities disciplines. SPHINx 2017, “SPatial Humanities meets Spatial INformation Theory: Space, Place, and Time in Humanities Research” is a pre-conference workshop at COSIT 2017
September 4, 2017
L’Aquila, Italy

Full CFP here.

13. Deadline: May 15, 2017

First call for papers: Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai Digitalia
The Studia UBB Digitalia is the official journal of the Transylvania
Digital Humanities Center – DigiHUBB . It publishes papers on digital humanities current research topics, and will have a special section dedicated to South Eastern Europe related to the history of computing, digital art, linguistic analysis, corpora creation and other topics related
to digital humanities.

Studia UBB Digitalia is a double-blind peer reviewed journal devoted to
promote a high level of academic research on innovative subjects and
emergent topics at the crossroads of digital humanities, linguistics,
history, art and various professional practices,  striving to foster a
strong collaboration among researchers from Babes-Bolyai University
Cluj-Napoca and from abroad.

For the first issue we welcome papers on general topics related to digital
humanities. This is an exploratory issue, trying to gather papers on
current trends, debates, paradigms and theories in digital humanities. We
welcome applications from scholars at all stages of their careers from all
disciplines and fields, from private sector companies and public sector
organizations, from artists and public intellectuals, from networks and
individuals. Studia UBB Digitalia is a multilingual journal and
accepts papers in English, French, German, Romanian. All articles should be submitted with an abstract and keywords in English. Please use the MLA Style in redacting your paper. The length of submitted texts should be between 5000 and 8000 words.

The first Issue will be published in late June 2017.

Further information:
Corina Moldovan, editor in chief

14. Deadline: May 19, 2017

Registration is currently open for the Converge: Disciplinarities and Digital Scholarship conference, to take place in Los Angeles June 1-3. Converge encourages design educators, design researchers, and designers to take advantage of opportunities in digital scholarship, learn how to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects, and find new intersections within their existing research trajectories. To redefine what it means to be a designer and a design researcher today, we ask: How can design converge with digital scholarship in more than a superficial way? How might aspects of digital scholarship impact design research? What are the key questions at the intersection of design and the humanities? More details available here.

15. Deadline: June 1, 2017

CFP for Special Issue of Cybernetics and Information Technologies Journal
on Semantic Models for NLP. Full CFP here.

16. Deadline: June 18, 2017

The First International Workshop on Resources and Tools for Derivational Morphology (DeriMo2017) will be held in Milan (Italy) on 5 and 6 October 2017, at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

DeriMo2017 concludes the Word Formation Latin (WFL) project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 658332-WFL. The project is based at the Centro Interdisciplinare di Ricerche per la Computerizzazione dei Segni dell’Espressione (CIRCSE), at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy.

Submissions are invited for presentations featuring high quality and previously unpublished research on the topics described below. Contributions should focus on results from completed as well as ongoing research, with an emphasis on novel approaches, methods, ideas, and perspectives, whether descriptive, theoretical, formal or computational.

Proceedings will be published, open-access, in time for the workshop. More information available here.

17. Deadline: October 1, 2017

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS: A corpus and usage-based approach to Ancient
Greek: from the Archaic period until the Koiné
Riga, University of Latvia, April 12-14, 2018

The aim of this conference is to gather researchers that exploit statistical and corpus obtained data for their analyses and claims. Importantly, we do not conceive of corpus data as data that are obtained by some technical, “automated” tool, we are equally interested in the research based on manually collected samples or databases that may be used to identify specific trends which in turn are integrated into the analysis. This is all the more important since it is currently not always an easy task for a linguist or philologist to obtain corpus data. Moreover, in this workshop, we would like to focus on usage-based research into Ancient Greek while methodological and technical aspects are subordinate at this conference.

We call for submissions on any aspect of Ancient Greek (from the Homeric period until the Koiné) – including not only grammarians’ but also sociolinguistic and variational studies – that are based on corpus or statistical data. Full call here.

18. Deadline: October 15, 2017

The aim of the 3rd International Conference on Postdisciplinary Approaches is to extend the boundaries of what constitutes ‘legitimate’ knowledge.

Researchers are invited to present their knowledge production and passion in the form of research papers, movies or audio-visual material, exhibitions, performances, music, literary writings, such as poetry or short stories and other creative contributions. A combination of these forms of expression is much welcomed. Full details available here.

19. Deadline: ASAP

Yale University seeks a Project Manager who will be responsible for coordination and completion of projects for Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) in the Yale University Library.
Appointment Term: 12 month
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at (and more job details available at that link, too).

20. Deadline: ASAP

If you are attending the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in at Ryerson University in Toronto, DHSI@Congress will be hosting DH workshops May 27th and 28th. All spots in the workshops are made available via a tuition scholarship, requiring only the payment of a $25 administrative fee for each session. Congress attendees may register for any and all workshops that engage their interest — the workshops are modular, so can be taken individually or as a two-day course of study. More information available here.

March 7, 2017

Where to begin? Approaches to DH

DH 101: Getting Started in the Digital Humanities

By Rachel Rochester and Heidi Kaufman

One of the challenges of learning DH is figuring out where to begin, what to learn and how to learn it. For some, the internet, let alone the field of Digital Humanities, didn’t exist during our graduate training. Others have stumbled into Digital Humanities out of necessity or inspiration, and would like to gain a fuller understanding of the discipline and its history. So how do we get up to speed? Where do we begin?



As academics, it’s easy for us to seek quick answers in print. Matthew Kirschenbaum’s 2010 essay, “What Is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?” is an excellent overview of the history of the field, its unifying principles, and even handy descriptions of commonly used digital technologies. Kim Gallon’s excellent 2016 article “Making a Case for the Black Digital Humanities” does a beautiful job of illustrating how DH and other humanities disciplines and sub-fields interact, exchange, and enhance each other. Kathleen Fitzpatrick makes an excellent case for leaving the “Digital Humanities” open for interpretation, expansion, and plurality, even as debates continue to rage about the definition of the field. Alan Liu’s 2012 article, “Where is the Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?” and ongoing follow up Against the Cultural Singularity, are a call to arms for digital humanists to embed social consciousness more thoroughly into the discipline. Read en masse, these articles, and those they site along the way, can nurture a foundational understanding of the field.



As Kirschenbaum notes, the Digital Humanities are more of “a methodological outlook than an investment in any one specific set of texts or even technologies” (2). He emphasizes, quite correctly, that much of DH is about community and collaboration: the heart of DH lives in its ability to bring humanists, who are all too often isolated in their work, into a refreshingly communal intellectual environment. In these ways, DH lends itself to group learning. Not surprisingly, DH boot camps and workshops abound for those who want to get started in the field. The Price Lab for Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania has put together a comprehensive list of DH training programs in the US and beyond. Three of the best known are the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, which is a 1 or 2 week intensive summer institute featuring workshops for scholars at all different levels of experience with DH. University of Guelph also runs an excellent workshops series, DH @ Guelph. Guelph’s program “provides a forum for colleagues to network, discuss and learn about the digital world and its impact on our work.” And for those who wish to travel abroad, the University of Oxford Summer DH program is another wonderful option. Oxford welcomes “academics at all career stages, students, project managers, and people who work in IT, libraries, and cultural heritage.”



And please don’t forget—here at UO we’ve been offering modified workshops to help you get your feet wet, learn basic DH skills, and find out whether a digital tool will help you advance your work. While our workshops are smaller, they offer consultations and support to help launch new work or take existing work to the next level.

Very soon we’ll be publicizing our lineup of Spring term workshops. We hope to see you all there!

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