DHSIThe DHSI@Congress is a series of 2.5 hour workshops for scholars, staff, and students interested in a hands-on introduction to the ways that traditional and digital methods of teaching, research, dissemination, creation, and preservation intersect and enhance one another. The workshops are built on the community model of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, which connects Arts, Humanities, Library, and Archives practices and knowledge in a digital context. The workshops are modular and may be taken individually or as a self-directed course of investigation. We invite you to register through the Congress2014 website for any and all workshops that engage your interest.

DHSI@Congress is brought to you by the DHSI in partnership with CSDH/SCHN and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. DHSI@Congress participants must be registered for Congress in order to take part in the workshops. The plenary is free and open to those not registered for Congress.

To register, please visit the Congress registration page. For more information, feel free to contact the DHSI@Congress organizer, Constance Crompton, at constance.crompton@ubc.ca or follow us @DHInsitute on Twitter.

Congress 2014The program for this year’s conference is now available. Please don’t forget to register for congress!

Le programme de la conférence est maintenant disponible. N’oubliez pas de vous inscrire au congrès!

A new group called “Student Advocates for the Future of the Humanities” (StuHum) has been founded for students by students to advocate for the value of the humanities. They have a mission video here: http://youtu.be/gadutmy_H8k.
For opportunities to participate in StuHum activities, such as contributing to StuHum Stories or engaging in Twitter chats with StuVoice (one coming up on March 10), see their website at http://stuhum.org/ or follow #StuHum on Twitter.


It’s clear from the latest Digital Infrastructure Summit in Ottawa last month, building on the work of the Leadership Council on Digital Infrastructure, that Data Management Plans for researchers will be a component of the movement towards a national digital infrastructure, and are likely to be required within a couple of years.

Not sure what a Data Management Plan would involve? What SSHRC requires will emerge over time, but see this lovely blog post by Michael Ullyot of the University of Calgary about data management plans and open scholarship following from the recent consultations following from the responses to the Tri-Council+ Big Data paper.

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Nominations for 2014 CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Contribution Award


This award is given for an exemplary project or publication by a Canadian researcher, or a researcher at a Canadian institution, or a team based at Canadian institution. It recognizes a major contribution to the field of digital humanities, broadly conceived, by a Canadian researcher or team of researchers, or a researcher or team based at a Canadian institution, in the form of a recent scholarly publication or published software or tool contribution. Continue reading »


CSDH/SCHN seeks input from DH researchers to inform responses to 3 policy initiatives, of which you are probably already aware.  Please send any thoughts to sbrown@uoguelph.ca by Friday, Dec. 6. You are also of course invited to provide individual responses on any of these initiatives. Continue reading »

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“Digital Humanities Without Borders” – 2014 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society For Digital Humanities / Société Canadienne Des Humanités Numériques

The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (http://csdh-schn.org/) invites scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit proposals for papers, sessions and demonstrations for its annual meeting, which will be held at the 2014 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Brock University, Ontario from the 26th to the 28th of May (http://brockucongress2014.ca/). The society would like in particular to encourage submissions relating to the central theme of the Congress – “Borders Without Boundaries.” While this year’s Congress theme fits with the interests of many in CSDH/SCHN (pronounced “citizen”), we encourage submissions on all topics relating to both theory and practice in the evolving field of the digital humanities.

Proposals for papers (20 min.), digital demonstrations, and panels (2 -6 speakers for a 1½ hour session) will be accepted until the 8th of December 2013 and must be submitted at https://www.conftool.net/csdh-schn-2014/. Abstracts for these should be between 200 and 400 words long, and should clearly indicate the paper’s thesis, methodology and conclusions.

This year we welcome proposals for Digital Demonstrations of innovative projects or tools. Demonstrations will be given table space and a backdrop so they can set up a poster and a computer for a 2 hour session. We encourage projects with software to show to apply for this venue.

CSDH/SCHN welcomes proposals for joint panels with The Canadian Game Studies Association (CGSA), and we encourage individual presenters to note if they are open to being scheduled on a joint panel. Submit your pre-constituted panel proposal or individual paper proposal to either association. You and your panelists need to be members of either association, but not necessarily both. Please see also the CFP for our joint session with ACCUTE on Difference, Diversity and the Digital at http://csdh-schn.org/2013/09/06/cfp14-accute/.

There is a limited amount of funding available to support graduate student travel. Please note that all presenters must be members of CSDH/SCHN at the time of the conference.

Selected papers from the conference will appear in a special collection published in the society journal, Digital Studies/Le champ numérique (http://www.digitalstudies.org/).

Scholars in the digital humanities are engaged in diverse digital and computer-assisted research, teaching, and creation. CSDH/SCHN welcomes proposals from all constituencies and disciplines, and encourages applications from from women, people of color, LGBTQ, or other under-represented groups.

2014 Program committee: Geoffrey Rockwell (program chair), John Bonnett (local organizer), Jon Saklofske, Susan Brown, Stéfan Sinclair, and Michael E. Sinatra.

«Humanités numériques sans frontières» — Réunion annuelle de 2014 de la Canadian Society For Digital Humanities / Société Canadienne Des Humanités Numériques

La Société canadienne des humanités numériques (http://csdh-schn.org/) invite chercheurs et étudiants aux cycles supérieurs à soumettre des propositions de communication, de session et de démonstration pour sa réunion annuelle, qui se tiendra au Congrès 2014 de la Fédération canadienne des sciences humaines à l’Université Brock, Ontario du 26 au 28 mai (http://brockucongress2014.ca/). La Société souhaite encourager en particulier des propositions concernant le thème central de la réunion : «Frontières sans limites». Bien que le thème du congrès de cette année soit bien adapté aux intérêts de la CSDH/SCHN (prononcé citizen), nous encourageons également toute communication qui traite des sciences humaines numériques, tant au niveau théorique que pratique.

Les propositions de communication (20 minutes), démonstrations numériques et de session ou table-ronde (2-6 participants pour une période d’une heure trente) seront acceptées jusqu’au 8 décembre 2013 et doivent être soumises à https://www.conftool.net/csdh-schn-2014/. Les résumés devraient compter entre 200 et 400 mots, et indiquer clairement la thématique, méthodologie, et conclusion.

Cette année, les propositions pour démonstrations numériques de projets innovateurs or d’outils sont les bienvenus. Pour ces démonstrations, une table et une toile de fond seront fournis pour l’installation et la diffusion pour une session de 2 heures. Nous encourageons les projets avec démonstrations de logiciels à appliquer pour ce format.

La CSDH/SCHN accepte les propositions pour des sessions conjointes avec The Canadian Games Studies Association (CGSA), et nous encourageons les présentateurs individuels à nous indiquer s’ils sont intéressés à être planifiés dans une session conjointe. Vous pouvez soumettre vos sessions préformées ou individuelles à l’association de votre choix. Vous et vos panelistes devez être enregistrés à l’une des deux associations, mais pas nécessairement aux deux. Veuillez aussi consulter l’appel à communications pour notre session conjointe avec ACCUTE sur la « Différence, diversité et le numérique » à l’adresse suivante : http://csdh-schn.org/2013/09/06/cfp14-accute/.

La société a des fonds limités pour les frais de déplacements pour les étudiants. Veuillez noter que tout présentateur devra être membre de la CSDH/SCHN au moment de la conférence.

Une sélection des présentations de la conférence sera publiées dans un numéro spécial du journal de la Société, le Digital Studies/Le champ numérique (http://www.digitalstudies.org/).

Les chercheurs en humanités numériques travaillent sur diverses recherches, enseignements et créations numériques et assistés par ordinateur. La CSDH/SCHN accueille les propositions de tous les milieux et de toutes disciplines, et encourage les candidatures venant de femmes, minorités visibles, LGBTQ, ou autre groupe sous-représenté.

Comité scientifique 2014: Geoffrey Rockwell (président du comité), John Bonnett (organisateur local), Jon Saklofske, Susan Brown, Stéfan Sinclair et Michael E. Sinatra.

Difference, Diversity, and the Digital

Joint Session between ACCUTE and CSDH/SCHN

The humanities have long worked to specify, recover, contextualize, and understand difference and diversity. We are now seeing increasing emphasis on difference–race, gender, ability, postcoloniality, alternative academic status, and global economic disparity being the most prominent–within digital humanities debates and practices. This panel asks how difference, diversity, marginalization, and power register within digital research and culture. To what extent and how do digital cultural products, resources, or tools enable us to interrogate difference? Are particular interfaces constitutive of new performances of difference and different forms of subjectivity? Do visualizations, animations, interactivity or immersive technologies offer particular affordances for representing diversity or experiencing difference? Is difference lost, erased, or misrepresented within digital artifacts or experiences? Does “Big Data” obscure difference or enable new means of addressing it? What are the impacts of particular methodologies or standards on the representations of difference in a digital context? Proposals are invited to address these or other aspects of the topic.

Please follow ACCUTE proposal requirements (http://accute.ca/general-sessions/).

Send submissions by 1 November 2013 to: Susan Brown (susan.brown@uoguelph.ca), University of Guelph, Ruth Knechtel (rknechte@ualberta.ca), University of Alberta, and John Simpson (john.simpson@ualberta.ca), University of Alberta.

The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des
humanités numériques will be publishing a refereed selection of papers from
its June 2013 meeting in Victoria in Digital Studies/Le champ numériques. The
issue will be edited by the program chairs, Christine McWebb and Michael
Sinatra. The publication is scheduled for May 15, 2014.

Submissions are invited from all participants at the meeting. Speakers may
supplement, expand on, or refine the material they presented at the
conference. It is expected that most submissions will range from between 3000
to 6000 words (approx 10-20 pages), but there is no minimum or maximum length.
Digital Studies/Le champ numérique is also always willing to consider
generically unusual submissions.

The expected timeline for this issue is as follows:

  • September 15: Submissions due
  • November 30: Editorial decision
  • January 15: Revisions due
  • March 30: Final copy approval
  • April 30-May 15 Proofing

Submissions should be in a contemporary word processing format (Word or
Open/Libre Office preferred), LaTeX, (X)HTML, or TEI XML. Bibliographic
citations should conform to the latest Chicago Manual of Style (author-date
format). DS/CN style avoids foot/endnotes as much as possible. Authors are
responsible for obtaining permission for any images or similar material in
their manuscripts before submission.

Submissions should be sent by email to dscn@journalincubator.org before
September 15, 2013.

Digital Studies/Le champ numérique publishes in French and English.

Carolyn Guertin

CSDH/SCHN is pleased to recognize Dr. Carolyn Guertin as the inaugural recipient of the Society’s Outstanding Early Career Award. Continue reading »

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