Oct 282014

The Canadian Game Studies Association (CGSA) and the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (CSDH/SCHN) in association with The Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) are pleased to announce co-sponsorship of a joint conference panel entitled #gamergate, Feminism and Digitally Constituted Communities.  This panel will be cross-listed in the 2015 conference programs for the CGSA and CSDH/ACH conferences during the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa, Ontario and will take place on June 3, 2015.   We invite scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit 250-word proposals for papers to JJenson@edu.yorku.ca and jon.saklofske@acadiau.ca by December 20, 2014.

Oct 202014

Joint CSDH/SCHN & ACH Digital Humanities Conference 2015

Ottawa, 1-3 June 2015

CSDH/SCHN & ACH 2015(Appel en français ci-dessous.)

We are proud to announce the first joint conference between the Canadian Society of Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH-SCHN.org) and the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH.org). We invite scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit proposals for papers, sessions and digital demonstrations during this collective meeting, which will be held at the 2015 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ottawa, Ontario from 1-3 June (congress2015.ca).  We encourage submissions on all topics relating to both theory and practice in the evolving field of the digital humanities. Continue reading »

Oct 032014

Le prix CSDH/SCHN pour contribution exceptionnelle dans les arts et lettres reconnaît un(e) chercheur(e) canadien(ne) provenant d’une institution canadienne qui a apporté une contribution significative dans le domaine des humanités numériques, soit théorique, appliquée ou relatif au développement communautaire. Le récipiendaire sera invité à accepter le prix en personne et à adresser la société lors d’une session plénière de la conférence annuelle, à l’occasion du Congrès qui aura lieu à Ottawa au printemps 2015.

Ce prix est généralement décerné à quelqu’un qui a apporté une contribution importante et prolongée à la communauté, typiquement un(e) chercheur(e) chevronné. Nous avons décerné le prix à des équipes et à titre posthume en reconnaissance d’une contribution exceptionnelle sur toute une vie. Nous reconnaissons aussi les personnes qui ont servi la communauté à titre de service qui n’ont donc pas nécessairement un poste professoral.

Des mises en candidatures d’un maximum de 500 mots doivent être soumises d’ici le 31 octobre 2014. Seuls les membres actuels du CSDH/SCHN sont admissibles à présenter des candidatures. Ces dernières doivent être envoyées par courriel au président du Comité des prix CSDH/SCHN (dean.irvine@dal.ca).

Le Comité des prix dressera une courte liste, vérifiera avec les candidats s’ils sont disposés à être pris en considération et demandera la transmission de documents à l’appui (CV, lettres de soutien, accès à des contributions ou projets lorsqu’ils ne sont pas facilement accessibles) au plus tard le 15 décembre 2014.

L’attribution du prix sera menée par le Comité des prix CSDH/SCHN (Dean Irvine, Susan Brown, Juan Luis Suarez, Kevin Kee et Janelle Jenstad), qui peut consulter les membres du Comité exécutif du CSDH/SCHN ou les membres externes de la communauté pour de l’assistance dans l’évaluation des demandes. La sélection sera faite d’ici la fin de décembre 2014. Une annonce sera diffusée au printemps 2014 et sera accompagnée de la sortie du programme de la conférence du CSDH/SCHN pour le Congrès 2015.

Oct 032014

Call for Nominations

CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Achievement Award for Computing in the Arts and Humanities

The CSDH/SDCH Outstanding Achievement Award for Computing in the Arts and Humanities acknowledges a Canadian researcher or a researcher at a Canadian institution who has made a significant contribution, over an extended career, to computing in the arts and humanities, whether theoretical, applied, or in the area of community building.  The recipient will be invited to accept the award and to address the society in a plenary session of the annual conference at Congress, which will be held in Ottawa in the spring of 2015.

This award is generally given to someone who has made a substantial and prolonged contribution to the community, typically a senior researcher. We have awarded it to teams. We have awarded it posthumously in recognition of a lifetime contribution. We also recognize people who have served the community in a service capacity and therefore may not have a faculty position. For a list of previous recipients, see http://csdh-schn.org/activities-activites/outstanding-awards-prix/

Nominations of up to 500 words must be submitted by October 31, 2014. Only current current members of CSDH/SCHN are eligible to submit nominations. Nominations must be sent by email to the chair of the CSDH/SCHN Awards Committee (dean.irvine@dal.ca).

The Awards committee will compile a short list, confirm with nominees whether they are willing to be considered, and request the submission of supporting material (CV, letters of support, access to contributions or projects if not readily accessible) by December 15, 2014. Adjudication of the award will be conducted by the CSDH/SDCH Awards Committee (Dean Irvine, Susan Brown, Juan Luis Suarez, Kevin Kee, and Janelle Jenstad), who may consult the CSDH/SCHN Executive or external members of the community for assistance in evaluating applications. Selection will be made by the end of December 2014. An announcement will be made in spring 2014, along with the release of the CSDH/SCHN conference program for Congress 2015.


Sep 192014

CSDH/SCHN responded to the invitation from Compute/Calcul Canada to provide a whitepaper in response to their Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing (SPARC) initiative stemming from the CFI‘s cyber-infrastructure initiative. Many thanks are due to members of the digital humanities research community within and beyond the CSDH/SCHN membership who contributed to this process over the summer months. We provide it here, minus specific recommendations to Compute Canada.

The CSDH-SCHN SPARC Whitepaper emphasizes the diversity of work in the digital humanities as well as the common needs that many in our research community share. These include a generalized middle layer of services to facilitate usage of existing processing and storage capacity, human infrastructure in the form of personnel and training as part of a coordinated approach to supporting digital humanities research, and, in conjunction with other stakeholders, a national strategy for data preservation and curation.

Sep 102014

CSDH/SCHN is pleased to announce the winner of the annual Ian Lancashire Graduate Student Promise Award. This year’s award recipient is Deanna Fong, a  PhD candidate from Simon Fraser University, for her presentation titled “Students in the Digital Humanities: Rhetoric, Reality and Representation.” She presented the paper on behalf of a team of graduate student and faculty researchers at SFU, including Katrina Anderson, Lindsey Bannister, Janey Dodd, Michelle Levy, and Lindsey Seatter. The society would also like to make three honorable mentions: James O’Sullivan, “More or less all plot”: A Rolling Delta Analysis of the Commodification of Collaboration; Elisa Tersigni: “‘Big Data': A ‘Mid Data’ Analysis of Early Modern English Letters”; and Graham Sack: “On the Uses and Abuses of ‘Literary Capital': Culturomics, Translation Networks, and The World Republic of Letters.”

Sep 072014


The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques will be publishing a refereed selection of papers from its May 2014 Digital Humanities Without Borders meeting at Brock University in Digital Studies/Le champ numériques. The issue will be edited by the program chairs, Geoffrey Rockwell and Michael Sinatra. The publication of this special issue is scheduled for Summer of 2015.

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 (approximately 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:

  • October 28th: Submissions due
  • January 30th: Reviews and editorial decisions
  • March 1st: Revisions due
  • March 30: Final copy approval
  • April 30-May 15 Proofing and publishing

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 October 28th, 2014.

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

Aug 222014

We are pleased to announce the results of our recent election of two new members to the CSDH-SCHN executive. Congratulations to Christine McWebb, Vice-President (Français), and Matt Bouchard, Graduate Student representative. And thank you to Christine, Matt, and all nominees for their willingness to serve.

Aug 192014

A new position now available:

Digital Humanities Specialist

Reporting to Director of Research Computing, Digital Humanities Specialist (DH Specialist) provides Digital Humanities (DH) and related support to researchers at the U of A and other Universities in associated research consortia (WestGrid/Compute Canada) to facilitate their research. The supports include research level consultation for DH and High Performance Computing (HPC), expert level advice on the use of HPC resources in DH, recommendation and support of DH applications, and support of information visualization. The DH Specialist also participates in WestGrid/Compute Canada’s working groups and provides input to the development and implementation of local and national DH strategies, and takes a strong role in new DH initiatives. It is essential for the DH Specialist to have a strong understanding of the current and future state of information science/digital humanities research. The successful candidate can look forward to an energetic, professional team environment where there is a commitment to personal and professional growth.

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