Sep 162015

Joint Session between CSDH/SCHN and ACCUTE for Congress 2016

What potential resides in the integration of the digital humanities with distance technologies? How might such an integration facilitate the offering of literature courses online? Although the phenomenon of literature courses delivered entirely or partially with the assistance of web-based technologies has made significant inroads into North American curricula and generated lively debates across social and traditional media, the prospects for teaching literature online still remain uncertain. With the rise in popularity of summer institutes such as DHSI at the University of Victoria, and the recent spread of localized DH institute offerings at Guelph and Dalhousie, the moment seems to have arrived when Canadian institutions might consider how the rise of the digital humanities could contribute to transitioning literature departments toward adopting year-round DH course offerings at the undergraduate and graduate level. How might techniques and technologies of the digital humanities be coupled with literature courses offered online? How productive is the relationship between the practices of “distant reading” and the pedagogy of distance technologies? What kinds of institutional resources are necessary for distance course design and support? What kinds of open-source tools and platforms might be enlisted in such courses? How do we measure the long-term impact of such offerings on enrollments? How do we persuade colleagues and administrators to accept the potential for the move toward dedicated distance course offerings?

Presenters are invited to speak to individual experiences in offering literature courses online, about efforts to collaborate with colleagues and administrators to propose such courses, about revising departmental curricula to accommodate both distance and traditional classroom-based courses, about local capacities to support distance technologies, about inter-departmental, -faculty, and -university collaborations, about blended or hybrid approaches to digital pedagogy, about best practices and emerging technologies, about web-based open-access learning, about for-credit and non-credit MOOCs, or about the history of distance technologies and literary pedagogy. 

Proposals for papers (20 min.) will be accepted until December 1st, 2015 and must be submitted at Abstracts should be between 200 and 400 words and should clearly indicate the paper’s thesis, methodology and conclusions. Queries about submissions for this joint session should be directed to Dean Irvine (

Jul 132015

The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques will be publishing a refereed selection of papers from the 2015 CSDH/SCHN ACH Joint Conference in Ottawa in Digital Studies/Le champ numérique. The issue will be co-edited by Jon Saklofske (Acadia, CSDH/SCHN), Susan Brown (University of Guelph/University of Alberta, CSDH/SCHN), and Padmini Ray Murray (Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, ACH). Publication of accepted submissions is planned on a rolling basis and will be completed by April 30, 2016.

Submissions are invited from all participants who attended the meeting, including panels and digital demonstrations. Authors 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.

DS/CN publishes content on a rolling basis, with pieces appearing as soon as the editorial workflow is complete. The expected timeline for this issue is as follows:

  • September 15th : Submissions due
  • October 15th – December 15th : Editorial decisions (on a rolling basis as the reviews come in)
  • January 1st  – February 28th  : Revisions due (rolling basis)
  • January 15th  through March 30th : Copy-editing and manuscript preparation (rolling)
  • February 15th -April 15th : Proofing (rolling)
  • April 30th: Last articles published.

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 are due by September 15, 2015 and should be submitted electronically through the DS/CN website (  When submitting, choose “Articles” and please add a comment on the submission form indicating that your paper relates to the 2015 CSDH/SCHN & ACH conference proceedings.

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

Jul 022015

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is pleased to announce that the venue of Digital Humanities 2017 will be Montreal, a multilingual and multicultural city in the Francophone province of Quebec in Canada. The conference will take place August 1-4, 2017 on the historic campus of McGill University in the heart of downtown Montreal, and will be co-organized by l’Université de Montréal. The theme of the DH2017 is “Access” which will guide both the local organizers (Stéfan Sinclair and Michael Sinatra) as well as the Program Committee chaired by Diane Jakacki.  In addition to the many local attractions including museums, festivals, restaurants and cafés, Montreal has a wide variety of activities and day camps available to families. Au plaisir de se voir à Montréal! See you in Montreal!



Jun 032015

2015 Lisa Lena PrizeThe Canadian Society for DH (CSDH) and the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) are very pleased to announce the 2015 winners of the prestigious Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen Young Scholar Prize. This prize, sponsored by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), is intended to recognize a young scholar who has contributed in a significant way to scholarship at a humanities conference using digital technology. The winners were selected unanimously by a joint awards and program committee comprised of representatives from CSDH and ACH.

  • CSDH recipient: Lai-Tze Fan “On the Value of Narratives in a Reflexive Digital Humanities”
  • ACH recipient: Micki Kaufman “Everything on Paper Will Be Used Against Me: Quantifying Kissinger”


Jun 032015

Chad Gaffield Le 2 juin 2015 Chad Gaffield a livré une conférence lors d’un événement célébrant sa contribution exceptionnelle aux humanités numériques au Canada et à travers le monde. Veuillez consulter l’annonce originale pour plus de détails sur ce qui a value ce prix à Chad Gaffield. La Société canadienne des humanités est très fière de compter Chad parmi les nôtres!

May 182015

CSDH/SCHN seeks one graduate student enrolled at a Canadian university for the position of communication officer. The job entails maintaining the society’s website and insuring a social media presence for the society (via various networks such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as occasional blog entries (at least once a month) on the site and overseeing the automatic aggregation of other Canadian DH blogs).

A bursary of $500/year is available to top off the professionalization skills the student would acquire. Bilingualism is an asset, though not a requirement.

Please send a motivation email to our secretary Brent Nelson, with a brief curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of two people willing to write a note in support of your application, no later than May 29th.

Feb 162015

03c5275Dr. Chad Gaffield est professeur d’histoire et chaire de recherche en études numérique à l’Université d’Ottawa.

Dr. Gaffield a été à la pointe de l’analyse informatique relatif au changement social continu pour presque quatre décennies. Il a travaillé dans le domaine que nous appelons aujourd’hui les humanités numériques depuis les années 1970, quand il a analysé avec Michael B. Katz les données du recensement afin de comprendre l’expérience commune des individus. Directeur fondateur de l’Institut d’études canadiennes de l’Université d’Ottawa, il a fait partie d’une nouvelle génération d’historien(nes) de la société qui a fait avancer le champ informatique avec leur pratiques de recherche.

Dr. Gaffield a servi comme chercheur principal pour le projet d’Infrastructure de recherche sur le Canada au 20e siècle (IRCS; La IRCS a établi une fondation pour une étude du changement social, économique, culturel et politique au niveau national, commencent par la reconstruction des recensements. Ces derniers sont au cœur même d’une base de données de recherche pan-nationale contenant de l’information pertinente provenant des journaux, travaux parlementaires, dossiers législatifs et plus encore.

De 2006 à 2014, il a servi comme président du Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada. Lorsqu’il présidait au CRSH, il a contribué au développement des partenariats de subventions internationales tel que le programme “Digging into Data,” et plus récemment, la collaboration “Trans-Atlantic Platform.”

Un chercheur chevronné en informatique profondément investi dans les collaborations et partenariats durables, il a joué un rôle prépondérant dans les projets tels que le “Canadian Social History Project,” le “Vancouver Island Project,” le Projet Lower Manhattan et le “Canadian Families Project.” En tant que président de la Fédération des sciences humaines, il a défendu l’initiative de la démocratisation des données et a fusionné les groupes d’arts et lettres et de sciences sociales à Ottawa et annuellement au Congrès. Il a contribué de manière importante à la création des centres de données de recherche et a récemment préconisé pour les données et infrastructures de recherche à travers le Conseil du leadership sur l’infrastructure numérique.

Pour son travail exemplaire, il a reçu de nombreuses distinctions et prix académiques; l’adhésion à la Société royale du Canada, la médaille J. B. Tyrrell en histoire (aussi de la Société royale), la médaille du jubilé de la Reine Elizabeth II, le prix d’excellence académique de l’Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université et le prix Antonio Zampolli de l’ADHO.

C’est un grand honneur pour la Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des sciences humaines numériques de nommer le Dr. Chad Gaffield comme récipiendaire du prix 2015 CSDH/SCHN pour sa contribution exceptionnelle en informatique en arts et lettres.

Feb 162015

03c5275Dr. Chad Gaffield is Professor of History and University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Gaffield has been at the forefront of computer-­based analyses of long-­term social change for nearly four decades. He has been working in the field that we now call digital humanities since the 1970s when he studied with Michael B. Katz and looked at census data as a way of understanding the common experience of people. Founding Director of the Institute of Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa, he was one of a new generation of cutting-edge social historians in Canada that advanced computing in their research practices.

Dr. Gaffield served as Principal Investigator for the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure project (CCRI; CCRI has created a foundation for the study of social, economic, cultural, and political change at a national level, beginning with digital reconstruction of censuses that sit at the core of a pan-national research database consisting of pertinent contextual data drawn from newspapers, parliamentary proceedings, legislative records and beyond.

From 2006 to 2014, he was President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. While President of SSHRC he helped develop international grant partnerships such as the Digging into Data programme and more recently the Transatlantic Platform.

As a digital scholar deeply committed to long-term collaborations and partnerships, he has played a leading role in records-­driven projects such as the Canadian Social History Project, the Vancouver Island Project, the Lower Manhattan Project, and the Canadian Families Project. As President of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences, he championed the Data Liberation Initiative and enacted a merger of humanities and social science groups in Ottawa and annually at Congress. He was instrumental in the creation of the Research Data Centres and more recently advocated for data as research infrastructure through the Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure.

For his exemplary work, he holds many academic distinctions and prizes, including Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada, the J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal of the Royal Society, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ Distinguished Academic Award, and the ADHO Antonio Zampolli Prize.

It is the great honour of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanitiés numériques to name Dr. Chad Gaffield as the recipient of CSDH/SCHN’s 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award for Computing in the Arts and Humanities.