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Nominations for 2017 CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Contribution Award

Nominations for 2017 CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Contribution Award

Award Description:

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.

The scholarship may take the form of a traditional scholarly publication or a significant piece of software development in the form of a prototype, a tool, an application, web resource or web service, piece of digital infrastructure or result of fabrication.

The publication or creation for which the award will be made may relate to any area of the digital humanities, and should constitute a substantial advance in the field, whether theoretical, critical, or applied, and may take the form of print or online publications, a design portfolio, prototypes, or a production system.

The award will be given for work that, in the opinion of the CSDH/SCHN Award Committee, constitutes a landmark contribution to the field.

Nature of award:

  • A plaque, and an award citation which will be posted on the CSDH/SCHN website;
  • Award presentation at the AGM if the recipient(s) is/are in attendance

Please note, the Awards Committee would appreciate a short (10 min) presentation on the subject of the award at the annual AGM to take place in Toronto, on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017. Personal attendance is not required.


  • Criteria for eligibility: The recipient may be at any stage of her or his career. The scholarship may take the form of a traditional scholarly publication or a significant piece of software development in the form of a prototype, a tool, an application, web resource or web service, piece of digital infrastructure or result of fabrication. It may be produced by a team or a single scholar; the team or scholar should be based at a Canadian institution or the scholar or leader/principal investigator of the team must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. The recipient need not be affiliated with an institution.
  • Normally the award will be made to a work of scholarship or software published within the previous 24 months. (i.e in 2015 or 2016)
  • Supporting documentation: access to contribution or projects may be requested if not readily accessible.
  • Adjudication will be on the basis of the single publication or creation alone, irrespective of other achievements by the researcher or team to date.

Nomination process:

  • details of the contribution and how to locate or access it
  • contact information for the nominee;
  • contact information for the nominator, if it is not a self-nomination;
  • up to 300 words explaining the nature of the nominee’s contribution, if the nominated contribution is the result of a team effort;
  • a rationale of up to 500 words explaining why the contribution should be considered outstanding.

Please send your submission for the “2017 CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Contribution Award” to Kim Martin, Acting Chair of the CSDH/SCHN Award Committee (

Deadline for submission: 24 March 2017


“Research and Precarity in the Humanities”

“Research and Precarity in the Humanities”

Joint Panel between ACCUTE (Association of the Canadian College and University Teachers of English) and CSDH-SCHN (Canadian Society for Digital Humanities-Société canadienne des humanités numériques)

2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Toronto, Canada (May 27 — June 2, 2017)

Current discussions on precarity in the Canadian academe respond to the economic structures of university labour. The increasing dependence of universities on temporary teaching staff and the paucity of “alt-ac” positions have dominated conversations about precarious labour and the changing nature of early career researchers.

However, early career researchers in precarious situations frequently win grants and lead major research projects. Research also happens in the precariat. Addressing this gap in the conversation, we propose to examine the means by which research in the precariat contributes substantially to the body of original, essential research in academic professions.

ACCUTE has been at the forefront of discussions on the precarity of academic labour. In turn, the digital humanities community, spearheaded in Canada by CSDH-SCHN, has concentrated on alt-ac positions and collaborative work as possible responses to the crisis of academic labour. These associations constitute a vibrant community of early career researchers whose experiences provide insight into how research is accomplished in the changing academy.

We seek papers that respond to these and other topics:

  • access and use of resources, including digital and financial;
  • the impact of changing modes of publication and dissemination;
  • recognition, honours, and rewards for researchers across labour categories;
  • extra-institutional support.

Please send the following required documents by December 1 (5pm EST), 2016 to: Emily Murphy (5em18 (at) queensu (dot) ca) and Lai-Tze Fan (laitze (dot) fan (at) concordia (dot) ca).

    • A 100-word proposal (with NO identifying marks of any kind)



Please note: the CV shall have no bearing on the selection process except to ensure that the panel meets the diverse concerns of early career researchers. Also, the CV will not be disseminated to other parties.

Response to Canada’s Fundamental Science Review

Response to Canada’s Fundamental Science Review

CSDH/SCHN submitted in September a response to the Government of Canada’s Fundamental Science Review. Initiated by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, the review asked Canadians whether there were gaps in the country’s fundamental research funding ecosystem that need to be addressed and whether we could usefully learn from what is being done other countries.

Many thanks for Dr. Constance Crompton, CSDH VP (English) for leading the consultation with members of CSDH/SCHN that led to our response.

The response can be found here:


Keynotes for Calgary Congress

Keynotes for Calgary Congress

We’re excited to announce two of our three keynotes for our annual meeting at the University of Calgary from May 30-June 1, 2016.

Tara McPherson will address us under the (provisional) title: “DH by Design: Feminism, Aesthetics + the Digital.”

Diane Jakacki will speak (provisionally) on “How do we Teach? Digital Humanities Pedagogy in an Imperfect World.”

Our third keynote will be given by the recipient of our Outstanding Early Career Award, which will be announced early in 2016.

There’s still a week before proposals are due, but thanks to all those who have submitted to date we know it’s going to be vibrant and stimulating conference. We also have travel funds available to assist graduate students and contingent faculty. See the full CFP for details.

CFP: Congress 2015 special issue of Digital Studies/Le champ numérique

CFP: Congress 2015 special issue of Digital Studies/Le champ numérique

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.

DH2017 coming to Montreal!

DH2017 coming to Montreal!

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!



SPARC Whitepaper for Compute/Calcul Canada

SPARC Whitepaper for Compute/Calcul Canada

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.

Compute Canada presentation by Dugan O’Neil at 2014 AGM

Compute Canada presentation by Dugan O’Neil at 2014 AGM

Constance Crompton
June 2, 2014

Compute Canada For Humanists

Of the 8800 scholars who used Compute Canada in the last year only 42 were humanists, but Dugan O’Neil, Compute Canada’s Chief Science Officer, is working with his team on a series of initiatives to increase humanists’ slice of the Compute Canada pie chart. The CSO position is new this year, and comes with a mandate to develop a national strategy for data processing across disciplines. In short, his address to this year’s CSDH/SCHN AGM made it clear that there is room for our community at Compute Canada, so we’re invited to pack our forks.

In order to work with the digital humanities community, five of Compute Canada’s 150 analysts will become the core of a new digital humanities team. Those five analysts will be led by a yet-to-be hired Digital Humanist (we can expect the job ad in the coming weeks). The first stop for the team? A week-long visit at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute.

In addition to a dedicated humanities computing team, Compute Canada will provide a few new data storage and transfer services:
– OwnCloud, a dropbox-like service for researchers, hosted by WestGrid at SFU. OwnCloud comes with up to 50MB per account and offers synching with local files. If you go to the WestGrid site you can start using OwnCloud now. If you don’t have a WestGrid account you’ll need to sign up for one on the site.
– GlobusOnline, a transfer service for researchers who need to move terabytes of data at a time. Coming soon.

For more, please read Dugan O’Neil’s slides from the AGM, available here.

The Compute Canada announcment of the Sustainable Planning for Advanced Research Computing initiative is here.

StuHum: Student Advocacy for the Humanities

StuHum: Student Advocacy for the Humanities

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:
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 or follow #StuHum on Twitter.