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Nominations for 2017 CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Contribution Award

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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


2016 Lancashire Promise Award: Jenna Townend

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Jenna Townend and Ian Lancashire. Image courtesy of Jason Boyd.

Jenna Townend and Ian Lancashire. Image courtesy of Jason Boyd.

It is with great pleasure that the CSDH/SCHN executive introduces Jenna Townend, PhD student in the Department of English and Drama at Loughborough University and winner of the 2016 Lancashire Promise Award. Her paper “The Network of George Herbert’s Imitators: A Quantitative Approach” traced the ways that phrases from George Herbert’s devotional poetry were taken up by his contemporaries. The judges were unanimous in their praise of her delivery, her comfort with her material, and her ability to engage with audience questions. Jenna did an excellent job situating her experience, methodology, and outcomes in the context of both DH and seventeenth-century studies. The judges were particularly impressed by her ability to follow through on her ambitious plan of research.

The judges also noted how close the rankings were and commend this year’s excellent graduate scholars — thank you all for such a great week together.

Call for Nominations for CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Early Career Award

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The CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Early Career Award recognizes exemplary scholarly work by a Canadian or permanent resident researcher or a researcher at a Canadian institution during the early stage of her or his career. Early career, in this context, usually extends from the later stages of doctoral work to up to 10 years since award of a PhD. The recipient need not be affiliated with an institution.

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 this coming year at the University of Calgary in the spring of 2016. An invitation to serve on the editorial board of Digital Studies/Le champ numérique will also be offered to the recipient.

This award is typically given to an early-career scholar whose work relates to any area of the digital humanities, broadly conceived, whether theoretical, critical, applied, or in the area of community building. Evidence of scholarship may take the form of print or online publications, a design portfolio, fabrications, prototypes or tools, or a production system. Work produced by a member of a larger collaborative team may be considered for this award; in such a case, the nomination should include a letter from the leader of the team (which may be the nominee her or himself) explaining the nature of the nominee’s contribution to the team activities. The award will be given for work that, in the opinion of the CSDH/SCHN Awards Committee, constitutes a significant contribution to the field.

Nominations of up to 500 words must be submitted by November 30, 2015. Only 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 (

The Awards committee will compile a short list, and confirm with nominees whether they are willing to be considered, in December 2015. We will then request the submission of supporting material (CV, letters of support, and access to contributions or projects if not readily accessible) by January 15, 2016.

Adjudication of the award will be conducted by the CSDH/SCHN Awards Committee (Dean Irvine, Dominic Forest, 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 January 2016. An announcement will be made in spring 2016, along with the release of the CSDH/SCHN conference program for Congress 2016.

Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen Young Scholar Prize

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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”


Chad Gaffield gagne le prix de contribution exceptionnelle de la Société canadienne des humanités numériques

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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!

Prix 2015 CSDH/SCHN pour contribution exceptionnelle en informatique en arts et lettres

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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.

CSDH/SCHN 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award for Computing in the Arts and Humanities

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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.

Appel à candidatures pour le prix CSDH/SCHN pour contribution exceptionnelle dans les arts et lettres

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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 (

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.