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CSDH/SCHN Conference 2016
Calgary,  Alberta, 30 May – 1 June 2016

*Deadline extended to December 17th*

(Appel en français ci-dessous.)

The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities ( invites scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit proposals for papers and digital demonstrations for its annual meeting, which will be held at the 2016 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Calgary, from May 30th to June 1 (  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 90-minute session) will be accepted until 17 December 2015 and must be submitted to Paper abstracts should be 500 words, and should specify your  thesis, methodology and conclusions. Panel proposals should give a 500 word overview of the panel and a brief synopsis of each speaker’s contribution. We also 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 presenters to note if they are open to a joint panel. Submit your panel proposal or individual paper proposal to either association. You and your panelists need to be members of either association, but not necessarily both.

CSDH/SCHN and the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (CSRS/SCER) are organizing a panel on (Pre)Digital Models for Networks and Communities. Proposals should be submitted through the CSRS as outlined in their call for papers: . Partial travel funding for graduate student presenting in this session will be provided by Iter. Presenters need to be members of either association, but not necessarily both.

Please see also the CFP for our joint session with ACCUTE on Distance Technologies, Distant Reading, and Literary Pedagogy at

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.

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 women, Aboriginal and Métis people, people of color, LGBTQ, or other underrepresented groups.

Selected papers from the conference will appear in special collections published in the CSDH/SCHN society journal, Digital Studies/Le champ numérique (

2016 Program committee: Jon Bath (program chair), Michael Ullyot (local organizer), Jason Boyd,  Susan Brown, Constance Crompton, Lai-Tze Fan, Dominic Forest, Dean Irvine, and Stéfan Sinclair.


CSDH/SCHN conférence 2016
Calgary, Alberta, 30 mai – 1 juin 2016

La Société canadienne des humanités numériques ( invite les chercheurs(res), les praticiens(ciennes) et étudiants(tes) aux cycles supérieurs à soumettre des propositions de communication, de sessions et des démonstrations numériques lors de ce rassemblement collectif qui aura lieu au Congrès des sciences humaines à l’Université de Calgary,  du 30 mai au 1 juin ( Nous encourageons les propositions portant sur tous les sujets touchant à la fois la théorie et la pratique dans le domaine des humanités numériques.

Les propositions de communication (20 min.), démonstrations numériques et tables rondes (2-6 conférenciers pour une séance d’une heure et demi) seront acceptées jusqu’au 10 décembre 2015 et doivent être soumises à Les résumés de communication pour les propositions doivent être d’environ 500 mots et doivent indiquer clairement la thèse, la méthodologie et les conclusions. Les proposition de tables rondes devraient fournir un résumé de 500 mots de la séance et une brève synthèse de la contribution de chaque participant. Nous sommes également ouverts aux propositions portant sur des projets ou des outils numériques qui feront l’objet de démonstration. Les démonstrateurs disposeront d’une table et une toile de fond pour qu’ils puissent installer leurs affiches et ordinateurs pour une séance de deux heures. Nous encourageons les gens voulant présenter des projets avec logiciel à appliquer d’avance pour réserver cet espace.

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. Les panelistes devoient être enregistrés à l’une des deux associations, mais pas nécessairement aux deux.

La CSDH/SCHN et la Société canadienne d’études de la Renaissance (CSRS/SCER) organize une séance spéciale intitulée “Humanités et Humanisme: des modèles (pré)numériques pour les communautés en réseau?” Les propositions devraient être soumises directement à la SCER selon leur appel : Des fonds seront rendus disponibles par Iter pour rembourser une partie des frais de déplacement pour les étudiants. Les participants doivent 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 « La technologies à distance, la lecture à distance, et la pédagogie littéraire » à l’adresse suivante :

Il y a un montant limitée de fonds disponibles pour soutenir le voyage des étudiants(tes) aux cycles superieurs. Veuillez noter que tous les présentateurs(trices) doivent être membres de la CSDH/SCHN au moment de la conférence.

Les chercheurs(res) en humanités numériques sont engagés dans divers activités de recherche assisté par ordinateur, d’enseignement et de création en liaison avec des ressources numériques. La CSDH/SCHN accueille favorablement les propositions de toutes parties prenantes et disciplines, et encourage les femmes, les Autochtones et les Métis, les personnes de couleur, les gens LGBTQ ou d’autres groupes sous-représentés d’appliquer.

Une sélection des communications présentés à la conférence apparaisseront dans des collections spéciales publiés dans la revue de l’association CSDH/SCHN, Digital Studies / Le champ numérique(

Comité de programme 2016: Jon Bath (program chair), Michael Ullyot (local organizer), Jason Boyd,  Susan Brown, Constance Crompton, Lai-Tze Fan, Dominic Forest, Dean Irvine, and Stéfan Sinclair.

Distance Technologies, Distant Reading, and Literary Pedagogy

Distance Technologies, Distant Reading, and Literary Pedagogy

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 (

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!



Joint Session with the Canadian Game Studies Association

Joint Session with the Canadian Game Studies Association

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 and by December 20, 2014.

Joint CSDH/SCHN & ACH Conference 2015 Call for Papers

Joint CSDH/SCHN & ACH Conference 2015 Call for Papers

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 ( and the Association for Computers and the Humanities ( 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 (  We encourage submissions on all topics relating to both theory and practice in the evolving field of the digital humanities.

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CFP Digital Diversity 2015

CFP Digital Diversity 2015

The following call for papers should be of interest to our members:

Digital Diversity 2015: Writing | Feminism | Culture — Orlando turns 20

Edmonton, Canada 7-9 May 2015

How have new technologies transformed literary and cultural histories? How do they enable critical practices of scholars working in and outside of digital humanities? Have decades of digital studies enhanced, altered, or muted the project to recover and represent more diverse histories of writers, thinkers, and artists positioned differently by gender, race, ethnicity, sexualities, social class and/or global location?  This conference examines the trajectory of feminist digital studies, observing the ways in which varied projects have opened up the objects and methods of literary history and cultural studies. It marks the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Orlando Project, an ongoing experiment in digital methods that produces Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles, from the Beginnings to the Present ( Alongside pioneering projects such as the Women Writers Project, the Corvey Project, the Dickinson Electronic Archives, the Perdita Project, and the Victorian Women Writers Project, Orlando blazed a new path in the field, bringing together feminist literary studies with emerging methods of digital inquiry.  These twenty years have witnessed a revolution in how we research, produce, and circulate knowledge. It is time to reflect upon the impact of the digital turn on engagement with the literary and cultural past.

We welcome presentations that will together reflect on the past, present, and future of digital literary and cultural studies; examine synergies across digital humanities projects; and stimulate exchanges across such fields as literary history, history, art history, cultural studies, and media studies.

[For more information, please visit the conference website]

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.

Compute Canada slides, AGM 2014

Compute Canada slides, AGM 2014

Dugan O’Neil, Chief Science Officer of Compute Canada, came to our AGM this year to present the latest news from Compute Canada, an important partner to our community. Our members can now access his slides online.