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CFP – Graduate Students Speak Out: Gaining Knowledge in Digital Humanities

Published / by Kimberley Martin

The CSDH/SCHN conference program committee is looking for ten-minute papers from graduate students that discuss or reflect on the opportunities they have had for education in the digital humanities, broadly conceived.

Four papers will be selected to be part of a graduate student panel at Ryerson University during the CSDH/SCHN conference that takes place May 29-31, 2017. Accepted panelists will be awarded funding for travel and accommodation for this trip.

Potential topics include:

  • What problems confront DH education in academia? What solutions can you offer?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the current options for DH education (project training, workshops, hackathons, unconferences, conferences, and degree programs or certificates)?
  • Should DH skills be introduced prior to graduate school?
  • Have you been a part of a project that expanded your DH skillset?
  • What are other opportunities for developing digital skills?

Please send a 500-word abstract and a short biography of the author(s) to Kim Martin ( no later than April 1st.

Call for nominations for positions on the executive committee / appel à candidatures sur le comité executif de csdh/schn

Published / by Brent Nelson

The renewal committee of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques invites nominations and self-nominations from candidates interested in one of the following positions:

  • Vice-president, French, 2017-2020. Dominic Forest is standing for re-election.
  • Treasurer, 2017-2020
  • Member-at-large, 2017-2019. Diane Jakacki is standing for re-election.
  • Graduate student representative, 2017-2018

Please contact Dr. Brent Nelson ( no later than 6 pm EST on Wednesday 22 March 2017 with a short paragraph indicating your interest in running.

Le comité de renouvellement de la Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques invite des candidatures de chercheurs intéressés dans l’un des postes suivant:

  • vice-président, français, 2017-2020. Dominic Forest se représenteron.
  • trésorier, 2017-2020
  • un membre, 2017-2019. Diane Jakacki se représentera.
  • représentant étudiant, 2017-2018

Merci d’envoyer un court paragraphe détaillant votre intérêt à être mis en nomination pour l’un de ces postes à Dr. Brent Nelson ( avant 18h EST le mercredi 22 mars 2017.

Financial Support for CSDH/SCHN at Congress

Published / by Kimberley Martin

The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques, invite all graduate students that have had papers accepted to the 2017 conference in Toronto to apply for travel funding. Please note, this year, we will also accept applications for financial support from speakers who are in contingent or other precarious positions with no other funding options.

Please fill out the form at this link by March 17th. The CSDH/SCHN executive committee will get back to you as soon as possible with information about support. If you have any questions regarding this funding or your whether or not you are able to apply, please contact Kim Martin at


DHSI@Congress Workshops: Saturday May 27th and Sunday May 28th at Ryerson University

Published / by Constance Crompton

Are you looking to refresh some of your DH skills? Would you be glad of a low-stakes way to pick up new ones? If you are attending the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in at Ryerson, join us for DHSI@Congress on May 27th and 28th. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and hosts, all spots in the workshops are made available via a tuition scholarship, requiring only the payment of a $25 administrative fee for each session. We invite Congress attendees to register for any and all workshops that engage their interest — the workshops are modular, so can be taken individually or as a two-day course of study.

Help us spread the good word! If you know a colleagues, students, or friends who might enjoy this DH workshop series, please pass on our poster.


For workshop descriptions please see
Saturday May 27
Introduction to the Digital Humanities
Introducing Virtual and Augmented Reality
Introduction to 3D Printing for Humanities

Sunday May 28
The Power of the Command Line, an Introduction
Digital Humanities Pedagogy
Introduction to Compute Canada
Introduction to Databases for Humanists
“Centering Digital Humanities: Collaboration and Community at Ryerson.” Joint plenary address with CDSH/SCHN by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Professor of English and Co-Director of the Ryerson Centre for Digital Humanities

Nominations for 2017 CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Contribution Award

Published / by SusanBrown

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


Call for Papers, CSDH/SCHN Conference 2017

Published / by Diane Jakacki / 1 Comment on Call for Papers, CSDH/SCHN Conference 2017

Call for Papers, CSDH/SCHN Conference 2017
Toronto (Canada), May 29-31, 2017

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 2017 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Ryerson University, from May 29th to 31st ( The theme of this year’s Congress is “From Far and Wide: Canada’s Next 150”, and is aimed at encouraging diversity, an awareness of our past, and a critical look at where we are headed. The Program Committee encourages submissions on all topics relating to both theory and practice in the evolving field of the digital humanities.

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“Research and Precarity in the Humanities”

Published / by SusanBrown

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

Published / by SusanBrown

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:


Diane Jakacki: CSDH/SCHN Member at Large

Published / by Constance Crompton

Diane Jakacki CSDH/SCHN Member at LargeHeartiest congratulations to Diane Jakacki, CSDH/SCHN’s newest executive team member. This election boasted one of the largest slates in recent memory and was a credit to all who ran.

An Early Modernist, Diane is the Digital Scholarship Coordinator and a Faculty Teaching Associate in Comparative Humanities at Bucknell University. She is a long-serving member of both the Canadian and international DH community. She is an associate director of the DHSI, technical editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions, and, most recently, the DH 2017 conference committee chair.

Welcome Diane!