This August, the annual conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations will be held in Montréal. The conference is hosted by CSDH/SCHN, and co-organized by McGill University and the Université de Montréal. The theme of the conference, “Access/Accès”, was chosen to invite and challenge participants to think about how we work responsibly and responsively in spheres that invite open access to research and results, that are public-facing, collaborative among scholars and communities, that recognize the importance of intersectionality and work to remove barriers to equity. DH2017 is the first ADHO-sponsored conference to be officially bilingual and to formally offer opportunities for scholars to present their work virtually when they cannot participate in the conference in person.
Our two keynote speakers, Marin Dacos and Elizabeth Guffey, speak to different ways in which we think of access. Marin Dacos is the director of OpenEdition, a portal dedicated to digital publications in human and social sciences. Elizabeth Guffey is an art and design historian whose recent work focuses on disability and access. Also at this year’s conference, the Antonio Zampolli Prize will be awarded to the Text Encoding Initiative consortium, which collectively develops and maintains a standard for the representation of texts in digital form. The Zampolli lecture will be delivered by three foundational figures in the 30-year history of the TEI: Nancy Ide, Michael Sperberg-McQueen, and Lou Burnard.