Addition to the syllabus?

Hey all,

I was poking around thinking about what could have supplemented our reading for the first couple weeks of class, and came across this call for proposals for the annual conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. To my mind, the couple of paragraphs below speaks to a number of the questions that have arisen for us: What counts as digital humanities? Who makes those decisions? And do DH projects have to involve code?

I don’t know that this is actually a source that should go on the syllabus — I think probably not, seems more appropriate for a blog post (!) — but it helped to clarify some of the contemporary thinking in the academic community about what DH is and who gets to decide (those folks listed at the end, I guess).


Call for Proposals, Digital Humanities 2015

Call for Proposals

Digital Humanities 2015: Global Digital Humanities


  1. General Information

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) invites submission of abstracts for its annual conference, on any aspect of digital humanities. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • humanities research enabled through digital media, data mining, software studies, or information design and modeling;
  • computer applications in literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical studies, including electronic literature, public humanities, and interdisciplinary aspects of modern scholarship;
  • digital arts, architecture, music, film, theatre, new media, digital games, and related areas;
  • creation and curation of humanities digital resources;
  • social, institutional, global, multilingual, and multicultural aspects of digital humanities; and
  • digital humanities in pedagogy and academic curricula.

For the 2015 conference, we particularly welcome contributions that address ‘global’ aspects of digital humanities including submissions on interdisciplinary work and new developments in the field.

Presentations may include:

  • posters (abstract maximum 750 words);
  • short papers (abstract maximum 1500 words);
  • long papers (abstract maximum 1500 words);
  • multiple paper sessions, including panels (regular abstracts + approximately 500-word overview); and
  • pre-conference workshops and tutorials (proposal maximum 1500 words)

The deadline for submitting poster, short paper, long paper, and multiple paper session proposals to the international Program Committee is midnight GMT, 3 November, 2014.  Presenters will be notified of acceptance by 6 February, 2015.

V. International Program Committee

Chair: Deb Verhoeven
Vice-Chair: Manfred Thaller

Jeremy Boggs (ACH)
Brian Croxall (ACH)
Øyvind Eide (EADH)
Jieh Hsiang (centerNet)
Diane Jakacki (CSDH/SCHN)
Kiyanori Nagasaki (JADH)
Tim Sherratt (aaDH)
Stéfan Sinclair (CSDH/SCHN)
James Smithies (aaDH)
Tomoji Tabata (JADH)
Karina van Dalen-Oskam (EADH)
Sally Wyatt (centerNet)

Outgoing Chair: Melissa Terras

1 thought on “Addition to the syllabus?

  1. Davide G. Colasanto

    In line with Destry’s contribution, I would like to point out this article of the American Historical Association. Not only it proposes it’s understanding of DH, it provides certain guidelines for the evaluation of Digital Scholarship in History:

    In the previous readings, we have found many references to the important role that grants or scholarship proposals have in defining DH. I was wondering if a more linguistic approach would be useful to understand the evolution of the debate around DH. In other words, what if we try to define DH by studying which meaning have been assigned to DH over time? Because much of the debate about DH is online, maybe it would be easier to use text analysis tools to study the meanings of DH in certain online spaces. So, for instance, it could be interesting to collect all the DH grants and fellowship proposals over time (in English) and look at which meanings, words and concepts have been associated to DH and how they changed over time. This approach could maybe be used also for other digital context (ex. social medias, blog of “influential” DHers, etc.)

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