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Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School 2015: Registration is open!

Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School
20 – 24 July 2015

Scholarship — Application — Community


Do you work in the Humanities or support people who do?

Are you interested in how the digital can help your research?

Come and learn from experts with participants from around the world, from every field and career stage, to develop your knowledge and acquire new skills

Immerse yourself for a week in one of our 8 workshop strands, and widen your horizons through the keynote and additional sessions

– An Introduction to Digital Humanities
– Crowdsourcing for Academic, Library and Museum Environments
– Digital Approaches in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
– Digital Musicology
– From Text to Tech
– Humanities Data: Curation, Analysis, Access, and Reuse
– Leveraging the Text Encoding Initiative
– Linked Data for the Humanities

Keynote Speakers:
– Jane Winters, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
– James Loxley, University of Edinburgh

Additional Lectures:
Supplement your chosen workshop with a choice from 9 additional morning sessions covering a variety of Digital Humanities topics.

Evening Events:
Join us for events every evening, include a research poster and drinks reception, guided walking tour of Oxford, the annual TORCH Digital Humanities lecture, and a dinner at Exeter College.

For more information see: http://dhoxss.humanities.ox.ac.uk/ 20 15/ml/

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Call for Workshops: TEI Members’ Meeting and Conference 2015

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Text Encoding Initiative: connect, animate, innovate

2015 Annual Members’ Meeting and Conference of the TEI Consortium


Call for Workshops and Seminars

26–27 October 2015

Lyon, France

Deadline: Monday 4 May 2015

Submissions: meeting@tei-c.org


We invite proposals for workshops and seminars for the 15th annual Conference and Members’ Meeting of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI—http://www.tei-c.org). This annual event is an excellent opportunity to share expertise in the TEI, and to convene working group discussions.


Workshops provide an opportunity for participants to work together on TEI-related topics. They are open to all delegates of the TEI Members’ Meeting and Conference.


Seminars offer training to participants in the TEI, or aspects of it. They are led by experts.


Please get in touch with the Programme Committee (meeting@tei-c.org) to discuss your proposal as early as possible. We are happy to work with you to…

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Call for Papers: TEI Members’ Meeting and Conference 2015

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Text Encoding Initiative: connect, animate, innovate

2015 Annual Members’ Meeting and Conference of the TEI Consortium

Call for Papers, Panels, Posters, and Demonstrations

28–31 October 2015

Lyon, France

Deadline: Monday 4 May 2015

Submissions: https://www.conftool.net/tei2015/

We invite proposals for individual papers, panel sessions, posters, and demonstrations for the 15th annual Conference and Members’ Meeting of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI—http://www.tei-c.org).

The power of the TEI is realized in interactions, between texts, between programs, between practices, and between members of its community. This theme invites considerations of technical and social applications and approaches, both to the practice of encoding and to the development of local and international communities of use. It includes training in the TEI and related areas, for example incorporating the digital into traditional forms of editing. It addresses integration of TEI-encoded texts at scale, for example in libraries and large corpora, and acknowledges that new…

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Digital Heritage 2015 Granada

digital heritage

D I G I T A L  H E R I T A G E  2 0 1 5
The 2015 International Congress on Digital Heritage
28 September – 2 October 2015, Granada, Spain


– only days until the Full Papers deadline

– We have added a new submission category: “Work in Progress”

This new category is aimed to fit better the needs of the humanities community; we solicit the submission of  extended abstracts (2 pages-long), describing on-going research activities. The conference presentation will be either full/short time slot or poster, depending on the outcome of the review process. Extended abstract will be published in the conference proceedings and indexed on IEEExplore.

– Submission deadlines have been postponed:
* Full Papers (8 pages):  April 19th
* Short Papers (4 pages):  May 17th
* *NEW* Work in Progress (2 pages):  May 17th

More info: www.digitalheritage2015.org


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TEI Hackathon at DH2015 (reminder)

TEI Hackathon at DH2015: Building Tools for TEI Collections

The TEI Consortium is sponsoring a Hackathon at DH2015 on 29 June 2015 . To register for the Hackathon you must first submit a brief application at http://tinyurl.com/tei-hackathon-dh2015 prior to registering for the ‘workshop’ on thehttp://dh2015.org/ website. You’ll be notified by 15 May (if not before) of your acceptance on the hackathon.

The Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) are widely used for creating resources, but there is little standardisation across multiple projects for querying, searching, and analysing TEI-encoded texts. Developers unfamiliar with the TEI often approach the development of TEI processing systems either with trepidation or ignorance of  potential complications. This unconference-style Hackathon is open either to developers with very little TEI experience (but significant programming skills) or experts in the TEI (with a little programming experience), or people who have both. It is not a training workshop!

There is no charge for those attending this day-long workshop, but you will be expected to work in groups to program something useful. Applications to join the Hackathon should be completed online at http://tinyurl.com/tei-hackathon-dh2015before 1 May. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 15 May. Late applications will be considered if there is space.

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Deadline extended to May 15! Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Special Topic on Disability as Insight, Access as the Function of Design

Issue 8 of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
Special Topic: Disability as Insight, Access as the Function of Design
Issue Editors: Sushil K. Oswal, University of Washington
Andrew J. Lucchesi, The Graduate Center, CUNY


JITP welcomes work that explores critical and creative uses of interactive technology in teaching, learning, research, and the workplace. For this issue, we invite submissions from both senior and emerging scholars under the linked themes of disability and access as generative focuses for technological design and pedagogical innovation.

In this issue of JITP, rather than approaching disability as a problem to be solved, we seek proposals for projects that imagine, explore, and underscore the positive gains to be had by embracing disability perspectives on accessible designs. We draw on Elizabeth Sanders and Pieter Jan Stappers’s conception of future-minded generative design research and ask contributors to propose projects that would inform and inspire future designers, teachers, and researchers to shape digital tools, methodologies, and environments which de-center ableistic visions of technology, composing processes, curricular content, and access itself.

We seek submissions of critical narratives and analyses that underscore the contributions disability makes in stretching the boundaries of design while asserting a central place for accessibility, inclusivity, and bodily difference. We also welcome topics that challenge or reconceptualize the traditional notions of assistive technologies and accessible designs whether or not they necessarily address the topic from the perspective of Disability Studies. Rhetorical analysis of technology, accessibility, and disability can also be a productive area of exploration.

Submit inquiries to oswal@u.washington.edu and alucchesi@gradcenter.cuny.edu.

Suggested topics may include but are not limited to:

– What does it mean to compose multimodally with accessibility in view as a person with or without disability? What might it look like to design inclusive user interactions in social virtual spaces? What complexity, creativity, or obfuscations are visible in today’s social media compositions at the intersections of gender, race, and disability?

– What novel disability and accessibility scholarship projects have been made, or are possible by virtual Social Networks? What new knowledge is possible through assistive-technology-related disability and accessibility research for universal users?

– Besides the functional innovations, what possibilities for play and improvisation are possible through assistive technologies and related research? How do such play and improvisation stabilize existing knowledge and directionally change the generation of new knowledge?

– Development of assistive technology tools or applications for “mainstream” purposes; rhetorics of assistive technologies; rhetorical histories of assistive technologies morphing into “mainstream” products; rhetorics of, or analyses of, consumer mobile technologies as assistive technologies; visions of assistive technologies for able-bodied users.

– Analyses of new models of Universal Design; benefits and/or analyses of disabled-centered participatory designs; position papers on innovative, crowd-sourced designs by and for the disabled.

– Generative research methods for evaluating accessible designs, products, and pedagogies; profiles or analyses of digital tools for disability activism, or community building; or experiments in fostering accessibility in learning, work, and research environments in college and beyond.

– We invite both textual and multimedia submissions employing interdisciplinary and creative approaches in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Besides scholarly papers, the proposed submissions can consist of audio or visual presentations and interviews, dialogues, or conversations; creative/artistic works; manifestos; or other scholarly materials.

All JITP submissions are subject to an open peer review process. The expected length for finished manuscripts is under 5,000 words. Submissions received that do not fall under the special issue topic but do fall under JITP’s broader themes will still be considered for publication in Issue 8.

Important Dates

Submission deadline for full manuscripts for this Fall 2015 Issue is May 15, 2015 . When submitting using our Open Journal Systems software, under “Journal Section,” please select the section titled “Issue 8: Special Issue.”

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Reminder: Balisage submissions due today!

Balisage submissions are due today April 17th! Do you want to speak at Balisage or the pre-conference symposium on Cultural Heritage Markup? Put your head down and finish the paper you started a month ago! Call for Participations at: http://www.balisage.net/Call4Participation.html http://www.balisage.net/CulturalHeritage/index.html Instructions for authors: http://www.balisage.net/authorinstructions.html Do you need help with your Balisage submission? Email info@balisage.net ======================================================================
Balisage: The Markup Conference 2015              mailto:info@balisage.net
August 11-14, 2015                                             http://www.balisage.net
Preconference Symposium: August 10, 2015     +1 301 315 9631 ======================================================================

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June 1: Congress Hackfest at the University of Ottawa


Congress Hackfest

This non-competitive Hackfest invites participants to explore or “hack” research data provided by invited digital humanities (DH) researchers. It will show what can be accomplished when research data is opened up for collaboration. Participants will enhance their skills and learn to use new tools to visualize data and work with digital assets. The event will also be an opportunity to meet other scholars from diverse fields and to learn about emerging common practices in DH.

This full day event on June 1st will be punctuated by 30 to 60 minute presentations of research projects and workshops on tools available for use by participants. In addition to the research data made available by selected DH researchers, a list of open data sources and tools will be provided. Check back on this space as our program develops.

Experienced and novice hackers are welcome! No prior knowledge of DH techniques or tools is required, but curiosity and a desire to collaborate are essential!

Visit our Congress event page to register: http://congress2015.ca/program/events/hackcongress-bring-your-own-data

A hackfest is an event designed to bring together a group of people to work collectively on a project or a problem, based on the premise that working collaboratively and with different skill sets, a group can accomplish more than an individual working alone.

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Innovations in Digital Humanities Pedagogy @ DH2015 (Sydney, 29 June 2015)

Innovations in Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Local, National, and International Training http://dh2015.org/innovations-in-digital-humanities-pedagogy/ A Mini-conference and Member Meeting Sponsored by the International Digital Humanities Training Network 9.30am-12.30pm, Monday 29 June 2015 EA Building (EA.G.19), U Western Sydney, Parramatta South Campus Registration: https://www.regonline.ca/ADHOTraining2015 9.30-10.00, Welcome, Opening Presentation

  • “Diversity and Community in DH Training,” Elisabeth Burr (U Leipzig)

10.00-10.50, Short Papers on Innovative DH Pedagogy

  • “Demystifying Digital Humanities Curriculum,” Paige Morgan (McMaster U), Sarah Kremen-Hicks (U Washington), and Brian Gutierrez (U Washington)
  • “Toward an Assessment of the Heterogenous Digitally-Inflected Undergraduate English Course,” Najla Jarkas (American U Beirut) and David Wrisley (American U Beirut)
  • “Faculty-Librarian Collaborations in New Media Ecosystems: Implementing an Assessment Rubric for Digital Literacy in the Humanities,” Harriet Green (U Illinois)
  • “Building Bridges to–Where?  The Phenomenology of Undergraduate DH,” Katherine Faull (Bucknell U) and Diane Jakacki (Bucknell U)
  • “Program Structure as Pedagogy: Building a Graduate Digital Humanities Program for the Next 15 Years,” Maureen Engel (U Alberta)

11.00-11.45, Short Presentations Sampling Extant DH Training Institutes and Initiatives

  • HILT, Jennifer Guiliano (Indiana U) and Trevor Munoz (U Maryland)
  • DHOxSS, James Cummings (Oxford U)
  • DH@Leipzig, Elisabeth Burr (U Leipzig)
  • DH@Switzerland, Claire Clivaz (U Lausanne)
  • DHi Beirut, David Wrisley (American U Beirut)
  • ILiADS, Janet Simons and Angel Nieves (Hamilton C)
  • NZ Activities + aaDH DHSI, Sydney Shep (U Victoria, Wellington) and James Smithies (U Canterbury), with Paul Arthur (U Western Sydney)
  • DHSI and the Graduate Certificate in DH, Ray Siemens (Victoria)
  • Others, TBA

11.45-12.30, Member Meeting: Next Steps for the  International Digital Humanities Training Network

  • Agenda to be circulated to registered attendees in advance of the meeting.  Please be in touch with Ray Siemens (siemens@uvic.ca) with agenda items.

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“Culture & Technology” – European Summer University in Digital Humanities 28th of July – 07th of August 2015

“Culture & Technology” – European Summer University in Digital Humanities (ESU DH C & T) 28th of July – 07th of August 2015, University of Leipzig http://www.culingtec.uni-leipzig.de/ESU_C_T/

This is to announce that since the 28th of February 2015 applications for a place at the European Summer University in Digital Humanities “Culture & Technology” (ESU DH C & T) are being accepted via ConfTool (https://www.conftool.net/esu2015/) and that we have started to assign places to applicants whose application was positively reviewed by the experts.

The application phase closes the 31st of May 2015 . Applications are considered on a rolling basis. The selection of participants is made by the Scientific Committee together with the experts who lead the workshops.

As ESU DH C & T is a member of the International Digital Humanities Training Network courses taken at the Summer University are eligible for transfer credit towards the University of Victoria Graduate Certificate in DH (http://english.uvic.ca/graduate/digital_humanities.html).

This year’s Summer University is realised together with CLARIN-D, one of the two infrastructure projects for the humanities funded by the German State Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and the Humboldt Chair in Digital Humanities of the University of Leipzig.

We were successful in finding sponsors who are willing to grant support to participants of the Summer University (see:http://www.culingtec.uni-leipzig.de/ESU_C_T/node/480):

  • The German Accademic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers very generous support to alumni / alumnae of German universities.
  • The University of Leipzig through its International Centre makes available bursaries for members of its Eastern European partner universities.
  • The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at the University of Victoria (etcl), in conjunction with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute offers up to 5 tuition fellowships for international graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  • CLARIN-D will make available some support as well (TBA).

The Summer School takes place across 11 whole days. The intensive programme consists of workshops, public lectures, regular project presentations, a poster session and a panel discussion. The workshop programme is composed of the following thematic strands:

  • XML-TEI encoding, structuring and rendering
  • Methods and Tools for the Corpus Annotation of Historical and Contemporary Written Texts
  • Comparing Corpora
  • Spoken Language and Multimodal Corpora
  • Python
  • Basic Statistics and Visualization with R
  • Stylometry
  • Open Greek and Latin
  • Digital Editions and Editorial Theory: Historical Texts and Documents
  • Spatial Analysis in the Humanities
  • Building Thematic Research Collections with Drupal
  • Introduction to Project Management

Each workshop consists of a total of 16 sessions or 32 week-hours. The number of participants in each workshop is limited to 10. Workshops are structured in such a way that participants can either take the two blocks of one workshop or two blocks from different workshops.

The description of all workshops can be found at http://www.culingtec.uni-leipzig.de/ESU_C_T/node/481 in at least two languages. Short bios in at least two languages are available of most workshop leaders at http://www.culingtec.uni-leipzig.de/ESU_C_T/node/488.

The Summer University is directed at 60 participants from all over Europe and beyond. It wants to bring together (doctoral) students, young scholars and academics from the Arts and Humanities, Library Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering and Computer Sciences as equal partners to an interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and experience in a multilingual and multicultural context and thus create the conditions for future project-based cooperations and network-building across the borders of disciplines, countries and cultures.

The Summer University seeks to offer a space for the discussion and acquisition of new knowledge, skills and competences in those computer technologies which play a central role in Humanities Computing and which determine every day more and more the work done in the Humanities and Cultural Sciences, as well as in publishing, libraries, and archives, to name only some of the most important areas. The Summer University aims at integrating these activities into the broader context of the Digital Humanities, which pose questions about the consequences and implications of the application of computational methods and tools to cultural artefacts of all kinds.

In all this the Summer University aims at confronting the so-called Gender Divide , i.e. the under-representation of women in the domain of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Germany and Europe. But, instead of strengthening the hard sciences as such by following the way taken by so many measures which focus on the so-called STEM disciplines and try to convince women of the attractiveness and importance of Computer Science or Engineering, the Summer University relies on the challenges that the Humanities with their complex data and their wealth of women represent for Computer Science and Engineering and the further development of the latter, on the overcoming of the boarders between the so-called hard and soft sciences and on the integration of Humanities, Computer Science and Engineering.

As the Summer University is dedicated not only to the acquisition of knowledge and skills, but wants also to foster community building and networking across disciplines, languages and cultures, countries and continents, the programme of the Summer School features also communal coffee breaks, communal lunches in the refectory of the university, and a rich cultural programme (thematic guided tours, visits of archives, museums and exhibitions, and communal dinners in different parts of Leipzig).

Participation fees are the same as last year.

For all relevant information please consult the Web-Portal of the European Summer School in Digital Humanities “Culture & Technology”: http://www.culingtec.uni-leipzig.de/ESU_C_T/ which will be continually updated and integrated with more information as soon as it becomes available.

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Scholarly Networks Colloquium April 16-18, 2015, Brown University

Scholarly Networks Colloquium
April 16-18, 2015, Brown University

The Virtual Humanities Lab in the Department of Italian Studies at
Brown University, in collaboration with the Center for Digital
Scholarship in the Brown University Library, and DARIAH-Italy (Digital
Research Infrastructure for the Arts and the Humanities), will host an
international colloquium entitled Scholarly Networks and the Emerging
Platforms for Humanities Research & Publication in the Patrick Ma
Digital Scholarship Lab at the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library from
Thursday, April 16 through Saturday, April 18, 2015 .

The three-day colloquium will explore the new types of scholarly
output produced when scholars use digital methods to collaborate on,
annotate and visualize traditional materials.

Stephen Downie, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Library,
and Information Science at the University of Illinois and Co-Director
of the HathiTrust Research Center, will deliver the keynote address.
His talk, The HathiTrust Research Center: Bringing you 4.7 billion
pages of analytic opportunities! will take place on April 16 at 5:30
p.m, and is open to the public.

The colloquium proper is open to interested members of the public;
please register by emailing italian_studies@brown.edu by April 13.

twitter: @vhl_brown #NetColloquium

Se the conference program at:

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JTEI issue 8: new batch of articles now published

Issue 8 of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative (Selected Papers from the 2013 TEI Conference) is being published on a “rolling” basis as articles are completed. A second batch of articles just appeared within this issue:

Susanne Haaf, Alexander Geyken, and Frank Wiegand:
The DTA “Base Format”: A TEI Subset for the Compilation of a Large Reference Corpus of Printed Text from Multiple Sources
António Rito Silva and Manuel Portela:
TEI4LdoD: Textual Encoding and Social Editing in Web 2.0 Environments

Øyvind Eide:

Ontologies, Data Modeling, and TEI


Previous published articles in this issue (http://jtei.revues.org/1025):
Giliola Barbero and Francesca Trasselli:
Manus OnLine and the Text Encoding Initiative Schema
[Posted on behalf of Arianna Ciula and Fabio Ciotti (Guest Editors, JTEI Issue 8) by Paul O’Shea, TEI Social Media Coordinator.]

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Vienna Summer School on Digital Humanities

Vienna Summer School on Digital Humanities

Date: 2015-05-07

Description: Traditional research in the social sciences and humanities is challenged by the emergence of new methods and tools that allow us to gain and compute more knowledge integrating various data sources. At the same time, our human experiences and our ways of learning and knowing are increasingly mediated.

Contact: summerschool@geschichte.lbg.ac.at

URL: www.ec.tuwien.ac.at/summerschool2015/



Organized by
The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society and the E-Commerce Group at the Vienna University of Technology.

Traditional research in the social sciences and humanities is challenged by the emergence of new methods and tools that allow us to gain and compute more knowledge integrating various data sources. At the same time, our human experiences and our ways of learning and knowing are increasingly mediated by technology. More data than ever before are produced, captured and archived by scientists and citizens alike, and can be accessed and analyzed online.

This Summer School aims to discuss the possibilities of computer science-based research methods in the Digital Humanities while at the same time investigating the epistemological challenges of these methods as well as their theoretical bases and implications. It will explore a wide range of digital practices and methods that are becoming more and more widespread in the social sciences and humanities. Furthermore, the Summer School will offer participants hands-on experience with tools and techniques. The following topics will be covered:

  • Introduction to Digital Humanities and its methodological challenges;
  • Text mining with a focus on (a) news and (micro-)blogs mining and (b) opinion mining, sentiment analysis, and beyond;
  • Critical engagement with (especially online) data;
  • Theories of human-technology interaction – user tracking / digital traces / data bodies / quantified self and their implications for data collection, analysis and communication of results;
  • Social network analysis;
  • Information visualization and visual analytics.

A high-ranking international faculty with a variety of disciplinary and methodological backgrounds will present these topics: Bettina Berendt (KU Leuven, Belgium), Sema Colpan(Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society, Austria), Noshir Contractor (Northwestern University, USA), Paolo Federico (Vienna University of Technology, Austria), Ulrike Gretzel(University of Queensland, Australia), Theresia Gschwandtner (Vienna University of Technology, Austria), Georg Kö (University of Bamberg, Germany), and Julia Neidhardt (Vienna University of Technology, Austria).

We invite dedicated PhD students to submit applications. The Summer School is specifically designed for students from the social sciences and humanities, with an emphasis on history, film and media studies, cultural studies, anthropology, human and cultural geography, linguistics, urban studies, sociology and arts.

The Summer School will be hosted by the E-Commerce Group at the Vienna University of Technology and is funded by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF).


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CFP: DH Forum 2015, University of Kansas

Peripheries, barriers, hierarchies: rethinking access, inclusivity, and infrastructure in global DH practice

Digital Humanities engages in many alternative scholarly forms and practices, and thus positions itself as a channel for exploring and challenging how social and institutional constructs shape traditional and digital academic discourses. Yet DH itself contains many non-neutral practices and is far from barrier-free. Digital Humanities practices, tools, infrastructures, and methodologies often embed a variety of assumptions that shape what kind of scholarship gets made, studied, and communicated; how it is represented to the world; and who can participate in that making and communication. A truly accessible DH goes beyond technical standards and provides people and communities of different abilities, genders, sexual orientations, languages and cultures–and of varying levels of access to technology and infrastructure–the capacity to shape and pursue scholarship that addresses their own interests and needs.

In a global context, the expansion of DH practices around the world and beyond the academy can reveal the ways in which dominant, hegemonic practices within the field tend to reinforce the very inequalities DH attempts to correct through its embrace of accessibility and knowledge production. Thus, specific practices in Global DH can call attention to the explicit and implicit contradictions in broader DH practices.

Our 2015 Digital Humanities Forum will take a critical approach to exploring peripheries, barriers and hierarchies of digital humanities practice in a global context, identifying those assumptions, and advocating and showcasing alternative practices to advance the field. We will critically engage these issues by exploring themes such as inclusivity, accessibility, global perspectives, decolonization, and democratization as they relate to digital humanities practice and infrastructure.

The Forum will take place on Saturday, September 26, following a full day of (gratis) Digital Humanities workshops on Friday, September 25.

We seek projects, research results, or critical/theoretical approaches to topics such as (but not limited to) the following:

  • How do embedded assumptions of DH practice shape what gets made, studied, and communicated;
  • The limitations of digital structures and infrastructures such as code/databases/ operating systems/interfaces/standards to represent or highlight cultural/gender/linguistic specificities, and efforts to get past these limitations;
  • Inclusion and exclusion in digital collections: archival silences, massive digital libraries, digital recovery projects;
  • “Accessible DH” that includes different abilities, languages, genders and sexual orientations, socio-economic conditions, and access to technical knowledge and infrastructure;
  • Case studies of projects focusing on accessibility and actively focusing on openness;
  • Case studies of indigenous, gendered, transnational, or “Global South” DH;
  • The concept and practice of minimal computing (sustainable computing done under some set of significant constraints of hardware, software, education, network capacity, power, or other factors);
  • Projects exploring data in languages other than English or working towards multilingual presentation;
  • Critical making, hacking, tinkering, and non-textual modes of knowledge production;
  • “Soft infrastructures” such as ideas of ownership, copyright, and intellectual property and their impact on global DH practice.

DH Forum best student paper award: Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers or poster presentations. One student presentation will be selected for an award based on the quality, originality, clarity of the written abstract, along with its alignment with the DH Forum theme and expected future impact. The awardee will be presented with a check for $400 and award certificate at the conference. Students should identify themselves as such at the time of abstract submission to be considered for the award. For a paper to be eligible, at least fifty percent of the research reported in the paper must be performed by one or more student authors, and the student must be the primary presenter of the paper at the conference.

Please submit abstracts of 500 words maximum in PDF format to idrh@ku.edu by June 1

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TEI Hackathon at DH2015

TEI Hackathon at DH2015: Building Tools for TEI Collections

The TEI Consortium is sponsoring a Hackathon at DH2015 on 29 June 2015. To register for the Hackathon you must first submit a brief application at http://tinyurl.com/tei-hackathon-dh2015 prior to registering for the ‘workshop’ on the http://dh2015.org/ website. You’ll be notified by 15 May  (if not before) of your acceptance on the hackathon.

The Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) are widely used for creating resources, but there is little standardisation across multiple projects for querying, searching, and analysing TEI-encoded texts. Developers unfamiliar with the TEI often approach the development of TEI processing systems either with trepidation or ignorance of  potential complications. This unconference-style Hackathon is open either to developers with very little TEI experience (but significant programming skills) or experts in the TEI (with a little programming experience), or people who have both. It is not a training workshop!

There is no charge for those attending this day-long workshop, but you will be expected to work in groups to program something useful. Applications to join the Hackathon should be completed online http://tinyurl.com/tei-hackathon-dh2015 at before  1 May.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 15 May. Late applications will be considered if there is space.

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‘Sight Unseen': Irish Association for American Studies Annual Conference

IAAS Annual Conference will be held at Trinity College Dublin on the 24th & 25th of April .

The Irish Association for American Studies is an all-island organisation that supports and promotes the study of the United States in Ireland. ‘Sight Unseen’ is a two-day interdisciplinary conference which will see academics from across Ireland, the UK, Europe, Canada, and the United States examine the theme of seeing, surveillance, and the visual sphere in American culture. Dr. Lee Jenkins (UCC) will give the Alan Graham Memorial Lecture on April 24th .

A full programme of events is available on the IAAS website. Registration is now open and you can book your place here. The Peggy O’Brien Book Prize will be presented at the conference dinner on April 24th . If you wish to attend the dinner we would recommend booking your place in advance as spaces are limited. Any queries in relation to the conference can be directed to iaasconference@gmail.com.

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Call for Submissions: The Future of Digital Methods for Complex Datasets

Call for Submissions:

Special Edition: The Future of Digital Methods for Complex Datasets

International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing

IJHAC: A Journal of Digital Humanities


Abstracts Due: April 15, 2015

Full Chapters Due: August 1, 2015


Submit Abstracts electronically via .doc, .txt or .pdf to:

Jennifer Guiliano






noun: methodology; plural noun: methodologies

  1. a system of methods used in a particular area of study or activity.


Forty years on from the advent of digital humanities computing, there is a flood of case-study work that explores specific instances of computational methods (e.g. close and distant reading via textual analysis, visualization methods for social networks, etc) being developed and then utilized within the digital humanities. Yet, despite this cross-pollination of methodology to the humanities, little has been done to discuss methodology outside of the project-based context in either the contemporary or future contexts. We know the specific results of particular methods within a given project, but much less about how those processes and workflows would function outside of that singular dataset or specific area of study.  Several questions arising from current practice remain unanswered: Can Digital Methods fully realize the promise of humanities and arts-driven inquiry when confronted with complex datasets? Is Digital Methodology in conflict with efforts to conduct micro or local level analyses as it encourages the use of “Big Data” and other large-scale longue durée-type analyses? Does Digital Methodology offer its own problematic system of assumptions? What grounds have humanists ceded to scientists? What impact does this have on the tools created and the future of Digital Methodology? How should we train the next generation of scholars to deal with complex cultural records, and to interrogate and argue for tools suitable for humanities inquiry? This special edition of the International Journal of Arts and Humanities Computing (IJHAC) seeks submissions from scholars who explore what the future of Digital Methodology will be ten, fifteen, twenty or even fifty years in the future.

We seek contributions that might address the following:

  • In an environment where resources for humanities education are reduced, how might the decline of humanistic and artistic disciplines challenge the future of digital methods?

  • Is Digital Methodology for the Humanities & Arts something distinct from data science or other computational methods? Or alternately, has the underlying reliance on “data” forged a common methodology across previously distinct disciplines?

  • What might the critical theoretical perspectives (e.g. Feminist, post-colonial, etc) offer to Digital Methodology?

  • What problems might scholars need to account for in their digital methods if we anticipate a future where copyright, international law, and publishing systems become more restrictive?

  • How might conflicts between or syntheses of analog and digital methodologies lead to a richer system of approaches?

  • What might non-western systems of Digital Methodology bring to the future of the Digital Humanities?

  • How might digital techniques and approaches from other disciplines impact the future of Digital Humanities?

  • How might Digital Methodologies, Digital assumptions, and modes of thinking destabilize fundamental humanistic and artistic scholarly assumptions?


The Future of Digital Methods for Complex Datasets  invites applications from faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff from cultural heritage institutions, as well as the general public with a serious interest in digital humanities and/or arts methodology regardless of rank, position, or affiliation. Collaboratively authored submissions, submissions from minority applicants, and those located outside the US and Canada are especially welcomed.


Abstracts will be reviewed by the special edition co-editors in conjunction with IJHAC editors. Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit full manuscripts by 1 August 2015 with review of manuscripts taking place in August and September. The special edition will be published, in print and online, in 2016.

Contributions to this special edition should take the form of critical essays, varying in length from 2,000–6,000 words inclusive of endnotes.  The editorial team will consult with authors of selected abstracts about the word count of their contributions. This special edition will be available in English and all materials should be submitted in English; however, authors are encouraged to make available non-english versions of their materials under the pre-print Green Open Access rules noted below.


Questions regarding this CFP may be directed to Jennifer Guiliano at jenguiliano@gmail.com or Mia Ridge at Mia.Ridge@open.ac.uk. Dr. Guiliano is Assistant Professor of History at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and co-director of the Humanities Intensive Learning & Teaching Institute, a US-based digital humanities training organization. Mia Ridge is completing her dissertation on historians and scholarly crowdsourcing at the Open University. She has been a CENDARI Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (2014) and has had residencies at the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney, 2012) and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum (New York, 2012).


IJHAC is published on a Green Open Access basis, whereby authors are allowed to deposit a pre-publication version of their contribution on their personal or departmental web page and in their institutional repository. Authors are also permitted to deposit a pre-publication version of their contribution in a non-commercial subject repository one year after publication in print. Questions regarding this policy may be directed to: Laura Danielson, Managing Editor, at ledaniel@iupui.edu.


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MAKE U 2015 @ DHSI

The MakerBus  http://www.makerbus.ca  team is once again pairing up with
the folks at Eurekamp  http://p4c.ualberta.ca/eurekamp/  to bring a week
long summer camp for kids 8-12 to the University of Victoria in parallel
with DHSI. If you are traveling out to DHSI this summer during the week of
June 8 12 and would like to bring your children with you, please consider
having them join us at MAKE U for a week of creative building, thinking,
and tinkering.

More information can be found here:

If you have any questions regarding the camp, please email

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Survey on DH Pedagogy

We are collecting data for a research paper on digital humanities pedagogy, and would be very appreciative of any contributions. We are surveying and interviewing instructors as well as surveying students, so if you have taught or taken a class about digital humanities, we want to hear from you!

Our research will investigate DH curriculum through the perspectives of students and faculty. We will examine how DH is taught and learned in various departments at both undergraduate and graduate levels of study. Interviews with DH instructors and students will provide a framework for understanding the nascent DH curriculum. This qualitative data will help open the dialogue between students and faculty, providing a platform for sharing practical tips for improving DH pedagogy and curriculum.

If you are a DH instructor, please take our survey here: http://goo.gl/6DqciN

If you are a DH student, please take our survey here: http://goo.gl/voephZ

As a token of our appreciation, survey participants will be entered to win one of ten $5 Starbucks gift cards.

Please feel free to distribute this message as widely as possible.

Thank you for your time!

Erica Hayes, Ariadne Rehbein, and Siobhain Rivera, MLS Candidates
Indiana University Bloomington, Department of Information and Library Science

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Website for JADH2015 in Kyoto launched

The organising committee for the annual conference of the Japanese
Association for Digital Humanities JADH2015 “Encoding Cultural Resources”,
to be held in Kyoto Sep. 1 to 3 later this year, is proud to announce the
launch of the conference website at http://conf2015.jadh.org.

The Call For Papers is still open and scheduled to close one month from now
on May 7th, 2015 .  Don’t miss this opportunity to join us for the latest on
Digital Humanities in Japans old capital Kyoto! Topics relevant to the TEI
are most welcome, even if there is no thematic connection to Japan.

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DRHA Dublin 2015



It is with great pleasure that I would like to invite you to  DRHA Dublin 2015 – Digital World. Digital Responses, hosted by Dublin City University in partnership with the National Library of Ireland, the Digital Arts and Humanities Structured PhD Programme (DAH), and the Royal Irish Academy. Our conference takes place 30th August to 2nd September 2015 in the vibrant Irish capital city of Dublin and will include contributions from an exciting range of keynote speakers from across the world. This is an historic moment too for the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts Conference as it is the first time the event has been hosted by a university outside the United Kingdom.

DRHA Dublin 2015 will offer visitors and delegates exceptional residential accommodation and sports facilities, beautiful meeting and workshop rooms, professional standard performance spaces, heritage venues in central Dublin and a memorable programme of social events.

We trust that delegates and visitors to DRHA Dublin 2015 will have an engaging and very special experience. Please visit our website where you will find more information on the conference and key registration and proposal submission dates.

Táimid ag tnúth le tú a fheiceáil i mBaile Átha Cliath

Inquiries about DRHA Dublin 2015 should be directed to the conference convenor:
Christopher Pressler
Director of Library Services and Humanities Archive Research Centre, Dublin City University

Convenor of DRHA Dublin 2015

Chris Pressler FRSA
Director of Library Services and
Humanities Archive Research Centre
Dublin City University
Dublin 9
Phone: +00353 1 700 5211
Email: christopher.pressler@dcu.ie

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CFP: Network Detroit Digital Humanities Conference

Network Detroit: Digital Humanities Theory and Practice will return Friday, September 25, 2015 to Lawrence Technological University. Network Detroit showcases the best of digital humanities research in the great lakes region by leading scholars from museums, libraries, universities, liberal arts colleges, and community colleges. For this event, we welcome proposals for papers and panels that focus on the digital humanities, especially regarding the cultural heritage of Michigan and Detroit.

This year our theme is Cultural Criticism and the Digital Humanities, and we encourage submissions on race studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, and political dissidence. The Detroit Historical Society, which will host this year’s dinner and keynote address, recently launched a special project entitled “Detroit 1967.”  Papers that address digital approaches to the memorialization, dissemination, and understanding of this significant year in Detroit’s history are also encouraged. If you know a student with a promising project, please encourage them to submit to our student poster competition open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Proposal Deadline: June 1, 2015

Submit a Paper or Poster Proposal

The following topics and lines of inquiry are recommended:

  • Detroit history and culture
  • Critical race studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, and political dissidence
  • digital art
  • humanities computing
  • digital archiving
  • career paths for digital humanists (universities, libraries, corporate, alt­ac)
  • text analysis
  • digital pedagogy (methods, gamification, content management systems, online learning)
  • history of the book
  • design thinking
  • simulation
  • game studies
  • impact of evolving communications technologies on aesthetics, consciousness\
For more information, visit the conference website.

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DH@Guelph Summer Workshops: registration open until April 20th

Registration is now open for the inaugural DH@Guelph Summer Workshops, which will run May 19-22 with courses on Omeka, topic modelling, and a CWRC-shop on collaborative online scholarship, plus an introductory talk and reception, a panel on DH and early career scholars led by Adam Hammond (Guelph; soon to be at San Diego State University), and a plenary by Jennifer Roberts-Smith (Waterloo) titled “Your Mother is Not a Computer: Phenomenologies of the Human for Digital Humanities”. Courses count towards the University of Victoria graduate certificate in Digital Humanities. Fees and on-campus accommodation costs are modest. Deadline for registration is April 20th.

Susan Brown

Director, Orlando Project; Project Leader, Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory

President (English), Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Societé canadienne des humanités numériques
Visiting Professor                               Professor
English and Film Studies                    School of English and Theatre Studies
University of Alberta                           University of Guelph
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E5              Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada
780-492-7803                                    519-824-4120 x53266

TEI P5 Guidelines version 2.8.0 released

The TEI Consortium has released the TEI P5 Guidelines version 2.8.0 (Codename: Winking Petrarca). This release includes new elements and recommendations for the description of correspondence and resolves many community-submitted bugs and feature requests.

Our release technician was Raffaele Viglianti (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, UMD). Raff’s work has produced possibly the quickest release in TEI history, with able assistance from members of the TEI Council, especially James Cummings and Martin Holmes, and with help from former Council member Sebastian Rahtz.

All are encouraged to report bugs and make feature requests for changes to the Guidelines via theSourceForge site http://tei.sf.net/. This is how the Council knows what aspects of the Guidelines need working on, and we cannot do without your input! The software of the TEI Consortium such as the Stylesheets and Roma are managed on GitHub at https://github.com/TEIC/. Any software issues should be reported there. The updated version of the TEI Guidelines is available from all the usual places (such as the TEI website http://www.tei-c.org/release/doc/tei-p5-doc/en/html/index.html and the SourceForge site <http://tei.sf.net/>). Sebastian Rahtz has released version 7.34.0 of the TEI Stylesheets (available at https://github.com/TEIC/Stylesheets). The oxygen-tei package and TEI debian packages have been updated separately and may be downloaded from https://sourceforge.net/projects/tei/files/. The TEI P5 version 2.8.0 release notes are below, and are also available at http://www.tei-c.org/release/doc/tei-p5-doc/readme-2.8.0.html.

TEI P5 version 2.8.0 release notes

This version of the TEI Guidelines introduces new features and resolves a number of issues raised by the TEI community. As always, the majority of these changes and corrections are a consequence of feature requests or bugs reported by the TEI community using the SourceForge tracking system. If you find something you think needs to change in the TEI Guidelines, schemas, tools, or website, please submit a feature request or bug ticket at http://tei.sf.net/ for consideration. Lists of closed bugs and closed feature requests are available on the site.

Some of the more noticeable changes in this release include:

• New elements and recommendations for the description of correspondence using <correspDesc> have been added to the Guidelines.
• A new example ODD for the Journal of the TEI has been added.
• Hosting for the Oxygen-TEI plugin has moved to https://github.com/TEIC/oxygen tei.
• The deprecated type attribute on <biblScope> has been removed. See http://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/388/.
• resp and cert have been made globally available, per http://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/443/. The Guidelines now recommend that resp point to a <respStmt>.
• The type attribute on <teiHeader> was deprecated. See http://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/489/.
• A partial attribute, with possible values “true” or “false” was added to <tagsDecl>. See http://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/516/.
• An att.global.rendition class, containing rend, style, and rendition was added, per http://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/522/.
• The notation attribute was added to <pVar>, per http://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/523/.
• The type and subtype attributes are now permitted on <space>, per http://sourceforge.net/p/tei/feature-requests/534/.
• The content model of the <signatures> element has been changed to macro.specialPara, per discussion onhttp://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/616/.
• Model.global has been added to the content model of the <org> element per http://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/675/.
• The datatype of the attribute type supplied by the class att.typed has been changed to data.word as perhttp://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/681/.
• The content model of <editorialDecl> in TEILite has been fixed per http://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/688/.
• A Schematron rule that enforces the presence of <label> in <list> where type = “gloss” was added, perhttp://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/694/.
• The remarks for <back> and <front> have been expanded, per https://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/702/.
• The content model for <constraint> has been fixed, per http://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/704/.
• A subsection suggesting strategies to encode textual structures across verses was added to the Verse chapter of the Guidelines, per http://sourceforge.net/p/tei/bugs/705/.
• And, of course, dozens of typos were corrected.

In addition, improvements have been made to the XSL stylesheets (which provide processing of TEI ODD files for Roma and OxGarage as well as other TEI conversions). The Stylesheets are maintained separately from the Guidelines and are athttps://github.com/TEIC/Stylesheets.

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