27 Feb 2015

The ADHO Conference Coordinating Committee now invites proposals to host the following two DH conferences, in 2017 and 2018.
Digital Humanities (DH) is the annual international conference of ADHO, the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations: ADHO's constituent societies are the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH), the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN), the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH), centerNet, and the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities (JADH). Our next joint DH conference will be held at the University of Western Sydney, Australia (, 29 June–3 July 2015, and DH 2016 will be in Kraków, Poland, hosted by the Jagiellonian University and the Pedagogical University of Kraków, 10-16 July 2016.
Traditionally, the DH conference alternated only between North America and Europe, but a new protocol is meant to broaden the geographical distribution of ADHO events. DH 2015 is the first ADHO joint conference to be held in another region of the globe, and the 2016 conference will return to Europe. We therefore solicit proposals to host:
DH 2017 anywhere in North America; and
DH 2018 anywhere in the world, but with a strong preference for sites outside Europe and the US or Canada.

We are particularly interested in proposals from areas where developed or developing digital humanities communities and organizations have not previously hosted a DH conference. But please note that the local organizers must be members of one of the ADHO constituent organizations, listed above.

The conference regularly attracts approximately 500 attendees, with 3-4 days of papers and posters. There are normally 4-6 parallel sessions per time slot, and a small number of plenary presentations and receptions. Meetings of the committees of the constituent organizations precede the conference, and lunchtime slots are normally used for member meetings of ADHO organizations.

The peer-reviewed academic program is developed by an international Program Committee appointed by ADHO constituent organizations. Local organizers at the host institution are responsible for the conference web site, provision of facilities, the production of a collection of abstracts, a conference banquet, and any other social events that the local hosts think appropriate. The conference is entirely self-financed through conference fees and any other financial contributions that the local organizer is able to arrange. ADHO expects no payment from the local host in the event that the conference makes a profit, but no financial support is provided for the conference by ADHO or its constituent organizations, except in relation to ADHO awards, such as named prizes or bursaries. ADHO does offer local organizers a modest incentive to ensure that the membership status of registrants is validated. In consultation with the ADHO Program Committee, the local organizer may suggest plenary speakers whose travel, subsistence, and registration must be funded from the conference budget.

The local organizer is expected to set (and verify) three levels of registration fees: for members of ADHO constituent organizations, for non-members, and for students. The difference between the fee levels for members and non-members should make becoming a member of one of our organizations cost-effective.

ADHO uses the conference management system Conftool, and the ADHO Infrastructure and Conference Coordinating committees provide support for this system, including access to data from previous conferences. Local organizers are required to use the Conftool system for registering participants and including them in special events such as the banquet, but actual credit card payments may be processed outside Conftool, by the local organizer.

Proposals should include:

an overview of facilities at the host institution;
a summary of local institutional engagement and support for the organizer, and contingency plans in case of problems;
possible arrangements for social events, to include the conference banquet;
options for accommodation (with provisional costs, and attention to low-cost student housing);
travel information and advice for participants;
a provisional budget, with an estimated registration fee;
options for payment (credit card, foreign currency etc) by participants; and
any other information that will help the ADHO Steering Committee make a selection.

Proposers must be prepared to give a short presentation and to answer questions at the ADHO Steering Committee meeting at the DH2015 conference in Sydney, Australia. Both the 2017 and 2018 hosts will be selected in Sydney, and the 2019 (European) host will be selected in Kraków.

Potential organizers are invited to discuss their plans informally with the chair of the ADHO Conference Coordinating Committee, Bethany Nowviskie (bethany [at] virginia [dot] edu) and with vice-chair and former local organizer Claire Clivaz (claire [dot] clivaz [at] unil [dot] ch). Protocols, guidelines, information about past conferences, and a memorandum of understanding between ADHO and local organizers can be found here: Sample budgets and other information may be available for planning purposes on request.

Proposals should be submitted to Nowviskie and Clivaz in draft form by late May.

17 Feb 2015

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) seeks applicants for its 2015-2016 Communications fellowship. Working on a small team, the fellow will write news releases, blog posts and announcements about ADHO, its constituent organizations, and the broader digital humanities community; monitor and update ADHO’s social media presence; maintain its web site; help to develop and implement ADHO’s outreach strategy; and perform other communications-related responsibilities. The Communications fellow should anticipate spending approximately 3-4 hours per week on the position. The fellowship comes with a small annual stipend of 600 Euros. It is well-suited for graduate students who wish to develop deeper knowledge of digital humanities, contribute to an important digital humanities professional organization, and gain experience in social media and communications.

Desired skills and qualifications include:

  •     fluency in more than one language
  •     excellent written communication skills
  •     knowledge of the digital humanities community
  •     expertise in social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook
  •     experience creating content using Drupal or another content management system
  •     good graphic design and multimedia editing skills
  •     ability to work with minimal supervision
  •     attention to detail

To apply, submit a CV or résumé, a brief writing sample, three letters of reference, and a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position to Lisa Spiro, chair of ADHO’s communications committee: The application deadline is March 30, 2015. Two positions will be available. The fellowship will run from June 15, 2015 to June 15, 2016.

4 Nov 2014

November 4, 2014
The ADHO Awards Committee has selected the joint CSDH/ACH Conference as the venue for the the Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen Young Scholar Prize for 2015. 
The prize will be awarded in recognition of a young scholar who makes a significant contribution to scholarship using digital technology at the 2015 Joint CSDH/ACH conference.
The Joint Conference between the Canadian DH ( and the Association for Computers and the Humanities ( will be held at the University of Ottawa, Ontario from June 1st through the 3rd of 2015. See the Conference’s website for further details:

21 Sep 2014

The late EADH chair (2010-2012), Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen, attended conferences not only in the digital humanities but also in other disciplines. She was invariably interested in and encouraging of young scholars in particular, and she also spent a great deal of time in informal conversation with a wide range of colleagues. The Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen Young Scholar Prize was established in 2013 to honour her memory. The LLOH Prize is awarded to early-career scholars, that is, students, graduate students, or postdoctoral researchers at different conferences each year.

Any individual member of any of the ADHO constituent organizations may submit proposals to the Awards Committee chair for conferences taking place in the following year. This call is specific to conferences in 2015. Individual members are encouraged (but not required) to seek the endorsement of a constituent organization.

Proposals should clarify why the conference is likely to include contributions to digital humanities. Eligible conferences may include sub-disciplines in which digital techniques have not been achieved widespread acceptance. Special consideration should be given to proposals that encourage a diverse pool of applicants, addressing matters of cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and gender diversity. Proposals may ask for funding for one or two prizes and, additionally, a reception at which the prizes are awarded. At the reception, the history and sponsorship of the prizes should be explained.

The proposal should identify the conferences (dates, venue, web site), the sort of contribution which is to be recognized (paper, poster, etc.), how the winner or winners are to be selected, who will present the award and explain its background, and the total budget. The budget may not exceed €1500 in total if two prizes are to be awarded or €750 if one prize is to be awarded. The budget includes €500 for each winner to defray the costs of travel, lodging and conference registration and up to € 250 (one prize) or € 500 (two prizes) for a reception. The awards committee selects the single best proposal for awarding the prize(s) at a given conference. The committee will give preference to proposals from constituent organizations that have not recently been awarded a LLOH Prize.
The 2014 LLOH Prize was awarded at the Methods in Dialectology XV conference:

More information about the prize can be found at the webpage of the ADHO Awards Committee:änninen-young-scholar-prize

Please feel free to write to the committee chair with any
Deadline: 10 October 2014

15 Sep 2014

Prof. William Kretzschmar, Jr. presented the Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen awards for best poster by a young scholar at the Methods in Dialectology XV banquet on Thurs. Aug. 14, 2014. The prize competition and reception were generously sponsored by the Alliance for Digital Humanities Organizations; the competition was open to students or scholars whose Ph.D. was earned less than three years earlier. The choice was determined by a three-member jury, chaired by Bill Kretzschmar, based on the poster's graphic quality and on its contribution to dialectology, i.e., on the cogency and clarity of the argument, the importance of the issue involved, on the innovation the poster represents.

The 2014 winners were Stephanie Leser & Lea Schäfer (Marburg) for "Imitation as a method of measuring salience and borrowing" and Martijn Wieling (Groningen) for "Validating and using the PMI-based Levenshtein distance as a measure of foreign accent strength".

6 Sep 2014

Call for Proposals

Digital Humanities 2015: Global Digital Humanities


French | German | Italian | Spanish

I. 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.

There will be two rounds of workshop and pre-conference tutorial proposals:

  • Round 1 workshop proposals are due by midnight GMT, 1 October, 2014, with notice of acceptance by 31 October, 2014.
  • Round 2 workshop proposals are due by midnight GMT, 16 February, 2015, with notice of acceptance by 27 February, 2015.

A link to the online abstract submission system will be available on the conference website: Please check the website for updates. Previous Digital Humanities conference participants and reviewers should use their existing accounts rather than setting up new ones. If you have forgotten your user name or password, please contact Program Committee Chair, Deb Verhoeven.

To facilitate the production of the conference proceedings, authors of accepted papers will be asked to submit final approved versions of their abstracts via a web-based tool currently under development by ADHO. This tool will be made available in early 2015.

II. Types of Proposals

Proposals may be of five types: (1) poster presentations; (2) short paper presentations; (3) long papers; (4) three-paper or full-panel sessions; and (5) proposals for pre-conference workshops and tutorials. Based on peer review and its mandate to create a balanced and varied program, the Program Committee may offer acceptance in a different category from the one initially proposed, and will not normally accept multiple submissions from the same author or group of authors. Papers and posters may be given in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

1) Poster Presentations

Poster proposals (500 to 750 words) may describe work on any relevant topic or offer project and software demonstrations. Posters and demonstrations are intended to be interactive, with the opportunity to exchange ideas one-on-one with attendees. In addition to a dedicated session, when presenters will explain their work and answer questions, posters will be on display at various times during the conference.

2) Short Papers

Short paper proposals (750 to 1500 words) are appropriate for reporting on experiments or work in progress, or for describing newly conceived tools or software in early stages of development. This category of presentation allows for up to five short papers in a single session, with the length held to a strict 10 minutes each in order to allow time for questions.

3) Long Papers

Proposals for long papers (750 to 1500 words) are appropriate for: substantial, completed, and previously unpublished research; reports on the development of significant new methodologies or digital resources; and/or rigorous theoretical, speculative, or critical discussions. Individual papers will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions.

Proposals relating to the development of new computing methodologies or digital resources should indicate how the methods are applied to research and/or teaching in the humanities, what their impact has been in formulating and addressing research questions, and should include critical assessment of their application in the humanities. Papers that concentrate on a particular tool or digital resource should cite traditional as well as computer-based approaches to the problem and should include critical assessments of the computing methodologies used. All proposals should include relevant citations to sources in the literature.

4) Multiple Paper Sessions

These consist of one 90-minute panel of four to six speakers, or three long papers on a single theme. Panel organizers should submit an abstract of 750 to 1500 words describing the panel topic, how it will be organized, the names of all the speakers, and an indication that each speaker is willing to participate in the session. Paper session organizers should submit a statement of approximately 500 words describing the session topic, include abstracts of 750 to 1500 words for each paper, and indicate that each author is willing to participate in the session. Papers that are submitted as part of a special session may not be submitted individually for consideration in another category.

5) Pre-Conference Workshops and Tutorials

Participants in pre-conference workshops or tutorials will be expected to register for the full conference as well as pay a small additional fee.

Proposals should provide the following information:

  • title and brief description of the content or topic and its relevance to the digital humanities community (not more than 1500 words);
  • full contact information for all tutorial instructors or workshop leaders, including a one-paragraph statement summarizing their research interests and areas of expertise;
  • description of target audience and expected number of participants (based, if possible, on past experience); and
  • any special requirements for technical support.

Additionally, tutorial proposals should include:

  • a brief outline showing that the core content can be covered in a half day (approximately 3 hours, plus breaks). In exceptional cases, full-day tutorials may be supported.

And workshop proposals must include:

  • intended length and format of the workshop (minimum half-day; maximum one and a half days);
  • proposed budget (as digital humanities workshops are expected to be self-financing); and
  • if the workshop is to have its own call for participation, a deadline and date for notification of acceptances, and a list of individuals who have agreed to be part of the workshop’s Program Committee.

III. Information about the Conference Venue and Theme

DH2015 will take place in Sydney, Australia, the first time this major event has moved outside of Europe and North America in its 26-year history. The theme of ‘Global Digital Humanities’ acknowledges the field’s expansion worldwide across disciplines, cultures and languages.

The conference is hosted at the University of Western Sydney by the Digital Humanities Research Group, a leading centre for collaborative digital humanities in the Asia-Pacific region.

IV. Bursaries for Early-Career and Emerging Scholars

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations will offer a limited number of bursaries for early-career scholars presenting at the conference, and there will be additional bursaries available to emerging scholars from Australia and New Zealand. Details and application guidelines will appear on the conference website and on the ADHO website : Please check the conference website regularly for the latest information.

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

Rev Oct. 10, 2014: Added links to translations

25 Jul 2014

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is pleased to announce that Marie Saldana, doctoral student in Architecture and Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles, has received the Paul Fortier prize awarded for the best paper presented by a young scholar at the 2014 Digital Humanities conference.
The Fortier Prize honours the memory of Paul Fortier, late University Distinguished Professor of French at the University of Manitoba, Canada. The award honors his long, active career in Humanities Computing and particularly remembers his kind encouragement and support for fledgling scholars in the field. The winner of the Fortier Prize receives a 500 GBP prize and a featured publication of the presentation in one of the ADHO publications.
Saldana won the prize for her presentation, “An Integrated Approach to the Procedural Modeling of Ancient Cities and Buildings,” which addresses issues of methodology for 3D modeling of Roman and Hellenistic architecture by arguing for a procedure in which polygons are generated based on “textual semantic description.” One Fortier Prize reviewer commends Saldana for her “[w]ell balanced interpretation with focus on the advances but also discussing  the drawbacks of her method. (...) steps. Well presented, (...) and good replies to the interesting questions from the room”. The full version of Saldana’s presentation is available here.
Saldana’s presentation was selected from a group of finalists that included Anthony Durity & James O’Sullivan, “On Reusability and Electronic Literature”; Jérôme Jacquin & Xavier Gradoux, “IMPACT : un dispositif de transcription et de commentaire de l’oral, pour l’enseignement et la recherche”; and Jill Belli, “Unhappy? There’s an App for That: Digital Happiness, Data Mining, and Networks of Well-Being.”

9 Jul 2014

Neil Fraistat, chair of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), delivered the following welcome during the opening ceremony at Digital Humanities 2014:

Bienvenue mes amis! I’m Neil Fraistat, the Director of MITH, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. In my capacity as Chair of ADHO’s Steering Committee, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to DH 2014 on behalf of our 6 constituent organizations:

  • EADH: The European Association for Digital Humanities
  • ACH: The Association for Computers and the Humanities
  • CSDH/SCHN: The Canadian Digital Humanities Association
  • aaDH:  The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities
  • centerNet, the international network of digital humanities organizations
  • JADH: The Japanese Association for Digital Humanities

This has been an extraordinary year for ADHO on multiple fronts: most notably, in continued changes to our institutional structure, our technical infrastructure, our relationship with members, our publications, and, of course, our annual conference.

Here you are, along with over 700 participants at DH 2014. Those of you who have had a chance to review the full program know the kind of intellectual feast that awaits you this week, beginning with our opening keynote today from Bruno Latour.  For this, we are all greatly indebted to the remarkable job done by our international program committee, which has been chaired so masterfully and tirelessly by Melissa Terras. This group has been hard at work behind the scenes for two years preparing for this week, and they have further built upon last year’s program committee’s successful experiments with key elements of our submission and review process to make it more welcoming, open, efficient, and rewarding for all concerned.  Melissa and company, would you please stand up.  We owe you our deep gratitude and a rousing round of applause!

I’m sorry to say that due to a death in the family, Bethany Nowviskie won’t be able to be here to deliver her keynote in person, but Melissa has kindly agreed to present Bethany’s text and slides. I know our community’s thoughts are with Bethany.

One new element to this year’s conference is an attempt to facilitate informal and voluntary translation by distributing buttons people can wear indicating what languages they are willing to talk or otherwise assist in. This effort is the result of a collaboration between ADHO’s Global Outlook Special Interest Group and our Multilingualism and Multicuturalism Committee. Please be on the look out for the “I Whisper in  . . . buttons,” and offer to wear one yourself if you are fluent in a language other than English.  They can be found near the registration desk. We are especially grateful to Elika Ortega, Dan O’Donnell, and Alex Gill of GO::DH for helping to organize this effort.

ADHO has been growing exponentially: we now have over 850 individual members and this trend has no end in sight. We on ADHO’s Steering Committee continue to recognize that our largest challenges in the coming years involve how well we welcome, enable, and promote the accelerating global and disciplinary growth of DH across the range of our activities. To this end, we have been engaging in what so far has been a year-long strategy process focusing on three areas we believe to be most in need of fundamental rethinking: ADHO’s governance, funding, and membership. The results of that strategy process, when coupled with ADHO’s newly established status as an independent legal entity in the Netherlands, promises to be the most systematic and wide-ranging resituating of ADHO to date.

Meanwhile, our inclusivity working group, which was established last year under the auspices of Bethany Nowviskie, continues to assist our committees in examining their governing documents, public communications, and evolving customs to help develop or refine policies, protocols, and informal practices meant to welcome more diverse constituencies to ADHO and to strengthen the organization through their involvement.  A major step in this direction and directly relevant to all of us here, was our development this year of a Conference Code of Conduct, which lays out broad principles to foster a safe, welcoming conference environment that is respectful of personal, cultural, and linguistic differences. This Code of Conduct can be found within your conference programs and on the Websites of DH 2014 and of ADHO.

Among ADHO’s accomplishments this year has been the establishment of low membership-only rates for our Constituent Organizations, without the cost of journal subscription. Our first Special Interest Group, Global Outlook, has been joined by several other new or proposed ones, including a proposal in progress for a DH and Social Justice SIG, coordinated by Lisa Nakamura and Jentery Sayers. We expect that many of our SIGs will be based on new approaches, collaborations, and disciplinary concerns—and we encourage you to propose one. Last year we chose Sydney Australia as the conference venue for DH 2015, the first time ever that the conference will be hosted outside of Europe and North America. This year, we have adopted a new three-year regional conference rotation ensuring that an opening for such venues will be regularly available, and we have selected Krakow, Poland as the site of DH 2016.  

We invite you to learn more about the activities and initiatives of ADHO’s Constituent Organizations in the lunchtime members meetings that will be held by EADH, ACH, ADHO and centerNet over the course of this week. The ACH meeting tomorrow will include its justly celebrated annual Job Slam and the joint ADHO/centerNet annual meeting on Friday will include short presentations about DH in Russia, Israel, and the Caribbean, as well as a DH Commons Project Slam. Best of all, the first 45 people to arrive will receive a free lunch!

One of ADHO’s ways of welcoming promising new members into our community and celebrating the achievements of those already working in the field is the presentations of prizes. We are delighted to say that we’ve been able to offer a record of student bursaries to DH 2014. And, as you may know from the conference schedule, the Zampoli award will be presented this Thursday to one of the DH community’s most widely respected and foundational figures, Ray Siemens.  At the banquet and in the closing session on Friday, you will hear more about the other prizes. One of these is the Fortier Prize, which will be awarded to the young scholar giving the best presentation at this conference. The Fortier Prize honors the memory of Paul Fortier, who lived from1939-2005. Paul had a keen ear not just for new voices, but also for the newness in what those voices had to say. In 1993, Paul was awarded the honor of University Distinguished Professor by the University of Manitoba, where he had taught at the rank of Professor since 1979 in the Department of French, Spanish and Italian.

The winners of last year's Fortier prize were Courtney Evans and Ben Jasnow, both from the University of Virginia, for their paper, "Mapping Homer's Catalogue of Ships.”

This year's carefully selected shortlist features:

  • Marie Saldana:  “An Integrated Approach to the Procedural Modeling of Ancient Cities and Buildings”
  • Anthony Durity & James O'Sullivan: “On Reusability and Electronic Literature”
  • Jérôme Jacquin & Xavier Gradoux: “IMPACT : un dispositif de transcription et de commentaire de l'oral, pour l'enseignement et la recherché”
  • Jill Belli: “Unhappy? There's an App for That: Digital Happiness, Data Mining, and Networks of Well-Being”

One of these will receive the Fortier Prize 2014, to be handed out during the closing session--we hope that many of you will be there.

Finally, ADHO is especially pleased to be holding this year’s DH Conference on the splendid campuses of UNIL and EPFL, in recognition of the distinguished work in digital humanities being done here. We thank you for welcoming us so warmly! Our special thanks, of course, go to Claire Clivaz and Frederic Kaplan, our local co-organizers and their hardworking staff, most especially the indispensable Kevin Baumer, who have done so much to make this conference possible. Let’s have a heartfelt round of applause for them all!

9 Jul 2014

If you're at Digital Humanities 2014, consider attending the annual general meetings hosted by ACH, EADH, and ADHO/centerNet:

Rev. 9 July 2014: Added time for ADHO/centerNet meeting

7 Jul 2014

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is pleased to announce that the venue of Digital Humanities 2016 will be Kraków, Poland. The conference is organized by the Jagiellonian University and the Pedagogical University of Kraków, and it will take place from 10-16 July 2016. This will be the first Digital Humanities conference held in Poland, and only the second in Central/Eastern Europe. Stay tuned for a presentation about the venue during the closing ceremony of the Digital Humanities 2014 conference.

Kraków - Wawel from Kopiec Krakusa (Wikimedia Commons)
Kraków - Wawel (Wikimedia Commons)