17 Aug 2016

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) seeks a Web Developer whose primary responsibility will be maintaining and developing ADHO's Drupal and WordPress content management systems. Tasks will include making necessary updates to and backups of ADHO's website; managing multilevel authorizations and potential security issues; making recommendations for improvements in the site's design and functionality; and troubleshooting site issues and implementing fixes as needed. The new web developer will also work closely with the Communications, Infrastructure, and Multilingual Multicultural Officers, and the system administrator to design and implement multilingual and accessibility functions for the ADHO site.
A prospective web developer will have a strong knowledge of and demonstrable experience in Drupal and/or WordPress front and back end development. The applicant will also have a strong interest and experience in developing internationalized, accessible online resources for a global academic community.
Please note that this is a volunteer position with flexible hours and a varying workload. However, the web developer will receive as compensation expenses paid (up to €1.200) for attendance at the annual Digital Humanities conference.
This position is ideal for a student, scholar, or professional who can work independently, is a proactive learner, and is interested in becoming involved in the global digital humanities community. The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations is committed to providing volunteer opportunities without regard to an individual’s age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
To apply, submit a CV/resume and a cover letter describing your interest in the position and your expertise in Drupal and WordPress development to Hannah Jacobs, ADHO’s Communications Officer: HannahLJ[at]gmail[dot]com. Please also contact Hannah with any questions.

Application Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2016

15 Aug 2016

The yearly ADHO conference is also the occasion for handing out a number of prizes. The triennial Roberto Busa Prize for outstanding lifetime achievements in the Digital Humanities was awarded to Helen Agüera, and her key-note address on the occasion of the reception of the prize on 15 July was well-received. The Prize recognises Helen’s work at the US National Endowment for the Humanities on grants to digital humanities projects. In three decades of service at the NEH, Helen has shepherded grants to projects which have shaped the DH landscape we know today, notably the TEI, the TLG, the Blake Archive, the Women Writers Project, the Corpus of American English, ARTFL, and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, as well as scores of smaller grants, and larger programs with US and international partners beyond the NEH.

The Paul Fortier Prize for the best young scholar’s paper of the conference went to Marine Riguet & Suzanne Mpouli for their paper À la Croisée des Discours Littéraire et Scientifique : La Comparaison comme Haute Figure Dialogique.  

The winner of the triennial Antonio Zampolli Prize for a singular project or accomplishment, to be awarded at DH2017, was also announced at this year’s DH conference: in honor of what will be its 30th anniversary the 2017 Zampolli Prize had been awarded to the Textual Encoding Initiative community. While the nomination and honor goes to the entire community, accepting the award in Montréal, on behalf of the community as a whole, will be three foundational figures in the history of the TEI: Nancy Ide, who as President of the ACH convened the initial meeting that led to the creation of the TEI; Michael Sperberg-McQueen, who in 1987 became Editor-in-Chief of the TEI; and Lou Burnard, who in 1989 became European Editor of the TEI.

This year, as an experiment, the conference also included four poster-slams in which poster-presenters who wished to do so could promote their poster in a maximum of four minutes’ time. The attendees at each of these four parallel slams voted for the best presentation. The winners did not receive any prize except an honourable mention during the closing ceremony. We are happy to mention them again with equal honour on the website.

Finally, ADHO awarded 14 bursaries, to a total of 18 students and early-career scholars, to support travel to DH2016 and in recognition of the excellence of their accepted conference submissions.  Recipients of the 2016 ADHO bursaries were:

  • Jonathan Pearce Reeve

  • Rui Hu

  • Jeri Wieringa

  • Elizabeth Winfree Garbee

  • Chiara Di Pietro, Ilaria Tiezzi, Chiara Alzetta, Julia Kenny

  • Martin Grandjean

  • Marion Lamé

  • Stephanie Marie Lindeborg

  • Nephelie Chatzidiakou

  • Rommie Leigh Stalnaker

  • Nirmala Menon

  • Hannah Petrie

  • Emily Franzini, Greta Franzini

  • Vayianos Pertsas

ADHO’s various prizes, including the student bursaries, are a very important instrument for the promotion of the digital humanities. It takes a lot of time and effort to make sure the process of preparing and publishing the calls for awards and selecting the winners is done in a careful and fair way. This is done by the ADHO Awards Committee. In 2015-1016 this committee was chaired by Øyvind Eide. Hugh Craig was chair of the Busa Award Committee, Elena González-Blanco was responsible for the Fortier Prize, and Mark Algee-Hewitt chaired the Zampolli Prize Committee. The poster slam was an initiative of the Program Chair Manfred Thaller. The winner of the Fortier Prize was selected with the help of a group of anonymous referees attending the six papers that had been nominated at the start of the conference.  Many thanks are due to all.

7 Aug 2016

On Friday, 15 July, during the closing ceremony of the ADHO DH2016 conference in Kraków, Glen Worthey announced the results of the election of the Chair of the ADHO Steering Committee for the next two years. The election took place during the Steering Committee’s annual meeting on Tuesday, 12 July 2016. Glen’s public announcement is posted below, followed by the reply of the newly-reelected chair, Karina van Dalen-Oskam.
Karina then continued with a statement relating to the attack in Nice on the previous day,  after which she presented some numbers and observations about the DH2016 conference at its close. Her words also appear below verbatim. All those who wanted to talk to her about the issues she addressed but were not able to do so in Kraków after the closing ceremony are explicitly invited to contact her through e-mail.
Karina’s election followed her standing in as interim Steering Committee Chair for the 7 months prior to the annual meeting. Her report about these difficult months, in which discussions about diversity played a very important role, can also be found here. It was presented to the Steering Committee at its meeting on Sunday 10 July 2016 and it was agreed upon that it could be made available to everyone.

Glen Worthey:
I speak to you on behalf of the ADHO Steering Committee Secretariat, which is charged with conducting ADHO business whenever the Chair is unable to do so.  Electing a new Chair is one of those occasions. Many of you know that our previous Chair, Professor John Nerbonne, resigned unexpectedly late last year, before the end of his term.  A few weeks later, Karina van Dalen-Oskam was elected by the Steering Committee to complete John's term.  Over the past 7 months, she has done so with uncommon grace, poise, and wisdom during what was a very difficult time for our community.
Last month, the Steering Committee issued a call for nominations from all the ADHO Constituent Organizations for someone to serve a full, 2-year term as Chair. There were no foregone conclusions to this process, and I am proud to say that both nominations and elections were conducted with all due transparency and order -- and on Tuesday of this week, the Committee re-elected Karina to serve a full term.
Likewise on Tuesday, the Steering Committee passed the following resolution by unanimous vote and unanimous acclamation of the non-voting members: "We wish to thank John Nerbonne for his deeply significant service to the digital humanities and to ADHO."  
Although John is not present to hear this, I hope you all will join the Steering Committee in these acknowledgements of John's service, and in welcoming our new and continuing ADHO Steering Committee chair, Karina!
Karina van Dalen-Oskam:
Thank you, Glen, for this introduction. I feel honoured to have been elected to fulfill this role for the next two years and I will do my utmost to help ADHO grow in a way that reflects our mission.
First something else. This morning we learned about the latest in a series of gruesome attacks, yesterday evening on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. I wish to express my deepest sympathy with all of you who have friends or family or cultural ties in France, and (in our immediate context) with you who belong to the newest member of our ADHO family, the Francophone Humanistica organization. We wish you strength in these difficult times.
Then back to our conference here in Kraków, which the local organizers have checked has exactly 902 participants (plus 35 accompanying persons), from 45 different countries. We have had a great conference, and I keep on being amazed that an event with so many people from so many different backgrounds takes place in such a good and harmonious atmosphere.
You will perhaps know that on the conference website you can find the ADHO Code of Conduct. It states: that “ADHO works actively toward the creation of a more diverse, welcoming, and inclusive global community of digital humanities scholars and practitioners and therefore actively works on the creation of a safe, respectful, and collegial conference experience for all attendees. Open, critically-engaged, and often challenging discourse is expected to flourish. Participants are encouraged to respect and celebrate cultural and linguistic differences, and to be mindful of the international nature of our community in preparing presentations and engaging in conversation.” In the event a participant has been made to feel unsafe or unwelcome at an ADHO event, the code of conduct refers them to the local organizers, who then - if needed - relay the issue to ADHO.
During this conference, two issues have been reported to me in this way. The first issue is the composition of panels, and the second relates to conduct on twitter and to emotional, social and legal issues surrounding the sharing of messages that others have not authorized to share.
ADHO will not be able to solve these issues immediately, but I will make sure that they will be addressed in an appropriate way to help to make the next conferences even better.
If you have also felt you were being treated incorrectly or have felt unsafe, please come up to me later today or tomorrow and let me know. This is very important to me and to ADHO, so I hope I can encourage you to share this with me. I will be at your disposal tonight at the banquet or tomorrow in the salt mines.


7 Aug 2016

John Nerbonne was elected chair of the Steering Committee of ADHO at DH2014 in Lausanne (July 2014) for a two-year term. Due to regrettable circumstances he had to resign in November 2015. I was asked to take over for the remainder of his term and was elected interim chair on November 20.
My report on my activities is perhaps more detailed than usual for a chair’s report. ADHO has been going through a very difficult time, and I think it is useful if both current SC members and incoming members can refer to this report as background information when they are considering new approaches for the future. This document can be freely shared outside the SC.
Main issue: diversity
On November 24, I sent out a message to the SC (also published on the ADHO news page) which described the first things I planned to do. As I wrote: ‘we found out the hard way that we deal with significant cultural differences in our ever-growing world-wide organization. Communication strategies that work well in one culture can be harmful and counterproductive in others. The good thing is that we have representatives of many different cultures in our midst, who can help in finding out the best ways to go forward. The first thing I have asked the Steering Committee to do, is to establish a protocol or a set of rules/guidelines for dealing with these fundamental cultural issues.’ This lead to a lot of very useful documents both from inside and outside the SC.
Discussion in the SC became heated again just before the winter holidays and continued after the break in January. To help me facilitate the ongoing dicsussion I established a small sounding board on diversity issues, consisting of Diane Jakacki, Deb Verhoeven, and Barbara Bordalejo. They have greatly helped me in the preparation of the discussions through sharing their ideas and insights based on my own questions and worries. I am happy I can count on them to refer me to useful information and to relay questions and worries of the wider DH world to me.
With the sounding board in place, I proposed a more structured discussion about diversity issues, which is also described in my message on the ADHO website of February 5, 2016. I quote from this: ‘We are now continuing the discussion, focusing on diversity issues. We will deal with such issues as: What is the ideal situation we as ADHO would want? How does it relate to the ADHO mission (…)? By what means can we establish how far away we now are from our aim? In what ways do different constituant organizations (CO's) try to bridge the gap between the current situation and our aim and which of these approaches could be workable for ADHO as a whole? This discussion should lead to a list of possible approaches that will be discussed at the meeting of the SC in Krakow in July, just before DH2016.’
Discussing such fundamental issues over e-mail proved to be very difficult – for a long time, hardly any contributions were made. So I decided to set up separate skype meetings with the representatives of the Constituent Organizations. In these, I hoped to get to know the representatives and the situation in their respective COs better. I have had meetings with all but one of the COs during the months of May and June, and have learned quite a lot about the COs, their organizational structure, and about the role diversity issues are playing at the moment. Based on what I learned during these talks I drew up the agenda for our meetings in Krakow.
My most important conclusion is that indeed it must be seen as impossible to get any agreement on ADHO level about how to deal with diversity issues – the cultural differences are too fundamental for that. ADHO can do no more than put the issue on the agenda so that it is clear to everyone that ADHO considers it very important. However, it should be left to each CO how exactly to address it (or not). Therefore, on the Sunday meeting (July 10, 2016), the agenda has an informative round in which each CO presents what it has done during the last year to address diversity issues and is thinking of doing next year, followed by an informative discussion addressing diversity issues on ADHO level. To further raise awareness a one-hour Mini-workshop on diversity is scheduled in the second part of the SC Meeting, on Tuesday 12 July 2016 in the morning, which is open for outgoing and incoming SC members.
Other issues
The diversity issue has taken most of my time, but several other things have happened that need to be mentioned.

  • On November 4-5 2015, by invitation of the then-chair John Nerbonne, I was part of a small group that convened in London to discuss governance issues. Reports and discussions about this issue had to wait during the ongoing diversity discussions. Only quite recently the reports have been finalized and shared with the SC for discussion at the Krakow meeting. Thanks are due to Neil Fraistat, Harold Short, and Chris Meister.
  • A fruitful discussion about the Convalidator tool (for conference abstracts in TEI-format) has taken place between the CCC and the Infrastructure Committee. The new chair of the ISC Christof Schöch has done great work here.
  • I have closely followed the disccussions in the Conference Coordinating Committee (CCC), which has done an enormous amount of work in preparing new versions of the conference protocol and related documents. I greatly admire the speed and efficiency of chair Claire Clivaz and vice-chair James Smithies.
  • I have been in close contact with the Local Organizers and the Program Chair of DH2016 – Maciej Eder, Jan Rybicki, Manfred Thaller - and have seen how very efficient and creative they have been. During my inspection visit to Krakow in January 2016 I have met the deans of both organizing universities and seen how proud they are to host the conference. It has been a pleasure to be part of this.
  • Hannah Jacobs has led the ADHO communication and communications fellows with swift efficiency, for which I’m grateful.
  • In the Program Committee 2016, Diane Jakacki has greatly extended the role of vice-chair and moved forward several important issues, such as developing a new strategy for expanding the pool of reviewers. She has also started her work as PC Chair for DH2017, and took care of the PC for DH2018 until the PC Chair for that conference was selected.
  • The ADHO Secretariat has been a pleasure to work with. Julia Flanders has generously shared her wisdom even after she left the secretariat. Glen Worthey and Elena Gonzáles-Blanco not only have done a lot of work in the preparation of the SC meetings but also in making all dealings of  ADHO in general run smoothly.
  • Many thanks to all who contributed to the difficult and ongoing discussions. All of these contributions have helped to think about how an ever-growing ADHO can fulfill its mission to promote and support digital research and teaching across all arts and humanities disciplines, acting as a community-based advisory force, and supporting excellence in research, publication, collaboration and training in an efficient and inclusive way.

Karina van Dalen-Oskam, July 4, 2016

14 Jul 2016

At its annual meeting on Sunday 10 July 2016, the ADHO Steering Committee has officially accepted Humanistica, L'association francophone des humanités numériques/digitales as a Constituent Organization of ADHO. The official starting date is 1 January 2017 (ADHO is held to the calendar year as fiscal year), but the representative of Humanistica will be part of all discussions and have voting rights from 16 July 2016 onwards. Humanistica will also have representation on all appropriate ADHO committees. Humanistica currently has around 250 French-speaking members from all over the world. Bienvenue!

9 Jul 2016

Each year, two early career scholars are selected through a competitive process to work with ADHO’s Communications Chair to promote ADHO and its constituents’ outreach mission through the publication of news releases, blog posts, listserv announcements, and social media posts. We at ADHO are pleased to announce our 2016-17 Communications Fellows:
Sarah E. Hackney received their MSLIS with an Advanced Certificate in Digital Humanities in Spring 2016 from the Pratt Institute School of Information, and will begin doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences in Fall 2016. Their research interests are in self-documentation and best practices among online communities and how identities are performed and bias replicated within knowledge-creation communities. You can find them on Twitter at @fiiidget, or visit
Maribel Hidalgo-Urbaneja is a PhD Candidate at the University of Glasgow Humanities Advanced Technologies and Information Institute HATII. She is completing a definition of digital narratives in art museums’ online publications and exhibitions that combines narratology with museum professionals’ and art historians’ perspectives. She has worked on digital projects at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. You can find her on Twitter @MaribelHU and her website

21 Apr 2016

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) seeks applicants for its 2016-2017 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 website; 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 (such as WordPress)
  • 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 Hannah Jacobs, chair of ADHO’s communications committee: The application deadline is May 20, 2016. Two positions will be available. The fellowship will run from June 15, 2016 to June 15, 2017.


24 Mar 2016

en français:

ADHO is pleased to announce that for the DH2016 conference in Krakow the reduced registration fee available to members of ADHO Constituent Organisations will be offered to members of the francophone association Humanistica. Similarly, early career members of Humanistica will be eligible to apply for ADHO early career bursaries. These actions have been taken as a goodwill gesture in the period leading up to Humanistica’s formal admission to ADHO as a Constituent Organisation, which was agreed in principle by the ADHO Steering Committee in its meetings last year in Sydney.

In order to qualify for the 'ADHO Association Member' or 'ADHO Association Student Member' rate, a membership number is requested.  Humanistica members or student members should enter the term 'humanistica'.  (The names of those registered under this term will be checked by the officers of Humanistica to ensure proper use.)

The deadline for bursary applications by early career members of Humanistica will be extended to 30 March at midnight GMT.  Applicants should follow the instructions to be found at  Please note that the deadline shown there - 13 March - has now been extended for Humanistica members to 30 March, and also that Humanistica does not appear in the list shown of qualifying associations.  You should nevertheless identify yourself as a Humanistica member.

Harold Short Chair,
ADHO Admissions Committee
on behalf of the ADHO Steering Committee

16 Mar 2016

The Program Committee for Digital Humanities 2016 (Kraków, Poland) is pleased to announce that registration has opened! Further information about registering can be found at The preliminary schedule can be viewed at Note that early registration ends May 10, 2016, and the last day to register is June 25, 2016.
Program Committee
Chair: Manfred Thaller (EADH)
Vice-Chair: Diane Jakacki (CSDH/SCHN)
Michael Eberle-Sinatra (CSDH/SCHN)
Jennifer Guiliano (ACH)
Brett D. Hirsch (aaDH)
Leif Isaksen (EADH)
Asanobu Kitamoto (JADH)
Inna Kizhner (centerNet)
Maurizio Lana (EADH)
Kiyonori Nagasaki (JADH)
Roopika Risam (ACH)
Glenn Roe (aaDH)
Sinai Rusinek (centerNet)
Outgoing Chair: Deb Verhoeven (aaDH)

26 Feb 2016

The ADHO Conference Coordinating Committee now invites proposals to host the following DH conference, in 2019.
Digital Humanities (DH) is the annual international conference of ADHO, the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations: ADHO's constituent organizations 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 Kraków (, Poland, hosted by the Jagiellonian University and the Pedagogical University of Kraków, 10-16 July 2016. DH 2017 will be held in Montreal, Canada, on the campus of the University of McGill and co-organized by the University of Montreal, 8-11 August 2017. DH2018 will be held in Mexico City, Mexico, co-organized by the Colegio de México and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in alliance with the Red de Humanidades Digitales (RedHD).
On the 4th June 2014, the ADHO steering committee decided to adopt a three-year rotation for the DH conferences:  year 1 in Europe, year 2 in US/Canada, and year 3 "open, but with a strong preference for sites outside Europe and US/Canada".
According to this three year rotation, DH2019 will be hosted in Europe.
We are particularly interested in proposals from areas where developed or developing digital humanities communities and organizations exist, who 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, but recent years have seen a constant growth of numbers well beyond 500. It consists of 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 ADHO or the local organizer is able to arrange. ADHO provides partial financial underwriting of the conference (and can, in certain circumstances, advance small amounts of funds for charges that need to be prepaid), and works together with the local organizers to ensure that registration fees and other income will support all conference expenditures; the details can be found in the ADHO Conference Protocol and related documentation. ADHO also finances certain conference awards, such as named prizes or bursaries. 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 (see Conference Protocol for the details).
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 attending the conference as 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; a brief outline of potential approaches to conference sponsorship; 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 (10 July) at the DH2016 conference in Krakow, Poland. 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, Claire Clivaz ( and with vice-chair James Smithies ( before they submit a bid. 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 Clivaz and Smithies in draft form by late May 2016.
Rev. 2/18/16