3 Jul 2015

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations is pleased to announce the venues for the Digital Humanities conference in 2017 and 2018.

In 2017, the Digital Humanities will take place in Montreal, a multilingual and multicultural city in the Francophone province of Quebec in Canada. The conference will take place August 1-4, 2017 on the historic campus of McGill University in the heart of downtown Montreal, and will be co-organized by l'Université de Montréal. The theme of the DH2017 is "Access," which will guide both the local organizers (Stéfan Sinclair and Michael Sinatra) and the Program Committee chaired by Diane Jakacki.  In addition to the many local attractions including museums, festivals, restaurants and cafés, Montreal has a wide variety of activities and day camps available to families.

Au plaisir de se voir à Montréal! See you in Montreal!


In 2018, the Digital Humanities Conference will be held in Mexico City. The conference will be hosted by the El Colegio de México and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in alliance with the Red de Humanidades Digitales (RedHD). This is the first time that DH will be held in Latin America. The conference organizers aim to make DH2018 a truly transnational and inclusive event. The geographical situation of Mexico makes it an ideal locale for converging digital humanists from distinct cultures, contexts, and socio-political realities to network, reflect, collaborate, exchange information, and initiate innovative projects. Mexico City is an energetic and modern metropolis with history dating back to the XIV century when founded by the Aztecs. The conference venue is located in downtown Mexico City and close to numerous tourist attractions and museums such as the Museum of Anthropology, the Zócalo, the Palace of Fine Arts and the National Palace. Mexico City and the surrounding areas have a vast offering of place that are of historical, archaeological, gastronomical, architectural, cultural and natural interest. The proposed dates for the conference are 24th June to 1st July, 2018.  We look forward to welcoming you to Mexico City in 2018!

Monumento a la Revolucion, Mexico City
Monumento a la Revolucion - Panorama vista hacia el Oriente (via Wikimedia Commons)

1 Jul 2015

Welcome to DH 2015!  

It’s a pleasure and an honor to welcome you to Digital Humanities 2015 on behalf of the alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) and its steering committee.  This is our first conference in Australia and, in fact our first outside Europe or North America, and it is exciting to see you all here in such impressive numbers!  We are very grateful to our hosts, the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) and the University of Western Sydney, for so graciously receiving us here in beautiful Parramatta, a fantastic backdrop for what promises to be an exciting five days.  Our special thanks go to local organizer Paul Arthur of the aaDH, and his assistant, Jason Ensor, who’ve been positively solicitous about the needs and wishes of all the conference participants.  

This the tenth ADHO conference bearing the name “Digital Humanities” (the first was in 2006 at Sorbonne in Paris); earlier it was the joint conference of the two founding ADHO organizations, and it is incidentally the thirtieth year of publication of the ADHO flagship journal, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.  

What the heck is ADHO, anyway?  And what else does it do?  Come to the general meeting at the Friday lunch time and find out!  There will be an open floor for questions.

John Nerbonne,

Chair, ADHO Steering Committee

27 May 2015

Heading to Australia for Digital Humanities 2015, or wishing you were?  To help visitors get acquainted with Australian culture, Program Committee chair Deb Verhoeven has teamed up with friends on Facebook (who include novelists, editors, literature professors, filmmakers, screenwriters, academics, media producers and people who just like to read Australian books) to create a reading list and share two Spotify playlists. The notes below are from Deb (with occasional light editing). Enjoy!

Australian Music

  • Digital Humanities 2015 Sydney: This list focuses on music we didn’t think international guests would be familiar with. Mostly indie and mostly contemporary. It doesn’t include much electronic/dance music but if there’s interest that wouldn’t be hard to organise into a new playlist. I’ve tried to bias the list to songs that reference Sydney but it really needs to be said that Sydney is not the music capitol of Australia (just saying). This is a collaborative list so anyone can join in and the list will no doubt be constantly updated.
  • Great Southern Songs: This is a list compiled by my friend Peter Gravestock who plays in bands and it's basically a great a historical overview of powerhouse Australian hits. There are some real classics from the Australian charts in this list, some of which may be familiar to international visitors.

In terms of DH music resources (and I confess to a vested interest here), our website Ultimate Gig Guide (TUGG) captures historical live music gigs in Australia:

We did a great exercise in which we “songified” historical gig data and then performed the resulting songs live on stage. It's been written up here:

And more formally here:

Australian Literature

Online Australian literature resources:

And something for fun!,-study-says/

14 May 2015

The deadline to submit a proposal to host ADHO's annual international Digital Humanities conference in 2017 and 2018 is Monday, June 1, 2015. Please see the original call for proposals for more details about hosting.

2 Apr 2015

The deadline to apply for the ADHO Communications Fellowship has been extended to April 8, 2015.  Please see our original announcement for more details about the fellowship.

2 Apr 2015

centerNet’s nominations committee prepared a balanced ballot based on geography, gender and language for the centerNetInternational Executive Council elections, currently in process.  The Nominations committee members were Jean Bauer (Chair, Princeton), Claire Clivaz (UNIL), Charles Muller (U of Tokyo), Walter Scholger (Graz) and Paul Spence (KCL).
centerNet’s website has been recreated in Drupal, with many thanks to Quinn Dombrowski (UC-Berkeley—special appreciation!), David Rettenmaier (MITH), Jean Bauer (Princeton) and Karin Dalziel (Nebraska).   Other content and functionality will be added in coming months.   The new URL is
In September, Bruce Janz (U of Central Florida), Brian Rosenblum (Kansas U) and Dean Rehberger (Michigan State) met with Iryna Kuchma of eIFL ( of Addis Ababa and Neil to discuss DH workshops in Africa and possible co-sponsorship.
At DH2015, centerNet and the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) provided joint funds to assist 10 graduate students  to attend a New Scholars Seminar (NSS), a one-day event immediately preceding DH 2015 at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) in Sydney, Australia next July. It is designed to help new scholars affiliated with CHCI centres develop a shared vision of the next generation of digital humanities research and encourage the networked research collaborations that will help bring that vision about.  Geoffrey Rockwell (Alberta) has worked with Paul Arthur (UWS) and with CHCI to make this possible.
At DH 2015, the centerNet meeting will take place from 9am-3pm on Monday 29 June, in EA building room EA 2.02. This is a room on the top floor of the main building where the parallel conference sessions will be held.  Then at 6:30 p.m. at Bar 30 at the Park Royal Hotel, we have the centerNet centre directors’ drinks, co-sponsored by the Australasian Consortium for Humanities Research Centres (AHCRC).

30 Mar 2015

The Canadian Society of Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN) has announced the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award for Computing in the Arts and Humanities winner is Dr. Chad Gaffield, Professor of History and University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship at the University of Ottawa. See the full news release here.
Cross-posted from

30 Mar 2015

The Canadian Society of Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN) has announced that the joint program for the Joint CSDH/SCHN & ACH Digital Humanities Conference 2015 is now available:
The conference will be held as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa, Canada, June 1-3, 2015. The conference will run four parallel sessions, with some seventy seven papers, seven panels, and twelve demos, including joint sessions with the Canadian Game Studies Association, Canadian Communication Association, Association of Canadian Colleges and University Teachers of English, with a keynote by Amy Earhart and an award plenary by Chad Gaffield.
The program is available online and in PDF format.

16 Mar 2015

The DiRT directory and centerNet are pleased to announce that the DiRT directory has been adopted as the newest centerNet initiative. As a directory of tools for digital research, maintained by an international community of volunteers, DiRT will benefit from closer ties to centerNet’s member centers around the world, as well as to centerNet’s DHCommons project directory.

As a first step towards integrating DiRT and DHCommons, each site is deploying a new feature that pulls in information from the other. “People visit DHCommons to explore the digital projects that have been developed in their field,” explained Ryan Cordell, co-founder of DHCommons and co-editor of the DHCommons overlay journal. “By displaying information from DiRT about the tools that make up these projects, along with a link to where scholars can learn more about those tools, DHCommons will facilitate the development of new initiatives that build upon prior work.” According to DiRT Director Quinn Dombrowski, the integration with DHCommons fills an information gap on DiRT. “We used to have an ‘I use this’ button on DiRT in order to capture how many people use a particular tool, but we found that individual tool users weren’t engaging with DiRT that way. By pulling in information about tool use directly from project profiles, DiRT can show which tools are in use in the digital humanities community without requiring people to do extra data entry. The DHCommons integration is even better than a simple user count. DiRT now displays links directly to the projects where the tool is being used, which provides important context for how, and in which disciplines, the tool is used.”

centerNet board Co-Chair Neil Fraistat sees the integration of DHCommons and DiRT as an important step towards strengthening the network of projects and organizations within ADHO. “DiRT and DHCommons are both widely-used resources, but not all users of one are familiar with the other,” he said. “Providing contextually relevant information drawn from other ADHO projects is an effective way to introduce people to projects they might not explore as part of a list of initiatives.”

A new requirement that centerNet members maintain current listings of their projects and locally-developed tools will contribute to the ongoing maintenance of DiRT and DHCommons alike. centerNet will be represented on DiRT’s steering committee, and the DiRT Director will serve as an ex officio member of the centerNet board. DiRT, DHCommons and other centerNet initiatives will participate in semiannual strategic planning meetings to explore additional opportunities for integration and exchange across projects.

Cross-posted from

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 the United States and Canada; 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.
Rev. 3/3/15 LMS