The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is an umbrella organisation whose goals are to promote and support digital research and teaching across arts and humanities disciplines, drawing together humanists engaged in digital and computer-assisted research, teaching, creation, dissemination, and beyond, in all areas reflected by its diverse membership. ADHO supports initiatives for publication, presentation, collaboration, and training; recognises and supports excellence in these endeavours; and acts as an community-based consultative and advisory force. In doing so, ADHO embraces and coordinates activity across its constituent organisations: the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH, founded in 1973 as the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing), the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH, founded in 1978), the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN, founded in 1986 as the Consortium for Computers in the Humanities / Consortium pour ordinateurs en sciences humaines), centerNet, the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH), the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities (JADH), Humanistica, L'association francophone des humanités numériques/digitales (Humanistica), Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa (DHASA), the Taiwanese Association for Digital Humanities (TADH), and Red de Humanidades Digitales (RedHD).
Members in ADHO societies are those at the forefront of areas such as textual analysis, electronic publication, document encoding, textual studies and theory, new media studies and multimedia, digital libraries, applied augmented reality, interactive gaming, and beyond. We are researchers and lecturers in humanities computing and in academic departments such as English, History, French, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Theatre, Music, Computer Science, and Visual Arts. We are resource specialists working in libraries, archival centres, and with humanities computing groups. We are academic administrators, and members of the private and public sectors. We are independent scholars, students, graduate students, and research assistants. We are from countries in every hemisphere.
ADHO organizations offer several membership options, including standard membership (which includes a print subscription to Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, formerly LLC), membership only society fee (which does not include the DSH/LLC subscription), senior rate, student rate, and developing country rate. You may also select joint membership in all of the ADHO organizations.
Frequently Asked Questions about ADHO membership are answered here. To learn more about the experiences of 2019-20 ADHO officers, watch the Demystifying ADHO Forum from DH2020 and read the accompanying Twitter thread.
ADHO Constituent Organizations
The following organizations are current members of ADHO:
- Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH)
- Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH)
- Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN)
- Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa (DHASA)
- The European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH)
- Humanistica, L'association francophone des humanités numériques/digitales (Humanistica)
- Japanese Association for Digital Humanities (JADH)
- Red de Humanidades Digitales (RedHD)
- Taiwanese Association for Digital Humanities (TADH)
ADHO Governance Structure
The Alliance for Digital Humanities Organizations is led by a steering committee which handles general strategy and administration of the organization. Its voting members come from each of the seven constituent, regional members of ADHO. Non-voting members are elected officers, chairs from ADHO’s other committees, the ADHO affiliated journal editors, and chairs of the Special Interest Groups. ADHO also uses committees to support its primary activities. These include the Admissions Committee, the Awards Committee, the Conference Coordinating Committee, the Communications Committee, the Infrastructure Committee, the Multilingualism/ Multiculturalism Committee, the Program Committee, and the Publications Committee.
ADHO's Governance Protocol is available here.
History of ADHO
The effort to establish ADHO began in Tuebingen, at the ALLC/ACH conference in 2002: a Steering Committee was appointed at the ALLC/ACH meeting in 2004, in Gothenburg, Sweden. At the 2005 meeting in Victoria, the executive committees of the ACH and ALLC approved the governance and conference protocols and nominated their first representatives to the ‘official’ ADHO Steering Committee and various ADHO standing committees. The 2006 conference was the first Digital Humanities conference. In 2007, the ADHO Steering Committee voted to enfranchise The Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l'étude des médias interactifs (SDH-SEMI, now CSDH/SCHN; founded in 1986 as the Consortium for Computers in the Humanities / Consortium pour ordinateurs en sciences humaines). In 2012, centerNet and the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) became full constituent organizations in ADHO, followed in January 2013 by the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities (JADH) and Humanistica, L'association francophone des humanités numériques/digitales (Humanistica) in 2016. The Stichting ADHO Foundation (established in the Netherlands in 2013) serves as the legal entity for ADHO.