Building Digital Humanities

Building Digital’ Humanities’ is an open online symposium, for which registration is FREE.

It will explore the conditions in which Digital Humanities (DH) can flourish at institutional, inter-institutional, national and supra-national level, considering issues such as building networks, infrastructures, research and industry collaborations, public engagement and citizen scholarship, and career paths for individual researchers.

DH has presented a set of novel issues and dilemmas for both Humanities scholars and their collaborators, partners and facilitators in venues as diverse as the classroom, the library, industry, IT, government agencies and university research offices.

As DH practices have increasingly challenged the lone scholar model of humanities research and embedded computational technologies at the heart of much cutting-edge scholarship, new challenges have arisen around infrastructures, collaborative models, approaches to scholarly attribution and accreditation, data-sharing, data-preservation, access to data, and appropriate training and career structures.

The choices policy makers, administrators and individual researchers take in response to these challenges have real world consequences, shaping, facilitating, or impeding individual careers, research agendas, or institutional or national initiatives.

The purpose of this symposium – the first globally to address these themes directly - is to explore how infrastructures, funding models, reward systems, collaborative partnerships, institutional arrangements and public engagement interact organically to shape the interdisciplinary field of Digital Humanities as a lived, everyday scholarly and personal experience, and how that impacts on the final research, societal and personal outcomes.

The stakeholders and beneficiaries of this discussion extend beyond traditional academia to embrace policy-makers and university administrators; collaborators in industry, publishing and the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Art Galleries and Museums); and engaged citizens and citizen scholars. Members from all these groups, as well academics and students, are encouraged to participate in the symposium and engage in our discussions.

The symposium will give particular attention to the challenges of building Digital Humanities in the Global South, where infrastructural and funding challenges are significantly different to the Global North, and to the ethical and practical challenges and opportunities of engaging with Indigenous communities through digital research. These twin themes will be addressed both through designated sessions and embedded across the symposium as a whole.

A further distinctive feature of the symposium will be the collaboration of representatives of the digital publishing industry and academic technologists embedded in universities or commercial organisations.

The symposium will take place across a series of thirty sessions spread over a three week period (6/7 November-25 November), with sessions lasting for ninety minutes to two hours timed for morning and evening in Australia, in order to cater for presenters and audiences around the globe.

Panellists for the symposium will be selected by invitation by an International Scientific Committee, but all registered participants will be able to participate in discussions via a Q and A function.

All sessions will be recorded and made available for asynchronous viewing.

Advance registration for all sessions is essential and can be made through the website’s registration page.


Lundi, 7 Novembre, 2022 - 09:00 - Vendredi, 25 Novembre, 2022 - 18:00

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