DHSI Statement on Ethics and Inclusion

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute is dedicated to offering a safe, respectful, friendly, and collegial environment for the benefit of everyone who attends, and for the advancement of the interests that bring us together. There is no place at DHSI for harassment or intimidation of any kind.

As part of the DHSI community, together we:

  • Create and maintain a community that welcomes and encourages intellectual discussion and debate on issues impacting both our local DHSI community and the broader Digital Humanities community.
  • Affirm that we are an inclusive organization and community that is anti-oppression and recognizes intersectionalities.
  • Commit to ensuring that all events and engagements are free from harassment and/or oppression, including but not limited to restrictions on free expression, discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military status, and beyond. We do not tolerate harassment of DHSI participants in any form.
  • Commit to ensuring that all documents, presentations, slides, or materials connected to or otherwise disseminated at DHSI conform to these standards of inclusiveness.
  • Recognize that sexual harassment (including, but not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature) is a specific type of discriminatory harassment and is abuse.
  • Commit to helping each other recognize our own positionality when articulating statements and beliefs, rather than enabling assumptions that we are “all on the same page.” This requires articulation, explanation, asking questions, working respectfully across difference, and showing compassion and understanding.
  • Resolve, collectively and individually, not to use sexually, racially, transphobic, or ableist derogatory or demeaning language or imagery in DHSI events and activities.
  • Agree to carry these commitments beyond the face-to-face or communal spaces, including into online venues.
  • Commit to educate each other on matters of discrimination and oppression, and support anti-oppression education, pedagogy, and research.

We acknowledge and respect the Lkwungen-speaking peoples, on whose traditional territory the university stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Please contact the DHSI Director if you have any concerns related to these issues at DHSI.

Further resources:

Led by Jacqueline Wernimont and Angel David Nieves, with the DHSI community (2015, 2016; links and acknowledgement rev. 2018).

Call for Papers: Digital Humanities Pedagogy and Training (7-8 June 2019)

A Conference of the ADHO Special Interest Group for Digital Humanities Pedagogy and Training
Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) 2019
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
7-8 June 2019
Proposals, due 5 January 2019, via this link

Please join us for the first conference of the Alliance for Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) Special Interest Group for Digital Humanities Pedagogy and Training, to take place at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI, http://dhsi.org) in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on 7-8 June 2019.

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Proposals are welcome on any topic informing or treating Digital Humanities Pedagogy and Training, including but not limited to: individual experiences with DH pedagogy, teaching and training; the student experience in DH courses and programs; ways in which universities, colleges, and other educational institutions are extending DH in the classroom; implementing DH pedagogical frameworks locally and working across institutions and training institutes to develop and collaborate on materials that can inform ways in which DH offerings and programs are formalized; how 'traditional' subjects in(con)form DH and are in(re/trans)formed by DH; inter- and trans-disciplinarity in DH curriculum; D or H cross(multi)disciplinarity by means of DH; assessment techniques in DH curriculum (what types of assessment should occur in digital humanities courses? and how might these assessment practices challenge existing university or community-based outcomes?); the multiple roles graduate student instructors inhabit in DH curricula (student, instructor, teaching assistant); DH training in an international context, how we articulate/coordinate/collaborate across international boundaries, and what we can learn from our differences; developing a multilingual lexicon for teaching DH; and discussion of pedagogical materials (syllabi, tutorials, exercises, learning outcomes, assessment and rubrics).

The event will open with a plenary talk and shared DHSI Institute Lecture by Matt Gold (CUNY Graduate Center), “Thinking Through DH: Proposals for Digital Humanities Pedagogy.” The event is open to all, and free to those registered for DHSI 2019.

Paper, panel, and session proposals may be submitted via https://goo.gl/forms/Vwj30t9ihjVmOqCh1, before 5 January 2019; proposals should include the name, affiliation, and email address of the proposed presenter(s), as well as title and abstract of one to two paragraphs (250 words maximum).

Digital Humanities Pedagogy and Training 2019, Conference Committee: Susan Brown, Constance Crompton, Brian Croxall, Laura Estill, Katherine Faull, Diane Jakacki, Kim Martin, Lindsey Seatter, Ray Siemens, Chris Tanasescu, and the ADHO Special Interest Group for Digital Humanities Pedagogy and Training.

DHSI@MLA 2019, Chicago: DH Curious? Digital Humanities Tools and Technologies for Students, Emerging Scholars, Faculty, Librarians, and Administrators

DH Curious? Digital Humanities Tools and Technologies for Students, Emerging Scholars, Faculty, Librarians, and Administrators
Thursday January 3, 8.30am-11.30am, Plaza Ballroom B (Hyatt Regency)
Saturday January 5, 8.30am-11.30am, Plaza Ballroom B (Hyatt Regency)

Please note that all registrations are handled through the MLA conference site.

Description: Sponsored by the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL), and the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership, this workshop offers participants both theoretical and hands-on considerations of Digital Humanities (DH) tools, software, and engagements, for students, scholars, librarians, and administrators alike. This session will focus on on-campus digital scholarship; DH tools, software, and methodologies; digital mapping; digital pedagogy; humanities data; and open social scholarship. The session is structured around an opening talk, two sessions of breakout groups (some seminar, some hands on, where participants can sample a handful of relevant DH technologies, concepts, and trends), and group discussion as follows. Please see the list of breakout sessions with abstracts and presenter information below.

We are pleased to be working with the MLA Office of Scholarly Communication and the Strategic Initiatives group on this workshop.

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  • 8.30-8.45: Welcome, Opening Talk and Brief Opening Statements
  • 8.45-10.00: Breakout Session 1
  • 10.00-10.15: Break
  • 10.15-11.15: Breakout Session 2 (a repeat, so attendees can engage two topics)
  • 11.15-End: Wrap-up and Full Group Discussion

Anticipated breakout sessions and leaders:

  • Digital Project Fundamentals: Surveying Tools and Methods (Elizabeth Grumbach, Arizona State U) : This workshop will offer participants an introduction to digital humanities fundamentals, specifically tools and methodologies. We will explore technologies and platforms that allow scholars of all skills levels to engage with digital humanities methods. Participants will not only be introduced to a variety of tools (including mapping, visualization, data analytics, and multimedia digital publication platforms), but also discuss how and why to choose specific applications, platforms, and tools based on project needs. This workshop is geared towards all academic professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate students, but those new to digital humanities or digital scholarship will likely benefit the most from this survey of tools and methods.
  • Digital Pedagogy (Katherine Faull, Bucknell U) : Are you interested in incorporating the methods of the digital humanities into your courses? Are you unsure of where to start, or not sure of which tools to use for which assignment? How do you assess DH assignments? What kind of support might you need from specialists in your library or IT department? This session on Digital Pedagogy will introduce you to some platforms that work well in the classroom, model some assignment development, and share rubrics for assessment. Bring your ideas for an assignment (or even for a course) and we will share some things that work well and some that haven't based on experience in the undergraduate liberal arts classroom.
  • Finding and Working With Humanities Data (Paige Morgan, U Miami) : This workshop will introduce participants to techniques for finding datasets that focus on humanities texts and material, both in repositories and in the wild. We'll look at the different forms that these datasets might be found in, and what that means for using them. We will also look at the data/material itself, and explore ways of using it to develop effective research questions, as well as thinking about how the dataset connects to non-DH research focused on the same subjects. No programming or tech experience required—we won't be looking at anything more advanced than spreadsheets.
  • Geospatial Humanities (Randa El Khatib, U Victoria) : This session will address key concepts and practices in GIS-based spatial humanities projects. We will address common challenges integral to digital mapping (automatically extracting reusable geodata from large texts, curating accurate geodata, visualizing complex data in distinguishable ways, georeferencing historical maps, etc.) and explore solutions by looking at various resources. We will also discuss the most optimal gazetteers and most suitable platforms for different types of projects. In total, the session is meant to provide a foundation for building a GIS-based project, and to point to useful resources that can support this endeavour in its various stages.
  • On-Campus Spaces and Services for Digital Scholarship (Rebecca Dowson, Simon Fraser U Library) : Libraries have long been spaces for traditional, print-based academic work, including the dissertation. But how are libraries evolving to support or intersect with digital humanities research? How does the development of the research commons reflect the need for alternative approaches to learning and scholarship in the digital age? This workshop will grapple with these topics, as well as explore the research commons at Simon Fraser University (SFU) Library in Burnaby, British Columbia, as an exemplar. The SFU Library’s Research Commons opened in 2014 and supports the research endeavours of the university community, with particular focus on graduate students during all stages of the research lifecycle--ideas, partners, proposal writing, research process, and publication--and provides easy access to both physical and virtual research resources.
  • Open Access & Open Social Scholarship (Alyssa Arbuckle, U Victoria) : Open social scholarship involves creating and disseminating research and research technologies to a broad audience of specialists and active non-specialists in accessible ways. In this offering we will consider the role of open knowledge dissemination in academia and at large. More specifically, we will focus on the history, evolution, forms, and impact of open social scholarship within the domain of scholarly communication. We will survey pertinent research in Open Access (OA) methods, theory, and implementation, as well as touch on issues related to online journals, repositories, peer review, rights management, advocacy, metrics, and infrastructure.


  • Alyssa Arbuckle is the Associate Director of the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) at the University of Victoria. In this role, she works with the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership and assists with the coordination of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI). She is also an interdisciplinary PhD student at the University of Victoria, studying open social scholarship and its implementation, and holds a BA Honours in English from the University of British Columbia and an MA in English from the University of Victoria. Please see for more information.
  • Rebecca Dowson is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Simon Fraser University Library's Research Commons. Rebecca supports researchers at all levels who are engaged with digital humanities through project consultations, digital skill development workshops, and coordinating the Library's resources in digitization and project hosting. She is also responsible for administering SFU's Open Access Fund and supporting researchers with scholarly communication. Her research interests include the intersection of libraries and digital humanities, with a particular interest in digital cultural heritage projects, digital skill building, and new forms of scholarly publishing. Rebecca joined SFU Library in 2009 as the English and History Liaison Librarian. She joined the Research Commons team in 2015.
  • Randa El Khatib is pursuing her doctoral degree in the English Department at the University of Victoria. She is the Special Projects Coordinator at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, where she oversees the Open Knowledge Practicum and other projects. Working on plays and epic poetry of the English Renaissance, Randa’s research focuses on how space is represented in fictional and allegorical settings. She is the project manager of the TopoText team that develops digital mapping tools for humanities research at the American University of Beirut. As of July 2017, Randa holds the ADHO Communications Fellow position.
  • Katherine Faull is Presidential Professor of German and Humanities at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA and co-chair of the Department of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics. Trained at King's College, London and Princeton University, and a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, she has published extensively on questions of gender, race, and autobiography in the Moravian Church in North America in the colonial period. Her current international collaborative DH project focuses on the Moravian memoirs (moravianlives.org) and brings together top scholars in the field and undergraduate students in the exploration of 18th century life writing. Katie has published scholarly articles on digital pedagogy at a liberal arts institution and is coordinator (and founder) of the Digital Humanities minor at Bucknell. For more, go to http://www.katiefaull.com.
  • Eizabeth Grumbach is the Project Manager for the Institute for Humanities Research's (IHR) Nexus Lab at Arizona State University, where she also serves as the Director of Digital Content and Special Programs for HASTAC. Her current interests lie in project management for the humanities and social sciences, ethical and responsible digital research practices, and disrupting academic myths. She has been on the #altac track since 2012.
  • Paige Morgan is a Digital Humanities Librarian at the University of Miami, and specializes in questions around data modeling and digital humanities infrastructure. Previously she has worked on developing digital humanities and digital scholarship communities at the University of Washington, and at McMaster University as a CLIR postdoctoral fellow. Her research interests include linked data and emotional labour in technology work, and you can find her writing at DH+Lib and in a forthcoming issue of College and Undergraduate Libraries.

DHSI 2019 Conference and Colloquium!

Proposals are now being accepted for presentations at the DHSI Conference & Colloquium, to be held in June 2019 alongside classes at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria. Open to all, the DHSI Conference & Colloquium offers an opportunity to present research and projects within an engaging, collegial atmosphere. Participation comes free with DHSI registration, and contributors not planning to register for a DHSI course can join for a modest participation fee of $150 CDN.

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Proposals may focus on any topic relating to the wider Digital Humanities. Submissions are welcome from emerging and established scholars alike, including faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, early career scholars, independent researchers, and humanities scholars who are new to the Digital Humanities; librarians, and those in cultural heritage, alt-academics, academic professionals, and those in technical programs.

Submissions are welcome across a number of formats. In your abstract, please indicate which format you would prefer, but note that, due to scheduling requirements, not all preferences can be accommodated:

  • Full-length Presentation (June 8) USE KEYWORD “FULL” ON SUBMISSION FORM
    Contributors have 20 minutes to complete their presentations, which will form part of themed sessions hosted throughout a “conference-like” event scheduled on the weekend.
  • Short Presentation (June 3-7 & 10-14) USE KEYWORD “SHORT” ON SUBMISSION FORM
    Contributors have 5 or 10 minutes to complete their presentations, which will be scheduled at evening sessions during DHSI’s two main teaching weeks. Presenters can indicate which week(s) they will be attending DHSI.
  • Posters & Digital Demonstrations (June 7) USE KEYWORD “DEMO” ON SUBMISSION FORM
    Contributors display A1 landscape posters at a conference reception, jointly hosted with the Digital Library Federation. Alternatively, contributors may opt to demo digital projects at the reception. Digital project presenters are required to bring their own laptops.

Please submit proposals using https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dhsi2019. Submissions should include the title of the submission, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of contributor(s), and a 300 word abstract. DHSI attendees with a preference for a particular week should be sure to indicate so in their submissions (see http://dhsi.org/schedule.php). The deadline for submissions is January 11th, at 8:00pm PST (UTC-8). Submissions will be peer-reviewed, with authors being notified by February 2019.

For more information, contact Lindsey Seatter (lseatter@uvic.ca) and/or Kim O’Donnell (kkgilber@sfu.ca).

#Right2Left Workshop (8 June 2019)

#Right2Left at #DHSI2019 is interested in exploring challenges, opportunities, and implications that are distinctive to digital work in languages written from right to left such as Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Syriac. We are soliciting proposals for a half-day workshop to take place on 8 June 2019, between the first and second week of DHSI.

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Topics for exploration might include:

  • multi-directional texts
  • digital methods and RTL scripts
  • RTL workarounds
  • pre-Unicode histories of RTL digital environments
  • LTR transliteration/approximation of RTL languages
  • digital literacies in RTL environments
  • minimal RTL computing
  • digital pedagogy for RTL languages
  • localisation for RTL cultures
  • rethinking DH for RTL languages
  • RTL digital cultures and the humanities
  • RTL digitality for research and pedagogy in the social sciences
  • RTL digital cultures and public users' behaviour

The format is yet to be determined, but the workshop might include presentations, lightning talks of work in progress or future research ideas, field reports, brainstorming sessions, tool demos, and an opportunity for social networking. If you are interested in participating, please send your expression of interest indicating both your topic and the desired format of your participation to rtlright2left@gmail.com by 21 January 2019. Include in your submission a short bio statement of no more than 150 words.

Propose a 'Community' Course for DHSI 2020 (by 1 April 2019)

Thanks, everyone, for such amazing course suggestions and proposals!

Excited as we are about the DHSI’s coming meeting and planning already for 2019, we’re also beginning to think (at least a little bit) about our gatherings beyond that! As part of that, we are now receiving proposals for courses to be offered in 2020. Those who have been to DHSI will know that we have a number of core offerings that we repeat annually (and sometimes even more often than that) and a number of community-proposed offerings that rotate from year to year (with some repeated courses from among that group). Here, we’re hoping for proposals for new community offerings -- and especially so from members of the DHSI community.

If you’re interested in proposing a community offering for DHSI 2020, we’d welcome hearing from you (by 1 April 2019)!

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We’re very happy to consider any and all proposals members of our community might wish to bring forward. Suggestions made by DHSIers in the past have indicated that there’s particular interest in a number of areas complementing current curriculum, areas of DH convergence with traditional academic disciplines and societal concerns (social justice, race, class, and access to name a few), social media, new media in digital literary / historical / language studies, professional issues, crowdsourcing, serious gaming, computer-assisted language learning, humanities data statistics and visualisation, non-textual data (esp. audio and video), electronic publishing, musicology, augmented reality and immersive environments, app development, visual culture, art history, design, and new approaches to scholarly editing, among others.

Especially, we’re interested in proposals for single-instructor, small group offerings that are highly interactive pedagogically, employing hardware that participants can readily access (i.e. their own laptop computers, with standard or easily acquired peripherals) and software that is readily available (for download onto those laptops). One quick hint, too: many of those who submit proposals try out some of their ideas at the previous year's DHSI unconference, colloquium, and workshop sessions.

We’re not asking for too much in advance: a proposal should be no more than one page + CV, and should take the shape of the below:

  1. Proposed title
  2. One paragraph description, including the intended audience (something similar to what's found on http://dhsi.org/courses.php)
  3. a brief statement of its association with other DHSI offerings (like the last paragraph of existing course descriptions, which read something like: "Consider this offering to build on, or be built on by ..." and/or "Consider this offering in complement with ..."
  4. ... and, if you're interested in leading it, also a
    1. Summative day-by-day overview, given the 5-day DHSI format (in a half-page)
    2. Instructor’s CV

And, for better or worse, our pockets aren’t deep: for those offering to teach our community courses, we can’t promise much more than glory (plus your travel, local lodging, and a free meal or two ;) ... but can generously extend something that all DHSIers value: the opportunity to engage with an excellent community, one that every year gets broader, deeper, and much richer in its Digital Humanities engagement!

Please be in touch with your proposals for DHSI 2020 before 1 April 2019, sending them to Ray Siemens at siemens@uvic.ca.

Contact info:
institut@uvic.ca P: 250-472-5401 F: 250-472-5681