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 Songhees, Esquimault and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples on whose traditional territories the University of Victoria stands and whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Further resources:

Led by Jacqueline Wernimont and Angel David Nieves, with the DHSI community (2015, 2016).



DHSI@Congress 2016, Calgary

Register now! [Please note: Courses that are full will not appear as options for registration.]

Are you curious about how the Digital Humanities can support your research, teaching, and dissemination? Join us for the third annual DHSI@Congress workshop series on June 2nd and 3rd at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Calgary. Built on the community model of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, the DHSI@Congress sessions are facilitated by established scholars and emerging leaders in the field. We invite interested Congress attendees to register for any and all workshops that engage their interest below.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and hosts, all spots in the workshops are made available via a tuition scholarship, requiring only the payment of a non-refundable $25 administrative fee for each session. DHSI@Congress has been developed by the DHSI in partnership with the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/ Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN), the University of Calgary Faculty of Arts, and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS). The 2016 workshops will be delivered in English, with plans for French-language sessions in the coming years.

The DHSI@Congress workshops are only open to registered Congress attendees. Please have your Congress confirmation number on hand in order to register. Register for DHSI@Congress here (for administrative reasons, each workshop requires a separate registration).

For more information, feel free to contact the DHSI@Congress organizer, Constance Crompton, at constance.crompton@ubc.ca or follow us @DHInsitute on Twitter.

Click here for schedule and workshop descriptions ...

DHSI@Congress 2016 Schedule

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  • June 2
    • 9:00-9:30:
      • Welcome (TFDL-Gallery Hall)
        Constance Crompton (UBC-O), with Michael Ullyot (U Calgary)
    • 9:30-12:00:
      • Issues in the Digital Humanities (TFDL-440A)
        Jason Boyd (Ryerson U)
      • XML is Everywhere (TFDL-440B)
        Emily C. Murphy (Queens U)
    • 12:30-2:00:
      • Lunch & CWRCshop (TFDL-Gallery Hall, catered, open to all registered attendees)
    • 2:00-4:30:
      • DH for Faculty, Department Chairs, and Deans (TFDL-440A)
        Ray Siemens (U Victoria)
      • Introduction to Compute Canada, Owncloud & Globus (TFDL-440B)
        John Simpson (U Alberta)
    • 4:30-6:00:
      • "What's in a Name? Reflections on the Term DH." Plenary address by Martin Mueller, Northwestern U (TFDL-Gallery Hall, free and open to the public)
  • June 3
    • 9:30-12:00:
      • Digital Humanities Pedagogy (TFDL-440A)
        Diane Jakacki (Bucknell U)
      • Project Management in the Digital Humanities
        Jason Boyd (Ryerson U) (TFDL-440B)
    • 12:30-2:00:
      • Lunch Participant Lightning Talks (TFDL-Gallery Hall, catered, open to all registered attendees)
    • 2:00-4:30:
      • Introduction to Omeka (TFDL-440A)
        Karen Bourrier (U Calgary)
      • The Power of the Command Line, an Introduction (TFDL-440B)
        John Simpson (U Alberta)
    • 4:30-6:00:
      • "It takes a village. And time. And resources. And more time. And more people: Launching a Digital Project." Plenary address by Laura Estill, Texas A&M (TFDL-Gallery Hall, free and open to the public)

DHSI@Congress Workshop Descriptions

  • Issues in the Digital Humanities , Jason Boyd (Ryerson U)
    This workshop will introduce participants to the variety of scholarly activity taking place within what is called the 'Digital Humanities' (DH). We will look at the state of the debate around defining 'Digital Humanities', a still evolving area of scholarly praxis, discussing and exploring issues around: collaboration models in DH; web-enabled public or social scholarship; large-scale curation and analysis ('big data,' distant reading); the significance of modeling or making (programming, coding, hacking, fabricating); and the role of cultural criticism (issues around gender, sexuality, race and economics) in DH.
  • XML Is Everywhere , Emily C. Murphy (Queens U)
    The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) has become one of the fundamental technologies of Digital Humanities approaches to textual editing and textual analysis. However, the technology that structures TEI, the metalanguage eXtensible Markup Language (XML) has more far-reaching applications that unite multiple domains and areas of expertise. XML finds applications in text encoding (TEI), archives and library records (EAD), resource management (RDF-XML, MODS), and even graphic user interfaces for word processing (Microsoft Office). In this workshop, you’ll learn the principles of XML and gain some insight into how the metalanguage is applied across different contexts.
  • DH for Faculty, Department Chairs, and Deans , Ray Siemens (U Victoria)
    Have you been tasked with evaluating DH scholarship, a colleague's DH tenure file, or a DH job application? Intended for university administrators, broadly conceived, who seek an understanding of the Digital Humanities' breadth and depth, this workshop surveys and addresses pragmatic DH basics and chief administrative issues related to supporting DH and those who practice it at your institution.
  • Introduction to Compute Canada, OwnCloud & Globus , John Simpson (U Alberta)
    Tired of running out of space with Dropbox? Worried about storing your data on US servers? Compute Canada’s OwnCloud installation offers researchers and each of their collaborators 50GB of Dropbox-like storage that is held in Canada that can be accessed via the web, integrated desktop software, phone or tablet. It also makes sharing files a snap and it’s free. If you are not using this service then you should be. Interested in easy access to a minimum of 1.5TB of storage, 500GB of which is backed up to tape? Would you like to be able to start a massive file transfer and not worry about file integrity or connection loss? Have need for full encryption during data transfers? Want to be able to access all your files, whenever you want, regardless of what system they are on? Globus is a file transfer tool with a simple to use web interface that will put these powers in your hands. If you need to move data with any sort of volume or regularity then Globus provides a convenient package of tools to make sure that it just works: and it’s free.
  • Digital Humanities Pedagogy , Diane Jakacki (Bucknell U)
    Intended for teaching faculty, instructors, librarians, and graduate students, this high-impact three-hour workshop provides an overview of how to apply DH tools to support larger pedagogical objectives, set goals, and manage expectations. In the workshop we will focus on two such applications: collaborative online writing systems and textual and spatial visualization. The workshop will involve discussion and analysis of multimodal project assessment, and single and scaffolded assignment development. Participants are asked to bring their own computers, together with one sample assignment (for a course already taught or to be taught), which will be used as the basis for our discussion and analysis. By the workshop's conclusion, participants should leave with a revised course assignment to meet their own expectations of digital pedagogy in the humanities.
  • Project Management in the Digital Humanities , Jason Boyd (Ryerson U)
    Given the range of expertise, content knowledge, skills and tasks required in a Digital Humanities project, the ability to keep a DH project running efficiently becomes very important. Project Management is one tool that can be used by researchers, students, librarians, professional staff and others to meet these challenges and complete a DH project. This workshop will introduce the basics of project management from project definition to project review upon completion as well as ways to build a project team.
  • The Power of the Command Line, an Introduction , John Simpson (U Alberta)
    Few things are more intimidating to modern computer users than the command line. However, if you are really interested in unlocking the research power of a computer then getting comfortable on the command line is a necessity. In this short—hands-on—workshop you will learn the basics of controlling your computer from the command line so that you can navigate your system and create and manipulate files. You will also be introduced to powerful techniques such as regular expressions and scripting which can replace what could well be hours of work on a Graphic User Interface. This gentle introduction to the command line is the first step towards fulfilling your research computing destiny. Take it.
  • Introduction to Omeka , Karen Bourrier (U Calgary)
    In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to launch their own online exhibit using Omeka, a free, open-source content management system aimed at academics, librarians, and museum professionals. We will discuss the use of Omeka for professionals interested in sharing their research and collections, as well as its potential applications in the classroom. No special technical knowledge is required.



Innovations in Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Local, National, and International Training

A mini-conference and member meeting sponsored by the International Digital Humanities Training Network / ADHO Training Group
11 July 2016 @ Digital Humanities 2016, Krakow PL (http://dh2016.adho.org)
Register at https://www.regonline.ca/ADHOTraining2016

Context: Only recently have the digital humanities begun to take firm root in the humanities curriculum, with institutions around the world now committing significant resources toward developing DH and integrating it in standalone courses, graduate degrees and undergraduate majors and minors within and across departments. With this commitment comes the realization that such formal implementation of DH and its siblings (e.g. digital social sciences, digital media, etc.) at a degree-granting level requires articulation of core requirements and competencies, identification and hiring of faculty who are capable of teaching DH in a variety of learning environments (coding, systems, application of methods), evaluating a broad spectrum of student work, and beyond. It also changes the foundational principles of the work of those in our network, as training increasingly involves learning how to teach competencies at the same time as we ourselves develop and maintain them in light of fast-paced advances.

The International Digital Humanities Training Network is comprised of organizers of Digital Humanities training institutes and schools worldwide, formalised as the ADHO Training Group. Our gatherings include a member meeting of the International Digital Humanities Training Network / ADHO Training Group as well as mini-conferences devoted to specific topics that are important to our mission.

Our gathering at DH2015 in Sydney facilitated reporting on innovations in the practice of DH pedagogy across borders. At this meeting, further needs were identified, particularly related to collaborating on and sharing programmatic materials, syllabi, rubrics and assessment metrics. Our meeting at Digital Humanities 2016 continues this important work.

See you there!

Click here for the mini-conference program) ...

  • 8.30-9.00: Registration and Coffee
  • 9.00-9.15: Welcome, Opening Remarks (Diane K. Jakacki, Katherine M. Faull, Ray Siemens)
  • 9.15-9.45: Opening Panel, Pedagogical Networks Supporting DH Pedgagogy (Chair: Diane K. Jakacki)
    • Building a European DH Pedagogical Network. Walter Scholger (U Graz) and Stef Scagliola (Erasmus U) presenting. [Also with Toma Tasovac (BCDH) and Claire Clivaz (SIB Lausanne).]
  • 9.45-10.20, Lightning Talks: Implementing, Networking (Chair: Paul Spence)
    • The Contribution of Research Infrastructures to DH Training. Jennifer Edmond (Trinity College, Dublin)
    • Collaborative Digital Humanities Training: The CHASE Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age Programme. Francesca Benatti (Open U) and Paul Gooding (U East Anglia) presenting. [Also with Matthew Sillence (U East Anglia).]
    • DiXiT – An Innovative Marie Skłodowska-Curie Training and Research Programme in DH. Franz Fischer (U Koeln)
  • 10.20-10.50, Lightning Talks: Considering, Materialising (Chair: Walter Scholger)
    • Cultural Diversity in the Digital Humanities Classroom. Paul Spence (Kings College London)
    • DH Training in the Spanish Speaking World: When Digital Humanities Become Humanidades Digitales. Susanna Allés Torrent (U Miami), Gimena del Rio Riande (Secrit-Conicet, Argentina), and Clara Martínez (UNED, Madrid) presenting. [Also with Elena González-Blanco (UNED, Madrid).]
    • The Pragmatics of Teaching DH as a Discipline at UCC. Orla Murphy (U College, Cork) and Mike Cosgrave (U College, Cork) presenting. [Also with Shawn Day (U College, Cork).]
  • 10.50-11.00, Break
  • 11.00-11.40, Lightning Talks: Extending, Integrating 1 (Chair: Anouk Lang)
    • DH Integration in a Modern Languages Department. Susanna Allés Torrent (U Miami)
    • Using Primary Sources in Secondary Education: Digital Archives and the Classroom Experience. Stefania Gargioni (U Oxford)
    • Training Faculty and Students to Learn and to Teach “Coding Across the Curriculum.” Elisa Beshero-Bondar (U Pittsburgh, Greensburg), presenting. [Also with David J. Birnbaum (U Pittsburgh).]
    • Doing Digital Humanities with Students: A DH Module Not Called DH. Elisabeth Burr (U Leipzig)
  • 11.40-12.15, Lightning Talks: Extending, Integrating 2 (Chair: Matt Gold)
    • Breaking the Mould of the Essay: Using Digital Projects in the English Literature Classroom. Anouk Lang (U Edinburgh)
    • Reaching Across the Divide: Building Curricular Bridges to Meet Undergraduate DH (Learning) Goals. Katherine M. Faull (Bucknell U), Diane K. Jakacki (Bucknell U)
    • All Ships Rise with the Tide: Partnership in DH Training. Ray Siemens (U Victoria)
  • 12.15-12.30, Break
  • 12.30-1.30: Member Meeting, Lunch Provided (Chair: Ray Siemens)
    • (Open to all participants registered for the event)
  • 1.30-2.00: Closing Panel, Publication Approaches Supporting DH Pedgagogy (Chair: Katherine M. Faull)
    • Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments. Matthew Gold (CUNY), Natalie Houston (U Massachusetts Lowell), and Piotr Michura (Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts) presenting. [Also with Rebecca Frost Davis (St Edwards U), Jennifer Guiliano (Indiana U - Purdue U Indianapolis), Katherine D. Harris (San Jose State U), Jentery Sayers (U Victoria).]
  • 2.00-3.30: DH Pedagogical Materials Workshopping
    • (Open to all participants registered for the event) Please place any curriculum materials you'd like to share and/or discuss in the 2016 folder at https://goo.gl/2i9J4I.


Propose a 'Community' Course for DHSI

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

Excited as we are about the DHSI’s coming meeting and planning already for 2017, 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 2018. 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 2018, we’d welcome hearing from you!

Read more ...

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, social media, new media in digital literary / historical / language studies, crowdsourcing, serious gaming, computer-assisted language learning, humanities data visualisation, electronic publishing, musicology, augmented reality and immersive environments, visual culture, art history, design, and new approaches to scholarly editing, among others. Especially, we’re interested in proposals for 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 2018 before 1 April 2017, sending them to Ray Siemens at siemens@uvic.ca.




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