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.
Please contact the DHSI Director if you have any concerns related to these issues at DHSI.
- Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations’ Conference Code of Conduct
- University of Victoria, pertinent policies, equity and diversity: Discrimination and Harassment; Creating a Respectful and Productive Learning Environment; Equity and Diversity
Led by Jacqueline Wernimont and Angel David Nieves, with the DHSI community (2015, 2016).
Innovations in Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Local, National, and International Training (2018)
A mini-conference and member meeting sponsored by the International Digital Humanities Training Network / ADHO Training Group
25 June 2018 @ Digital Humanities 2018, Mexico City
Proposals Due: 6 April 2018
Acceptance Notification: 13 April 2018
Context: as the digital humanities take firm root in the humanities curriculum, institutions around the world are 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.
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2018 Focus, and Call for Proposals: at the 2017 mini-conference, attendees reached consensus about forming an ADHO Special Interest Group (SIG) dedicated to DH Pedagogy in all its forms. In support of this, for our 2018 mini-conference and meeting, we continue in inviting proposals for lightning talks on all topics relating to digital pedagogy and training -- and especially this year for those that will lead us to substantial discussion about how a SIG could support instructors, students, practitioners, and administrators. Mini-conference talks will take place in the morning, and the afternoon member meeting will be dedicated to work on a collaborative draft of the SIG proposal. In particular, we welcome proposals with a focus on:
- Ways in which individual 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.
- Assessment techniques in DH curriculum. What types of assessment should occur in digital humanities courses? And, significantly, how might these assessment practices challenge existing university or community-based outcomes? We particularly desire talks that include involvement of students who have been assessed.
- DH training in an international context-how do we articulate/coordinate/collaborate across international boundaries? What can we learn from our differences?
- Developing a multilingual lexicon for teaching DH.
- Discussion of pedagogical materials, pre-circulated for critique and consideration. We are particularly interested in the submission of specific syllabi, tutorials, exercises, learning outcomes, assessment and rubrics that attendees might complete during the workgroup portion of the mini-conference.
- Any topics that might further inform our discussion about DH training.
Please submit proposals of 1-2 pages via this form: https://goo.gl/forms/7m3GXUgjfk3TlRxv1 by 19 March 2018.
Contact Ray Siemens (siemens[at]uvic.ca), Diane Jakacki (diane.jakacki[at]bucknell.edu), and Katie Faull (faull[at]bucknell.edu) with any questions.
Please note that all participants and attendees will need to be registered for DH2018.
DHSI@MLA 2018, New York: Digital Humanities Tools and Technologies for Students, Emerging Scholars, Faculty, Librarians, and Administrators
Digital Humanities Tools and Technologies for Students, Emerging Scholars, Faculty, Librarians, and Administrators
SATURDAY, 6 JANUARY 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
SUTTON CENTER (HILTON)
Please note that all registrations are handled through the MLA conference site.
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 DH postdoctoral fellowships; on-campus digital scholarship; DH tools, software, and methodologies; social media; DH for academic administrators; #alt-ac roles; 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 exceptionally 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
Breakout sessions and leaders:
- Ctrl+Alt+Diss (Elizabeth Grumbach, Arizona State U) : How are scholarly communication practices changing? What implications does the current trend toward social knowledge creation have for more traditional academic pursuits, like the dissertation? How is scholarly output transforming in the digital world, and what does that mean for current and future students and researchers? We will explore these topics within the broader digital humanities realm, as well as consider alternatives to traditional academic practices and trajectories. This workshop is geared toward undergraduate and graduate students, alt-ac practitioners and those curious about the alt-ac track, as well as individuals interested in digital scholarly communication and social knowledge creation in general.
- DH after the Dissertation: Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships (Aaron Mauro, Penn State Eerie, Behrend C; Laura Estill, Texas A&M U) : While many of us want digital skills, it seems that the best time to have learned them was always yesterday … or tomorrow. This workshop considers the benefits and challenges of learning digital humanities skills during a postdoctoral fellowship. We will discuss the different kinds of digital humanities postdocs (project-driven; teaching-oriented; research-focused), what you can expect, where to find them, and how to apply. We will talk about how to get the technological skills and support you need to complete your projects, how to manage your time, and how to position yourself on the job market. This session will be of value for doctoral students, faculty considering hiring a DH postdoc, and veteran postdocs and advisors.
- DH For Department Chairs and Deans (Raymond G. Siemens, U Victoria) : Intended for university administrators who seek an understanding of the Digital Humanities that is both broad and deep, this offering discusses pragmatic DH basics and chief administrative issues related to supporting DH and those who practice it at their institution, and engages in consultation and targeted discussion with others in the group.
- Digital Humanities Tools and Technologies in the Classroom (Diane Jakacki, Bucknell U) : This offering will give participants an opportunity to “taste test” a handful of relevant DH tools and technologies and how they can transform learning experiences. Tools and technologies may include selections from data visualization, GIS, versioning software, data analytics, and programming, among others. Participants will encounter examples of technologies and learn strategies for incorporating them into assignments.
- Digital Mapping for the Humanities (Randa El Khatib, U Victoria) : This workshop will address key concepts and practices in GIS-based spatial humanities projects. Common challenges integral to digital mapping will be tackled and a number of solutions will be offered by pointing to helpful resources, platforms, and tips that can help resolve some of these issues (automatically extracting reusable geo-data from large texts, curating accurate geo-data, visualizing complex data in distinguishable ways, etc.). The most optimal gazetteers for different subject-areas will be discussed, as we as the most suitable platforms for different types of projects. In total, the offering is meant to provide sufficient information for participants to create data and launch their own GIS-based project, and to point to useful resources that can support this endeavor 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 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.
- Social Media for Academics (Lee Skallerup Bessette, U Mary Washington) : Social media can appear to be “one more thing” for an already busy academic to have to do, but it can be a powerful tool for networking, research, and dissemination. In this workshop, you will learn about the various approaches to getting started on social media, mainly Twitter, in a way that is both effective and manageable. We will also talk about various steps to take in regards to personal safety and privacy online.
- Project Management for Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars (Lynne Siemens, U Victoria): Project management skills are increasingly in demand for graduate students, early career scholars and those in academic adjacent jobs. This offering will cover the basics of project management from project definition to project review upon completion, including risk assessment and mitigation, work effort modeling, software tools and related internet resources and other topics.
- Alyssa Arbuckle is the Assistant Director, Research Partnerships & Development, in 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 (planned completion 2019), 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
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- 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.
- 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.
- Laura Estill an Associate Professor of English at Texas A&M University, where she specializes in early modern drama, book history and manuscript culture, and digital humanities. She is editor of the World Shakespeare Bibliography (www.worldshakesbib.org). Her monograph, Dramatic Extracts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts: Watching, Reading, Changing Plays, appeared in 2015. With Diane Jakacki and Michael Ullyot, she coedited Early Modern Studies after the Digital Turn (2016).
- Eizabeth Grumbach is the Project Manager for the Institute for Humanities Research's (IHR) Nexus Lab at Arizona State University. 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.
- Diane Jakacki is the Digital Scholarship Coordinator and Faculty Teaching Associate in Comparative Humanities at Bucknell University, exploring and instituting ways in which Digital Humanities tools and methodologies can be leveraged in a small liberal arts environment. Previously, she was the Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Jakacki holds a PhD from the University of Waterloo. Please see
for more information.
- Aaron Mauro is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and English at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He is the director of the Penn State Digital Humanities Lab and teaches on topics relating to digital culture, computational text analysis, and scholarly communication. His articles on U.S. literature and culture have appeared in Modern Fiction Studies, Mosaic, and Symploke among others. He has also published on issues relating to digital humanities in both Digital Studies and Digital Humanities Quarterly. Please see
for more information.
- Lynne Siemens is Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. Her research is varied and crosses disciplinary lines with a focus on knowledge transfer and mobilization at individual, organizational, and community levels. Lynne also explores academic entrepreneurship, teams, and collaborations. She has taught project management workshops around the world.
- Raymond G. Siemens is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, in English and Computer Science, where he previously served as Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing. He is founding editor of the electronic scholarly journal Early Modern Literary Studies, and has edited, among others, Blackwell's Companion to Digital Humanities (with Schreibman and Unsworth), Blackwell's Companion to Digital Literary Studies (with Schreibman), A Social Edition of the Devonshire MS (with Armstrong, Crompton, et al.), and Literary Studies in the Digital Age (with Price). He directs the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), and the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) at the University of Victoria. Siemens has served as Vice President of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences for Research Dissemination, Chair of the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations’ Steering Committee, and Chair of the MLA Committee on Information Technology as well as cochair of the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions. Please see his webpage for more information.
- Lee Skallerup Bessette, U Mary Washington (aka @readywriting on Twitter) is an Instructional Technology Specialist at the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at the University of Mary Washington. Her career trajectory has largely been reshaped through her work on Twitter and her blog, College Ready Writing on Insider Higher Ed. Please see
for more information.
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:
- Proposed title
- One paragraph description, including the intended audience (something similar to what's found on http://dhsi.org/courses.php)
- 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 ..."
- ... and, if you're interested in leading it, also a
- Summative day-by-day overview, given the 5-day DHSI format (in a half-page)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.