Week 2: Online Aligned Conferences & Events

For Week 1 On Campus Aligned Conferences & Events, click here.

DHSI is made up of several affiliated events, all with a different digital humanities focus in mind. The events listed below will all take place during the online portion of DHSI 2023.

Presentation recordings for all aligned events are available to registered participants on the DHSI 2023 group on the Canadian HSS Commons.


Conference chairs: Laura Estill (St. Francis Xavier U), Ray Siemens (UVic), and Constance Crompton (U Ottawa)

10:00am – 12:00pm PDT Monday, 12 June

Open/Social/Digital Humanities Pedagogy, Training, and Mentorship encourages engagement of pertinent issues relating to pedagogy, training, and mentorship in the humanities from a digital, open, and/or social perspective.

The event’s format will involve pre-recorded presentations (from five-minute lightning talks to full twenty-minute conference papers), which participants can view in advance of shared online discussion.

Conference chair: Lynne Siemens (UVic)

10:00am – 12:00pm PDT Wednesday, 14 June

Project management is a tool that has long been associated with business. Its use in the academy is increasing as projects grow beyond the scope of a single researcher. Funding agencies are encouraging this trend by requesting detailed and realistic work plans as part of grant applications. However, challenges exist for the application of project management to research projects. For example, research goals may be articulated but the methodology to accomplish them is not well understood. This is further complicated by the fact that researchers see the application of these tools as rigid management approaches, perhaps not suited for the academy.

Having said this, due to increasingly collaborative interdisciplinary projects, many humanities scholars find themselves as “instant” or “accidental” managers. They are leading teams of researchers from a variety of disciplines, research assistants, librarians and others, as well as managing financial and other resources. This is something for which they are often not prepared due to a lack of training in this area.

Conference chair: Luis Meneses (Vancouver Island U)

10:00am – 12:00pm PDT Thursday, 15 June

Open digital collaborative scholarship in the Arts and Humanities is significant for facilitating public access to and engagement with research, and as a mechanism of growing the digital scholarly infrastructure. But the path to adopting open, collaborative, digital scholarship has been challenging, not least of all due to questions of economic stability, infrastructure, access, understanding, implementation, and engagement.

The advent of online technologies has provided Arts and Humanities researchers with greater opportunities to collaborate and create different projects. These projects are computationally robust and require a significant amount of collaboration, which brings together different types of expertise to collaborate on equal terms rather than a model where some sets of expertise are in service to others.

The convenience and familiarity of computational methods can make us forget (or overlook) that there is a certain fragility associated with our online tools. Kathleen Fitzpatrick has argued that many online projects in the digital humanities have an implied planned obsolesce—which means that they will degrade over time once they cease to receive updates in their content and software libraries (Planned Obsolescence, NYU Press, 2011). In turn, this planned obsolescence threatens the completeness and the sustainability of our research outputs in the Arts and Humanities over time, presenting a complex problem made more complex when environments are not static objects but rather dynamic collaborative spaces.

Conference chair: Caroline Winter (UVic)

This conference takes place throughout both the on campus and online week of DHSI. Please see the dates below.

On Campus
4:00pm – 5:00 pm PDT Tuesday, 6 June and Thursday, 8 June

10:00am – 12:00 pm PDT Tuesday, 13 June and Friday, 16 June

Since 2009, the DHSI Conference & Colloquium has been a valued part of the annual Digital Humanities Summer Institute. It offers an opportunity to present diverse, dynamic digital humanities research and projects within an engaging, collegial audience that actively fosters the ethos of the greater DHSI community.

For DHSI 2023, we are holding this event in a hybrid format, with in-person panels during the first week of DHSI (June 5–9) and virtual panels during the second week (June 12–16).