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.

Call for Papers

Proposals are now being accepted for conference presentations at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) 2023. See drop downs below for more info.

Open/Social/Digital Humanities Pedagogy, Training, and Mentorship

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.

Please click for the Open/Social/Digital Humanities Pedagogy, Training, and Mentorship Call for Papers

We welcome proposals for conference papers and curricular resources on any topic informing or treating pedagogy, training, and mentorship in the humanities from a digital, open, and/or social approach.

You can propose to share a curricular resource such as a syllabus, assignment, or lesson plan, in which case your presentation video can be an explanation of the rationale for and implementation of your resource. Your proposal can outline the resource you intend to share; your resource will be made available to registered participants on the website. We encourage everyone to provide written transcripts or captioning of their talks for accessibility purposes.

Topics for presentations could include:
• discussion of a resource for digital and/or open pedagogy, training, or mentorship in the humanities (see above)
• individual experiences with DH pedagogy, teaching, and training as student or teacher
• mentorship strategies and structures
• how universities, colleges, and other educational institutions are extending
• DH and open social pedagogy 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
• strategies for open pedagogy and/or social pedagogy in the humanities
• inter- and trans-disciplinarity in DH curricula and open pedagogy
• 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?)
• international contexts and collaborations for training, mentorship, and pedagogy
• openness as it relates to multilingual and multicultural training, mentorship, and pedagogy
• developing a multilingual lexicon for teaching DH; and discussion of pedagogical materials (syllabi, tutorials, exercises, learning outcomes, assessment and rubrics).

Paper, panel, and session proposals may be submitted before 10 February, 2023. 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). Please submit your proposals at this link; if you are unable to submit via the form, please send it to digitalhumanities@stfx.ca.

Project Management in the Humanities


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.

Please click for the Project Management in the Humanities Call for Papers

This raises questions for exploration with regard to the application of project management in the humanities generally and digital humanities more specifically. These include:

What does project management look like in the humanities and digital humanities?

  •  What skills and knowledge are needed?
  • What is the best way to engage and train researchers in the use of these tools and skills?
  • What tools are the most effective for managing projects within the humanities and digital humanities?
  • What particular challenges do academics face using project management?
  • What can be learned from the review of the use of project management in other contexts, such as libraries?
  • How can students be managed within a project management framework?
  • What does project management look like in the age of COVID-19?

We invite proposals for pre-recorded, 5-minute lightning talks that address these and other issues pertinent to research in the area. Proposals should contain a title, an abstract (of approximately 250 words, plus list of works cited), and names and affiliations. Pre-recorded videos of lightning talks will be solicited after proposal acceptance for posting in advance of the gathering. Please send proposals on or before 10 February 2023 to siemensl@uvic.ca.

Open, Digital, Collaborative Project Preservation in the Humanities


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.

Please click for the Open, Digital, Collaborative Project Preservation in the Humanities Call for Papers

This virtual conference aims to address the following research questions:

  • How can we create viable, sustainable pathways for open, digital scholarship?
  • How can we design, implement, and document the best practices for the development of open, social, digital projects in the Arts and Humanities?
  • How can we amplify the positive aspects of collaboration to magnify the contribution and streamline the development of digital projects?
  • How can we preserve these environments in ways that speak to the needs of our communities, and are open, collaborative, effective, and sustainable?

Submissions should be sent via email to luis.meneses@viu.ca and are due by 10 February 2023. They should include the title of the submission, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of contributor(s), and a 300-word abstract.

Conference & Colloquium

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).  

Please click for the DHSI Conference and Colloquium Call for Papers

Proposals are now being accepted for presentations at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) 2023 Conference & Colloquium.

Presentations may focus on any topic relating to the digital humanities. Submissions are welcome from all members of the digital humanities community, including faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, early career scholars, independent researchers, librarians and other members of the GLAM community, alt-academics, academic professionals, those in technical programs, and those new to the digital humanities.

The Conference & Colloquium is a relatively informal, collegial venue for sharing work and ideas, and we encourage presenters to think beyond the traditional conference paper format for their presentations and to invite feedback and engagement from the DHSI community.

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

Submissions are welcome in three formats:

Conference Presentations

Presentations should be 10–15 minutes long and will be organized into themed sessions. This format is well suited to presenting research findings, in-depth argumentative papers, or reports on completed research.

Colloquium Lightning Talks

Lightning talks should be up to 5 minutes long and will be organized into themed sessions. This format is well suited to demonstrations of new tools, reporting on in-progress research, announcing new projects and tools, and brief, tightly focused argumentative papers.


Digital posters will be showcased throughout DHSI in an online exhibit, with an in-person digital poster exhibit for presenters joining us in person. This format is well suited for summarizing research results, showcasing tools and techniques, and sparking further discussion. Multimedia and interactive posters are welcome and encouraged.

Please submit proposals through this online submission form.

The submission form asks for

  • the title of the presentation or poster
  • whether you would prefer to present your work in-person or online
  • the names and emails of all contributors
  • a 200–250-word abstract
  • a list of 5 keywords describing the presentation or poster

If you are not able to submit your abstract through the form, please email the information listed above to winterc@uvic.ca.

The deadline for submissions is 10 February, 2023.

After the event, we will invite presenters to contribute papers to a special issue of Interdisciplinary Digital Engagements in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH), a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal founded to showcase the innovative, engaging scholarship shared annually at DHSI.

For more information, contact the DHSI Conference & Colloquium Chair, Caroline Winter (winterc@uvic.ca).