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).

Already Thinking Ahead to 2019?

If so, here’s a quick peek at the courses firming up for 2019! We anticipate dates the first two full weeks of June -- 3-7 and 10-14 -- with confirmation soon on that ….

Come join us for a course (or two), the colloquium and conference, wonderful institute lecturers including Angel David Nieves, Jacque Wernimont, Karina van Dalen-Oskam, and Matt Gold, and more ... including a gathering on DH Teaching, Training, and Pedagogy!

Click here for course offering details, as we know them now and very much subject to change ...

  • Week 1, tentative
    • [Foundations] Digitisation Fundamentals and their Application (Robin Davies and Calleigh Lim)
    • [Foundations] Introduction to Computation for Literary Criticism (Randa El Khatib and David Wrisley)
    • [Foundations] Making Choices About Your Data (Paige Morgan and Yvonne Lam)
    • [Foundations] DH For Department Chairs and Deans (John Unsworth, Harold Short, Ray Siemens, and others)
    • [Foundations] Developing a Digital Project (With Omeka) (Markus Wust and Brian Norberg)
    • [Foundations] Race, Social Justice, and DH: Applied Theories and Methods (Dorothy Kim and Angel David Nieves)
    • Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities (David Hoover)
    • Sounds and Digital Humanities (John Barber)
    • Critical Digital Pedagogy and Praxis (Chris Friend and Chris Gilliard)
    • Digital Humanities for Japanese Culture: Resources and Methods (Kiyonori Nagasaki, Asanobu Kitamoto, and Yuta Hashimoto)
    • Conceptualising and Creating a Digital Edition (Jennifer Stertzer)
    • Introduction to Machine Learning in the Digital Humanities (Paul Barrett)
    • Retro Machines & Media (Dene Grigar and John Durno)
    • Geographical Information Systems in the Digital Humanities (Ian Gregory)
    • XML Applications for Historical and Literary Research (Scott Paul McGinnis )
    • Introduction to IIIF: Sharing, Consuming, and Annotating the World’s Images (Jeffrey C. Witt, Drew Winget, Jack Reed, Benjamin Albritton, and Rachel Di Cresce)
    • Web APIs with Python (Jojo Karlin, Patrick Smyth, Stephen Zweibel, Jonathan Reeve)
    • Ethical Data Visualization: Taming Treacherous Data (Chris Church and Katherine Hepworth)
    • Linked Open Data and the Semantic Web (James Smith)
    • Palpability and Wearable Computing (Jessica Rajko and Stjepan Rajko)
    • The Frontend: Modern JavaScript & CSS Development (Andrew Pilsch)
    • Introduction to Network Analysis in the Digital Humanities (Jessica Otis)
    • Creating LAMP Infrastructure for Digital Humanities Projects (Jonathan Martin)
    • Videopoem as Pedagogy (Vincent A. Cellucci and Zack Godshall)
    • Using History Based Video Games in the College Classroom: Digital Games as Pedagogical Practice (Jeff Lawler and Sean Smith)
  • Week 2, tentative
    • [Foundations] Text Encoding Fundamentals and their Application (Constance Crompton, Lee Zickel and Emily Murphy)
    • [Foundations] Understanding the Predigital Book: Technologies of Inscription (Matt Huculak, Iain Higgins, Janelle Jenstad, Stephanie Lahey, Mary-Elizabeth Leighton, Sam MacFarlane)
    • [Foundations] Music Encoding Fundamentals and their Applications (Timothy Duguid and Raffaele Viglianti)
    • [Foundations] Databases for Digital Humanists (Harvey Quamen and Jon Bath)
    • [Foundations] Models for DH at Liberal Arts Colleges (& 4 Yr Institutions) (Janet Simons and Angel David Nieves)
    • [Foundations] Fundamentals of Programming/Coding for Human(s|ists) (John Simpson)
    • Digital Storytelling (John Barber)
    • Text Mapping as Modelling (Øyvind Eide)
    • Stylometry with R: Computer-Assisted Analysis of Literary Texts (Maciej Eder)
    • Open Access and Open Social Scholarship (Alyssa Arbuckle)
    • Digital Games as Tools for Scholarly Research, Communication and Pedagogy (Jon Saklofske)
    • Queer Digital Humanities: Intersections, Interrogations, Iterations
    • Parsing and Writing XML with Python (Luis Meneses)
    • Introduction to Electronic Literature in DH: Research and Practice (Dene Grigar and Davin Heckman)
    • Surveillance and the Digital Humanities (Christina Boyles and Andrew Boyles Peterson)
    • Text Analysis with Python and the Natural Language ToolKit (Aaron Mauro)
    • Information Security for Digital Researchers (Jonathan Martin)
    • Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Integration in the Curriculum (Diane Jakacki)
    • Agile Project Management (James Smith)
    • XPath for Document Archeology and Project Management (Elisa Beshero-Bondar and David Birnbaum)
    • Endings: How to end (and archive) your digital project (Martin Holmes and Janelle Jenstad, with Stewart Arneil, Claire Carlin, Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins, John Durno, Lisa Goddard, Matt Huculak, Greg Newton, Joseph Takeda)
    • Text Processing - Techniques & Traditions (John Maxwell)
    • Introduction to Humanities Data Analysis & Visualization in R (Ryan Cordell)
    • Accessibility & Digital Environments (Erin E. Templeton and George H. Williams)
    • Drupal for Digital Humanities Projects (Erica Cavanaugh and Alix Shield)
    • Modelling. Virtual. Realities. A Practical Introduction to Virtual (and Augmented) Reality (Zoe Schubert and Jan G. Wieners)

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; DH for academic administrators; project management; 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. This session is available to be led on either one or two days. 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.
  • [Tentative] 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • [Tentative] 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ray 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.

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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  • 8.45-9.00: Registration
  • 9.00-9.30: Welcome and Opening Remarks, Why We Need A Training Network SIG
          Ray Siemens (U Victoria), Diane Jakacki and Katie Faull (Bucknell U)
  • 9.30-10.10: Lightning Talk Session #1 (10 minute papers + discussion)
          Chair: Katie Faull
    • Angelica Huizar (Old Dominion U): "Implementing Innovations in DH Pedagogy in the Latin American Studies Curriculum"
    • Esteban Romero-Frías (Medialab, U Granada): "The Carmenta Program: A Way to Promote the Digital Humanities among Humanists and Technologists"
    • Brian Croxall (Brigham Young U): "A Tale of Two Minors"
  • 10.10-10.50: Lightning Talk Session #2 (10 minute papers + discussion)
          Chair: Diane Jakacki
    • Ray Siemens (U Victoria): "Supporting a Social Knowledge Approach, in a Teaching Environment"
    • Erik Simpson (Grinnell C): "Digital Bridges: The Pleasures and Challenges of Inter-Institutional Collaboration in DH"
    • Brian Croxall (Brigham Young U): “Intro to Digital Humanities” and the Inevitable Next Step: Two Syllabi"
  • 10.50-11.00: Break
  • 11.00-11.40: Lightning Talk Session #3 (10 minute papers + discussion)
          Chair: Ray Siemens
    • Tanja Wissik (Austrian Academy of Sciences): "The Role of Research Infrastructures in the Area of Education and Rraining: The DH Course Registry and the dariahTeach Platform as Examples"
    • Walter Scholger (U Graz): "Efforts Towards a Digital Humanities Reference Curriculum in Europe"
    • Elisabeth Burr (U Leipzig): "Digital Humanities in the Humanities: Core Concepts and Core Competencies"
  • 11.40-12.00: Break
  • 12.00-3.00: Member Meeting
    • 12.00-1.00: Working lunch (for those registered)
           Discussion of SIG Goals, Structure (Ray Siemens, presiding)
    • 1.00-2.00: SIG Proposal Sprint, Breakout Groups
    • 2.00-2.30: SIG Proposal Sprint Groups, Report Out (Katie Faull, presiding)
    • 2.30-3.00: Final SIG Proposal Review and Submission (Diane Jakacki, presiding)

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.

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.

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