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).



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), Stef Scagliola (Erasmus U), and Toma Tasovac (BCDH) presenting. [Also with 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: Elisa Beshero-Bondar)
    • 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 Pedagogy (Chair: Katherine M. Faull)
    • Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments. Natalie Houston (U Massachusetts Lowell), and Piotr Michura (Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts) presenting. [Also with Matthew Gold (CUNY), 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!

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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 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