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Humanist Archives: Jan. 22, 2020, 7:43 a.m. Humanist 33.567 - Australasian digital humanities in New Zealand: DHA2020

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 567.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: 2020-01-22 00:58:02+00:00
        From: Christopher Thomson 
        Subject: Call for papers: DHA2020, 25-28 November, Christchurch

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the call for papers for the DHA2020 conference of the
Australasian Association for Digital Humanities, to be held at the University of
Canterbury on 25-28th of November 2020: http://dh.canterbury.ac.nz/dha2020/

The conference theme will be "Ka Renarena Te Taukaea / Creating Communities".
This theme, which invites close examination of what connects DH scholars and
practitioners to each other and to communities, welcomes a strong local focus on
expanding the ways to develop and interconnect research activities within and
beyond the Digital Humanities in Australasia and the Pacific. However, given the
extreme events our region has experienced in the last year - from terrorist hate
crimes to ongoing environmental catastrophe - it also seems timely to think
carefully and courageously about the role DH might play in creating communities
capable of leading and contributing meaningfully to global conversations about a
safe, equitable and sustainable future. We hope DHA2020 will focus on how
digital technologies can not only create connections but support diversity,
creativity, community building, wellbeing and resilience in a world of rapidly
evolving challenges. We believe it is a strength of our evolving discipline that
DH is constantly revising and renewing its connections with others, often acting
as an institutional, methodological or discursive link between fields of
research, professional practices and programmes within cultural heritage, and we
expect many contributions will reflect this. At the same time, our location in
the South Pacific creates a unique opportunity and responsibility to engage DH
in rethinking the place of the humanities locally, regionally, and in relation
to the major social and environmental challenges we face globally.

Recent years have seen the growth of initiatives that expand DH's boundaries in
areas such as computational humanities, Indigenous and postcolonial studies,
spatial humanities, critical making and infrastructure studies. In short, the
breadth of these research and pedagogical interests makes it timely to consider
the ways 'community' shapes and is shaped by DH. We invite contributors to
address the conference theme through the following sub-topics:

- DH and First Nations and Indigenous communities
- Diversity in DH - ensuring inclusion, promoting varied perspectives, giving
marginalised communities a voice
- Regional and global communities - DH scholarship across places and cultures,
especially the divides of postcolonial legacies, geopolitical or environmental
- Social and methodological scales of research in DH: How does DH examine social
scales - the personal, the family, the institution, the city – and how do these
relate to methodological questions such as close vs. distant reading?
- DH as public humanities - how do we communicate humanities research and seek
the attention and participation of wider communities with research activities?
- DH within topical issue communities, such as environmental humanities,
critical race studies, or countering online extremism
- Communities as objects of study, e.g. online communities, interpretive
- DH within event communities, such as DH in post-disaster research
- Collaborations across strongly 'disciplined' boundaries or research
communities, such as between DH and physical or mathematical sciences
- Research groups and labs as communities
- DH communities within (or across) institutions and between DHers in academic,
library, software development and other professional roles.
- Creative and artistic communities: digital art, literature, and creative media
as DH practice, and a way to interrogate shared critical and cultural concerns
- Pedagogical communities - teachers + students. The real learning happens
through contact with students.
- Any other topic relevant to Digital Humanities in the Australasian / Indo-
Pacific / Asian region.

We welcome the following types of contributions:

- Posters
- Short papers
- Long papers
- Multi-paper panels
- Workshops

Proposals should be emailed to: dha2020@canterbury.ac.nz

The call for papers closes on 31 May 2020, and notification of acceptance is
expected in mid-July.

For the full text of the call and further information, please visit the
conference website: http://dh.canterbury.ac.nz/dha2020/

Thanks to the aaDH Executive Committee and organisers at the University of
Canterbury, Victoria University Wellington and University of Otago for
supporting this event.

Best wishes,


Dr. Christopher Thomson

Digital Humanities Programme Coordinator
Co-Director, Te Pokapû Aronui â-Matihiko | UC Arts Digital Lab
Te Rângai Toi Tangata | School of Humanities and Creative Arts
Te Whare Wânanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Ph. +64 3 3694646

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