CfP: Digital Humanities Australasia 2014: Expanding Horizons

27 Aug 2013 - 00:00

The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) is pleased to announce its second conference, to be held at The University of Western Australia, 18-21 March, 2014.

The aim of DHA 2014 is to advance digital methods, tools and projects within humanities research and develop new critical perspectives. The conference will provide a supportive, interdisciplinary environment to explore and share new and advanced research within the digital humanities.

The conference is sponsored by iVEC@UWA, The University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, Perth Convention Bureau, and the Australian Literature Westerly Centre, UWA.




The conference will feature long and short papers, panels, posters and workshops, and informal ‘birds of a feather’ discussions. We invite proposals on all aspects of digital humanities, and especially encourage papers showcasing new research and developments in the field and/or responding to the conference themes.

Proposals may focus on, but need not be limited to:


  • Critical text editing and electronic editions
  • Digitisation, text encoding and analysis
  • Text mining in historical scholarship
  • Book history, and digitising the book
  • Computational stylistics and distant reading
  • Digital curation and archives for cultural materials

2. NEW MEDIA and the DIGITAL such as;

  • Computational approaches in new media and Internet studies
  • The digital in culture, creativity, arts, music, performance


  • Crowd-sourcing scholarship in the humanities
  • Quantitative methods in humanities research
  • Code studies, and code in the humanities
  • Mapping and spatial visualisation
  • Human Computer Interaction (HCI) in digital humanities research
  • Gaming for learning, serious gaming, and game archiving
  • Archaeology using digital methods including marine archaeology


  •  Modelling humanities data
  • Linked Data and the humanities


  • Measuring and valuing research in the digital humanities
  • Institutionalisation, interdisciplinarity and collaboration
  • Curriculum and pedagogy in the digital humanities
  • Virtual research environments in humanities research


  • Cross-cultural studies
  • International comparisons


Abstracts of no more than 600 words, together with a biography of no more than 100 words, should be submitted to the Program Committee by 14 September 2013. All proposals will be fully refereed.

Proposals should be submitted via the online form at
Please indicate whether you are proposing a poster, a short paper (10 mins + 5 mins questions), a long paper (25 mins + 5 mins questions), or birds of a feather session (60 mins). Proposals will be assessed in terms of alignment with the conference themes and the quality of research within these or related themes. Presenters will be notified of acceptance of their proposal on 14 October 2013.

Proposal Types

1. Poster presentations
Poster presentations may include work-in-progress as well as demonstrations of computer technology, software and digital projects. A separate poster session will take place during one day of the conference, during which time presenters will need to be available to explain their work, share their ideas with other delegates, and answer questions. Presenters are encouraged to provide material and handouts with more detailed information and URLs. Poster guidelines are available on the conference website to help you prepare your poster.

2. Short papers
Short papers are allocated 10 minutes (plus 5 minutes for questions) and are suitable for describing work-in-progress and reporting on shorter experiments and software and tools in early stages of development.

3. Long papers
Long papers are allocated 25 minutes (plus 5 minutes for questions) and are intended for presenting substantial unpublished research and reporting on significant new digital resources or methodologies.

4. BoFs (Birds of a Feather sessions) are 60 minute sessions that should be used for guided discussions on one topic. BoFs are informal, open presentations for exploring key community issues and debates within the digital humanities.

Do you have an issue to discuss or are unsure how to progress a tiopic?
For example:

  • Digital humanities what are the risks and rewards? or
  • Digital humanities and computer science as an interdisciplinary challenge – where to from here?

60 minutes will be provided for each session. Each speaker will have a short time to present their points for discussion and the audience should also have an opportunity to comment (recommend allocation of up to 40% of the total time available).

On behalf of the Program Committee

Professor Hugh Craig, The University of Newcastle
Dr Craig Bellamy, The University of Melbourne