Reminder: Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries

6 Nov 2015 - 00:00

Deadline for proposals is November 30, 2015 (midnight GMT)

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the program committee by January 15, 2016

Send all applications or questions to Christian-Emil S. Ore:  c.e.s.ore[at]

The association Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries has been founded in 2015. Its aim is to further and strengthen digital humanities research, education, and communication in the Nordic countries. DHN wants to provide a platform for collaboration within the Nordic countries and make the Nordic Digital Humanities more visible internationally. DHN favors a broad, inclusive definition of Digital Humanities. Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries calls for papers for its 1st Nordic Conference and Constitutive Meeting . The conference is organized by the Oslo Digital Humanities Research Network in collaboration with the Norwegian National Library and the Digital Humanities Center at Gothenburg University and will be held at the Norwegian National Library and The University of Oslo, March 15–17, 2016 in Oslo, Norway.

DHN would like to receive submissions for papers, posters, project presentations, panels and thematic sessions from all disciplines within the Arts and Humanities as well as from neighboring disciplines, e.g. the social sciences, anthropology, computer science, and library and information science. With its first conference, DHN aims to be as open and as inclusive as possible and it is therefore not themed. All kinds of cultural artifacts (texts, images, sounds, things) could be objects of investigation. However, we would like to encourage submissions for the following topics which we think are a good starting point for discussion and critical reflection.

Methods, Tools, Technologies

  • broadly speaking: “how does one do digital humanities?”
  • use cases
  • programming skills for DH
  • different tools (preferably those developed in the Nordic countries)
  • theoretical reflections
  • future plans and challenges

Making, Learning, and Teaching Digital Humanities

  • reports on Nordic DH projects (finished, ongoing, planned)
  • case-studies or reports on how DH has been made part of university / university college teaching
  • local initiatives & DH centres, how & where to study DH
  • DH as part of Ph.D. programs
  • summer schools, research schools, workshops etc.
  • international / Nordic collaborations
  • modes of DH-teaching: MOOCs, use of digital media, ‘e-learning’ Scholarly Communication in a Digital World
  • how research results (and/or the whole research process) are communicated within the scientific community and to the general public
  • uses of ‘new media’, ‘social media’, blogs
  • open access
  • museums and cultural heritage institutions, ‘digital exhibitions’, online collections, exhibition and museum simulations, augmented reality, apps

Invited Keynote Speakers

  • Nicole Saylor (Library of Congress, Washington D.C., USA)
  • Francesca Tomasi (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Patrik Svensson (Umeå University, Sweden)

General Information & Formalities

We invite proposals for:

  • posters (abstract of max. 750 words)
  • papers (abstract of max. 750 words)
  • sessions with several papers (3 papers per session, 1 abstract per paper, 1 abstract of ca.
    500 words describing the session’s overarching question)
  • pre- or post-conference workshops (proposal of max. 1500 words)

Conference languages are Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and English.

Note: only one poster or paper per presenter or presentation team will be accepted. An additional proposal of a workshop is permitted.

1) Posters

Posters (abstracts: 750 words) can be proposed in any of the topics mentioned in the call for papers. They can also show ongoing projects or present a tool or a software. Posters (format A0) will be displayed throughout the conference at the venue site and should be self explanatory, visually catching, and provide contact information.

2) Papers

Papers (abstracts: 750 words) present research and/or report about recently developed methods or new digital resources or discuss a theoretical or methodological question. Paper presentations are supposed to take 20 min plus 10 min time for discussion. Show & tell presentations of projects or tools are welcome, too, with 15 min presentation time plus 15 min Q&A.

3) Sessions

Sessions consist of three papers linked by a leading question. In addition to abstracts for each paper, the organiser/s of the section are asked to describe the overarching question and the links between the individual papers in a 500 words abstract.

4) Pre- or Post-Conference Workshops

Workshops take about half a day, either prior to the conference (Tuesday morning to lunch) or after the conference (Thursday from lunch to late afternoon). Proposals should include the workshop’s title and a short description of its topic (1500 words), contact information of the person/s responsible and a line about their research fields and interests. It should also include the approximate number of participants and the kind of technical equipment that will be needed. The workshop proposal might include a separate call for papers/letters of motivation for the workshop. Participants in the workshops must be registered for the conference.

Program Committee

  • Christian-Emil S. Ore, program chair (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Øyvind Eide (University of Passau, Germany)
  • Bente Maegaard (Copenhagen University, Denmark)
  • Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld (Aalborg University, Denmark)
  • Ditte Laursen (National Library Aarhus, Denmark)
  • Anne Birgitte Rønning (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Sakari Katajamäki (Finnish Literature Society – SKS, Finland)
  • Annika Rockenberger (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Haraldur Bernharðsson (The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Iceland)
  • Mats Malm (Gothenburg University, Sweden)

Local Organizing Committee

  • Anne Birgitte Rønning (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Trond Haugen (National Library, Norway)
  • Jenny Bergenmar (Gothenburg University, Sweden)
  • Federico Aurora (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Line Esborg (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Espen S. Ore (University of Oslo, Norway)

Contact Information