Critical Digital Humanities


We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

University of Toronto | 30 September – 1 October, 2022

Get ready for the Critical Digital Humanities International Conference (#CDHIcon22) at the University of Toronto! On Friday, 30 September we convene virtually for the opening keynote and the day’s panels. That night, we kick off in-person sessions with our evening plenary. In-person sessions will run throughout the day on Saturday.

Hosted by the CDHI, this year’s conference foregrounds critical DH research, praxis, and community partnerships. Critical DH is an intersectional field that emphasizes questions of power, social justice, and critical theory in making, analyzing, and using digital technologies. This is a version of digital humanities that places anti-racist, de/anti/postcolonial, feminist, and queer/trans/non-binary work at its core, and which understands our current shift in digital technology as an opportunity for social and political transformation. Critical DH foregrounds creative praxis, co-creation, public engagement, and community-based research.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Jennifer Wemigwans, President of Invert Media and Assistant Professor, University of Toronto; Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media Studies, Simon Fraser University; and Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor, University of Michigan.

Additionally, we will host in a special virtual plenary session Safiya Noble, Co-Founder and Faculty Director of the University of California-Los Angeles Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2), Ángel David Nieves, Professor of Africana Studies, History, and Digital Humanities at Northeastern University, and Alex Gil, Senior Lecturer II and Associate Research Faculty of Digital Humanities in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at Yale University.

All faculty, librarians, museum practitioners, staff, postdoctoral fellows, students, and community partners are welcome to attend!

The CDHI International Conference will follow University of Toronto COVID guidelines. The latest updates to the university’s policies can be found on the COVID 19 Planning Updates page.

Many Thanks to the Conference Organizing Team!

This conference would not have been possible without the hard work and tireless support of the CDHI conference organizing team.

Warmest thanks to:

Jennifer Ross

Danielle Taschereau Mamers

Laura Smith

Tanya Rohrmoser

Elspeth Brown