1st Annual
Digital Humanities Conference

University of Toronto | 24-25 August 2016

The event will be structured loosely, around the principles of an “unconference.” In June,  attendees will be invited to pitch and/or sign up for sessions on topics on which they have expertise, or which they want to hear discussed. Suggestions will then be arranged into 3-5 plenary sessions, which will punctuate multiple, parallel breakout sessions. These sessions will last two days, after which there will be a final half-day hackathon.  We expect talks and discussions on such topics as machine translation, algorithmic reading, deep learning for humanities research, gaming and gamification, and augmented and virtual reality. If there is enough demand, the event may include some workshops on tools (e.g. Cytoscape, Scalar, Omeka), systems and platforms (e.g. Islandora, GIS), frameworks (e.g. IIIF, W3C), and programming and markup languages and data formats (e.g. relational databases and SQL, XML, XSLT, TEI).


Wednesday, August 24th

10:00 am – 10:15 am Welcome and Coffee [IB-235]

  • Robert Gibbs (JHI)
  • Alexandra Gillespie (JHI)

10:15 am – 12:00 pm New Directions in Digital Research [IB-235]

  • Facilitator: Natalie Rothman (History)
  • SeungJung Kim (Art)
  • Jacob Gallagher Ross (Drama)
  • Avery Slater (English)

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch [IB-Lobby]

  • During lunch, participants can submit written suggestions for and volunteer to lead “Unconference” Breakout Sessions 1 and 2, August 25

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Infrastructure: Libraries [IB-235]

  • Sian Meikle (Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries)

Infrastructure: University [IB-235]

  • Brian Cantwell-Smith (Information, Philosophy)

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Coffee [IB-235]

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Lightning Talks [IB-235]

  • Facilitator: Elizabeth Parke (JHI)
  • 5 minute presentations from some of U of T’s outstanding digital researchers — e.g. digital performance, text mining, machine translation, algorithmic reading, deep learning, gaming and gamification, and augmented and virtual reality.

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Lightning Talks and Networking Wine Reception [DH-Bistro]

  • We will offer a project “card” design and printing service to facilitate research networking.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Wine Reception [DH-Bistro]

Thursday, August 25th

10:00 am – 12:00 pm U of T’s Digital Humanities Pioneers and Early Humanities Computing [IB-235]

  • Facilitator: Kimberley Yates (JHI)
  • an Lancashire (LEME), Antonette diPaolo Healey (DOE), Alexandra Johnston (REED)

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch [IB-Lobby]

1:30 – 3:00 pm “Unconference” Breakout Sessions – 1 [IB-240, 250, 260]

  • Facilitators: Jacquelyn Clements (JHI), Leslie Barnes (UTL ITS), Alexandra Bolintineanu (Medieval Studies)
  • Unconference sessions will be led by expert volunteers. Topics may include approaches to funding digital research projects; digital project management; digitizing and viewing objects; digital editing; exhibiting research online; visualizing and mapping research findings; collecting and organizing, securing, and keeping research data; and specific tools, platforms, frameworks, or languages, e.g. Github, Cytoscape, Scalar, Omeka, Islandora, GIS, IIIF, Web Annotation, SQL, XML, XSLT, TEI, Twyne, Python

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Coffee [IB-235]

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm “Unconference” Breakout Sessions – 2 [IB-240, 250, 260]

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm A Digital Research Network for the Humanities — Reflections [IB-235]

  • Facilitators: Robert Gibbs, Alexandra Gillespie, Elizabeth Parke