CFP: Digital Humanities Australasia, 28-30 March 2012

Call for Papers, Panels and Posters

DIGITAL HUMANITIES AUSTRALASIA 2012: Building, Mapping, Connecting

The inaugural conference of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 28-30 March 2012

Sponsored by the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University.

REGISTRATION OPENS: Early January 2012

The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities is pleased to announce its inaugural conference, to be held at the Australian National University, Canberra, 28-30 March, 2012. The conference will feature papers, panels, posters and associated workshops. We invite proposals on all aspects of digital humanities in Australia, New Zealand and internationally, and especially encourage papers showcasing new research and developments in the field and/or responding to the conference theme of ‘Building, Mapping, Connecting’.

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

– Institutionalisation, interdisciplinarity and collaboration
– Measuring and valuing digital research
– Publication and dissemination
– Research applications and interfaces for digital collections
– Designing and curating online resources
– Digital textuality and literacy
– Curriculum and pedagogy
– Culture, creativity, arts, music, performance
– Electronic critical editions
– Digitisation, text encoding and analysis
– Communities and crowdsourcing
– Infrastructure, virtual research environments, workflows
– Information mining, modelling, GIS and visualisation
– Critical reflections on digital humanities futures


Julia Flanders (Brown University, USA)
Alan Liu (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
Peter Robinson (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
Harold Short (King’s College London, UK and University of Western Sydney, Australia)
John Unsworth (University of Illinois, USA)


Abstracts of no more than 300 words, together with a biography of no more than 100 words, should be submitted to the Program Committee by 11 November, 2011. 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), a long paper (20 mins) or a panel. Presenters will be notified of acceptance of their proposal on 30 November, 2011.


The Australian Academy of the Humanities has provided funding for travel bursaries. These will be available on a competitive basis for postgraduate students and early career researchers from Australia and New Zealand to present at the conference and participate in associated workshops. Staff from cultural institutions are also encouraged to apply. When submitting your proposal please indicate if you wish to be considered for a bursary.


1. Poster presentations

Poster presentations may include work-in-progress on any of the topics described above as well as demonstrations of computer technology, software and digital projects. A separate poster session will open the conference, during which time presenters will need to be available to explain their work, share their ideas with other delegates, and answer questions. Posters will also be on display at various times during the conference, and presenters are encouraged to provide material and handouts with more detailed information and URLs.

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 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes for questions) and are intended for presenting substantial unpublished research and reporting on significant new digital resources or methodologies.

4. Panels

Panels (90 minutes) are comprised of either:

(a) Three long papers on a joint theme. All abstracts should be submitted together with a statement, of no more than 300 words, outlining the session topic and its relevance to current directions in the digital humanities; or

(b) A panel of four to six speakers. The panel organiser should submit a 300-word outline of the topic session and its relevance to current directions in the digital humanities as well as an indication from all speakers of their willingness to participate.


Dr Paul Arthur, Australian National University
Dr Katherine Bode, Australian National University


Dr Paul Arthur, Australian National University
Dr Craig Bellamy, VeRSI, University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr Katherine Bode, Australian National University
Prof Hugh Craig, University of Newcastle, Australia
Prof Jane Hunter, University of Queensland, Australia
Dr Sydney Shep, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand



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