Digital Humanities Australasia 2018: Making Connections

deadline for submissions: 
April 9, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
University of South Australia

The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) is pleased to announce its fourth conference, to be held at the University of South Australia in Adelaide on 2-5 October 2018.

The aim of DHA 2018 is to advance and critically assess the uses of digital technologies in humanities research and the communication of its outcomes.  The conference offers a supportive, interdisciplinary environment to explore the challenges and opportunities of working with digital tools and techniques.

The conference will explore how the Digital Humanities enhance our ability to make connections between disciplines, sectors, countries, ways of thinking, people and possibilities. Sessions will focus on praxis and innovation across the international scene, with emphasis on local and regional communities of practice in Australasia and the Pacific. Together, delegates will explore how academics can use data and digital tools to tackle real world challenges in partnership with collecting organisations, industry, government and communities.

Keynotes, papers and workshops will investigate the living relationship between teaching, research, curation, creation, production, exhibition and distribution, exploring the link between digital humanities, creative industries and digital disruption more broadly. Conference dialogue will explore new problems in the worlds of education, employment, research and development, identifying new ideas, tools and methods.  Workshops will unpack new approaches to problem solving and new ways of linking infrastructure, collections, users and spaces.

We will also consider Humanities education (in formal and informal settings) that employs digital, collaborative, project-based learning, including learning that may operate at the intersection of the academy, the community and GLAM sectors. Specific pedagogic tools considered may include: virtual and augmented reality; immersive and interactive experiences and games; open platforms, social media, networks; and data analytics.

The conference is supported by the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia, eRSA, AusStage and Flinders University of South Australia.


Important Information & dates

Calls for proposals: Open from Monday 26 February to Monday 9 April 2018 
Notification of Acceptance: Friday 18 May 2018 
Early bird registration Closes: 31 July 2018 

Conference Themes

All sessions will explore the central theme of “Making Connections”. This could include connections in any combination between data, tools, people and their stories, systems, platforms, organisations, sectors, environments, places, and approaches to working, teaching and research.  Submissions may feature projects or case studies ranging from research and teaching to creative practice, community outreach and problem solving.

Collaborative and multi-partner submissions are particularly welcomed in all categories.


The following proposal types are invited.

  1. Lightning talks: Lightning talks will be allocated 10 minutes (plus 5 minutes for discussion) and are suitable for describing work-in-progress and reporting on work in the early stage of development.
  2. Papers: Papers will be allocated 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes for discussion) and are intended for presenting substantial unpublished research, new digital resources or addressing broader questions of interest to digital humanists.
  3. Birds of a Feather sessions: These collaborative, informal and participatory sessions will be allocated 60 minutes to be used as participants decide, ensuring that time is allocated for questions and discussion.
  4. Workshops: Hands-on sessions exploring the latest digital humanities tools, techniques and resources. All workshops will be run twice to maximise participation. Workshops will range from software carpentry and visualisation techniques to app development and hackathons. Workshops will be allocated 90 minutes.
  5. Posters: A poster competition will be run during the conference, with an award for the entry which demonstrates most convincingly how the Digital Humanities can enhance collaborative problem solving by “Making Connections”.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words, together with a biography of no more than 100 words, should be submitted to the Program Committee by Monday 9 April 2018. All proposals will be fully refereed.

Proposals should be submitted via the conference website. 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 by mid-May 2018.

It is a condition of acceptance that presenters register to attend the conference and pay the applicable delegate fee. Fees will be no more than $450 for full registration. Significant discounts will apply for aaDH members and research students. We are working with prospective sponsors to reduce the cost for all delegates.

Bursaries & Awards

The best student/ECR paper presented at the conference will receive the John Burrows Award, named after an Australian pioneer in computational methods in the humanities. All student papers are eligible for consideration for the award, whether they receive travel bursaries or not. For more information, see

A limited number of travel bursaries (AUD $500) are available on a competitive basis for students and early career researchers whose conference paper has been accepted (lead author only). Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of merit and need, with consideration given to issues of gender equality and economic, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity. Applicants are requested to supply a 500-word statement of their interests in digital humanities, broadly defined (apply through the online form when submitting your paper).