Kia ora koutou,

Owing to the global uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the aaDH wishes to advise that DHA2020 will not now be held in November of this year. Our intention is to postpone the conference until it is again safe to mix and travel. We will send out an announcement with details of a revised conference date when the situation is more certain.

We want to wish all of you safety and good health.

Ngā mihi

The DHA2020 Organising Committee


Ka Renarena Te Taukaea | Creating Communities

Australasian Association for Digital Humanities Conference

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Aotearoa New Zealand
25-28 November, 2020


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Call For Proposals

The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) is pleased to invite proposals for contributions to the DHA 2020 conference, to be held 25-28 November 2020 in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • This call for proposals closes on 31 May 2020
  • Notification of acceptance will occur around mid-July 2020
  • Please email proposals to:

The conference theme for 2020 will be “Ka Renarena Te Taukaea / Creating Communities.” This theme, which invites close examination of what connects DH scholars and practitioners to each other and to communities, welcomes a strong local focus on expanding the ways to develop and interconnect research activities within and beyond the Digital Humanities in Australasia and the Pacific. However, given the extreme events our region has experienced in the last year—from terrorist hate crimes to ongoing environmental catastrophe—it also seems timely to think carefully and courageously about the role DH might play in creating communities capable of leading and contributing meaningfully to global conversations about a safe, equitable and sustainable future. We hope DHA2020 will focus on how digital technologies can not only create connections but support diversity, creativity, community building, wellbeing and resilience in a world of rapidly evolving challenges. We believe it is a strength of our evolving discipline that DH is constantly revising and renewing its connections with others, often acting as an institutional, methodological or discursive link between fields of research, professional practices and programmes within cultural heritage, and we expect many contributions will reflect this. At the same time, our location in the South Pacific creates a unique opportunity and responsibility to engage DH in rethinking the place of the humanities locally, regionally, and in relation to the major social and environmental challenges we face globally.

Recent years have seen the growth of initiatives that expand DH’s boundaries in areas such as computational humanities, Indigenous and postcolonial studies, spatial humanities, critical making and infrastructure studies. In short, the breadth of these research and pedagogical interests makes it timely to consider the ways ‘community’ shapes and is shaped by DH. We invite contributors to address the conference theme through the following sub-topics:

  • DH and First Nations and Indigenous communities
  • Diversity in DH – ensuring inclusion, promoting varied perspectives, giving marginalised communities a voice
  • Regional and global communities – DH scholarship across places and cultures, especially the divides of postcolonial legacies, geopolitical or environmental boundaries
  • Social and methodological scales of research in DH: How does DH examine social scales – the personal, the family, the institution, the city – and how do these relate to methodological questions such as close vs. distant reading?
  • DH as public humanities – how do we communicate humanities research and seek the attention and participation of wider communities with research activities?
  • DH within topical issue communities, such as environmental humanities, critical race studies, or countering online extremism
  • Communities as objects of study, e.g. online communities, interpretive communities
  • DH within event communities, such as DH in post-disaster research
  • Collaborations across strongly ‘disciplined’ boundaries or research communities, such as between DH and physical or mathematical sciences
  • Research groups and labs as communities
  • DH communities within (or across) institutions and between DHers in academic, library, software development and other professional roles.
  • Creative and artistic communities: digital art, literature, and creative media as DH practice, and a way to interrogate shared critical and cultural concerns
  • Pedagogical communities – teachers + students. The real learning happens through contact with students.
  • Any other topic relevant to Digital Humanities in the Australasian / Indo-Pacific / Asian region.

We welcome the following types of contributions:

1. Posters

Posters are intended for presenting work-in-progress as well as demonstrations of digitalprojects or software. A poster session will take place during the conference, when presenters will be available to explain and discuss their work.

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 25 minutes (plus 5 minutes for questions) and are intended for presenting substantial unpublished research, significantly developed or completed digital projects, or theoretical / methodological advances.

4. Multi-paper Panels

Panels should bring together three to five papers in order to address a single topic related to the conference theme. The aaDH 2020 Programme Committee adopts the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations’ (ADHO) commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive global research community, and panel organisers should consider this carefully when selecting panel members. Panel proposals should include a panel abstract of no more than 500 words, in addition to individual paper abstracts of no more than 500 words each. Panel organisers are encouraged to contact the chairs of the aaDH Programme Committee to discuss their proposals in advance.

5. Workshops

Workshop proposals may be for half-day or whole-day sessions on any topic relevant to Digital Humanities. These may include discussion and/or computing activities on specific software, tools or programming techniques; DH research methodologies, frameworks or theories; or introductions to specific research problems or domains. These proposals should be no longer than 1500 words, and should include a title, full contact details for all workshop presenters, an outline of the workshop structure, a list of facilities or resources required, and any constraints (such as maximum number of participants, software needed etc.).

Please note the following requirements for all proposals:

  • Abstracts for posters, short papers, and long papers may be no more than 1000 words (panel and workshop proposals may be longer, as specified above).
  • The aaDH Programme Committee may offer to accept a proposal in a different category to the one you have chosen.
  • All abstracts should cite relevant literature and supporting information (citations and references are not included in the word count)
  • You should indicate the intended category for your proposal in the subject line: “POSTER”, “SHORT”, “LONG”, “PANEL”, “WORKSHOP”


  • This call for proposals closes on 31 May 2020
  • Notification of acceptance will occur around mid-July 2020
  • Please email proposals to:

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