About the conference

The fifth biennial DHA conference of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) will be held in 2021. This will be the first aaDH conference hosted in Aotearoa New Zealand, organised by a consortium of three NZ Universities, and located in the South Island’s largest city, Ōtautahi Christchurch.  DHA2021 ‘Creating Communities Ka Renarena Te Taukaea’ focuses 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.

Conference Overview

  • A three day conference at the University of Canterbury Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, based in the central city UC Arts site at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.
  • To allow for COVID-19 uncertainty, it will be a hybrid ‘In-person’ / ‘On-line’ conference held simultaneously in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand, and virtually.
  • 22-25 November, 2021.
  • Attendees including researchers, community leaders, representatives from the GLAM sector, and data scientists.
  • Social events such as reception drinks, conference dinner, guided bicycle tour, guided tour of the city’s recently rebuilt public library, and an open day at the Human Interface Technology (HIT) Lab.
  • A Māori, Indigenous and First Nations DH focus, supported by the UC office of the AVC Māori, the Aotahi School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies and the UC Pacific Development Team. The conference will include a welcome from mana whenua.
  • Support for diversity-themed papers, presentations and events such as rainbow lunches, LGBTQI+ bursaries etc.
  • A community engagement stream emphasising digital creativity, with conference sessions/panels on digital art and literature, alongside a range of performances and exhibitions open to the public. The University of Canterbury’s Ilam School of Fine Arts and School of Music will look to host performances and exhibitions.

The UC Arts site is located at 3 Hereford Street in Christchurch: