September 29, 2009
Issue No. 81

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Stanford Selected as Site for Digital Humanities 2011 Conference

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by Glen Worthey

We are proud to announce that Stanford has been selected to host the international conference Digital Humanities 2011. This long-running annual conference is the principal meeting of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), and of its constituents, the United States' Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), Great Britain's Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC), and the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Société pour l'étude des médias interactifs (SDH/SEMI).

The conference will be held on campus in June 2011.

First Digital Humanities Conference in 1989

The Digital Humanities conferences generally alternate between Europe and the United States or Canada, and hosting the conference here is indeed a rare opportunity: aside from meetings in Victoria, BC (in 2005), and in Santa Barbara (in 1995), there has never been a West Coast venue. Annual joint conferences among these professional organizations began in 1989, following more than a decade of individual association meetings. Beginning in the days when the word "computer" was only whispered in the halls of humanities departments, this conference was indeed a pioneering one in the field of digital humanities. Now that both humanists and general public can't imagine a world without electronic texts of many different kinds, the conference continues to be one of the most thoughtful, well-attended, cutting-edge, and genial of professional conferences.

DH Communities and Associated Fields

Although each of the constituent ADHO organizations has its geographic home, their communities have always been far-reaching: scholars from France, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Germany, Japan, Russia, and other countries regularly attend (and host) the Digital Humanities meetings. Given our geographic and institutional ties, Stanford hopes for the first time to make a substantial outreach effort to Spanish-speaking scholars and practitioners of humanities computing and related fields.

And those fields are remarkably diverse, as one can see by perusing the programs of conferences past, or by reading the primary print journal of the associations, Literary and Linguistic Computing (LLC), published by Oxford University Press, the innovative online journal Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ), or any of a number of related periodicals, monographs, and collections listed on the ADHO Web site. They include computer-assisted textual analysis of various sorts; authorship attribution studies; statistical approaches to textual study; digital librarianship; scholarly editing and publication; computational approaches to the visual, musical and other arts; geographically informed (e.g., GIS-enabled) approaches to history and literature; computational and corpus linguistics; and even "straight" computer science. Newer and still-emerging fields such as software studies and game studies have also found a comfortable home in the DH community.

Stanford - DH Pioneer, Now Conference Host

Like the DH conferences themselves, Stanford was a pioneer in digital humanities scholarship, librarianship and pedagogy, and it remains, of course, a leader in these fields. Although we have many scholars and organizations on campus involved in various kinds of digital humanities work, three of these will be the organizational hosts of DH 2011: the principal host, the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources, is joined by the Stanford Humanities Center and Stanford Humanities Lab as co-hosts.

Our hosting of DH 2011 will provide an unprecedented opportunity not only for affiliates of these organizations, but also for all those working in digital humanities fields -- student, scholar, librarian, hacker, or merely curious -- to make a contribution and benefit from the thinking of colleagues from around the world.

For More Information

Glen Worthey (, of the Libraries' Humanities Digital Information Service (HDIS), and Matt Jockers (, of the Libraries' Academic Technology Specialist Program are local organizers of the conference. Please contact us with any questions or ideas for making DH 2011 at Stanford a success. And although it's still early, do plan on coming: this is a conference you won't want to miss.