Digital Humanities Conference: Call for Proposals

Join us October 29-31, 2020 at UBC-Vancouver for a conference about Digital Humanities co-sponsored by the new Public Humanities Hub at UBC-Vancouver, the Faculty of Arts, and University of Exeter’s Digital Humanities Lab.

The conference theme is “Collaboration.” Collaborations of one kind or another are at the heart of most DH projects: collaborations between researchers, between disciplines, between institutions, or between creators and users. The conference is designed to showcase UBC DH research and infrastructure, discuss the various types of collaboration made possible via the digital humanities, and to explore potential collaborations with colleagues at SFU, UVIC, UBCO and University of Exeter and beyond.



Dr. Tara McPherson is Chair and Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and the author of Feminist in a Software Lab.

Dr. Deanna Reder (Cree-Métis) is Associate Professor in the Departments of First Nations Studies and English at Simon Fraser University and the Principal Investigator of The People and The Text: Indigenous Writing to 1992

Submission Information:

The organizers welcome submissions from critical and creative practitioners (faculty, librarians, graduate students, undergraduate students and others) at all stages of their careers; from all disciplines; and from groups as well as individuals. Students as well as faculty are encouraged to submit abstracts and plan to feature several panels showcasing undergraduate and graduate student research. We invite submissions of:

  • Individual papers (12-15 minutes)
  • Pre-organized panels and roundtables (75 minutes)
  • Lightning talks (5-7 minutes)
  • Hands-on or interactive sessions (75 minutes)
  • Poster presentations
  • Author-meets-Critics panels around new works
  • Workshops
  • Performances, creative installations, immersive experiences, walking tours

Topics may span or extend the range of the digital humanities and its allied pursuits; among those, engagements with the conference theme of ‘collaboration’ may include but are not limited to:

  • forming multi-institutional partnerships through DH
  • successful and not-so-successful collaborations
  • crowdsourcing and community participation
  • techniques and tools that enable collaboration
  • developing budgets to facilitate wider participation or share costs of doing DH
  • collaborations with students

The conference will be free and will also include workshops and digital tool training. We hope to include on the program tours of UBC’s DH facilities, including:

Submission Guidelines:

Individuals should submit a 150-word proposal indicating title of presentation, format, and three keywords relevant to their presentation, to

Deadline: April 15, 2020 11:59 PST.

UBC-Vancouver is a public research university located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Founded in 1908, UBC-V is British Columbia’s oldest university and one of the top three research universities in Canada. It is also a collaborator in a new Master’s in Digital Media program offered through the Centre for Digital Media. Our UBC-O campus offers a Bachelor in Media studies and a Masters and PhD in Digital Arts & Humanities.

Take a virtual tour of UBC-Vancouver’s campus before you come

More info about on- and off-campus accommodation will follow soon.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact