4th Annual Digital Humanities Conference

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The Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) at the University of Toronto cordially invites you to our fourth annual DH Conference.

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The Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) at the University of Toronto cordially invites U of T submissions to our fourth annual DH Conference, to take place virtually on 21-22 October 2021.

This year’s conference foregrounds critical digital humanities research and praxis. Critical DH is an intersectional field that emphasizes questions of power, social justice, and critical theory in making, analyzing, and using digital technologies. This is a version of digital humanities that places anti-racist, de/anti/postcolonial, feminist, and queer/trans/non-binary work at its core, and which understands our current historic shift in digital technology as an opportunity for social and political transformation. Critical Digital Humanities foregrounds creative praxis, co-creation, public engagement, and community-based research.

The 4th Annual DH Conference builds on the work of the Digital Humanities Network (DHN), which hosted the first DHN conference in 2016. In this year’s conference, we ask DH researchers and practitioners to interrogate power and culture with/through the frameworks of humanistic inquiry and digital technology. At the same time, the conference aims to foster collaborations and critical scholarship across the tri-campus community by providing a platform for people to share ideas, discuss trends and network with colleagues from UofT. While our focus this year emphasizes critical DH, all DH researchers, practitioners, and the DH-curious are encouraged to submit and attend!

The conference will take place on Zoom and GatherTown. Links and passwords to both of these platforms will be emailed after registration.

*Please note: The DHN will be taking screenshots during the sessions (but not the social hour). While we would love to see your faces, you are certainly welcome to turn off your cameras to preserve your online privacy!


Thursday, October 21

1:00-2:25 Plenary Session #1 and Plenary Session #2 (concurrent)

2:30-3:55 Plenary Session #3 and Plenary Session #4 (concurrent)

4:00-5:00 Social Hour

Friday, October 22

1:00-2:25 Plenary Session #5, Lightning Session #1, Lightning Session #2 (concurrent)

2:30-3:55 Lightning Session #3 and Lightning Session #4 (concurrent)

4:00-5:00 Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Session

5:00-6:00 Social Hour

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Welcome to the Jackman Humanities Institute’s Digital Humanities Network (DHN), based at the University of Toronto.


The mandate of the DHN is to design and support initiatives that raise awareness and build upon U of T’s existing strengths in the digital humanities. The network defines the digital humanities broadly, including communities and methods, tools, and platform-based approaches often associated with the digital humanities. The DHN supports initiatives that encompass interpretative or theoretical work on digitality and a wide variety of computational approaches to humanities research.


To achieve this mandate, we facilitate events that bring together faculty, students, librarians, and staff from across the University’s tri-campus, such as lightning lunches, workshops, and an annual conference. Our monthly lightning lunches focus on a specific topic or contemporary issue with experts from different disciplines to explore threads of commonality and nuance. It is always our hope that these lightning lunches will lead to the formation of new networks, research projects, and shared knowledge. Our workshops address the technical and theoretical issues found across our members’ research needs. These workshops range from technical programming to practical research applications. Finally, our annual conference brings together these disparate groups to network and examine our shared interest in digitality.


In addition to organizing events, we distribute a weekly newsletter, which digests relevant events, calls-for-proposals, and jobs around the Toronto area, and provide one-on-one consultation with our members to advise them and direct them to relevant resources at the University.


Please email to get in touch and to subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

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