The Network is holding a series of 5 workshops during the course of its funded period, each focusing on a different theme:
King’s Digital Lab, King’s College London, 15 Dec 2020
The objectives of the workshop were as follows:
- Contribute to developing pathways to sustained, effective and widespread capacity-building for DH researchers in the UK and Ireland across disciplines, institutions and career stages.
- Contribute to define specific pathways for training highly interdisciplinary humanists who are able to work across multiple sectors, including and beyond academia.
- Contribute to the broad inclusion of communities beyond individuals based in research-performing organisations, including cultural heritage institutions, the arts and creative industries, and interested citizen scientists.
- Provide opportunities for individual researchers to develop their skills and networks, and to contribute to international debates about the future of the field.
- Consider and interrogate critically the concepts of sustainability, inclusivity, training, advocacy and career progression.
The workshop discussions and findings will contribute to a discussion paper outlining capacity gaps in UK / Ireland digital humanities, with reference to the European and global contexts, and training strategies that could be used by a future UK Ireland DH Association to resolve them.
Event 2: Digital Humanities and Advocacy
University of Glasgow, 16th March 2021
The second workshop will focus on Digital Humanities and advocacy: communicating the value and impact of DH in teaching, research, and infrastructure development.
Questions for discussion will include:
Digital Humanities and advocacy: communicating the value and impact of DH in teaching, research, and infrastructure development.
How should a DH Association for the UK and Ireland carry out advocacy? How can we ensure that any Association that emerges has both the authority and representation to speak on behalf of DH communities of practice? What are the entities that need expert input from the DH community, and how can the Association ensure that it informs and shapes policy and other decision making processes?
The aim of this workshop is to discuss the policy areas in which DH interests need to be heard, and discuss some shared, strategic challenges where a united voice of those working in DH is needed. The workshop will explore the key issues that affect DH development in the UK and Ireland that have policy implications, areas where expert opinions and guidance may be needed, and the audiences for these views.
Oxford Digital Humanities Summer School, 15 July 2021
Please register for the event here.
A key focus for the network is the question of career development in Digital Humanities, and the options that are available to postgraduate students, early career researchers, and aspiring research software engineers (RSEs) in particular. An opening panel session will present the experiences of digital humanists who have gone on to a wide variety of careers, from academia to the creative industries, cultural heritage and the technology sector. This will be followed by an open discussion exploring the kinds of support and guidance that would make a difference to the career paths of Digital Humanities ECRs and RSEs, including industry placements, training, mentoring and advocacy. This conversation will feed in to a discussion paper on next-generation careers in and from Digital Humanities.
Event 4: Inclusive DH
Trinity College Dublin, Autumn 2021
How can we support each other between countries, institutions and epistemic cultures? This workshop will lead to a discussion paper on organising a DH network that is focused enough to be manageable, but porous enough to represent diversity.
Event 5: Constitutional Congress
University of Exeter, Winter 2021
This constitutional congress will include a roadmap for a sustainable, inclusive and valued DH Association for the UK and Ireland. Its output will be a report outlining a proposed structure, governance, funding model and functions of a UK-Ireland DH Association.