Event 4: Who has Access to the Digital Humanities? Diversity and Inclusivity in DH in Ireland and the UK

The Network’s fourth event will be held on 22nd October 2021, from 09:30-15:30.

Registration for the event is now closed.

One of the dreams of information and communication technologies is that of equitable and open access to information, to services, and to opportunities.  We know, of course, that this is only true on the surface, and that technological systems tend to recreate the inequities of the cultures and societies that build them.  As such, the dream of the digital humanities as a ‘big tent’ (that is, capacious, broad and inclusive) is also one that we need to constantly query and challenge if the field is to have a claim to being inclusive and diverse.

This is a particularly pressing issue as we explore the potential for a regional DH network to support the use and promotion of DH methods in the UK and Ireland.  We have therefore asked our growing community to co-create an event on the state of inclusivity in DH in our countries, and how we might actively strive to improve from this baseline. This virtual event will take place on 22nd October, 2021, from 09:30-15:30.


09:30 Welcome to the event: Jennifer Edmond 

09:45 – 11:00 Session 1: Digital Humanities and Access to Cultural Heritage

Moderator: Natalie Harrower

Tinashe MushakavanhuAfrican Digital Humanities and Archiving Gaps
Adam Stoneman and Paul MulhollandMaking cultural participation and citizen curation accessible
Valeria Carrillo GarzaThe COVID19 crisis and small museums in the UK
Kyle RamsyUsing open access software to make acoustic reconstruction more accessible
Kenna HernlyThe Museum Challenge

11:00 – 11:30 COFFEE break

11:30 – 12:45  Session 2: Access to Places and Spaces; Networks and Communities

Moderator: Rianna Walcott

Samya Brata RoyMaking Networking Accessible for Early Career Researchers
Nabeel SiddiquiTravelling through DH: what Big Tent?
Anna Maria Sichani and Tiago Garcia Sousa‘So close, yet so far away’:  Europeans DH professionals in post-Brexit Britain
Nicholas BowskillPost-Autonomy and ‘Groups in the Mind’

This taster session will highlight the post-pandemic shift to interdependency and the ‘classroom’ as a psychological entity.
Vicky GarnettAccessibility Lessons from Lockdown

12:45 – 2:00  LUNCH Break

1:15 – 2:00 Lunchtime Breakout sessions

Adam StonemanSPICE curation platform demonstration

This session will introduce the SPICE Platform for citizen curation as an example of how a technology can be used to support a wide and diverse public to actively participate in cultural heritage and share their own stories and perspectives.  This session will include a practical workshop element in which participants use the software to create and share interpretation activities using artworks from the IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) Collection. This will provoke a group discussion on how DH methods can be used to extend the practice of curation of cultural heritage in an inclusive and diverse way.
Anna-Maria Sichani and Tiago Garcia Sousa‘So close, yet so far away’:  Europeans DH professionals in post-Brexit Britain.  Panel Discussion

Arianna Ciula (King’s Digital Lab), “My experience in the move: some facts, politics and emotions”
Agiati Benardou (DCU/ATHENA R.C, Athens), “Goodbye Ruby Tuesday: EU research in DH after Brexit”
David J. Amelang  (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), “¿Digital What?: Forging a Career Path in DH and Academia in Post-Brexit Europe”
Martina Delucchi (University of Bristol), “What now? Prospects for Early Career Researchers”
Gabriele Salciute Civiliene (King’s College London), “Institutional DH and The Politics of Hypercollective Epistemic Goods”
Nicholas BowskillSharedThinking and ‘Making Groups Visible’

This broader session will expand the taster session to consider the pedagogical challenge and opportunities created by the shared, collectivist and Constructionist task of ‘making groups visible’. In preparation, participants are invited to add a pin to the shared online map (no account needed) and answer the question about initial concerns to do with online learning and teaching at the start of the pandemic. The relevance of the activity will be addressed in the session.

2:00 – 3:15 Session 3: Structuring for Inclusivity

Moderator: Alex Gil Fuentes

Kristen SchusterGender, Labour and Personal Information Spaces.
Chris HoughtonBringing DH to the Masses
Sharon WebbThe Sussex Humanities Lab 

3:15 – 3:30 Closing Remarks: Charlotte Tupman