Federation and DHSI partner on DH skills training

October 13, 2015
Alyssa Arbuckle, Assistant Director, Research Partnerships & Development, Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute is an annual training opportunity hosted at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. DHSI is the largest regular digital humanities skills training institute in the world, and has an alumni group of 3,000. It is directed by Dr. Ray Siemens and coordinated by the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab on the University of Victoria campus. In 2015, DHSI welcomed over 750 participants across 40 courses led by an instructional team of 70.

We are pleased to announce that the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences will continue to partner with DHSI in order to offer opportunities for Federation members to participate in DH courses.

This year, DHSI will span two weeks of courses, in part to support those enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities at the University of Victoria. Courses will run in two week-long sessions, from June 6-10 and from June 13-17, 2016. Participants may choose to attend one or both of the week-long course sessions. 43 courses ranging from old favourites to exciting first-time ventures will be on offer. Each week of DHSI will include a training workshop, as well as a selection of colloquia, unconferences, and institute lectures and panels (by Laura Estill, TAMU; Jon Saklofske, Acadia University; James Cummings, Oxford University, and others).

In 2016, DHSI will align with the Electronic Literature Organization conference and the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Modelling & Prototyping conference.

Registration for DHSI is now open. Tuition scholarships are available for students, and attendees of the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences can register at a discounted cost of $300 for students and $650 for non-students (for registration before April 1, 2016). 

As a member of the Federation, should you wish to attend:

About the Digital Humanities Summer Institute

In 2001, DHSI originated as a collection of 20-30 early career scholars who wished to build a supportive community of practice around computational applications in the arts and humanities. DHSI now provides a recognized intermediary space for scholars, researchers and students to connect with colleagues from other disciplines and professions (in the public and private sector) as well as with engaged members of the public. Through workshops, colloquiums and networking events, participants meet to share their research, interests and expertise across traditionally divergent lines of knowledge creation. A time of intensive coursework, seminars and lectures, participants at DHSI share ideas and methods, and develop expertise in using advanced technologies. Every summer, the institute brings together faculty, staff and students from the Arts, Humanities, Library and Archives communities as well as independent scholars and participants from areas beyond.

Described by one participant as an event that “combines the best aspects of a skills workshop, international conference and summer camp,” the DHSI prides itself on its friendly, informal and collegial atmosphere. The 2016 curriculum will continue to provide unparalleled training in the innovative confluence of computational technology's application to traditional and new pursuits in academic, applied academic and non-academic communities. DHSI invites Federation members to join the DHSI community in Victoria for a time of focused practice, learning, and connecting with friends and colleagues.