DIGITAL HUMANITIES AUSTRALASIA 2016: Working with Complexity



The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) is pleased to announce its third conference, to be held at The University of Tasmania, Hobart, 20-23 June, 2016.

The aim of DHA 2016 is to advance and critically assess the uses of digital technologies in humanities research and the communication of its outcomes. The conference offers a supportive, interdisciplinary environment to explore the challenges and opportunities working with digital tools and techniques present.

The conference is supported by The Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania, and the Business Events Bureau, Tasmania.

  • REGISTRATION: We are hoping to open registration on the conference web by 25 January 2016



The broad theme of this third aaDH Conference is ‘Working with Complexity.’

Regardless of disciplinary interests, problems and debates, one concern that humanists and creative artists share is their engagement with complexity. Using digital technologies presents technical challenges, but arguably more significant are the intellectual and conceptual complexities that realising their creative and analytical potential present. We invite proposals on all aspects of digital humanities, but encourage papers and birds of a feather sessions focusing on working with complexity.

Among the issues we would especially like to explore at DHA 2016 are:

  • Analysis: complexities in linguistic, historical, environmental and cultural scholarship
  • Visualisation: spatial-temporal analysis of complex human and environmental phenomena
  • Engagement science: public engagement with digital culture
  • Evaluation: digital humanities, institutional ambitions and research integrity
  • Disciplines: intellectual traditions and new formations in the age of research complexity
  • Infrastructure: socio-cultural complexities and informatics
  • Rights: ensuring recognition and the integrity of artistry digitised in humanities research

DHA 2016 will held in conjunction in Hobart with Digital Panopticon: Penal History in a Digital Age, 22-24 June 2016. See This conference focuses on digital humanities and the history of prisons, the law, courts and convict transportation systems. Papers and presentations will address ways in which the data generated by criminal justice systems that is increasingly becoming available in digital form can be used to shed light on the past.

SUBMISSIONS FOR DHA 2016: Abstracts of no more than 500 words, together with a biography of no more than 100 words, should be submitted to the Program Committee by 19 February 2016.

All submissions will be fully refereed. Submissions (i.e. abstracts) should be submitted via the online form on the conference registration and program website at:

Please indicate whether you are proposing a short paper (10 mins + 5 mins questions), a long paper (25 mins + 5 mins questions), a panel or forum session (60 mins), lightning talk (5 mins) or poster.

Submissions will be assessed in terms of alignment with the conference themes and the quality of research within these or related themes. Presenters will be notified of acceptance of their submission by 18 March 2016.


We are keen to have proposals for half-day workshops. Please send expressions of interest to Paul Turnbull.


Poster presentations

Poster presentations may include work-in-progress as well as demonstrations of computer technology, software and digital projects. A separate poster session will take place during one day of the conference, during which time presenters will need to be available to explain their work, share their ideas with other delegates, and answer questions. Presenters are encouraged to provide material and handouts with more detailed information and URLs. Poster guidelines will be posted on the conference website to help you prepare your poster.

Lightning Talks

We plan to have several sessions devoted to short 5 minute talks on any matter of relevance to Digital Humanities.

Short papers

Short papers will be allocated 10 minutes (plus 5 minutes for questions) and are suitable for describing work-in-progress and reporting on work in the early stage of development.

Long Papers

Long Papers will be allocated 25 minutes (plus 5 minutes for questions) and are intended for presenting substantial unpublished research, new digital resources or addressing broader questions of interest to digital humanists.

‘Birds of a Feather’ Sessions

‘Birds of a Feather’ sessions will be allocated 60 minutes to be used as participants decide, although ensuring that time is allocated for questions and questions. A session could take the form of a panel or an array of formats, such as lightning talks or an open mike event.


A limited number of travel bursaries (AUD $500) are available on a competitive basis for students and early career researchers whose conference paper has been accepted (lead author only). Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of merit and need, with consideration given to issues of gender equality and economic, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity. Applicants are requested to supply a 500 word statement of their interests in digital humanities broadly defined (apply through the online form when submitting your paper).

The best student/ECR paper presented at the conference will receive the John Burrows Award, named after an Australian pioneer in computational methods in the humanities. All student papers are eligible for consideration for the award, whether they receive travel bursaries or not. For more information, see

On behalf of the Program Committee Paul Turnbull, Professor of Digital Humanities, The University of Tasmania