Keynote Speakers #DHA2016


The conference convenor and aaDH executive are pleased introduce the four keynote speakers at the Digital Humanities Australasia 2016 conferenceRegistrations are open.

Dr Miriam Posner, University of California, Los Angeles. Center for Digital Humanities @miriamkp

Dr Miriam Posner

Miriam Posner is the Digital Humanities program coordinator and a member of the core DH faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles.

As a digital humanist, she is particularly interested in the visualization of large bodies of data from cultural heritage institutions, and the application of digital methods to the analysis of images and video.  A film, media, and visual culture scholar by training, she frequently writes on the history of science and technology. She is also a member of the executive council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities.




Prof Tim Hitchcock, University of Sussex.  Digital Panopticon @TimHitchcock


In 2011 Tim Hitchcock, jointly with Robert Shoemaker, was given the History Today, Trustees Award for his contribution to historical research.   Hitchcock is a member and past chair of the AHRC’s Digital Transformations Working Group and sits on the British Library Advisory Council.  He is currently Co-I on a five year, AHRC funded project: The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925.

Hitchock has created, with Professor Robert Shoemaker and others, a series of websites helping to give direct public access to 30 billion words of primary sources evidencing the history of Britain. Designed to underpin the writing of a new ‘history from below’, these sites include:  the Old Bailey Online, 1674 to 1913 (; London Lives, 1690-1800 (; Locating London’s Past (; and Connected Histories (


Dr Sydney J Shep, Victoria University of Wellington. Wai-Te-Ata Press @nzsydney

Sydney Shep

Dr Sydney J Shep is the director of the Wai-te-ata Press : : Te Whare Tā o Wai-te-ata, and Reader in Book History.

Shep specialises in a variety of book history and print culture research projects, including the history of paper and papermaking in nineteenth-century New Zealand, edible typography and street graffiti, Wellington’s book trade history, diasporic print cultures and transnational book history. In 2014, she was awarded a Marsden Fund grant (her third) to study William Colenso and the Victorian Republic of Letters, with a focus on personal geographies and global networks. Shep is also a practising letterpress printer, exhibiting book artist, and designer bookbinder who undertakes creative research commissions at Wai-te-ata Press.



Prof Paul Arthur, Western Sydney University. Digital Humanities Research Group @pwlarthur

Paul Arthur

Paul Arthur is Professor and Chair in Digital Humanities at Western Sydney University, where he leads the Digital Humanities Research Group. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he speaks and publishes widely on the global impacts of technology in society and culture.

He is editor of the book series Scholarship in the Digital Age (Anthem Press, London and New York) and an advisory board member for the journal Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (Oxford University Press). His recent publications include Advancing Digital Humanities: Research, Methods, Theories (ed. 2014, with Katherine Bode).