The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities Inc (aaDH) was formed in March 2011 to strengthen the digital humanities research community in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific. This was the outcome of a workshop sponsored by the Australian Academy of the Humanities and held at the Australian National University, which brought together 40 leading researchers, project directors and sector representatives to plan for the establishment of an Australasian professional association.

aaDH is a Constituent Organisation of the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO) and is aligned with an international network of digital humanities member organisations in Asia, Europe, USA and Canada. We share a common goal of bringing together like-minded researchers and practitioners to apply advanced computing and digital media methods in humanities and social sciences research. Data-driven research is fundamentally changing the way knowledge is produced, with increasing accessibility and evolving means of locating, presenting, sharing and analysing information having a major impact on the processes and products of research across all disciplines. We understand digital humanities as being the application and theorisation of computing to develop greater understanding of complex cultural and social phenomena. This includes employing and designing tools for data analysis, formats and approaches to support new methods of inquiry, and ensuring the preservation of digital records and cultural heritage. The association promotes theoretical as well as applied research.

aaDH is a meeting place, a forum for discussing the latest work in the field, and a network to learn about and be part of future events and activities. The professional association acts to support and extend links between digital humanities researchers, improve professional development opportunities and provide international leverage for local projects and programs. aaDH organises the biennial Digital Humanities Australasia conference and provides a range of other opportunities for fostering understanding of digital technologies in the humanities.

We invite you to join our community by becoming a member of the association. In doing so, you will become part of a large community of digital humanities scholars and practitioners across Australasia, the Pacific and internationally. As well as having the option to receive Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, members of aaDH support a range of initiatives including hosting of conferences and events, financial support for student and early career bursaries, publications in the digital humanities, training and network building.

Founding Sponsor

Australian Academy of the Humanities

The Australian Academy of the Humanities advances knowledge of, and the pursuit of excellence in, the humanities in Australia for the benefit of the nation. Established by Royal Charter in 1969, the Academy is constituted by a body of more than 500 elected Fellows who are leaders and experts in the broad disciplinary groups which share a common and central concern with human behaviour and culture including: Archaeology; Asian Studies; Classical Studies; Cultural and Communication Studies; English; European Languages and Cultures; History; Linguistics; Philosophy and the History of Ideas; Religion; and The Arts. The Academy embraces new and emerging fields in the humanities. It also promotes the crucial role of the humanities in interdisciplinary collaboration, for the key challenges and opportunities facing Australia in the twenty-first century are not merely technical or economic in nature, but are deeply embedded in our society and culture.

Affiliate Organisations

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS)

Established in 2004, the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) promotes and provides advocacy services for the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) in Australia. CHASS serves as a coordinating forum for teachers, researchers, professionals and practitioners in the HASS sector. Supporting more than 85 member organisations in their relationships with policy makers and the broader community, CHASS is an important network for knowledge and skills. CHASS provides a strong voice to the sector and helps members to contribute to public debate through programs for knowledge exchange and media awareness. CHASS organises the National Forum every year, providing an opportunity for academics, artists, practitioners and policy makers to meet, share ideas and promote HASS understanding and knowledge. Awarded at the CHASS National Forum Dinner, the CHASS Australia Prizes are designed to honour distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying or training in the HASS areas and are intended to draw international attention to Australia’s achievements in HASS.

The Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC)

The Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC) is a network for groups engaged in Humanities-based research. It aims to connect Humanities researchers and centres, both within the Australasian region and internationally, and to promote relationships with cultural institutions and sector representative bodies in the wider community. It provides a virtual and physical hub for information about research opportunities and events, and seeks to strengthen the public profile of research in the Humanities.

Anthem Press

Anthem Press is a distinguished independent publishing house with a strong international focus, pioneering a distinctive approach to the publishing of innovative academic research, educational material and reference works in established and emerging fields. Our titles are published simultaneously in print and ebook editions across the humanities and social sciences and are subject to peer review by recognized authorities in the field.