Call for papers DHRA 2009 – deadline 15 May 2009

New deadline – 15 May 2009


The DRHA (Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts) conference is held annually at various academic venues throughout the UK. The conference this year aims to promote discussion around dynamic networks of knowledge and practice, new digital communities of knowledge and practice, engaging users and digitisation of cultural heritage.

The conference is hosted by Queen’s University, Belfast, the Royal Irish Academy and Swansea University in partnership with the National Library of Wales. It will take place from Sunday 6th September to Wednesday 9th September 2009. It will be held at QUB with its innovative spaces, fantastic architecture and state-of-the-art Sonic Laboratory.

The conference will:
* Establish new digital communities of knowledge exchange
* Promote discussion around the impact of data on scholarship and wider society
* Enquire into how innovations become mainstream through mutation, imitation, and the ‘re-invention of the wheel’
* Advance discussion around digitisation of scholarly editions and cultural heritage
* Evolve new approaches to the digital representation of time, space and locality
* Debate burning issues in digital preservation and sustainability
* Investigate user engagement and social participation
* Explore the impact of narrative and design in the Arts and Humanities on ICT and vice versa
* Promote discussion around education and the digital humanities and arts
* Share the theory and practice of creating and documenting digital arts

Keynote speakers will include:

* Steve Benford, Professor of Collaborative Computing, University of Nottingham

* Andrew Green, Librarian of Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National Library of Wales

* Jane Ohlmeyer, Professor of History, Trinity College Dublin.

We invite original papers, panels, installations, performances, round-tables, workshop sessions and other events that address the conference themes, with attention to ‘contexts, crises, futures’. We particularly encourage proposals for innovative and non-traditional session formats such as ‘town hall’ discussions and hands-on workshops that will help to foster ‘dynamic networks of knowledge and practice’.

DHRA 2009 will also include a round-table event with facilities for enabling international participants to present papers via Second Life, and a further session dedicated to the discussion of Multi-user Virtual Environments such as Second Life.

Short presentations, for example of work-in-progress, are also invited for an informal, rapid (Quickfire) slideshow and discussion event (please see DRHA website for further details).

Anyone wishing to submit a performance or installation should visit and for further information about the spaces and technical equipment and support available. Spaces include the Sonic Arts Laboratory, the Harty Room and the McMordie Hall.

All proposals, whether papers, performance or other, should reflect the critical engagement at the heart of DRHA.

Abstracts should be between 600 – 1000 words.

A selection of submissions will be published in The Edinburgh University Press International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing.

On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September, QUB with the Digital Humanities Observatory and King’s College London, will offer a series of short, pre-conference, hands-on courses in TEI, GIS and Visualisation. Further details and prices will appear on the DHRA 2009 website.

Please see for more information and a link for online submission.