2016 Digital Humanities Summer Institute

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute provides an ideal environment for discussing and learning about new computing technologies and how they are influencing teaching, research, dissemination, creation, and preservation in different disciplines, via a community-based approach.

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. We invite you to join the DHSI community in Victoria for a time of focused practice, learning, and connecting with (and making new) friends and colleagues.

Fabulous 2016 Offerings (Registration & Scholarships)

Offerings for 2016 are the result of consultation with our community about the topics and material we’d all like to see covered at DHSI now and in the future, as well as a call for proposals for courses among members of our community.  This year, we’re able to have a number of additional courses on offer and, overall, smaller class sizes to facilitate better our learning together! As well, following DHSIers’ suggestions, there is also the opportunity to take more than one course, across two weeks.

At the moment, preparations for 2016 are already humming along in Victoria, and our ‘quiet’ launch of our registration earlier has resulted in courses beginning to fill … even a bit ahead of anticipated schedule. As in the past: if there’s a course you or a member of your team absolutely must have, we’d recommend registration earlier rather than later for it!

If you’ve not yet seen the list of our 40+ 2016 course offerings plus our growing group of pre-DHSI workshops (at http://dhsi.org/courses.php) and our schedule (at http://dhsi.org/schedule.php), we’d really encourage you to do so.  We’re pretty excited about it!  And, in addition to a great mix of classic courses and new ones recommended by our community, we’ve got some great talks planned by James Cummings (Oxford), Laura Estill (Texas A&M), Jon Saklofske (Acadia U), and others — as well as our DHSI Colloquium, lunchtime unconference sessions, and much more … including alliance this year with the engaging academic and workshop program of the international conference of the Electronic Literature Organization (http://eliterature.org) as well as the Modeling and Prototyping conference of the Implementing New Knowledge Environments  team (http://inke.ca).

Further, as we do every year, we’ll have the pleasure of awarding a number of tuition scholarships.  Application is via http://dhsi.org/scholarships.php, and these scholarships cover tuition costs with the exception of a small, non-refundable administration fee (students $150, non-students $300).  The absolute deadline to apply for scholarships is 14 February 2016, though the scholarship committee considers applications on a regular, rolling basis and evaluates applications based on need, merit, and course availability at the time of evaluation; scholarship spots tend to fill exceptionally quickly.  We’re also hoping to work, as we’ve done in the past, with ACH and GO::DH for sponsored travel bursaries (!); details on our website

.- To register for a 2016 DHSI course: http://dhsi.org/courses.php

– To apply for a tuition fellowship: http://dhsi.org/scholarships.php

Wonderful Partners and Sponsors


We’re very, very happy to welcome and work with our new and returning partners and sponsors last year and this — among them the University of Victoria and its Library, the University of British Columbia Library and Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia Okanagan the Simon Fraser University Library, the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing (Publishing@SFU), the Innovation Lab @ VIU Cowichan and Vancouver Island University, the Simpson Center for the Humanities at University of Washington, the Pacific Northwest Colleges Consortium, the College of Arts at University of Guelph, the Centre for Digital Humanities in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University, Hamilton College DHi, Bucknell University, Texas A&M University, NYU English, CUNY Graduate Center, U Wisconsin-Green Bay, U Michigan Institute for the Humanities, Texas Christian U New Media Writing Studio, SUNY Oswego, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University-Camden, Digital Studies Center, Baylor U, Grand Valley State U, McMaster U Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon U, and the Digital Humanities Group at UC Berkeley; project partners and sponsors including the Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC) project, the Modernist Versions Project (MVP), NINES, the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC), the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory / Le Collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada (CWRC/CSÉC), the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada (LGLC) project, the TEI Archiving Publishing and Access Service (TAPAS) project, the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (DiXiT), and the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) project; organisational partners and sponsors including the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO), the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS), the Modern Language Association (MLA), the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN), the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO), the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), Compute Canada, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), Association for Documentary Editing (ADE), Digital Library Federation (DLF), and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

We’re so very grateful for such good company!  And we’re even more pleased to note that membership in these groups allows discounted registration (details at http://dhsi.org/registration.html).

. . . And a new Graduate Certificate in DH!Last year, U Victoria launched a DHSI-based Graduate Certificate program in Digital Humanities, which can be taken in conjunction with other graduate degrees at Victoria and elsewhere, or on its own. One of the most unique elements of this program is that it allows those who come to DHSI to receive graduate university credit for the work they’ve done while at DHSI, in combination with courses at other partner institutes (Oxford, Leipzig, and HILT, among many others) and institutions. Please see our homepage announcements bar (at http://dhsi.org/) for further details and news about the program.