This year’s Global Digital Humanities Symposium (GDHS) will be an all-virtual event taking place synchronously over four days, with four hours each day of programming.
Scheduled for April 12-15 and hosted by the Digital Humanities at MSU (DH@MSU) program, this sixth annual event will feature approximately 80 presenters over Zoom and YouTube livestream. All GDHS events are available to the public for free with required registration. The registration deadline is Monday, April 5. To register, visit http://msuglobaldh.org.
The Global Digital Humanities Symposium has for six years served as a point of conversation between local researchers and projects and the global context in which they work. We’re delighted to expand the conversation this year by hosting a multilingual event, inviting more of the world to join us on its own terms.Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities at MSU
“The Global Digital Humanities Symposium has for six years served as a point of conversation between local researchers and projects and the global context in which they work,” said Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities at Michigan State University. “We’re delighted to expand the conversation this year by hosting a multilingual event, inviting more of the world to join us on its own terms.”
The symposium will include speakers from Columbia, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, Finland, and throughout the United States and offer live interpretation for English, Spanish, and French. Participants are encouraged to share thoughts and ask questions during the symposium by using the live chat functions on Zoom and YouTube.
“The Global Digital Humanities Symposium’s intentional shift to a virtual modality and inclusion of a diverse panel of speakers for the 6th annual conference demonstrates the program’s values of inventiveness, creativity, and focus on enriching human interactions,” said Christopher P. Long, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters.
The symposium will feature two keynote speakers: Chao Tayiana Maina, founder of African Digital Heritage, and Gimena del Rio Riande, Associate Researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas y Crítica Textual (IIBICRIT-CONICET, Argentina) and Professor at the University of Buenos Aires.
Tayiana Maina is a Kenyan digital heritage specialist and digital humanities scholar working at the intersection of culture and technology. Her work primarily focuses on the application of technology in the preservation, engagement, and dissemination of African heritage. She has an MSc International Heritage Visualisation and a BSc Mathematics and Computer Science.
The African Digital Heritage that she founded is a Kenya-based nonprofit with the aim to increase awareness, participation, and engagement with African histories. Tayiana Maina also is the founder of Save the Railway, a project that documents and helps preserve Kenya’s antique railway stations. She co-founded the Museum of British Colonialism, a joint United Kingdom/Kenyan initiative that creatively communicates a more truthful account of British colonialism, and the Open Restitution Africa, a project that seeks to open up access to information on restitution of African material culture and human ancestors.
Del Rio Riande’s main academic interests deal with digital scholarly edition, open scholarly communication, and open research practices in the humanities, and the interaction of the global and the local in the development of academic disciplines.
She is the director of the Laboratorio de Humanidades Digitales in HD CAICYT LAB, CONICET; president of Asociación Argentina de Humanidades Digitales; co-director of the first Digital Humanities journal, the Revista de Humanidades Digitales (RHD); and the main editor of Digital Studies/Le champ numerique (Canada), OpenEdition/ Hypothèses, Open Methods (DARIAH-EU), and the journals Bibliographica and Relaciones.
For more information on the symposium, visit the Global Humanities Symposium website.