Registration opens for DPASSH 2017


Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Science, and Humanities 2017,

University of Sussex

Registration Now Open

DRI and the Sussex Humanities Lab are delighted to announce that DPASSH 2017 is now open for registration. Early bird registration closes 1st May.

A draft programme of papers, presentations, and expert panels has also been released, revealing an exciting and thought-provoking range of approaches on the crucial issue of long-term digital presentation.

Don’t forget that DAH scholarships to attend DPASSH are also available – final date for submission is 31 March 2017. More information here.

Remember to follow @dpasshconf for more updates, and announcements.

DAH Scholarships Available for DPASSH 2017


The Digital Repository of Ireland, in collaboration with the Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) PhD Programme, is offering scholarships to attend the Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Science, and Humanities (DPASSH) conference, which will take place 14-15 June 2017 at the University of Sussex, Brighton.

DPASSH 2017 is co-hosted by Sussex Humanities Lab and Digital Repository of Ireland and the theme is ‘Preserving Abundance: The Challenge of Saving Everything’. This theme focuses on two major challenges for long-term digital preservation: maintaining access to the form and functionality of digital objects, and managing, filtering, interpreting, and critically engaging with these petabytes of information, now and in the future. As such, DPASSH 2017 will focus on both the technical, cultural, and societal challenges of digital preservation and the impact on research when (and if) everything is saved. It asks: now that the human record is digital, what methods, approaches, tools, or skills will researchers, and society, require to understand these colossal datasets?

There are scholarships available to attend this conference. Priority will be given to current DAH PhD students (although applications will be considered from others), and to those who are submitting an abstract to the conference. The scholarship will include the conference registration fee and will cover reasonable, vouched travel and accommodation expenses. To apply, submit a paragraph outlining how this conference will benefit you in your research (maximum 300 words).

Please send your paragraph and a short cover letter including your name, institution of study, year of study, title of research project and contact details in an email to this address: The scholarship applications will remain open until March 2017. For more information about the conference, go to

We may also request a reference from your academic supervisor.

DAH Digital Conference – Review


The Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) PhD Digital Conference took place on Friday 18th November, featuring keynote speakers and panels on the theme ‘Digital entanglements: the post-digital present’. A broad range of attendees, including current and former DAH PhD students, staff, academics, artists and journalists, filled the Neill Lecture Theatre in Trinity Long Room Hub to hear keynote addresses by Professor Steve Jones of University of South Florida, Professor Rod Stoneman of NUI Galway and Dr Maria Chatzichristodoulou of London South Bank University, as well as discussion panels on various aspects of the conference theme. There was a great deal of discussion about the new forms of digital research and engagement in a time, where as Professor Jones put it during his keynote address, we are seeing the ‘eversion’ of the ‘cyber’ into the ‘real world’.

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DAH Digital Conference: Full Programme & Public Registration

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The DAH Digital Conference will take place in Trinity College Dublin on Friday 18 November 2016. The conference is open to current students of the Digital Arts and Humanities PhD programme and to the wider public and will discussion panels and keynote speakers on the theme ‘Digital entanglements: the post-digital present’.

The conference will host two very special, high-profile guest keynote speakers: Prof. Steven Jones (University of South Florida) will open proceedings with the morning keynote address, and Dr. Maria Chatzichristodoulou (London South Bank University) – aka Maria X – will close proceedings with her evening address. Professor Jones’ keynote address is titled “The ‘Digital’ Humanities After The Eversion”, while Dr Chatzichristodoulou will speak on “Encountering the Digital in Performance: Deployment, Engagement, Trace”.

Rod Stoneman, Emeritus Professor of NUI Galway and former Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, will speak on “Renegotiating the Digital: the Return to the Analogue”.

There will also be morning and afternoon panels, during which academic staff with the DAH programme will discuss the current state of the Digital Arts and Humanities and future directions.

The multi-institutional collaborative PhD program in Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH), is a four-year structured doctoral research-training programme designed to enable students to carry out research in the arts and humanities at the highest level using new media and computer technologies. The DRI is the Royal Irish Academy’s co-ordinating body in DAH.

To download the programme and read more about the conference theme click here.

Steven Jones and Maria X to speak at DAH Digital Conference

Speakers have been announced for the DAH Digital Conference, taking place on 18 November 2016 in Trinity College Dublin.

Steven Jones is DeBartolo Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of English, University of South Florida. He is author of The Emergence of the Digital Humanities (New York: Routledge, 2014), a book which examines this shift in our relationship to digital technology and the ways that it has affected humanities scholarship and the academy more broadly. He is also author of The Meaning of Video Games: Gaming and Textual Strategies (2008) and Against Technology: From the Luddites to Neo-Luddism (2006).
His most recent book is Roberto Busa, S.J., and the Emergence of Humanities Computing: The Priest and the Punched Cards (2016).

Maria Chatzichristodoulou (aka Maria X) joined London South Bank University (LSBU) in 2015 as Associate Professor in Performance and New Media, and Head of External Development and Enterprise for the School of Arts and Creative Industries. Previously she was a Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at the University of Hull (2009-2015), where she also acted as Director of Postgraduate Studies for the School of Arts and New Media (2010 -2013), before moving to the School of Drama, Music and Screen (2014-15). Maria is a cultural practitioner who has worked as curator, producer, performer, writer and community organiser in the UK, Greece and internationally. She holds a PhD in Art and Computational Technologies from Goldsmiths, University of London (2010).

Maria has published in journals such as RiDE and Contemporary Theatre Review and from January 2016 will be Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. She is co-editor of the volumes Interfaces of Performance (Ashgate, 2009) and Intimacy Across Visceral and Digital Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Her edited volume Live Art in the UK is due in 2017 by Bloomsbury, and her monograph Performance in Networked Cultures is due by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. Maria also co-curates the annual Digital Performance Weekender at Watermans, London, among other events.

Rod Stoneman is Emeritus Professor at National University of Ireland, Galway and former Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media. He was Chief Executive of the Irish Film Board until 2003 and previously a Deputy Commissioning Editor in the Independent Film and Video Department at Channel 4 Television. He is the author of Seeing is Believing: The Politics of the Image (Black Dog Publishing, 2013), Chavez: The Revolution Will Be Televised: A Case Study of Politics and the Media (Wallflower Press, 2009) and is co-editor of ‘The Quiet Man’…And Beyond: Reflections on a Classic Film, John Ford and Ireland (Liffey Press, 2009)



DAH Symposium: Preparing and completing Digital Research


The Digital Arts and Humanities PhD Programme (DAH) and the Trinity Long Room Hub will host a half-day symposium, entitled ‘Preparing and completing Digital Research: Digital Arts/Humanities PhDs and Post-Doctorates Demystified’, in the Arts Technology Research Lab (ATRL), at Trinity College Dublin. on 7 October 2016.

The event is of special interest to postgraduate students nearing the completion of their programmes.

More information and booking here.

Exhibition of DAH student practice-led artwork


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DAH Digital Arts student Levi Hanes presents a new exhibition of mixed media artworks in the 126 Gallery in Galway, opening this Friday. This exhibition has been developed, in part, through Hanes’ practice-based PhD research of deadpan and slapstick in contemporary art at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, National University of Ireland Galway, and draws on his own expanded practice.

The exhibition opens at 6pm on Friday the 9th of September and all are welcome. The artist will give a talk on his recent artwork and research on Thursday 15th September, at 7pm which is free to attend, but places may be limited. Booking details here and here.

‘Woman with a Suitcase of Salt’ – DAH practice-led research


One of the DAH PhD students, West Connolly of Trinity College Dublin, is producing a dance/theatre show as part of his practice-led research this coming weekend. The work is entitled Woman with a Suitcase of Salt, directed by Loli Ros Gordon and features Flamenco dancers Irene Alonso “La Pasionaria” and Ana Belen Lopez Rodriguez.

The new work is the culmination of a phase of practice-based PhD research and devised workshops exploring the concepts of identity, place, time and transition.

It takes place in the Samuel Beckett Theatre in Trinity College Dublin  on Saturday 10th September 2016 at 7pm and Sunday 11th September 2016 at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets are €13/ €10 and are available to book here:

For more information, go to:

DRI / Marsh’s Library Seminar: ‘Reading Renaissance Marginalia in A Digital Environment’


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The Digital Repository of Ireland, the Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) PhD programme and Marsh’s Library are co-organising a interactive seminar on the history of reading on September 7th. This interactive seminar will introduce participants to ‘The Archaeology of Reading’, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project to digitize, transcribe, and make searchable the marginalia preserved in some of the most amazing books of the sixteenth century. It will be presented by Professor Earle Havens, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA and Dr Matthew Symonds, University College London.

The Archaeology of Reading is dedicated to creating a corpus of important and representative annotated texts with searchable transcriptions and translations, with the aim of enabling scholars to compare and fully analyze early modern reading, and place that mass of research material within a broader historical context. The seminar will be of particular interest to digital humanities scholars, as the Archaeology of Reading is one of the largest digital humanities projects undertaken in recent years.

The seminar will take place in the Royal Irish Academy on Wednesday 7th September from 3.30pm to 5pm. Attendance is free and open to all, but registration is required. To register, email

Call for Papers: ‘Versioning Cultural Objects’


**UPDATE** The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to 31 August.

A call for papers has been issued for a DAH-funded symposium entitled ‘Versioning Cultural Objects: Concepts, Structures and Expressions’. The two-day symposium will take place from 1-2 December 2016 at An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University.

The aim of the symposium is to bring together experienced and early-stage researchers to engage with the versioning of cultural objects. The version of a cultural object is identified, articulated, and analysed through diverse mechanisms in different fields of study. The study of versions allows for the investigation of the creative processes behind the conception of the object, a closer inspection of the socio-political contexts that affect it, and may even provide the means to investigate the provenance and the object’s circulation. The symposium will provide a platform for scholars from different research areas  to exchange ideas across different forms of media, including  text, image, and sound. The proposed symposium considers the term “versioning” in the broadest sense; while the understanding of versions differ in disciplines, this dialogue will explore  the convergences and variances in its conception. The conversation will  highlight  the range and depth of existing studies  and  provide an inter-disciplinary understanding of the term.
The symposium will focus on three primary areas:
•         What is a version?
•         Methods used  in the electronic modelling of versions of cultural objects
•         The representation of these digital versions


The symposium will be limited to 12 participants who will be selected based on a short abstract. Upon selection, participants will be asked to submit an extended abstract of 3000 words or a draft paper (no more than 8000 words) by 31 October 2016, which will be circulated to symposium participants in advance. The working paper will then be presented and discussed at the symposium. Additionally, every participant will be asked to read two working papers in advance of the symposium, review and prepare questions and comments for the authors. Completed articles will be considered for publication in an edited volume after the symposium.

Applications and deadlines

Proposals of up to 500 words are invited by 15 August 2016 from any disciplinary area which engage with either theoretical or practical applications of versioning. The symposium aims to challenge existing silos of disciplinary knowledge providing a platform for dialogue and debate, creating  a more coherent understanding of the subject. We welcome applications from Irish, European, and international researchers  and applications are welcome from both project-based and theoretical research. In particular, we encourage students and graduates of the Irish Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) PhD Programme to apply.

Abstracts should be sent by 31 August 2016 to Dr Vinayak das Gupta and Dr Roman Bleier (contact details below).

Areas may include, but are not limited to:
Textual studies, Variorum editions and collation methods, Musicology, Soundscapes, Film, studies, Religious studies, Bible studies and theology, Classical studies, Archaeology, Literary criticism, Translation studies, Manuscript studies, Oral history, Art history, Art criticism, Library Sciences, and Archiving


31 August: extended deadline for submission of abstracts
15 September: confirmation of acceptance
31 October: deadline for submission of extended abstract/draft paper


Bursaries for accommodation and transportation are available on request. For further details, please contact the organisers.


Dr. Roman Bleier
University of Graz, Austria

Dr. Vinayak Das Gupta
Maynooth University, Ireland

For more information, see the Call for Papers on An Foras Feasa’s website.