Building Communities and Networks in the Humanities

DATE: 29 June, 2015, 1PM-4PM

VENUE: University of Western Sydney, Parramatta South campus (EA building, Lecture Theatre G.18)

CONVENORS: Paul Arthur (University of Western Sydney) and Tully Barnett (Flinders University)

The Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC) invites you to the free public event, ‘Building Communities and Networks in the Humanities’, which has been organised to coincide with the international Digital Humanities 2015 conference at the University of Western Sydney.

20 leading experts from 10 countries will discuss new opportunities for the arts, humanities and social sciences in the digital era, addressing key questions such as ‘How can we build communities for the humanities across digital and non-digital platforms?’ and ‘What is the most important contribution digital humanities can make in supporting arts and humanities scholarship regionally and globally?’

This event is sponsored by the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC) with the support of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), centerNet, the International Digital Humanities Training Network, and the UWS Digital Humanities Research Group.

ACHRC is a network for groups engaged in Humanities-based research. Our aim is to connect Humanities researchers and centres, both within the Australasian region and internationally, to promote relationships with cultural institutions and sector representative bodies in the wider community, and to advocate issues relevant to Humanities researchers.

This is a free, open and public event. No RSVP is required.

Chair: Paul Arthur (President, Australasian Association for Digital Humanities / Chair, Digital Humanities, UWS)


  • Welcome – Peter Hutchings (Dean, Humanities and Communication Arts, UWS)
  • Tully Barnett (Research Officer, ACHRC / Flinders University)
  • Robert Phiddian (Director, ACHRC / Deputy Dean, School of Humanities and Creative Arts, Flinders University)
  • Christina Parolin (Executive Director, Australian Academy of the Humanities)
  • Steven Schwartz (Executive Director, CHASS)
  • Willard McCarty (Humanist electronic seminar / UWS, King’s College London)
  • Geoffrey Rockwell (Convenor, KIAS Around the World symposium / Director, Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Alex Gil (Global Outlook::Digital Humanities Special Interest Group / Columbia University, New York)

Afternoon tea break 2.30pm-2.45pm

Chair: Harold Short (Digital Humanities, UWS / King’s College London)


  • Masahiro Shimoda (Chair, Japanese Association for Digital Humanities / University of Tokyo)
  • Hyeongkwon Lee (Humanities Contents project) with translation by Kyungsook Suh, discussants Kumyoung Lee and Sea Jeong Kim (Chungnam National University, South Korea)
  • Jieh Hsiang (Center for Digital Humanities Research, National Taiwan University)
  • Attie de Lange (Languages and Literature in the SA Context / North-west University, Potchefstroom, South Africa)
  • Padmini Murray (South Asian Digital Humanities Project / Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India)
  • Neil Fraistat (Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities / Co-Director, centerNet) and Kay Walter (Chair, Digital Initiatives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln / Co-Director, centerNet)
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