Digital Humanities at the University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa has emerged as a leading institution for digital humanities research in Canada and beyond. From winning the bid to host the 2020 international digital humanities conference, to becoming a node in a new national DH training certificate program, the Faculty of Arts, and its partners in the Library, Engineering, and Computer Science have been at the forefront of this expansion.

While researchers at the University have been actively involved in the development of digital humanities scholarship and teaching since the early 1980s, the culture on campus has evolved over the last four years in conjunction with the new Minor in the Digital Humanities. The September 2016 launch of this new multi-disciplinary program occurred alongside the development of a summer research institute (DHSITE), a bi-weekly workshop series (DH Toolbox) and DH Lecture Series and culminated in the appointment of a CRC in Digital Humanities in July 2017. At the same time, sectors within the Arts were developing new and innovative research facilities – notably in the area of the fine arts. Digital humanities at the University of Ottawa extends the creative and critical work of Arts and allied faculties. Students and faculty working in this area bring their research skills to computationally aided analysis and the creation of digital artefacts.