Over the last four years, researchers, librarians and students in the Faculty of Arts have benefitted from the development of a series of events showcasing digital humanities scholarship. A majority of these events take place in the CreatorSpace, which is located in the School of Music.

TheFaculty of Arts at University of Ottawa and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton University are the joint-hosts of DH2020, the international Digital Humanities conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO). We won the bid to host the conference in 2017. When the conference was cancelled due to COVID-19, it had accepted 698 submissions, and would have featured a keynote by the director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Centre, an invite-only First Nations and American Indian Digital Scholarship workshop, events at the NAC and BAC/LAC, and a tour of the Canadian Science and Technology Museum conservation centre and digital innovation lab.

Digital Humanities Lecture Series is organized by the DH Coordinator and the CRC in digital humanities. The series hosts guest speakers on the theme of theoretical and methodological issues of research in field.  As of 2019 the series has been offered in partnership with Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur les humanités numériques (CRIHN) in Montreal, and the ThincLab in Guelph.

DH Toolbox workshop series started by University of Ottawa Library, and organised by the DH coordinator for the last two years, is a series of hands-on sessions introducing cutting edge tools and techniques in the digital humanities. One of the most popular outreach events in digital humanities on campus, it has drawn participants from Arts, Medicine, Engineering, the University of Ottawa and St. Pauls Libraries, Libraries and Archives Canada, and Ingenium.

Past Digital Humanities Events

  • Entretiens Jacques Cartier – In November 2019, the University of Ottawa hosted a multidisciplinary event on the Crossroads between Culture and Technology as part of the 32nd Entretiens Jacques Cartier. The daylong event brought together researchers, entrepreneurs and artists to discuss technology, visual arts, language and culture to generate new knowledge. These interactions provided new insights into creativity and technology, with major implications for culture, the economy and society.
  • Ottawa Symphony Orchestra’s 3D String Theory Project (February and March 2019) – in this two-part presentation highlighted a community partnership between a local violin luthier, a Gatineau-based 3D designer, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the School of Music. Part 1 focused on the design and development of 3D instruments and Part 2 discussed the acoustic design of the performance and recording space for an original composition inspired by the new sound of these instruments.
  • Music Research Series (February and March 2019) – in collaboration with the Graduate Music Student Association, the CreatorSpace hosted two lectures by School of Music professors that introduced innovative ways of researching popular music through technology. Dr. Jada Watson introduced discographic metadata as a resource for studying popular music genres and Dr. Burns shared her framework for interpreting multimodal expression, in particular, video treatment of Dark Tranquillity’s “Uniformity”.
  • Silent Artefacts and Severed Ears (February 2019) by Ingenium curator Tom Everrett who discussed on his experiment with recreating the ear phonautograph.
  • Social Innovation Workshopthe Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences in collaboration with the course DHN 2100 created a workshop for students who are curious and would like to learn more about social innovation. This one-day workshop was hosted by Andrew Greer of Purppl Social Enterprise Accelerator and was intended to help guide students who have good ideas that could give back to the community on how to make these potential projects financially viable.