The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) is pleased to announce its fourth conference, to be held at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, 25 – 28 September 2018.

The aim of DHA 2018 is to advance and critically assess the uses of digital technologies in humanities research and the communication of its outcomes. The conference offers a supportive, interdisciplinary environment to explore the challenges and opportunities of working with digital tools and techniques.

The conference will explore how the Digital Humanities enhance our ability to make connections between disciplines, sectors, countries, ways of thinking, people and possibilities. Sessions will focus on praxis and innovation across the international scene, with emphasis on local and regional communities of practice in Australasia and the Pacific. Together, delegates will explore how academics can use data and digital tools to tackle real world challenges in partnership with collecting organisations, industry, government and communities.

Your DHA Speakers

Rachel Neaman

Rachel Neaman

Neaman Consulting, UK

Mahendra Mahey

British Library Labs, UK

What you can expect

Keynotes, papers and workshops will investigate the living relationship between teaching, research, curation, creation, production, exhibition and distribution, exploring the link between digital humanities, creative industries and digital disruption more broadly. Conference dialogue will explore new problems in the worlds of education, employment, research and development, identifying new ideas, tools and methods. Workshops will unpack new approaches to problem solving and new ways of linking infrastructure, collections, users and spaces.

We will also consider Humanities education (in formal and informal settings) that employs digital, collaborative, project-based learning, including learning that may operate at the intersection of the academy, the community and GLAM sectors. Specific pedagogic tools considered may include: virtual and augmented reality; immersive and interactive experiences and games; open platforms, social media, networks; and data analytics.

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World Class Speakers

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Student Discounts

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Invaluable Connections

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Game Changing Ideas

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No Boring presentations

Important Information

Calls for proposals: Closed
Early bird registration: Closed. You can still Register for General admission tickets.

All sessions will explore the central theme of “Making Connections”. This could include connections in any combination between data, tools, people and their stories, systems, platforms, organisations, sectors, environments, places, and approaches to working, teaching and research.  Submissions may feature projects or case studies ranging from research and teaching to creative practice, community outreach and problem solving.

Collaborative and multi-partner submissions are particularly welcomed in all categories.

The call for abstracts is now closed.

  1. Lightning talks: Lightning talks will be allocated 10 minutes (plus 5 minutes for discussion) and are suitable for describing work-in-progress and reporting on work in the early stage of development.
  1. Papers: Papers will be allocated 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes for discussion) and are intended for presenting substantial unpublished research, new digital resources or addressing broader questions of interest to digital humanists.
  1. Birds of a Feather sessions: These collaborative, informal and participatory sessions will be allocated 60 minutes to be used as participants decide, ensuring that time is allocated for questions and discussion.
  1. Workshops: Hands-on sessions exploring the latest digital humanities tools, techniques and resources. All workshops will be run twice to maximise participation. Workshops will range from software carpentry and visualisation techniques to app development and hackathons. Workshops will be allocated 90 minutes.
  1. Posters: A poster competition will be run during the conference, with an award for the entry which demonstrates most convincingly how the Digital Humanities can enhance collaborative problem solving by “Making Connections”.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words, together with a biography of no more than 100 words, should be submitted to the Program Committee by Monday 23 April 2018. All proposals will be fully refereed.

Proposals should be submitted via the conference website. Proposals will be assessed in terms of alignment with the conference themes and the quality of research within these or related themes. Presenters will be notified of acceptance of their proposal as soon as possible, expected to be early June.

It is a condition of acceptance that presenters register to attend the conference and pay the applicable delegate fee. Fees will be no more than $450 for full registration. Significant discounts will apply for aaDH members and research students. We are working with prospective sponsors to reduce the cost for all delegates.

Bursaries are now closed.

The best student/ECR paper presented at the conference will receive the John Burrows Award, named after an Australian pioneer in computational methods in the humanities. All student papers are eligible for consideration for the award, whether they receive travel bursaries or not. For more information, see

A limited number of travel bursaries (AUD $500) will be available on a competitive basis for students and early career researchers whose conference paper has been accepted (lead author only). Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of merit and need, with consideration given to issues of gender equality and economic, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity. Applications will open for bursaries shortly, and will be advertised to all people who have submitted an abstract as well as through broad channels.

  • Public full rate $ 450
  • Public day delegate rate $200
  • aaDH Member full rate $350
  • aaDH Member day delegate rate $175
  • Host Institution full rate $400 (includes aaDH membership in 2017 and 2018)
  • Host Institution day delegate rate $175
  • Student rate $150

Conference dinner at the Adelaide Oval $89.

Refund policy as follows:

Full refund (less $50 admin fee up) until closing of extended early bird registration (10/08/18). After early bird registrations close, 50% refund (less $50 admin fee) (9/9/18). After 10/9/18 no refund

Please direct any queries to

Conference Location

The University of South Australia, City West Campus
North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Want to be a part of our Digital Humanities Australasia 2018 Conference?

Join us in Adelaide!

Adelaide is bursting with culture, entertainment and flavours. In close proximity to your event venue is all the shopping, accommodation and food and wine establishments you could possibly need for a stay you will be raving about.

Frequently Asked Questions

The conference dinner will be a three course banquet in the Adelaide Oval’s Cathedral room. A prepaid beverage package will revert to a cash bar in the course of the evening. Please email if you have any specific dietary requirements

The full cost of the conference dinner, $114 per person, has been subsidised by $25 per person from the conference budget

The Cathedral room can seat a maximum of 140. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Students from any institution can attend the entire conference for $150 – this is less than the cheapest single day rate.

UniSA Division of EASS delegates may be eligible for funding from the PVC office. Contact for details. Conditions apply.

Online booking sites are showing consistently cheaper rates than anything we have been able to negotiate.

A free tram operates in the CBD. Uber is also active across the Adelaide metropolitan area. Cycles may be hired from Adelaide Free Bikes.

A draft program will be published by the end of July