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Call for Proposals

Deadline Extension: by 20 May 2016

The late submitters will be notified of acceptance on 14 June 2016.

JADH2016: “Digital Scholarship in History and the Humanities

The Japanese Association for Digital Humanities is pleased to announce its sixth annual conference, to be held at the Historiographical Institute (Shiryo Hensan Jo), The University of Tokyo, Japan, September 12-14, 2016.

The conference will feature posters, papers and panels. We invite proposals globally on all aspects of digital humanities, and especially encourage papers treating topics that deal with practices that aim to cross borders, for example, between academic fields, media, languages, cultures, and so on, as related to the field of digital humanities.

Historical studies have been steadily shifting their bases of research from the paper medium to the digital medium over the past few decades. In an effort to be engaged with this shift the American Historical Association (AHA) has recently released its Guidelines for the Evaluation of Digital Scholarship in History. In Japan, the Historiographical Institute and some other institutes have also been addressing this kind of transition for a few decades. A good example is the Hyakugo Archives WEB (, whose digitized version was recently released under an open license before being inscribed in UNESCO Memory of the World in 2015. To encourage and support this trend, we welcome presentations of studies and examples of digital scholarship in the field of history. By so doing, we hope to contribute to the spread of the application of digital historical studies in various stages. With this as our suggested central focus, we nonetheless welcome papers on a broad range of DH topics. For example:

Research issues, including data mining, information design and modeling, software studies, and humanities research enabled through the digital medium; computer-based research and computer applications in literary, linguistic, cultural and historical studies, including electronic literature, public humanities, and interdisciplinary aspects of modern scholarship. Some examples might include text analysis, corpora, corpus linguistics, language processing, language learning, and endangered languages; the digital arts, architecture, music, film, theater, new media and related areas; the creation and curation of humanities digital resources; the role of digital humanities in academic curricula;
The range of topics covered by Digital Humanities can also be consulted in the journal Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (, Oxford University Press.

Abstracts should be of 500-1000 words in length in English, including title.
Please submit abstracts on the conference Web site by May 6, 2016.
The conference Web site is below:
Presenters will be notified of acceptance on 30 May 2016.

Type of proposals:
1. Poster presentations: Poster presentations may include work-in-progress on any of the topics described above as well as demonstrations of computer technology, software and digital projects. A separate poster session will open the conference, during which time presenters should be on-hand to explain their work, share their ideas with other delegates, and answer questions. Posters will also be on displayed at various times during the conference, and presenters are encouraged to provide material and handouts with more detailed information and URLs.
2. Short papers: Short papers are allocated 10 minutes (plus 5 minutes for questions) and are suitable for describing work-in-progress and reporting on shorter experiments and software and tools in early stages of development.
3. Long papers: Long papers are allocated 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes for questions) and are intended for presenting substantial unpublished research and reporting on significant new digital resources or methodologies.
4. Panels: Panels (90 minutes) are comprised of either: (a) Three long papers on a joint theme. All abstracts should be submitted together with a statement, of approximately 500-1000 words, outlining the session topic and its relevance to current directions in the digital humanities; or (b) A panel of four to six speakers. The panel organize should submit a 500-1000 words outline of the topic session and its relevance to current directions in the digital humanities as well as an indication from all speakers of their willingness to participate.
Contact: Please direct enquires about any aspect of the conference to:
conf2016 [ at ]

Program Committee:
• Hiroyuki Akama (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
• Paul Arthur (Australian National University, Australia)
• James Cummings (University of Oxford, UK)
• J. Stephen Downie (University of Illinois, USA)
• Øyvind Eide (University of Cologne and University of Passau, Germany)
• Neil Fraistat (University of Maryland, USA)
• Makoto Goto (National Institute for Humanities, Japan)
• Shoichiro Hara (Kyoto University, Japan)
• Jieh Hsiang (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
• Asanobu Kitamoto (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
• Maki Miyake (Osaka University, Japan)
• A. Charles Muller (University of Tokyo, Japan)
• Hajime Murai (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
• Kiyonori Nagasaki (International Institute for Digital Humanities, Japan), Chair
• John Nerbonne (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
• Espen S. Ore (University of Oslo, Norway)
• Geoffrey Rockwell (University of Alberta, Canada)
• Susan Schreibman (National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland)
• Masahiro Shimoda (University of Tokyo, Japan)
• Raymond Siemens (University of Victoria, Canada)
• Keiko Suzuki (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)
• Takafumi Suzuki (Toyo University, Japan)
• Tomoji Tabata (Osaka University, Japan)
• Toru Tomabechi (International Institute for Digital Humanities, Japan)
• Christian Wittern (Kyoto University, Japan)
• Taizo Yamada (University of Tokyo, Japan)