Digital Humanities Congress 2020

University of Sheffield, 10th – 12th September 2020


The University of Sheffield’s Digital Humanities Institute is delighted to announce its Call for Papers for a three-day conference to be held in Sheffield during 10th – 12th September 2020.

The extended deadline for submissions is 20th March 2020.

The Digital Humanities Congress is a conference held in Sheffield every two years. Its purpose is to promote the sharing of knowledge, ideas and techniques within the digital humanities.

Digital humanities is understood by Sheffield to mean the use of technology within arts, heritage and humanities research as both a method of inquiry and a means of dissemination. As such, proposals related to all disciplines within the arts, humanities and heritage domains are welcome.

The conference will take place at the University’s residential conference facility, The Edge.

Keynote Speakers

Submitting a Proposal

We welcome proposals on all aspects of the digital humanities. For example, proposals might wish to focus on:

  • New knowledge and insights within areas of humanities research which have arisen from the use of digital applications, techniques or methodologies. These proposals might focus on how specific research questions were solved.
  • Case studies, best practice and evolving trends concerning the development of research resources, tools, frameworks and environments within the humanities, such as digital editions, mobile applications, virtual worlds, surface computing, web services and GIS
  • Technologies and techniques which bring value to humanities research, such as data mining, crowd-sourcing, linked data, text encoding, digitisation, ontology building, sentiment analysis, augmented reality, 3D visualisation and virtual worlds.
  • Standards, best practice and case studies for data creation, data collection, development methodologies, usability testing, preservation, sustainability and accessibility.
  • Issues and emerging trends within the technology and the information environment which do or might impact on humanities research. This might concern new technology, social trends, infrastructure, policy, funding, assessing value or pedagogy.

Proposals are welcome from academics, researchers, postgraduate students, professionals from within the cultural, heritage and information sectors, technologists and SMEs. Proposals are welcome from UK and international contributors.

Contributors can propose individual papers, or sessions of three or more papers on a related theme.

Proposals for Individual Papers

Proposals for individual papers should include:

  • The name of the speaker.
  • The speaker’s institution.
  • The title of the paper.
  • Three keywords.
  • An abstract of approximately 300 words.

Individual papers will be to a maximum of 20 minutes duration. Each paper will then be allotted a further 10 minutes for questions.

Proposals for Sessions

Proposals for sessions should include:

  • The name of the session organiser and his/her institution.
  • The names of the individual speakers and their institutions.
  • The title of the session.
  • An abstract of approximately 200 words which describes the theme that unifies the session.
  • The titles of the session papers.
  • Abstracts for each paper within the session of approximately 300 words.

Sessions will consist of three or more papers on a related theme to a maximum of 60 minutes. Each session will then be allotted a further 30 minutes for questions.

Submission Process and Deadline

Proposals should be submitted in Microsoft Word or plain text format to the following email address:

The extended deadline for submissions is 20th March 2020.

Discounted Registration

Registration will open on 24th April 2020. Early bird registration will end on 30th June 2020.

  • Early bird price: £152 (full price: £202)
  • Student price: £127

A range of accommodation is available nearby at differing prices. For further information, please check the website when registration opens.


All contributors will be invited to submit their paper for publication in the Digital Humanities Institute’s online journal, Studies in the Digital Humanities.

Some of the papers presented at the Digital Humanities Congress 2020 are available at

Further Information

The conference website will provide access to delegate registration as well as further information about accommodation, the programme and facilities in due course:

For enquiries about submitting a proposal, please contact Michael Pidd: