JADH2020: “A New Decade in Digital Scholarship: Microcosms and Hubs”

The Japanese Association for Digital Humanities (JADH) is pleased to announce its 10th annual conference, to be held virtually by Osaka University on November 20-22, 2020.

We invite proposals 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, organizations, and so on, as related to the field of Digital Humanities.

As the JADH approaches its tenth anniversary and is set to open up a new decade of DH, we find ourselves again at the place of its inauguration in 2011 at Osaka University. Since then, the JADH has fostered cooperation between disparate DH organizations within Japan as well as promoted scholarly exchange with DH organizations around the world. Retracing the themes of the conferences in the last decade provides a look into the history of DH adoption throughout various institutions in Japan, where traditional boundaries between the Humanities and Information Technology are eroding and microcosms of scholarship are gradually evolving into recognized hubs of DH research. Reflecting on this history, we in particular welcome presentations on topics that bridge traditionally isolated fields in the Humanities and Information Sciences, or topics that deal with the difficulties in doing so. Although this is a suggested central focus, we nonetheless welcome papers on a broad range of DH topics, detailed below.

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. 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 (http://dsh.oxfordjournals.org/), Oxford University Press.

Abstracts submitted should be of 500-1000 words in length in English, including the title.

Please submit abstracts via the open conference system (link below) by 11:59 PM, July 7, 2020 (HAST).


Presenters will be notified of acceptance on July 31, 2020 August 18, 2020.

Type of proposals:

  1. Poster presentations: Interactive poster session presentations may include work-in-progress on any of the topics described above as well as demonstrations of computer technology, software and digital projects.

  2. Short papers: Short papers are allotted 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 allotted 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 organizer 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.


Please direct enquiries about any aspect of the conference to:

conf2020 [ at ] jadh.org