Digital Humanities Research Cluster

About us

The Digital Humanities Research Cluster is a new feature on the UWA research landscape. It is a forum for bringing together researchers from many disciplines across the whole University who are doing work related to ‘digital humanities’.

We use the term in a broad sense, to capture at least two directions in the relationship between digital technologies and humanistic research: the applications of digital technologies for humanities projects and how the use of digital technology for humanities projects changes the user’s experience, from a research or engagement perspective.

We value collaboration, plurality, investigation of human culture, reflection on traditional practices as well as the critical embrace of disruption.


Upcoming events

Next seminar


Thursday 13 August, 4pm
Catherine Noske (English and Literary Studies) 

Reading Piglets in a Digital Archive
Magazine has been publishing for sixty-five years, and developed a digital presence in the last five. This has represented a significant shift for the Magazine, altering the approach to engaging with readers and opening new capacities in publication. Characterising and understanding publication in this digital space has become an essential process within the ongoing development of the Magazine as a whole. This paper will aim to articulate the vision for digital publication in Westerly, most specifically in the development of the digital archive as a facet of this. Understanding the flexibilities of digital text as embodying the creative energy of literary production, it will connect to theories of play as a methodological imperative in research.

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Thursday 13 August, 4pm
Shino Konishi (History and Indigenous Studies)

Indigenous Biographies in the Online Australian Dictionary of Biography
This seminar draws on my ARC Indigenous Discovery project “An Indigenous Australian Dictionary of Biography”, a collaborative project with the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) based at the Australian National University. This project aims to produce up to 190 new biographies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people “missing” from the ADB volumes published between 1966 and the present. The last “missing persons” volume of the ADB was published in 2005. Long established as a hardcopy book series, the ADB went online in 2006, and in 2009 the complementary biographical website People Australia, which comprises Indigenous Australia and other sites, was established. In this seminar I will give an overview of how the online nature of the ADB influences our selection of subjects and how we edit the entries, and also how our project is changing the ADB Online.

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Catch up on past seminars

Friday 31 July, 10am
Rob Wilson (Philosophy)
How to Build a Living Archive on Eugenics: Notes from Canada

Thursday 23 July, 4pm
Francesco De Toni (European Languages and Cultures)
ELICIT – Emotion Language in Italian: Change in Texts and time (a digital enquiry)

Friday 10 July, 10am
Richard Vokes (Anthropology and Sociology)
Digitising in a Tight Corner: Reflections on the Practices, Processes, and Politics of the Idi Amin Archive Project

Friday 3 July, 10am
Chris Mallan (Classics & Ancient History)
Ivan Lozic (Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis)
The Vienna Dexippus: New Contributions from Multispectral Imaging to Third Century History and Literature

Thursday 18 June, 4.00 pm
Associate Professor Suzanne Wijsman (Conservatorium of Music)
Professor Susan Boynton (Department of Music, Columbia University)
Digital Humanities Approaches to Comparative  Study of Medieval Musical Iconography
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Friday 12 June, 10 am
Professor Ben Smith (Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education)
The Digitisation Centre of Western Australia
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2020 seminar schedule

All seminars will take place online via Zoom or some similar platform until further notice. Times are AWST.

Friday 28 August, 10am
Yasmin Haskell (Classics and Ancient History)
The Ark of Orpheus: Collecting the Poetry of Nature from Aboriginal Australia to Classical Antiquity (and back)

Eileen Gardiner & Ronald G. Musto (Centre for Medieval Studies, University Bristol)
The Digital Humanities and the Materiality Turn

Friday 11 September, 10am
Nadia Rhook (History and Indigenous Studies)
“Moving Tongues” History Exhibition: Translating Place-based Stories from Flinders Lane to the Web

Friday 25 September, 10am
Ky Gentry (Political Science and International Relations)
Historic Sites and Place Attachment in a Mobile World

Community engagement

Collecting the West: we are working closely with the Western Australian Museum, State Library of Western Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia and the British Museum to discover new understandings of Western Australia emerging from a critical study of collecting.

Burrup Field School: this a unit offered at The University of Western Australia to train undergraduate students in the rock art methodology deployed by CRAR+M researchers. The field school has been active since 2008, funded by Rio Tinto in collaboration with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation.

Centre for the History of Emotions: our members are involved with the ARC Centre of Excellence uses historical knowledge from Europe, initially from the period 1100 – 1800, to understand the long history of emotional behaviours.

Related research centres

The Research Cluster will work closely with the new Digitisation Centre of Western Australia (DCWA). Opening in 2020, the Centre is an exciting collaboration between all Western Australian Universities (Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, Notre Dame University and The University of Western Australia), the State Library of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum.

The DCWA will preserve collections in digital format and make them accessible, for the first time, to people across Australia and beyond. This major piece of national research infrastructure is supported by each of the participant organisations and the Australian Research Council.

Digital Humanities is an exciting growth area in the other universities in Perth and around Australia. Nationally, the reference body is the Australasian Association of Digital Humanities.

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