Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities sponsors forum on Digital Storytelling

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The seventh annual University of Kansas Digital Humanities Forum will be held September 28-29, 2017 at Watson Library and The Forum at Marvin Hall. Sponsored by The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, the 2017 Digital Humanities Forum will focus on the theory and practice of digital storytelling as it relates to humanities research, teaching and learning.

The forum will include a day of free digital humanities workshops on Thursday, September 28, followed by a day of keynote talks, panel presentations and posters on Friday, September 29.

“The Digital Humanities Forum is an interdisciplinary event that brings students, staff and faculty from a wide range of disciplines together,” said Brian Rosenblum, librarian and director of IDRH. “With presenters and attendees from across the country, the conference is a great place to open dialogues and make connections.”

The Digital Humanities Forum has been held annually since 2011, exploring a different theme each year, and attracts around 100 participants. The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities is supported by a partnership between KU Libraries, the Hall Center for the Humanities and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

“This year, we have three excellent keynote speakers who all represent different approaches to storytelling,” said Rosenblum. “We are really excited about the entire program and the opportunity to foster conversations around these questions.”

The keynote speakers for this year’s event are Anastasia Salter, assistant professor of digital media, University of Central Florida, who will speak about personal video games as acts of narrative and resistance; Joseph Erb, assistant teaching professor, University of Missouri, who will speak about the role of community in indigenous storytelling; and Kim Gallon, assistant professor of history, Purdue University, who will speak about historical data, visualization and the recovery of black humanity when telling stories of African and African-American history.

Workshops include sessions on narrative game design, community digital history and an introduction to mapping and timeline tools, among others.

Registration for the forum is free, but space is limited. Everyone is welcome to attend, from digital novices to seasoned digital humanists. To learn more, or register for the forum, please visit

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