The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) is pleased to announce its fourth conference, to be held at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, 25 – 28 September 2018.

The aim of DHA 2018 is to advance and critically assess the uses of digital technologies in humanities research and the communication of its outcomes. The conference offers a supportive, interdisciplinary environment to explore the challenges and opportunities of working with digital tools and techniques.

The conference will explore how the Digital Humanities enhance our ability to make connections between disciplines, sectors, countries, ways of thinking, people and possibilities. Sessions will focus on praxis and innovation across the international scene, with emphasis on local and regional communities of practice in Australasia and the Pacific. Together, delegates will explore how academics can use data and digital tools to tackle real world challenges in partnership with collecting organisations, industry, government and communities.


Want to be a part of our Digital Humanities Australasia 2018 Conference? View our Sponsorship Prospectus here.

Meet our Keynote Speakers

Prof. Jean Burgess


Jean Burgess is a Professor of Digital Media and founding Director of the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Her research focuses on the uses, cultures and politics of digital media platforms, as well as new and innovative digital methods for studying them.

Dr Kristin Alford


Dr Kristin Alford is a futurist and the Director of MOD. at the University of South Australia. MOD. is an immersive museum of discovery, a place to be and be inspired. Kristin leads a team dedicated to creating dynamic, changing exhibitions showcasing the edge of knowledge and emerging technologies. 

Mahendra Mahey

British Library Labs, UK

Mahendra Mahey is the manager of British Library Labs, an Andrew W. Mellon foundation and British Library funded initiative which has supported and inspired the use of the British Library’s data in exciting and innovative ways for over 4 years.

Prof. Dennis del Favero


Scientia Professor Dennis Del Favero is Chair Professor of Digital Innovation, Director of the iCinema Research Centre and Expanded Perception and Interaction Centre at the University of New South Wales. Del Favero's expertise lies in interdisciplinary art projects that explore the relationship between human and non-human systems through the experimental reformulation of immersive aesthetics using digital media.

Prof. Julian Thomas


Professor Julian Thomas is Director of RMIT's Social Change Enabling Capability Platform, and Director of the Technology, Communications and Policy Lab in the University’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre.

Rachel Neaman

Neaman Consulting, UK

Rachel is a renowned digital leader based in the UK. Passionate about harnessing technology for positive social outcomes, she has held CEO positions in the not-for-profit sector, and was Head of Profession for Digital at the UK Department of Health.

Where you'll find us

University of South Australia, City West Campus

Located in the heart of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, City West Campus will host Digital Humanities Australasia 2018.

Walking distance from luxurious accommodation, 5-star restaurants and many of Adelaide's main attractions we trust that your experience at this year's Conference will be truly inspirational. 

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Our Program


8:30AM - 5:00PM

Data analysis and visualisation (C1)

9:00AM - 10:30AM

Curation and connection (C2)

9:00AM - 10:30AM

Building capability (C3)

9:00AM - 10:30AM

Depth and breadth: reaching out (C4)

9:00AM - 10:30AM

Birds of a Feather: The DEVL's Playground: The Humanities and Social Sciences Data-Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (HASS DEVL) (C5)

9:00AM - 10:30AM

Morning tea

10:30AM - 11:00AM

Keynote: Where to next for social media research? Digital methods and ethics after the API Apocalypse

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Keynote: Building better 'Library Labs': Experiences and lessons learned from the British Library and around the world engaging with researchers, artists, educators and entrepreneurs who have used digitised cultural heritage collections and data

12:00PM - 1:00PM


1:00PM - 2:00PM

Plenary Panel: The National Research Infrastructure Plan

2:00PM - 3:30PM

Afternoon tea

3:30PM - 4:00PM

Organic and digital (D1)

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Mapping transformation (D2)

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Emotion, memory and experience (D3) - Note program change

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Design and discovery (D4)

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Birds of a Feather: Developing geo-visualisation tools to map museum "Soft power": A collaboration between museums, academics and graduate students (D5)

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Public Lecture by Rachel Neaman, presented in collaboration with the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre

6:00PM - 8:00PM
Allan Scott Auditorium (H2-16)

Join Us in Adelaide

Adelaide is bursting with culture, entertainment and flavours. In close proximity to your event venue is all the shopping, accommodation and food and wine establishments you could possibly need for a stay you will be raving about.

So whether you're a local and want to be a tourist in your own city or flying in for the conference, see below for more information about what's on in Adelaide as well as our recommendations for accommodation.