Digitorium is the Digital Humanities Conference hosted by the University of Alabama. Inspired by working with scholars and students in many different departments, the Alabama Digital Humanities Center created Digitorium, with the generous support of the University Libraries and the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies in the Department of English at the University of Alabama, to provide a new venue to discuss the wide range of digital methods which are used and shared by researchers, graduate students, and practitioners from both the humanities and also the social sciences. The conference name, Digitorium, was inspired by the Medieval scriptorium as an early center for the creation, visualization, and dissemination of knowledge. Now, once more, with the evolution of digital techniques such as data visualization and computer-driven textual analysis, we are experiencing another revolution in the circulation and development of ideas, and it is our intention with Digitorium to provide a space in which people working in Digital Humanities can share and grow their work.
Our unifying focus for Digitorium is on method, and the ways in which Digital Humanities techniques and tools can be applicable and transferable in multiple different research and teaching scenarios both in the humanities and also in the social sciences. The conference is focused on the creation of scholarly communities via Digital Humanities methods. We are keen to hear of innovative uses of Digital Humanities techniques in both research and teaching settings, as well as in public scholarship and outreach work. The idea of Digital Humanities bringing scholarship and scholarly communities to life is key to this conference.
By taking digital methods as our focus, we aim for Digitorium to be a welcoming and productive environment encouraging and enabling discussion and collaboration between scholars and practitioners working on digital projects in a wide variety of fields. These include both humanities disciplines including (but not limited to) English, History, American Studies, Gender and Race studies, Art, History of Art, Music, Modern Languages and Classics, Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Theatre and Dance, and also social sciences including (but again, not limited to) Library and Information Science, Criminal and Social Justice, Education, Textiles, and other human and environmental sciences.