HomeDARIAH Masterclass: Participatory Engagement in Digital Humanities Projects

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Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017 by Jakob Epler


This  two-day masterclass will explore how participatory engagement is increasingly being considered a key component in the design of digital humanities projects.


Background and Motivation

The class is organised by DARIAH within the framework of it’s Humanities at Scale Project (HaS). As a concept and method, it has a wider reach than crowdsourcing, and signals a more collaborative relationship between researchers, the research process, and the community it serves. While this mode of engagement can be empowering and impactful, it also raises a number of concerns:

  • Identifying the stakeholders;
  • Ethics and exploitation;
  • Legal environments;
  • Resources and project sustainability;
  • Measuring the impact;
  • From participation to scholarly output

This masterclass will offer a platform for discussion of these ideas bringing together those interested in these topics, as both practitioners and theorists. A goal of this Masterclass will be to arrive at a classification of various forms of participation and knowledge production, providing a window onto the issues of creating and managing a participatory engagement digital humanities projects. 


Thursday 29 June | Day 1

  • 9.00: Coffee at An Foras Feasa
  • 9.30-10.30: Introductions: 3min presentations on three slides
  • 10.30-11.00: Aims of the Workshop & Definition of Terms, Professor Susan Schreibman and Dr Vinayak Das Gupta
  • 11.00-11.30: The advantages and benefits of working within a participatory engagement environment
  • 11.30-12.00: Break
  • 12.00-1.00: Breakout Sessions (discussions & presentations)
  • 13.00-13.45: Lunch
  • 13.45-14.15: Challenges of working within a participatory engagement environment
  • 14.15-15.00: Breakout Session (discussions & presentations)
  • 15.00-15.30: Break
  • 15.30-16.15: Talk on Ethics and Legal (with discussion), Andrea Martin
  • 16.15-17.15:  Breakout Sessions (discussions & presentations)
  • 17.15-17.30: Conclusions day 1
  • 18.00: Reception in An Foras Feasa

Friday 30 June | Day 2

  • 9.15-10.00: Discussion and review over coffee: Review of progress made on day 1 and identification of further issues
  • 10.00-11.00: Managing Resources in Digital Projects
  • 11.00-11.30: Break
  • 11.30-12.30: Roundtable activity on infrastructural requirements
  • 12.30-1.00: Breakout Sessions (discussions & presentations)
  • 13.00-13.45: Lunch
  • 13.45-14.45:  Finding, Building and Retaining Audiences  - A Case Study Approach
  • 14.45-15.15: Presentations on case studies
  • 15.15-15.45: Break
  • 15.45-16.45: From Participation to Scholarly Output: Receiving Academic Credit for Participatory Scholarship
  • 16.45-17.15: Wrap Up, Conclusions  & Next Steps
  • 19.00: Dinner at a Restaurant in Maynooth

Programme Committee and / or Organisational Team

  • Vinayak Das Gupta
  • Susan Schreibman
  • Fionnuala Gilmartin
  • Neale Rooney


Target Group

This masterclass is aimed individuals who have an active and/or demonstrable interest in public engagement projects and/or citizen science initiatives. Submissions are especially encouraged from early career researchers and from those from European countries the Humanities at Scale project serves. i.e., countries who do not have a strong tradition of digital humanities research.


Preference will be given to applicants whose area of expertise falls under one or more of the topics covered during the Masterclass and who are currently working or who have worked in the past on participatory engagement projects.

Application Process

 Applications should be made via this Google Form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScIQU1cOyBEex-jxgyn2QvKMLlyLtTJ7vfLzgzVfhNEjcMoog/viewform).

Selection Committee

  • Vinayak Das Gupta
  • Susan Schreibman
  • Neale Rooney


  • An Foras Feasa, Iontas Building - Newtown Road
    Maynooth, Ireland


  • Thursday, June 29, 2017
  • Friday, June 30, 2017


  • DARIAH, Master Class, Humanties at Scale, Engagement, Crowdsourcing, research process


  • Neale Rooney
    courriel : neale [dot] rooney [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Neale Rooney
    courriel : neale [dot] rooney [at] gmail [dot] com

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