The Digital Humanities are a team sport. The newest component of our team was founded in the fall of 2021: The Digital Humanities Graduate Student Society!  The interdisciplinary MA Specialization in Digital Humanities has been growing in recent years – so much so that we have over 30 students currently enrolled, across a panoply of separate departments. While the students in an individual year come together in the core DH courses, there was a desire for more cohesion, more opportunities to support each other, learn from each other, and, well, have some fun with DH.

The DHGSS was founded by students, for students, to support professional and social development in the field. This FutureFunder will help the DHGSS establish a student-led conference, social activities, extra-curricular learning opportunities, and personal and professional relationships into the future.

The DHGSS intends to put on a series of events to support the professional, academic, and social development of students in the DH program, that respond to the evolving needs and desires of the cohort.

Your support will go towards supporting a number of events and initiatives including:

  • an annual student led graduate DH conference
  • alumni recognition and reconnection nights
  • code-together events
  • practicum outreach and professional development nights
  • wikithons
  • development of student-run publication to highlight and showcase research and project work
  • fun nights to explore DH aspects of popular media and culture

Establishing the DHGSS on a secure grounds will help enhance the educational, personal, and professional development of our students. The activities that the DHGSS are proposing will take DH into the community, and indeed expand that community by fostering more connections with the tech scene in Ottawa. The establishment of the DHGSS will help cement Carleton’s leadership in DH education.