Clara Henderson (1955-2016)

We are very sad to announce that one of the initiators of the AudioVisual Material in Digital Humanities (AVinDH)  Special Interest Group, the ethnomusicologist Clara Henderson from Indiana University, passed away last Sunday October 2th. 

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We met Clara at the Digital Humanities 2014 in Lausanne, where a pre-conference workshop was held on the use of AV in DH for the very first time. The plan to set up a Special Interest Group was born there,  and Clara’s input made sure we would include folklore and music. While it usually requires quite some effort to get people to take up tasks for new initiatives, she agreed with full enthusiasm to set up a servlist and be the SIG’s contact person in the USA. In the Summer of 2015, we met again at the DH2015 conference in Sydney, where our SIG was formally approved. This summer we organized a second workshop at the DH2016 conference in Cracow, Poland and it was inspiring and fun again. Due to Clara’s visionary engagement the DH2016 workshop organizer have managed to form a group of very  enthusiastic scholars eager to put theory into practice. A special issue on the topic is in preparation, and we intend to dedicate it to the memory of our dear Clara.

AVinDH Steering Committee

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