SIG Meeting during DH2017

The Steering Committee of the AVinDH SIG would like to invite you for a special lunch meeting during the DH2017 meeting in Montreal on Wednesday 9 August from 12.30-1.30 pm in room Leacock 232.
During this meeting we would like to discuss two topics:
  • Ongoing and future activities of our Special Interest Group.
  • Governance.
    Currently the steering committee consists of three members who founded the SIG, 2 years ago (more info on the background of the SIG, please see this section on the website). We think the SIG has matured during these years and would very much like to expand the committee by including members from other continents. We are now seeking members of our SIG who like to join the steering committee and give shape to the next phase of the SIG. By joining the steering committee you will become active in an international board of AVinDH scholars and be able to initiate and participate future activities and plans. If you are interested to join the board, we invite you to inform prof. dr. Franciska de Jong ( by briefly stating your interest and by sending a short bio.

Please note, that if you will not be in Montreal you can off course still submit both your input for future activities or your expression of interest to join the steering committee by sending an email to Franciska de Jong as well.


Workshop Computer Vision in Digital Humanities

During the DH2017 conference in Montreal, Canada, the 3rd workshop of our SIG will take place. This year’s theme is ‘Computer Vision in Digital Humanities‘.

This full-day workshop will start with a keynote address by Lindsay King & Peter Leonard (Yale University) on “Processing Pixels: Towards Visual Culture Computation”.

This keynote will be followed by:

  • Paper presentations based around three themes: 1) Results or ongoing work and research in which computer vision was applied and what opportunities and challenges were faced. 2)How can cooperation between Humanities researchers and computer vision experts be improved so both can benefit of each other’s expertise? 3) What kind of large publicly available annotated datasets are of use for Digital Humanities researchers?
  • A hands-on session in which participants will be able to experiment with open source Computer Vision tools. This session will be led by Benoit Seguin of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, (EPFL).
  • Lightning Talks allowing participants to share their ideas, projects or ongoing work in a short presentation of two minutes. Registration for this session will take place during the workshop so no submission is needed for part of the workshop.

All information on the workshop and the call for abstract can be found on this page.

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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. 


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

Nominee Reviewers DH2017

ADHO has requested the steering committee of the Special Interest Group Audiovisual Materials in Digital Humanities to nominate new reviewers for the upcoming DH2017 conference, August 8-11 2017 in Montreal, Canada. Therefore, we would like to get in touch with you to request names of candidates whom you think are not involved yet in the review process but should be included in order to have a balanced group of people who are also active in the field of Audiovisual Materials and Digital Humanities.

Candidates must meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Be currently associated directly with or have been associated professionally with an institutional DH program, project, or initiative within the last three years.
  • Hold at least a Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (including but not limited to Humanities, Science(s), Library Science, Fine Arts).
  • Have presented at an ADHO-, CO- or SIG-organized conference, symposium, colloquium, or equivalent.
  • Have published a DH-specific article or essay in a scholarly journal or volume (either print or electronic).
Names of candidates can be sent to Martijn Kleppe by sending an email to: Please submit your candidate by 30 September 2016.

Information AVinDH Workshop @DH2016

We are happy to inform you that all the information about our upcoming workshop ‘Audiovisual Data and Digital Scholarship: Towards Multimodal Literacy’ is now online at The workshop will take place 12 July 2016 during the DH2016 conference at Cracow, Poland.

The workshop will kick off with a keynote by Claire Clivaz on ‘Images, Sound, Writing in Western: a long hatred-love story?’ after which 3 paper sessions will take place:

  • Models for training digital humanists in accessing and analyzing audiovisual collections
  • Analysis and discovery models for audiovisual materials
  • Copyright and Sustainability

The complete program, paper titles and abstracts are available at

To facilitate the exchange of current ongoing work, projects or plans, this workshop also allows participants to give very short lightning talks and project pitches of max 5 minutes. More information at

At this point the workshop is fully booked. However, if you would very much like to attend we invite you to contact Martijn Kleppe ( in order to see if there is another possibility for you to attend this workshop.


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NEH Symposium on Preserving Audiovisual Heritage

Distributed via the AVinDH Mailing List:


If you work with recorded sound and moving image materials in your research, documentation, or other activities, you may be interested in the following event.

 The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will host a one-day symposium on AV preservation on September 30, 2016. The event will follow the annual meeting of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) meeting in Washington, DC. The unique focus of this session is the inter-relationship of AV collections (and their preservation) with humanities research. There is no fee for the conference but register early as it is expected to fill up quickly.

 A webpage for the event is under construction. In the meantime, if you would like to register, registration may be found at:

 I look forward to seeing many of you at IASA and the NEH symposium in September, and again later in the fall at the SEM meeting.

 Best wishes – Jesse

 Jesse A. Johnston, Ph.D.

Senior Program Officer

Division of Preservation and Access

National Endowment for the Humanities

400 7th St SW

Washington DC 20506

AVinDH Workshop at DH2016

We are very happy to announce that our workshop proposal on ‘Audiovisual data and digital scholarship: towards multimodal literacy’ has been accepted for the upcoming DH2016 Conference in Krakow, Poland. The call for Abstract is currently online and we are happy to receive your abstract by May 1st. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by May 15th. (The full Call for Abstracts can be found here: .)
Please find the introduction to the workshop below. A full programma is likely to be available from 17 May onwards.

Introduction workshop 

In many online platforms and websites, audio-visual data is gradually playing an equal or greater role than text. Similarly, in multiple disciplines such as anthropology, ethnomusicology, folklore, media studies, film studies, history, and English, scholars are relying more and more on audio-visual data for richer analysis of their research and for accessing information not available through textual analysis. Developing aural and visual literacy has therefore become increasingly essential for 21st century digital scholarship. While audiovisual data allows for research to be disseminated and displayed linearly, within one modality (e.g., reading a book from first to last page), it also allows for non-linear discovery and analysis, within multiple modalities (e.g., reading a webpage, browsing to a link with a sound clip, from there to a clip with film). This workshop will address both the challenges of analyzing audiovisual data in digital humanities scholarship, as well as the challenges of educating contemporary digital humanists on how to access, analyze, and disseminate an entire century of information generated with audiovisual media.