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Workshop - Twin Talks: Understanding Collaboration in DH at DHN 2019

Tuesday, 5 March, 2019 (All day)

The workshop “Twin Talks: Understanding Collaboration in DH” takes place during the 4th Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries Conference (DHN 2019) in Copenhagen from 6-8 March 2019. This full day workshop will be held on Tuesday, 5 March 2019.

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Call for workshop papers

Special feature of this workshop: Twin Talks

This workshop is special in that all submitted talks at this workshop are submitted and presented by a humanities researcher and a digital expert. They report on the research carried out together, both from their individual perspective (either humanities research or technical), as well as on their collaboration experience. 

Why twin talks instead of solo talks?

The main objective of the workshop is to get a better understanding of the dynamics on the Digital Humanities work floor where humanities scholars and digital experts meet and work in tandem to solve humanities research questions. The best way to do this seems to be to give both parties the opportunity to present their achievements and to share their collaboration experiences with the audience. The insights gained should help those involved in the education of humanities scholars, professionals and technical experts alike to develop better training programmes. 

Who should submit?

Pair of a humanities and a digital expert who have done joint research and who want to report on their work and on their collaboration experience.

Why should you submit and/or attend?

Humanities research can only benefit maximally from new developments in technology if content and digital experts team up, very similar to the hard sciences where research is done in teams working on a specific problem, where everybody brings in his/her specific content and technical expertise and skills. Co-design, co-development and co-creation are the rule rather than the exception, but very little is known about how this collaboration works in practice and how better training and education of both humanities scholars and digital experts could facilitate the way they collaborate. This is what this workshop wants to address, based on real life collaboration examples. We especially invite researchers, professionals, educators, and RI operators with a special interest in creating the conditions where humanities scholars and technical experts can fruitfully collaborate in answering humanities research questions.

Format of the workshop

The full day workshop will start with an invited talk, followed by six 25-minute twin talks, i.e. talks presented by pairs consisting of a humanities scholar and a digital expert, followed by 5 minutes for questions and discussion.  The talks should contain the following three components: presentation of the humanities problem and its solution, presentation of the technical aspects of the research done, and a report on the collaboration experience itself, including obstacles encountered and recommendations how better training and education could help to make collaboration more efficient and effective. After the talks there will be a round table discussion with all participants to formulate the lessons learned from the presentations. 

Research topics

All humanities research topics in a very broad sense are welcome, where we explicitly include social sciences and well as cultural heritage studies. Research may be completed or ongoing, as long as the presentation explicitly addresses the way the humanities researcher and the digital expert have collaborated or still collaborate.

What we expect from the submissions

  • They are authored and presented by one more humanities scholars and one or more digital experts
  • They start from a humanities research question (i.e. not a technical question)
  • They describe the research carried out jointly and its results
  • They describe the technical aspects of the methods used and the results obtained
  • They analyse the way the scholar and the technician collaborated, addressing issues such as (but not limited to):
    • What was easy and what was difficult – and why?
    • How did the researcher and technician change each other’s way of looking at things?
    • Did they, for instance, make each other aware of blind spots they had?
    • Did the combination of thinking from a DH research question and thinking from a technical solution lead to new insights?
    • How could better training or education of scholars and digital experts make collaboration easier, more effective and more efficient?

Submission instructions and important dates

  • Format: PDF. We follow the format instructions for the main conference, see:
  • Size: Extended abstracts, size ca 2000-4000 words [updated!], covering research question and answers, technical aspects and collaboration experience
  • Publication: The workshop proceedings will be included in the proceedings of the main conference
  • Submission URL:
  • Wednesday, Jan 2 2019: Submission deadline
  • Wednesday,  Jan 16 2019: Notification of acceptance/rejection
  • Wednesday, Feb 13 2019: Submission of final version, taking into account reviewers’ comments

Programme committee

Chairs and main organisers:


  • Franciska de Jong (CLARIN ERIC / Utrecht University)
  • Bente Maegaard (CLARIN ERIC / University of Copenhagen)
  • Jennifer Edmond (Trinity College Dublin) / PARTHENOS)
  • Ulrike Wuttke (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam / PARTHENOS)
  • Frank Uiterwaal (NIOD – KNAW / PARTHENOS)
  • Eleni Gouli (Academy of Athens / PARTHENOS)
  • Koenraad De Smedt (University of Bergen, CLARINO)
  • Others to be confirmed


For more information please contact Steven Krauwer (


University of Copenhagen