Ethics in Digital Heritage

The Digital Humanities Incubator in the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities at UEA is excited to announce its symposium which will bring together leading scholars in digital heritage to discuss how we can best prepare, implement and anticipate ethical practices in our work.

Saturday, Jan 11, 2020. 10 am - 5 pm

New Science Building - 0.07, UEA, Norwich

Booking and information: https://bit.ly/35dhT5j

Contact: digital.humanities@uea.ac.uk

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Premise: In the Global West, our understanding of contemporary interactions, community, and participation in public life is changing rapidly, as we continue to morph and adjust to the affordances of rapid developments in mobile technology and computing, and the transformative power of new modes of digital communications. As a result, the ethical frameworks for heritage practitioners and researchers need readjustment, and an awareness of a wide variety of ethical considerations, often outside the traditional framing of a western-focused subject area.

The broad range of institutions and organisations involved in the sector need to be able to anticipate and adjust to meet the ethical challenges presented by contemporary and future technological, social, legal and political developments, regionally, nationally and globally. This symposium will bring together leading scholars on the subject of digital heritage to ask how we can best prepare, implement and anticipate ethical practices in our work. How can we understand the ethical impact of digital public participation, new technologies for data collection and analysis, digital colonialism, harassment and discrimination in the digital world, and the climate impact of digital technologies?

This symposium aims to answer these questions and more, and foster debate, new collaborations and better awareness of ethical digital heritage in both academic research, as well as the museums, galleries and heritage industries, and beyond.


Paul Bernal (University of East Anglia);
Chiara Bonacchi (University of Stirling);
Samantha Callaghan (Kings College, London);
L. Meghan Dennis (Leeds City College);
Harry Dyer (University of East Anglia);
Ryoko Matsuba (University of East Anglia);
Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco (University of Essex);
Jeremy Ottevanger (Sesamoid Consulting);
Dan Pett (Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge);
Jon Pratty (University of Sussex);
Lorna Richardson (University of East Anglia)



Join us on December 5th, 2018 from 4.30 – 5.30pm in the Council Chamber to:

-    Find out what DHi 2.0 is all about and how you can get involved
-    Learn about the fantastic digital research and activities that are ongoing and planned, and financial support for DH activities
-    Sign up to our mailing list
-    Share your interest in digital research with colleagues across the Faculty
-    Enjoy mulled wine and a mince pie!

If you would like to attend or are unable to attend but are interested in Digital Humanities please could you complete this form

A Day of All Things Social Media with Mark Carrigan

Thursday, May 3, 2018 | Arts 01.06

Session 1 | 10:00 - 11:30 am | Talk
Social Media for Academics

Session 2 | 12:00 - 2:00 pm | Research Seminar
Researching social media: Society, Identity and Gender
Panel: Mark Carrigan; Ghayda Aljuwaiser (U.Sheffield Hallam); Tori Cann (IIH); Harry Dyer (EDU)

Session 3 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm | Workshop
Managing institutional social media accounts

Mark Carrigan is a digital sociologist and author of “Social Media for Academics”. His work explores our digital society and spans social theory , qualitative research as well as applied research. This range of interests is reflected in the sessions.

Session 1 will consider the impact of Social Media on academia, and how academic communities can use it effectively. Session 2 will be a research-focussed panel discussion between Mark and several UEA researchers, while Session 3 will be practical, hands-on stuff for people who manage social media accounts.

Something for everyone! No registration required.

December Special Event

The Digital Preservation Coalition: What does membership of the DPC mean for us?


Thursday Dec 14th, 2017 | 12-1:30 pm | Arts 01.06

A presentation and QA opportunity with William Kilbride, Executive Director, DPC.

Presented by the British Archive of Contemporary Writing (BACW) and the Digital Humanities Incubator (DHi).

The UEA became a member of the Digital Preservation Coalition on 30/11/17. This event is being held to understand what this membship means for the university and how we can benefit from DPC expertise and networks to strengthen our digital preservation strategy.

Everyone welcome!


Autumn 2017 Seminar Series

Big Data and Multi-Level Mechanisms: Insights into the Nature of Inter-level Relationships

Thursday Dec 7th, 2017 | 12-1 pm | Arts 01.06

Virginia Ghiara, Doctoral student of Philosophy, University of Kent,

In this presentation, Virginia Ghiara will discuss their research on big data in the study of social phenomena and the methodological implications of using it to obtain causal knowledge.

Boutique data: The Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) and DH at the Smaller End of the ScaleJohn Dee Annotations

Thursday Nov 9, 2017. 12 -1 pm. Rm 1.05 TEC (The Enterprise Centre)

Dr. Matthew Symonds

The Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL), UCL

In this presentation, Dr. Matthew Symonds from the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) will discuss their project about the reading habits of Gabriel Harvey and John Dee, The Archaeology of Reading, and how, by allowing the nature of source materials to determine their methods, this level of “boutique data” can lead to new insights into the nature of the early modern.

Tudor Letters as Big Data

Thursday, October 12, 2017 12-1 pm. Arts 01.06

Dr. Ruth Ahnert

Queen Mary University of London

In this presentation Ruth Ahnert will discuss her AHRC-funded project, ‘Tudor Networks of Power’ - a collaborative digital humanities project that reconstructs the evidence for Tudor intelligence networks from 132,000 letters that survive in the British State Papers (government archives), and analyses them using computational tools and algorithms developed within the field of complex networks.



This round of funding is now closed.

The DHi is pleased to announce two funds to support digital humanities research.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday 2nd February 2018

1. Digital Humanities Training Fund - Financial support for one faculty member (ATR and ATS) and one PGR student place to attend the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School 2018.

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2. Eastern ARC Collaborative Workshop Fund - Financial support for staff and PGR students to develop collaborative workshops in DH-related themes, and to develop links between UEA and the Universities of Essex and Kent.

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