DRHA 2008: ‘New Communities of Knowledge and Practice’
University of Cambridge, September 14-17

Visit the website at www.rsd.cam.ac.uk/drha08/ for more information and a link to the proposals website.

The deadline for submissions will be 30 April 2008.

The DRHA (Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts) conference is held annually at various academic venues throughout the UK. The conference theme this year is to promote discussion around new collaborative environments, collective knowledge and redefining disciplinary boundaries.  The conference, hosted by the University of Cambridge with its fantastic choice of conference venues will take place from Sunday 14th September to Wednesday 17th September

The aim of the conference is to:

*       Establish a site for mutually creative exchanges of knowledge.

*       Promote discussion around new collaborative environments and
collective knowledge.

*       Encourage and celebrate the connections and tensions within the
liminal spaces that exist between the Arts and Humanities.

*       Redefine disciplinary boundaries.

*       Create a forum for debate around notions of the ‘solitary’ and
the collaborative across the Arts and Humanities.

*       Explore the impact of the Arts and Humanities on ICT: design and
narrative structures and visa versa.

There will be a variety of sessions concerned with the above but also with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and theorising around practice. There will also be various installations and performances focussing on the same theme. 

Keynote talks will be given by our plenary speakers who we are pleased to announce are Sher Doruff, Research Fellow (Art, Research and Theory Lectoraat) and Mentor at the Amsterdam School for the Arts, Alan Liu, Professor of English, University of California Santa Barbara and Sally Jane Norman, Director of the Culture Lab, Newcastle University.

In addition to this, there will be various round table discussions together with a panel relating to ‘Second Life’ and a special forum ‘Engaging research and performance through pervasive and locative arts projects’ led by Steve Benford, Professor of Collaborative Computing, University of Nottingham. Also planned is the opportunity for a more immediate and informal presentation of work in our ‘Quickfire’ style events. Whether papers, performance or other, all proposals should reflect the critical engagement at the heart of DRHA.

Cambridge’s venues range from the traditional to the contemporary all situated within walking distance of central departments, museums and galleries. The conference will be based around Cambridge University’s Sedgwick Site, particularly the West Road concert hall, where delegates will have use of a wide range of facilities including a recital room and a ‘black box’ performance space, to cater for this year’s parallel programming and performances.

  Sue Broadhurst
             DRHA Programme Chair