Conferences hosted by the English Department.

Reoccurring conferences

Digital Humanities Summer Institute

DHSIDHSI (, our summer institute held annually at the University of Victoria, provides an ideal environment for discussing and learning about new computing technologies and how they are influencing teaching, research, dissemination, creation, and preservation in different disciplines, via a community-based approach.

In its tenth year, the DHSI has welcomed more than 1200 people from around the world as it has grown over the years to include 40 courses and around 600 students. Described by one participant as an event that "combines the best aspects of a skills workshop, international conference, and summer camp," the DHSI spans three weeks of intensive coursework, seminars, and lectures, and prides itself on its friendly, informal, and collegial atmosphere. We invite you to join the DHSI community in Victoria for a time of practice, learning, and connecting with (and making new) friends and colleagues.

For a complete list of the DHSI courses for 2015 please see our conference page.

September 2014 - August 2015

Making Links

April 7th and 8th, 2015

“Making Links: Texts, Contexts, and Performance in Digital Editions of Early Modern Drama” will profile pioneering SSHRC-funded work done at the University of Victoria, create pathways for further research, and foster collaboration and linking between cognate projects. This two-day conference was held at the University of Victoria on April 7-8, 2015 just after the annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) in Vancouver. Capitalizing on our geographical proximity to Vancouver, this follow-up conference convenes a subset of SAA attendees who have a stake in digital editions of early modern drama, in particular the Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE), Digital Renaissance Editions (DRE), Queen’s Men Editions (QME), and The Map of Early Modern London (MoEML). The principal goals of our conference are (1) to foster and mentor a new generation of editors and programmers, and (2) to establish the preconditions for creating scholarly and digital links between projects.


Tribe and Rite

November 7th and 8th, 2014

Metal culture celebrates the wild, the grotesque, and the forbidden; This conference explored various aspects of the topic through an academic lens. In addition to the feast for the mind, the conference climaxed with crushing heavy metal performances.

We would like to thank the following for their funding of the conference:

  • The department of English
  • The UVSS
  • Faculty of the Humanities
  • VP Academic Research
  • The Department of Philosophy
  • The Department of Psychology

And Dr. Shamma Boyarin faculty advisor.

We would also like to thank the CFUV radio station and the McPherson Library for their support with the event.

“The South of Heaven Symposium was a fantastic gathering of metal fans and scholars. It’s living proof that metal music has become one of the richest sources of pop culture debate and discussion in recent years. It was a pleasure to be a part of the event \m/” – Sam Dunn