Digital Humanities Committee


The Digital Humanities committee is responsible for guiding the use of technologies in the research and instructional activities of the Faculty of Humanities. It advises the Dean of Humanities and is as a means by which the various member departments of the faculty can raise issues of common concern about the technology, its use in the faculty and academic recognition for digitally-based scholarship or teaching. Conversely, it is also a means by which communication on these topics can be distributed out to the departments.

The two responsibilities of the committee which most directly affect the HCMC are to :

  • guide policy for the HCMC, such as deployment of labour, space, equipment. These policies guide the operational decisions made within the HCMC and set the standards by which project proposals are evaluated;
  • evaluate proposals from scholars for projects which consume significant HCMC resources (as part of the formal project approval process). The committee has authority to approve or prevent a proposed project from using the resources requested of the HCMC.

The committee meets approximately three times during the fall session and three times during the spring session each year. To ensure the timely consideration of project proposals, the committee may undertake that aspect of its work through email or other media, rather than meet in person.


The committee consists of:

  • the Associate Dean of Humanities, who acts as the chair of the committee
  • a representative from the Humanities Computing and Media Centre
  • three representatives from departments in the Faculty of Humanities, appointed by the dean to serve no longer than three years
  • a representative from the Library