Participatory Engagement in Digital Humanities Projects

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 09:30 to Friday, June 30, 2017 - 16:30
An Foras Feasa

This two-day masterclass, supported by DARIAH and Humanities at Scale, will explore how participatory engagement is increasingly being considered a key component in the design of digital humanities projects. As a concept and method, it has a wider reach than crowdsourcing, and signals a more collaborative relationship between researchers, the research process, and the community it serves. While this mode of engagement can be empowering and impactful, it also raises a number of concerns:

  • Identifying the stakeholders;
  • Ethics and exploitation;
  • Legal environments;
  • Resources and project sustainability;
  • Measuring the impact;
  • From participation to scholarly output

This masterclass will offer a platform for discussion of these ideas bringing together those interested in these topics, as both practitioners and theorists. A goal of this Masterclass will be to arrive at a classification of various forms of participation and knowledge production, providing a window onto the issues of creating and managing a participatory engagement digital humanities projects.  


This masterclass is aimed individuals who have an active and/or demonstrable interest in public engagement projects and/or citizen science initiatives. Submissions are especially encouraged from early career researchers and from those from European countries the Humanities at Scale project serves. i.e., countries who do not have a strong tradition of digital humanities research.

It will be limited to 12 participants. Preference will be given to applicants whose area of expertise falls under one or more of the topics covered during the Masterclass and who are currently working or who have worked in the past on participatory engagement projects. The event is open to Irish, European, and international applicants. Accommodation and transportation will be covered for all selected participants up to a maximum of €250 for participants based in the Republic of Ireland and up to €500 for participants outside Ireland. Meals for all days of the event will also be covered.  

Application Process

Interested applicants should send a current CV and an expression of interest here. Deadline for applications is April 30 2017.

This Masterclass is funded by
Humanities at Scale



Digital Arts & Humanities