About DHCS

The Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS) brings together researchers, scholars, librarians, and technologists in the humanities and computer science from across the country and around the world to examine the current state of digital humanities as a field of intellectual inquiry and to identify and explore new directions and perspectives for future research. The thirteenth meeting of the DHCS will be held at the Water Tower Campus of Loyola University Chicago on November 9-11, 2018.

DHCS Member Institutions

DePaul University

DePaul is the nation’s largest Catholic university, home to some 23,000 students arrayed into ten colleges on two campuses, one in Lincoln Park and the other in the Loop. In 2017, DePaul launched a new digital humanities initiative, Studio χ (CHI: Computing/Humanities Interface), a joint endeavor co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Computing and Digital Media, the University Library, and the Office of Academic Affairs.

The Studio works with all of DePaul’s colleges to construct networks of interested faculty, to support and sustain their intellectual work, to provide appropriate technology and facilities, and to enhance teaching with digital methods across the curriculum.

The Studio’s advisory board includes faculty and staff from six DePaul colleges, the university library, and the Irwin W. Steans Center. Advisory board members are involved in research and creative activities in a broad range of fields, including recommender systems, deep games, medical informatics, computer security,  computer science education, human computer interaction, digital storytelling, data journalism, communication studies, rhetoric, bioethics, predictive analytics, GIS, digital art history, instructional design, cultural geography, sustainable urban design, digital scholarship, experience design, visual sociology, video ethnography, English literature, and the history of science and technology.

We had a sensational season of programming in 2017-18 featuring some of the most talented scholars working today at the interface of computing and the humanities. We sponsor two signature speaker series, "Space & Place in the Digital/Humanities" and "In the Realm of the (Digital) Senses: Eyes & Ears."  We host “Under the Hood” conversations showcasing new and emerging digital humanities projects. We also offer hands-on “Play in the Dirt” workshops focusing on technologies such as digital mapping, text and data mining, data visualization, text encoding, digital storytelling and others that provide focus for faculty with common interests to work together to further research initiatives and new pedagogies.

DePaul currently offers a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities, with other DH-focused programs in development.

Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Tech was created in 1940 by the merger of Armour Institute and Lewis Institute. Located on the west side of Chicago, Lewis Institute, established in 1895 by the estate of hardware merchant and investor Allen C. Lewis, offered liberal arts as well as science and engineering courses for both men and women. At separate meetings held by their respective boards on Oct. 26, 1939, the trustees of Armour and Lewis voted to merge the two colleges. A Cook County circuit court decision on April 23, 1940 solidified the merger.

One of 21 institutions that comprise the Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU), Illinois Tech offers exceptional preparation for professions that require technological sophistication, an innovative mindset, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

The Lewis College Department of Humanities houses Digital Humanities research. Through our B.S. in Digital Humanities (https://humansciences.iit.edu/humanities/programs/undergraduate-programs/bachelor-science-digital-humanities), students examine a blend of traditional humanities disciplines—history, philosophy, linguistics, rhetoric, literature, and art history— in the context of practical, hands-on work in the digital world. Our M.S. in Technology and Humanities (https://humansciences.iit.edu/humanities/programs/graduate-programs/master-science-technology-and-humanities) exposes students to leading theories and practices in user experience research, web design, and visual design fundamentals for documents and digital media. Through our Ph.D. in Technology and Humanities (https://humansciences.iit.edu/humanities/programs/graduate-programs/phd-technology-humanities), students will contribute creative and critical work in an effort to advance the understanding of complex relationships between people and technology. Illinois Tech provides a strong foundation in qualitative and quantitative research methods, while also considering technology through theoretical lenses of several core humanities disciplines, such as history, linguistics, media, studies, information science, communication, and philosophy.

Illinois Institute of Technology last hosted DHCS in 2017 (dhcs.iit.edu).

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola is Chicago’s Jesuit, Catholic university. With over 16,600 students and eleven schools, Loyola is one of the nation’s largest Catholic universities. It has campuses at the start of the Magnificent Mile as well as on Lake Michigan on the northside of the city.

Digital humanities research and education have a home at Loyola at the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities (CTSDH), a collaborative multidisciplinary research center in the College of Arts and Sciences. The CTSDH supports research across the humanities, as well as in the arts, communication, computer science, social sciences, and University Libraries. In addition to supporting research projects, the CTSDH sponsors conferences, lectures, and workshops, and offers undergraduate and graduate students the chance to work with faculty on advanced research, and to take courses in and pursue research of their own in the interdisciplinary areas of textual studies and digital humanities.

The CTSDH administers Loyola’s professional M.A. degree in Digital Humanities, one of the few such programs in the country. The Digital Humanities MA program offers training in the practice and critical study of the intersections between the humanities and computational sciences. Our interdisciplinary program offers rigorous hands-on training in digital research projects within a theoretical framework that explores the critical, social, and ethical contexts for thinking about Digital Humanities research and applications.

Northwestern University

Northwestern is a research university in Evanston, IL, committed to excellent teaching, innovative research and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community.

A professor gestures at a board to which a map of Chicago and various sticky notes and documents are attachedDigital humanities at Northwestern is capacious, collaborative and interdisciplinary, involving many academic departments and campus units such as Northwestern University Libraries, Weinberg College Media and Design Studio, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern IT, and others. Northwestern digital humanities projects critically engage mapping and multimodal narrative, online archives, language learning applications, video essays, digital editions, and the humanistic study of digital technologies.

Since 2013, Northwestern has hosted the Digital Humanities Summer Workshop, which brings together faculty, librarians, and technologists for a two-week intensive, critical, and collaborative experience in developing digital humanities pedagogy and research projects with meaningful roles for students. Also hosted at Northwestern is the NU Digital Humanities Lab (NUDHL), an interdisciplinary research workshop. For more information about digital humanities at Northwestern, please visit libguides.northwestern.edu/dh

Northwestern last hosted the colloquium in 2014.

Photo credit Nate Bartlett/NUIT

University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is a founding member of the Chicago Colloquium for Digital Humanities and Computer Science, hosting the first conference in 2006 and most recently in 2015.  

Researchers at the University of Chicago have used digital tools and methodologies in humanistic research since 1982, with the foundation of the ARTFL Project, one of the first DH labs in North America.  In the years since, faculty and students have developed and utilized computational approaches to linguistics and literary analysis, as well as data storage solutions for disciplines ranging from archeology to cinema studies.  Faculty guide students in the exploration of digital tools for the arts, with studios for the creation of electronic music, video games, and visual art.  Other projects bring source material—through video streaming, digital mapping, and three-dimensional rendering—to scholars outside the University and the general public.  The Digital Library Development Center collaborates with library staff, university faculty, and other institutions to develop and maintain digital scholarly resources, and the Research Computing Center provides support for computing-intensive projects.

Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, the University will offer a M.A. in Digital Studies of Language, Culture, and History, as well as an undergraduate minor.  The curriculum is designed to develop not only technical programming skills, but a deeper understanding of the complexities and cultural implications of technology across a broad range of academic disciplines.

University of Illinois – Chicago

As the largest university in one of the world’s most vibrant cities, the University of Illinois at Chicago is an acclaimed research institution with 15 colleges dedicated to the discovery and distribution of knowledge.

UIC was formed in 1982 by the consolidation of two U. of I. campuses: the Medical Center campus, which dates back to the 19th century and the comprehensive Chicago Circle campus which replaced, in 1965, the two-year undergraduate Navy Pier campus that opened in 1946 to educate returning veterans.

UIC’s mission:

  • To create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.
  • To provide a wide range of students with the educational opportunity only a leading research university can offer.
  • To address the challenges and opportunities facing not only Chicago but all Great Cities of the 21st century, as expressed by our Great Cities Commitment.
  • To foster scholarship and practices that reflect and respond to the increasing diversity of the U.S. in a rapidly globalizing world.
  • To train professionals in a wide range of public service disciplines, serving Illinois as the principal educator of health science professionals and as a major healthcare provider to underserved communities.

DHCS 2018 Steering Committee

  • Kyle Roberts, Loyola University Chicago
  • Elizabeth Hopwood, Loyola University Chicago
  • George Thiruvathukal, Loyola University Chicago
  • Tyler Monagahan, Loyola University Chicago
  • Roshanna Sylvester, DePaul University
  • Robin Burke, DePaul University
  • John Shanahan, DePaul University
  • Carly Kocurek, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Michael DeAnda, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Jillana Enteen, Northwestern University
  • John Dorr, Northwestern University
  • Marc Hauser, Northwestern University
  • Dolly Weber, University of Illinois – Chicago
  • Abigail Stahl, University of Illinois – Chicago
  • Hannah Higgins, University of Illinois – Chicago
  • Tiffany Funk, University of Illinois – Chicago
  • Benn Williams, University of Illinois – Chicago
  • Allan J. Berry, University of Illinois – Chicago
  • Clovis Gladstone, University of Chicago
  • Carmen Caswell, University of Chicago
  • Jeffrey Tharsen, University of Chicago
  • Michael Wills, University of Chicago