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Digital Methods Development workshops: call for proposals

Digital Methods Development Workshops provide opportunities for individual researchers and research projects to explore challenges in digital methods in small groups. Our presenters and facilitators are leaders in their fields, engaged in pushing the boundaries of digital research across a wide range of disciplines.

digital_methods_smallWe cover both qualitative and quantitative methods, and are particularly interested in using the workshops as a venue to collectively address challenges or problems in emerging fields. Participants in our previous events range from doctoral students to Principal Investigators on major research grants from a wide range of disciplines including English, Education, Divinity, Law, Music, Politics, Sociology, Social Anthropology, History, HPS, Geography and Computer Science. 

We design and deliver our workshops in collaboration with researchers and welcome proposals for future events from research projects, Faculties and Departments. Workshops can be designed to fit the needs of our collaborators but the typical format is a half-day event, from 11.30 – 3.30, with two sessions and a break for a sandwich lunch. All previous workshops have been free for participants.

We usually limit numbers of participants to 15-20, but other sizes of groups can also be accommodated. Priority booking can be arranged for specific groups of students and/or participants.

Workshops are advertised on the Digital Humanities Network website, to our mailing list and via departmental and faculty lists, and publicised on the CRASSH website and social media channels.

Please contact the DH Network Coordinator, Dr Anne Alexander for more information if you are interested in funding or co-designing a workshop. A sample budget is available below. The DH Network’s contribution to the events includes:

  • Coordinator’s time to research, design and facilitate the event
  • Online publicity and colour printed posters and/or leaflets
  • Advice on potential sources of funding and help with funding applications
  • Venue in the Alison Richard Building or elsewhere on Sidgwick site  
  • Event admin

Workshop co-organisers usually need to secure funding for:

  • Catering for participants
  • Travel and accommodation for speakers

To apply to co-organise a workshop, please contact Dr Anne Alexander, DH Network Coordinator ( with a 200 word abstract for your proposed event, including suggested speakers. This is an open call and applications can be made at any point during the academic year, with the proviso that we expect to hold 2-3 workshops per term and usually schedule events at least a term in advance. Please see below for details of workshops we are planning for this year, previous events and a sample budget.

The principal applicant for our methods workshops should be a member of staff or doctoral student at the University of Cambridge. However, if you are based at another institution and would be interested in identifying Cambridge partners for a possible workshop, you are also welcome to get in touch with us.

Previous workshops


Jun 2013

Participatory digital research projects

Guest speaker: Stuart Dunn (KCL)

Programme and more details online:

Jun 2014

Participatory data collection

In collaboration with Cambridge Conservation Initiative

Guest speakers: Matthias Stevens (Extreme Citizen Science research group (ExCiteS), University College London) and Nadia Pantidi (University of Nottingham)

Programme and more details online:

Jan 2015

Crowdsourcing for humanities researchers

In collaboration with Arthur Schnitzler Digital

Guest speaker: Tim Causer (Transcribe Bentham, UCL)

Programme and more details online:

Digital Ethnography

Oct 2013

Researching social movements in online environments

In collaboration with the Department of Social Anthropology

Guest speaker: Marianne Maeckelbergh (Leiden)

Programme and more details online:

Oct 2015

Researching global labour movements: where do digital methods fit in?

In collaboration with Researching (with) Social Media Reading Group and the Dying for an iPhone project

Guest speaker:  Dr Jenny Chan (Contemporary China Studies, University of Oxford)

Programme and more details online:

Data Expeditions

Feb 2014

World Factory Data Expedition

In collaboration with Metis Arts

Guest speaker: Bianca Winter (Hoipolloi)

Programme and more details online: 

Visualisation and graphical display

May 2015

Graphical display: challenges for humanists

In collaboration with the Casebooks Project

Guest speakers: Tom Corby (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media, Westminster); Mark Bell (National Archives)

Programme and more details online:

Nov 2015

Mapping contagion: histories and futures

In collaboration with the Visual Plague project and Researching (with) Social Media Reading Group

Guest speakers: Lukas Engelmann (CRASSH, Visual Plague), Professor Alison Bashford (History, The Quarantine Project), Dr Shirlene Badger (Institute of Public Health), Dr Kathryn Berger (Cambridge Veterinary School) , Dr Christos Lynteris (CRASSH, Visual Plague)

Programme and more details online:

Managing and archiving humanities big data

Feb 2016

Managing social media data: strategies for researchers

In collaboration with the Office for Scholarly Communication

Guest speakers: Dr Katrin Weller, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne, Germany; Sara Day Thomson, Digital Preservation Coalition

Programme and more details online here:

Mar 2016

What should we keep? Lessons from history for the shift for digital

In collaboration with The National Archives and Cambridge Big Data (part of the Our Digital Future conference 14-15 March)

Guest speakers: Dr Anthea Seles, Digital Transfer and Records Manager, the National Archives; Dr David Willcox and Lucie Jordan, The National Archives; Rachel MacGregor, Lancaster University; Jenny Bunn, University College London; Dr David Erdos, University of Cambridge

Programme and more details online here:

Search engines

Feb 2016

Building a search engine which works for you

In collaboration with British Library Labs and the Faculty of History

Guest speaker: Ben O'Steen, Lead Developer, British Library Labs

Programme and more details online here:

Filming Revolution: A digital methods workshop with Alisa Lebow

16 May 2016

In collaboration with the Centre for Film and Screen
Filmmaker / film scholar Alisa Lebow leads an-depth exploration of the methods used in creating the Filming Revolution project, a meta-documentary about film-making in the Egyptian Revolution.
More details here:

Digitally Mapping the Romanian avant-gardes

6 June 2016

In collaboration with the Université de Pau.
This workshop will introduce a new project which aims to make accessible the works and archives (textual/visual) of a series of Romanian avant-gardes movements over the 20th century
More details here:

Sample budget: single workshop


Estimated cost

Speaker travel (London / SE England)


Speaker accommodation


Catering ( 20 x @£5.75 pp)




Cost per place




We are a network of researchers at the University of Cambridge who are interested in how the use of digital tools is transforming scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. This transformation spans both the content and practice of humanities research, as the diffusion of digital technologies opens up new fields of study and generates research questions which breach traditional disciplinary boundaries.

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