[Humanist] 29.623 events: accessibility

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Jan 14 11:22:17 CET 2016

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 623.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:42:58 -0500
        From: George Williams <georgehwilliams at gmail.com>
        Subject: "Accessibility and Digital Environments, " Call for Participants (June 13-17, 2016) DHSI

Dear Colleagues,

Erin Templeton and I encourage you to consider signing up for “Accessibility and Digital Environments” a week-long course to be offered at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute from June 13-17, 2016 (see details below), hosted by the University of Victoria in beautiful British Columbia. Please also forward this email to anyone you think may be interested in this topic.

Thanks to the generosity of their partners and sponsors, DHSI is able to offer a number of tuition scholarships for their courses. These scholarships are open to all, and cover tuition costs with the exception of a small, non-refundable administration fee. Furthermore, additional tuition scholarships are available specifically for this course. You may apply via http://dhsi.org/scholarships.php  http://dhsi.org/scholarships.php

DHSI not offers several additional opportunities to learn about digital humanities, scholarship, and pedagogy through unconference sessions, panel presentations, guest speakers, and colloquia. In addition, the 2016 Institute will coincide with ELO (Electronic Literature Organization) and INKE (Implementing New Knowledge Environments)  conferences, so there will be additional opportunities to attend sessions and events for participants.

Accessibility and Digital Environments: course description

In order to successfully reach a wide audience, digital projects must take into account the variety of potential users and their diverse needs. Not everyone accesses information in the same way, though we often assume otherwise. For example, people with disabilities of many different kinds--sensory, physical, and cognitive--represent a significant percentage of users for many digital projects, but most of these projects are designed without thinking about accessibility. However, digital humanists can ensure that they are designing for all users by taking accessibility into account from the beginning of a project. And existing projects can be adjusted and modified to improve their accessibility. 

This course will take a two-fold approach: students will read and discuss key works from disability studies scholarship in order to consider various applications for the digital humanities; these readings will form a critical framework for students’ hands-on work with tools that enable them to evaluate and create scholarly digital resources. Mornings will involve readings-based discussions on topics such as emerging standards for accessibility in digital environments, the social model of disability, user-centered design, and embodiment. Afternoons will be reserved for guided individual exercises and small-group work. Students are encouraged to bring their own projects or project ideas in order to evaluate them for accessibility and to make or plan changes as appropriate. Knowledge of and experience with web design is not required, but curiosity and a willingness to learn are a necessity. 

For more information about DHSI, generally, visit http://dhsi.org  http://dhsi.org/

If you have any questions or concerns about the “Accessibility and Digital Environments” course, please do not hesitate to contact us.


George H. Williams, USC Upstate
george.h.williams at gmail.com <mailto:george.h.williams at gmail.com>

Erin E. Templeton, Converse College
e.e.templeton at gmail.com <mailto:e.e.templeton at gmail.com>

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