The 21st International Conference on Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts (DRHA)

Hosted by the Arts Institute at the University of Plymouth (UK)

10–13 September 2017

“We’re drowning (not waving) in a sea of data – with data, data everywhere, but not a drop of information.” (US National Security Agency Website)

This major international transdisciplinary conference explores the use and misuse of data in the digital arts and humanities: in particular, the material, practical and theoretical challenges imposed by data and the digital turn; and the tensions, difficulties and creative potentials that data provokes.

The conference will explore the bittersweet pain of the scholar in search of absent data, groaning under the weight of vast data-sets or grappling with and cleansing dirty data; the possibilities of networked communities, relationships and identities, mediated through data storage and transmission technologies; the manipulative power to process text and image; the seemingly unlimited opportunities for media and culture made accessible, and sharable, and malleable through its status as data.

The conference programme will be organised in 5 distinct strands: Digital arts, design and performance; Digital humanities; Creative and cultural industries; Digital libraries and archives; and Digital cities and urban commons.

As significantly, Data Ache will create a space for conversations and collaborations across disciplines. The conference will feature ‘long tables’, performances, a reception, and a conference meal at the National Marine Aquarium. A selection of papers will be developed into a collection, edited by the organisers, following the conference.

Proposal Submission Extended Deadline: 30th April 2017
Notification of Acceptance: by end of May 2017
Early Bird Registration Closes: 31st July 2017
Late Registration Deadline: 1st September 2017
Conference Dates: 10th–13th September 2017

for more info about the call and submissions visit 

Hosted by the Arts Institute at the University of Plymouth (UK)


Anastasios Maragiannis
Deputy Chair DRHA 
[Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts]

Academic Portfolio Leader
Principal Lecturer in Design
Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts
University of Greenwich,
London, UK