centerNet’s Big Tent
If you think your center is a digital humanities center, in whole or in part, then we’d be glad to have you join centerNet. We leave the definition of “digital humanities” up to you, but we intend to be inclusive, and we know that there will be cross-over into the social sciences, media studies, digital arts, and other related areas. This might include humanities centers with a strong interest in or focus on digital platforms. One caveat—a “center” should be larger than a single project, and it should have some history or promise of persistence. To see a list our Founding Centers from around the world, click here.
By joining centerNet
your lab, center, or project will become a vital part of one of the newest constituent organization of ADHO (the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations).
centerNet was founded to address the particular needs of centers as such, rather than those of individual practitioners. Digital Humanities Centers have their own set of concerns, including, but hardly limited to:
- internal organization
- funding requirements
- institutional enmeshment
- and dealing directly (or at one remove) with the highest levels of academic, public library, funding agency, or museum bureaucracy
centerNet exists to help DH Centers navigate and thrive in this complex landscape by focusing on the kinds of issues that only arise when you have a Digital Humanities Center, or would like to create one.
Anchored by its new publication DH Commons and initiatives such as Day(s) of DH and Resources for Starting and Sustaining DH Centers, centerNet enables individual DH Centers to network internationally — sharing and building on projects, tools, staff and expertise — thereby providing a virtual DH center for isolated DH projects and a platform for educating the broader scholarly community about Digital Humanities.
Through formal partnerships with the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and 4Humanities, centerNet provides a coordinated channel for global humanities advocacy, focusing on the role digital humanities centers can play in exploring new possibilities for the humanities in our digital age and future.
Membership Fees Structure
centerNet membership fees are paid on a per-center basis through the Oxford University Press Website. Your center can join centerNet in one of two ways. Your center can pay a membership fee directly to centerNet or your center can sign up for an institutional subscription to LLC.
- Pay a membership fee directly to centerNet, this will not entitle your center to an institutional copy of LLC.
At centerNet we understand that digital humanities centers, labs, and projects come in all shapes and sizes. So we have created a tiered membership system that makes the benefits of centerNet membership available to as many centers as possible. The dues are based on your center’s FTE (Full Time Employees). Which is right for you?
|Division 1||Larger centers: 5+ FTE and/or invested in promoting Digital Humanities internationally||$400|
|Division 2||Mid-sized centers: 1 – 4 FTE and/or invested in promoting Digital Humanities regionally||$240|
|Division 3||Small centers or projects: no FTE||$80|
|centers in developing nations||See OUP list of developing nations to determine if you center qualifies for reduced or free membership||$80 or Free|
- Take out an institutional subscription to LLC and designate centerNet as your membership affiliation (link to Oxford University Press). Current rates for LLC subscription are as follows:
- $392 for online only access
- $470 for print and online access.
- Reduced pricing ($80 or free) is available for centers in developing nations, see OUP list
Institution-level subscription to LLC through university library journals databases do not constitute centerNet membership nor obviate the need for centers to register and pay membership fees.
Membership fees entitle partnering labs, centers, and projects to a discounted registration for the annual Digital Humanities conference. They also ensure that members in good standing can participate in local communications networks and that they have a voice in the leadership of the organization, through regionally-managed systems of representation on our international steering committee.
Benefits of Membership
Most importantly, your center can participate in and will be supporting the following centerNet initiatives:
- DH Commons, centerNet’s new publication, is merging with Arts-Humanities.net to create one large-scale discovery and review publication for digital humanities projects.
- Day(s) of DH: A Day of the Life of the Digital Humanities, an event where digital humanists from around the world document what they do. And starting soon, Days of DH targeted to specific DH language communities
- 1 registration to ADHO’s annual conference at the discounted membership rate
- centerNet Listserv and Website
- Facilitating regional meetings, workshops, and conferences for the purposes of intellectual exchange, solidifying community, and fostering disciplinary innovation in the humanities.
- Connecting centers around the world along the lines of their methodological affinities for sharing expertise and collaborative project development.
- Nurturing a new generation of “hybrid scholars” or “alternative academics,” working in staff positions that combine service and research components.
- Developing new curricular models based on digital humanities methodologies, collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and global perspectives.
- Legitimating the field and the value of digital humanities centers, especially in countries where digital humanities is only just emerging.
- Developing mechanisms for assessing digital humanities centers and maintaining a list of reviewing consultants for centers.
- Creating shared banks of expertise, including names of experts that can assist in peer review at time of promotion and tenure.
- Advocating on behalf of the field, both within and outside the academy.
- Working with funders to shape new opportunities that foster international collaborations and advocating on behalf of our funders.
- Establishing formal affiliations with like-minded organizations, including those already established with CHCI, CHAIN, the Digital Library Federation, and 4Humanities
Membership in centerNet additionally supports the full range of ADHO activities
- ADHO’s primary subscription-based print and digital journal, LLC: the Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities;
- two free, online peer-reviewed Open Access journals:
- DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly
- and Digital Studies / Le champ numérique;
- ongoing open access to two seminal edited collections:
- A Companion to Digital Humanities
- and A Companion to Digital Literary Studies;
- and two sponsored book series:
- Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities, published by Ashgate,
- Topics in the Digital Humanities, published by Illinois University Press
- as well as other emerging ADHO publications.
Informal Communication Venues
- the Humanist listserv (a long-standing “online seminar on humanities computing and the digital humanities”);
- Digital Humanities Questions and Answers (or @DHanswers, an open Q&A forum for all things DH);
- ADHO’s website, including joint projects and initiatives (such as an effort to create a searchable database of all presentations at DH and ACH/ALLC conferences dating back to the 1980s);
- as well as other communication venues supported by other ADHO constituent members
prestigious digital humanities awards
- the Busa Prize for lifetime achievement;
- the Zampolli Prize for notable achievements in digital humanities;
- and the Fortier Prize, awarded for the best student work at the DH conference;
and other ADHO activities, including
- a variety of mentorship programs and training and conference-attendance bursaries targeted at emerging DH practitioners;
- contributions to standards bodies and international initiatives (like the TEI and 4Humanities);
- and subventions for local hosts of the annual Digital Humanities conference.
Together, these ADHO and centerNet programs have a global reach and make a daily difference in the working lives of digital humanities scholars and practitioners around the world.