Digital Frontiers 2016


The 5th annual Digital Frontiers conference and THATCamp will be held September 22-24 at Rice University in Houston. It is hosted by Rice's Fondren Library and the Humanities Research Center.

Registration opens June 6, 2016

News and Announcements

Digital Frontiers is a collaborative effort, and would not be possible without the efforts of our Organizing Committee.

Representatives of 9 institutions including acadmic and public libraries, reseach institutes, and academic departments come together to make this event happen.

We're especially grateful for the representatives of our host institution Rice University for making this year's event a pleasure to bring together.

We're so excited Digital Frontiers is finally here. For those of you attending the conference, here are some things to help you get ready for the conference:

See you in Houston!

Through the generosity of the Rice University Humanities Research Center, the keynote addresses by Roopika Risam and Patrick Meier will be webcast.

Click here for the Live Webcast.

The following sessions will be webcast:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

9:15 - 9:30

Host's Welcome

9:30 - 9:50

Director's Welcome

Presenters: Spencer D. C. Keralis

9:50 - 10:50

Burning Down the Tent: New Futures for Social Justice and Digital Humanities

Moderator/Organizer:: Spencer D. C. Keralis Presenters: Roopika Risam

Friday, September 23, 2016

2:45 - 3:45

From I, Robot to WeRobotics: Humanitarian Robotics in Action

Moderator/Organizer:: Katherine Hart Weimer Presenters: Patrick Meier

3:45 - 4:00

Closing Remarks

Moderator/Organizer:: Spencer D. C. Keralis


All times are Central Time.

We are delighted to announce that Digital Frontiers has received the sponsorship of IDHMC at Texas A&M for Digital Frontiers 2016. IDMHC is the source of digital humanities work at Texas A&M. It was established as one of eight IUMRI's or Landmark Research Areas to receive major university funding as part of its Academic Master Plan. We are grateful for the support of this distinguished organization.


For information on how your organizations can sponsor Digital Frontiers, visit our Sponsorships page.

Digital Frontiers 2016 has received the sponsorship of SMU Central University Libraries! The CUL's Norwick Center for Digital Services is responsible for the digitization of some 50,000 image, text, and audio/video files with strong connections in railroads, Texas history and art, Mexico, the U.S. West, the U.S. Civil War, SMU history, African American films, and more. We are grateful for the support of this distinguished organization.


For information on how your organization can sponsor Digital Frontiers, visit our Sponsorships page.

Digital Frontiers 2016 is just around the corner! If you are presenting, please make sure and review the checklist we have provided below:

1. Send your bio, photo and any other information for you speaker profile on the website to Laura Schadt, our rad graduate student assistant. (

2. Check out the Conference Schedule to see when you're on.

3. Register! All Presenters must register to participate.

4. Make your travel arrangements.

5. Ask your institution to join the DF community as a sponsor.

6. Make sure your presentation is portable to a Windows machine. Bring it on a thumbdrive! 

7. Embed video in your presentation rather than streaming.

8. Join the Facebook Group. Make connections for ride/room shares, and share news with the DF community.

9. Follow us on Twitter and start talking about the conference.

10. Email if you have questions.

We look forward to seeing you all in Houston next month!

Digital Frontiers and Jeanette Sewell invite you to see the Digital Humanities like you've never seen them before!

Adult coloring books have become increasingly popular as a form of self expression and stress management. Recently, institutions of the Digital Humanities including libraries, archives, and digital repositories have begun creating coloring pages to shine a spotlight on some of their most popular collections. The Houston Public Library has created several of these coloring books, including one featuring advertisements from This Week In Texas:

In her workshop, Create Your Own Coloring Book!: A Hands-On Tutorial, Jeanette Sewell will guide attendees through the steps of creating their own coloring book using their existing digital archival materials. Participants are asked to bring three to five of their own images to work with and a laptop for this hands-on tutorial. For more information, visit


Registration is now open for Digital Frontiers 2016!

The Digital Frontiers Programming Committee is pleased to announce that the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations' (ADHO) Conference Coordinating Committee has endorsed Digital Frontiers 2016.

We are honored to receive this recognition from such an august and influential organization in the field as Digital Frontiers celebrates its 5th Anniversary in September at Rice University.

We're honored to have Credo join the Digital Frontiers community as a sponsor.

Read the Credo announcement here.

For information on how your organization can sponsor Digital Frontiers, please visit our Sponsorship page. Individuals can give a tax-deductible gift here.


THATCamp Digital Frontiers will take place at Rice University’s Fondren Library on Saturday, September 24, 2016, immediately after the Digital Frontiers conference. It is co-sponsored by Digital Frontiers and the Texas Digital Humanities Consortium.

We welcome all with an interest in digital humanities (broadly conceived) to join us for what promises to be a exhilarating day of conversation, hands-on exploration, and community building.


Thanks to generous sponsorship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Resilient Networks to Support Inclusive Digital Humanities grant, THATCamp Digital Frontiers is free. Registration is limited to the first 50 registrants. Please visit to learn more and to register.