Speaking in Code



Monday, November 4, 2013, 8:00 to Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 17:00


University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

If you are driving to the Charlottesville area, you will probably want Maps & Directions to the University of Virginia. Our local airport is CHO, a short taxi ride to the north of town. Charlottesville is approximately 110 miles and two hours south of Washington, DC.

The Scholars' Lab is located in Alderman Library, behind the café on the main floor (4 West). View the Scholars' Lab and Alderman Library (and relationship to parking) on a Google map.


Over the course of two days in November 2013, participants will:

  • reflect on and express, from developers' own points of view, what is particular to the humanities and of scholarly significance in DH software development products and practices;
  • and collaboratively devise an action-oriented agenda to bridge the gaps in critical vocabulary and discourse norms that can frequently distance creators of humanities platforms or tools from the scholars who use and critique them.

This is a small planning and problem-scoping meeting, meant to provide an opportunity for advanced software developers to address shared issues in DH and tacit knowledge—on their own terms. Participants are therefore expected to have contributed to digital humanities software projects at an intermediate or expert level, committing code or with responsibility for aspects of design, architecture, and technical project management that indicates past experience can be brought to bear.

However, because software development—even in the more intellectually diverse and welcoming digital humanities—is a predominantly white and male profession, we are particularly committed to amplifying the voices of developers who are women, people of color, queer/LGBT, or otherwise under-represented among programmers, and to creating a friendly and respectful environment for collaboration at this event. Don't let impostor syndrome stop you from applying to Speaking in Code! If you have questions about your application, would like to nominate other participants, or have advice to share, please get in touch with the whole organizing group or with the grant's PI directly.

If interest in Speaking in Code greatly exceeds our funding and local capacity, the Scholars' Lab will explore options for remote participation. (And future Speaking in Code events may be geared toward novice developers or members of the scholarly user community for DH platforms and tools.)