[dance-tech] DRHA2006 - Invitation and further details

  • From: Barry.Smith@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2006 11:50:08 +0000

hello dance-tech

Further to the recent Press Release about change of name and focus, 
DRHA (UK) has now issued its invitation/"call" for events, 
demonstrations, work in progress, academic papers etc for its 
September 2006 conference.  Dance-tech Lists have always involved some 
of the foremost communities investigating "non-textual" applications 
of digital processes and I sincerely hope that some current members of 
this List will see the DRHA2006 conference at Dartington UK - which 
seeks to map current applications of digital resources across the 
whole area of arts and humanities - as an appropriate platform for 
recent and on-going investigations.

Further details below.



INVITATION and CALL for events, demonstrations, papers etc


March 2006

An international invitation and call for participation in a major 
conference for practitioners and scholars working with digital 
resources in the Humanities and Arts.

 * *  CONFERENCE 2006  * *
SEPTEMBER 3-6, 2006

for further details see


This year the renamed DRHA Conference - Digital Resources in the 
Humanities and Arts - is choosing to bring a new dimension into its 
standard range of digital projects and interests across the major 
disciplines of the humanities (archaeology, history, literature, 
languages, linguistics...) by offering an exceptional invitation to 
practitioners and scholars working with digital media across the 
creative, visual, performing and media arts (music, performance, 
dance, visual arts, gaming, media...).  This development is intended 
to draw upon and give greater opportunity to consider changes that 
have occurred through the various applications of digital resources 
across multi-media platforms and practice-based and practice-led arts 
research.  This development offers an opportunity to all participants 
involved in either the arts or the humanities to present, witness, 
experience and exchange knowledge and applications of accessible 
digital resources, and to appreciate how the collaborative practices 
of everyone involved with digital resources has a considerable 
potential to inform and influence other disciplines.

If you are working with digital processes and resources in any 
discipline in the arts or the humanities or allied subjects, you are 
warmly invited to consider making a presentation about your work or to 
articulate your perspective on the key themes of Conference 2006 which 
will be considering digital strategies, engagements and developments 
both as of now and in the future.

This significant and unique opportunity for an exchange of views, 
experience, approaches and knowledge across all the disciplines of 
both the humanities and the arts involved with digital resources, will 
be held at Dartington College of Arts (Totnes, Devon, UK) from Sunday 
September 3rd to Wednesday September 6th, 2006.

The history and environment of Dartington College of Arts make it the
perfect location for this Arts and Humanities Conference 2006.  Well 
known as a place of special beauty and seclusion, the performance 
studios and exhibition facilities are equally superlative and include 
the 14th Century Great Hall, The Barn Theatre, The Gallery, plus 
several 'black-box' and 'white-box' studios equipped with highly 
sophisticated computer installations appropriate for music, sound, 
theatre, dance, media, exhibition, installation, screenings, 
demonstrations and presentations of both completed digital works and 
work in progress;  comfortable well-equipped seminar rooms complement 
these facilities for the presentation of academic papers, panels 
sessions and debates; outdoor events are possible in the extensive 
gardens and estate grounds.  You can visit Dartington College of Arts 
online at:  http://www.dartington.ac.uk/space/index.asp

For this Conference two websites have been commissioned to give 
expanded up-to-date Conference details and to provide opportunities 
for making proposals and registering online.  The Dartington venue 
website is at 

and the DRHA2006 website (providing further details and facilities for
making online proposals and checking the overall Programme as it 
develops) is at 

On these websites and also duplicated below you will find more detailed
information on:
*  key themes for Conference 2006;
*  how you can participate and make proposals for presentations;
*  the  variety of presentation formats available;
*  additional notes for practitioners with particular technical
*  key dates;
*  points of contact for further information.

DRHA Conferences are never less than inspirational for those working 
with digital resources in the arts and humanities.  The conference 
series has established itself firmly in the UK and international 
calendar as a major forum bringing together scholars, practitioners, 
artists, innovators, curators, archivists, librarians, postgraduates, 
information scientists and computing professionals in an unique and 
positive way, to share ideas and  information about the creation, 
exploitation, use, management and preservation of digital resources in 
the arts and humanities and to analyse the all-important contemporary 
issues surrounding them.

With the advent of DRHA this conference series enters a new decade (the
first DRH Conference was at Somerville College, University of Oxford in
1996) and begins an exploration of new horizons in digital resources.  
I hope you will feel a sense of anticipation and be inclined to join 
this significant and exceptional Conference 2006 in order to 
participate in its presentations and debates and to contribute to and 
further its fine traditions of scholarly, artistic and cultural 
endeavours and exchange.

Further details on how to participate are available on the websites and
duplicated below for convenience and easy reference.

I look forward to welcoming you to Dartington and DRHA2006.

Barry Smith
Programme Chair, DRHA Conference 2006

Encl.:  further details on DRHA Conference 2006 (below).



Please find below more detailed information on:
1.   key themes for Conference 2006;
2.   how you can participate and make proposals for presentations;
3.   the  variety of presentation formats available;
4.   additional notes for practitioners with particular technical
5.   key dates;
6.   contacts for further information.

The Conference will continue to address the key emerging themes and
strategic issues that engagement with ICT (Information Communications
Technology) brings to scholarly research and artistic practice.  In 
2006 it will be particularly concerned to address such issues as:
*   the benefits of digital resources for creative work, teaching, 
learning, scholarship;
*  the application, creative use and development of digital resources; 
the problems associated with scale and sustainability;
*   new insights arising from the integration and cross-fertilisation 
of digital resources in the arts/humanities/sciences;
*   the achievement and further development of global networks across 
the arts and humanities and the strategies for change this situation 
merits; the socio-political impact of engagement with global ICT.

The Conference will seek to answer such questions as:
*   What have been the advantages of the digital developments of the 
last decade on humanities and creative arts processes (including 
publishing and broadcasting)?  What new benefits will be on offer for 
the future?
*   What have been the effects of digital developments of the last 
decade on the range of cultural industries (including design, fashion, 
gaming etc) and what are the implications for future research cultures?
*   What changes will further technological advances and social 
trends  a) make possible and b) demand?
*   What can scholars in the humanities using visualisation and digital
rendering methods learn from computing developments in the creative, 
visual, performing and media arts and what developments might be 
advantageous vice-versa?
*   What have been and what will in the future be the influence of 
digital media on scholarly and practice-based research in the arts and 
*   How has technology and working with technologists changed the way
practitioners and scholars work in the arts and humanities?
*   What is the potential for fruitful digital resource-based 
relationships between academia and business, creative and professional 
development, investment and professional opportunities?
*   How are new advantages best exploited and any conceptual and
infrastructural problems brought in the wake of new technologies best
*   What are the differences and what the similarities between 
knowledges produced mainly through material contact and those produced 
solely through digital media?
*   What are the consequences of digital resources on education at all
levels and what parameters exist and should exist to encourage e-
*   How have e-learning, e-science and the range of distributed social
network technologies impacted on research in the arts and humanities 
and what strategic changes might they bring in the future?

DRHA is currently accepting proposals for the 2006 Conference: work in 
progress, performances, exhibitions, demonstrations, individual 
papers, panel sessions, workshops and poster presentations.   The 
online system for submitting a proposal is now operational at:

Deadline:  Proposals should be submitted by 15th April 2006.
Please note:  all proposals will be peer-reviewed before being 
accepted and all participants, whether or not making a presentation, 
are expected to meet conference registration costs.

The conference will consist of a lively mix of papers, demonstrations,
events, keynotes, "posters", debates and panel sessions.  The 
Programme Group undertake to timetable accepted proposals to achieve 
this mix and in order to facilitate this you are requested to present 
your proposal in one of the formats outlined below:

·        Presentations of ARTWORKS or WORK IN PROGRESS (in most 
appropriate form) having particular regard to digital resources.  
Contributions may vary from live or recorded performances (music, 
dance, theatre), exhibitions (visual arts, photography), screenings 
(film, video formats, media), mixed-media arts, installations and 
video games, writing, text and online publishing to demonstrations and 
excerpts outlining the key ICT and digital aspects contributing to the 
work.  Proposals to present an artwork should be made via the standard 
online procedures with a statement of approximately 500 words about 
the piece plus details of space and technical requirements. In 
addition practitioners proposing presentation of artworks are advised 
to read the additional notes below, "Additional notes for 

·        PAPERS:  Proposals to present papers on any aspect of digital
resources in the arts and humanities (including innovations, 
investigative research, archives and digitisation, language 
translation, AI applications etc) should be of approximately 500 
words.  Papers will be allocated 30 minutes for presentation, 
including questions.

·        "SESSIONS":  Sessions (90 minutes) take the form of either:

.          THREE PAPERS. The session organiser should submit a 500 word
statement describing the proposed session topic, and include abstracts 
of approximately 500 words for each paper. The session organiser must 
also indicate that each author is willing to participate in the 


.          A PANEL of four to six speakers. The panel organiser should
submit an abstract of approximately 1000 words describing the panel 
topic, how it will be organized, the names of all the speakers and how 
they might be expected to contribute to the topic, and an indication 
that each speaker is willing to participate in the session.

·        POSTER Presentations:  Poster presentations may include 
computer technology and project demonstrations. Poster presentations 
may be the most suitable way of presenting late-breaking results or 
significant work still in progress and, in acknowledgement of the 
special contribution made by Poster Presentations, the Programme 
Committee will once again make a "Poster Presentation" award.

Practitioners may wish to show/demonstrate their work on one occasion 
but introduce and/or invite discussion about it at a separate session 
before or after the production/demonstration, as most appropriate.  
This configuration is encouraged but the organisers request any such 
explanatory session should fit into one of the structures outlined 
above (i.e. paper/s or panel). Artists and practitioners will 
doubtless also want to ensure that technical requirements are fully 
discussed and agreed beforehand and are requested to include full 
technical requirements with their proposals.

From March 1st 2006 proposals can be submitted via the electronic 
submission form at the conference website:

Saturday 15th April 2006:  Deadline for submission of 

Monday 1st May 2006:
*   Notification of acceptance of proposals.
*   Registration opens (early booking advised, restricted to a maximum 
of 250 persons).
*   Provisional programme announced.


From Sunday September 3rd to Wednesday September 6th, 2006.

The Local Organising Committee at the Dartington College of Arts is 
headed by Chris Pressler: C.Pressler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Please contact the local organisers with any questions about 
registration or conference arrangements at Dartington: 

The 2006 Programme Chair is Barry Smith who will be pleased to answer 
any questions about submitting proposals or the reviewing process:

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