This page will be updated in the days leading up to the Symposium. Please check back as additional information is added.

The 2020 Symposium will be run as an entirely virtual event. Below are the technology plans and backup plans in place for running this event. The livestream shortlink is and will be adjusted as needed if technologies fail.

As a reminder, the Symposium’s Code of Conduct applies to all activities pertaining to the Symposium, regardless of the platform.

The Plan

We will use Zoom as the primary space for symposium attendance – all presenters and registered attendees will receive a Zoom link via email in advance of the event and are welcome to join in the Zoom meeting to follow presentations, ask questions, and engage with the community.

The Symposium will also be livestreamed on Youtube. All are welcome to join in by watching the presentations on Youtube and participating in the livestream chat feature.

In addition to these platforms, we encourage community backchannel conversation – before, during, and after the Symposium – on Slack and Twitter. We also encourage presenters and attendees alike to join the Humanities Commons group for the Symposium, where presenters have the option of sharing their work.

Using Zoom

Find out more about how to use Zoom.

All registered attendees are invited to join the Zoom meeting. The meeting link and phone call in information will be sent via email by Monday, March 23.

Presenters have three options for sharing their work via Zoom:

  1. Joining the Zoom meeting with audio and video and sharing their screen to show slides etc while using audio to give the presentation.
  2. Sending slides to conference organizers in advance who will handle screensharing. Presenters are then welcome to join the Zoom call with video and audio or with only audio.
  3. Sending a recording of their presentation to conference organizers in advance who will play the recording during the symposium at the scheduled time. Presenters are then welcome to join the Zoom call with video and/or audio or to be available via Slack, Twitter, or another channel to field questions from symposium attendees.

After each presentation, there will be time for one question from the audience. After all of the presentations in a session, there will be further time for Q&A from the audience.

Questions from audience can be posed to presenters

  • Directly from the audience via Zoom with the attendee asking the question with audio
  • As a written question that’s then fielded by the moderator through the Zoom chat feature or through the Youtube livestream chat.
    • We will strive to also relay any questions posed through the Slack and Twitter streams to presenters.

In addition to presentations, we are striving to create space for community and social interaction throughout the Symposium. We will use Zoom’s Breakout Room feature during part of the “Social time” and “Lunch break” times to mimic ad hoc interactions at a face to face symposium. These breakout rooms will be entirely optional. Further details will be provided in the days prior to the Symposium.

Youtube Livestream

All are welcome to tune into the symposium livestream on Youtube. We will broadcast the event through the MSU Digital Humanities channel. The chat feature will be turned on, and engagement among participants is welcomed. Questions posted in the Youtube chat for presenters will be relayed to them by the conference organizers.

(Note: A Google or Youtube account is required to participate in the livestream chat.)

Other spaces

Slack channel

We have created a channel in the Digital Humanities Slack community called #globaldh-symposium where attendees (in 2020 and in past years) and interested folks may meet and discuss digital humanities, symposium information, and build community.

(Note: signup for the DH Slack is required to view and participate in this space.)


Discussion and sharing is encouraged via Twitter using #MSUGlobalDH.

(Note: a Twitter account is not required to view the symposium feed but is required to post.)

Backup Plan

  • If the Youtube livestream breaks down, the shortlink to the livestream ( will be updated to share the Zoom link and all attendees (whether pre-registered or not) will be welcome to join the meeting.
  • If running the Zoom meeting with a projected 200 attendees fails but the Youtube livestream is still working, then only presenters and conference organizers will be in the meeting and all other attendees will need to join through the livestream and backchannel chat sessions.
  • If Zoom fails, presenters and moderators will join a Google Meet room, which will be livestreamed to a Discord server. The shortlink to the livestream ( will be updated to share the server invite link and all attendees (whether pre-registered or not) will be welcome to join the meeting. More information on the plan and instructions on these technologies are available in the Discord and Google Meet Backup Plan.