March 16, 2020

We are checking in with each presenter to confirm their virtual attendance. The program is shifting a bit as a result. Expect an updated program by Friday, March 20. Presenters will receive the technology plan for the virtual Symposium by the end of the day on Wednesday, March 18. All registrants will receive an update with the technology plan by Monday, March 23.

– Kristen Mapes

March 11, 2020

In light of developments in the past 24 hours (state of emergency declared in Michigan; Michigan State University has shifted to virtual instruction and suspended travel), the Planning Committee has decided to shift the Global Digital Humanities Symposium to an all virtual event for 2020.

We are working with presenters to adjust as many activities of the Symposium to a virtual format as possible. Updates to the Program and schedule will be made on the website as soon as adjustments are made.

Presenters who were meant to receive travel funding support will instead receive funds as an honorarium to cover any non-refundable travel expenses. We are also looking into options for using any additional funds that we have to provide additional honorarium support to offset non-refundable travel costs incurred by presenters. Further details on any additional assistance will be forthcoming.

Do be in touch with your questions, comments, and concerns by emailing dh@msu.edu or me directly at kmapes@msu.edu. We are looking forward to a creative and supportive virtual event and hope to see you virtually in a couple of weeks.

– Kristen Mapes, on behalf of the Global Digital Humanities Symposium Planning Committee

March 9, 2020

The Global DH Symposium Planning Committee is developing contingency plans for the Symposium in light of the spread of COVID-19.

Currently, we are not planning to cancel or reschedule the Symposium. We are still planning to run the in-person event. If the situation develops such that we are no longer able to run the Symposium in-person, we will adjust to running it as a fully virtual conference.

We understand that presenters may not be able to travel to present in-person due to restrictions on travel from their employer or due to personal concerns around health and safety. Presenters are welcome to present remotely for any reason. Presenters who were meant to receive travel funding support will instead receive funds as an honorarium. If you are a presenter and would like to do a virtual presentation, email dh@msu.edu. There is not a deadline to make this notification, but do let us know as soon as you decide so we can work with our on site logistics team to make the adjustments.

In the event that we have to transform the Symposium into a fully virtual event, we anticipate that some presenters and attendees may still travel here. We are working to imagine what responsible and safe activities and gatherings may be that allow a smaller community to come together.

In the event that we hold the Symposium in person and Michigan State University or the event goes into quarantine, we are establishing mechanisms for support and planning for the worst. (Note: we do not anticipate this happening, but know that we are planning for it nonetheless.)

Do be in touch with your questions, comments, and concerns by emailing dh@msu.edu or me directly at kmapes@msu.edu. We are looking forward to an stellar event and hope to see you (face-to-face or virtually) in a few weeks.

– Kristen Mapes, on behalf of the Global Digital Humanities Symposium Planning Committee