27 March 2019

Wanted: student volunteers for Digital Humanities 2019 conference

We are searching for enthusiastic, proactive and communicative student volunteers to support the organisation of the Digital Humanities 2019 Conference. This world conference, attracting an estimated audience of over 1000 participants, will take place this year in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, 8-12 July. 

Digital Humanities is an exciting area where areas like history, language and culture studies meet with the computing sciences. For example: how to analyse thousands, even millions, of digitized documents, images, movies and songs to trace historical or artistic development? How to establish authorship of anonymous or disputed texts? How did concepts like freedom and democracy evolve, as evidenced by hundreds of years of newspaper articles? How do we study social media behaviour, and what are the implications of the ‘computational turn’ for the society at large?

Tasks Volunteers

As a volunteer you can contribute to the success of the conference in many ways, for example by:

  • Assisting with registration

  • Making participants feel at home at the conference and helping them resolve any problems

  • Directing people to sessions and keeping track of attendance

  • Providing help with technical matters before and during presentations

  • And many other tasks that might arise

On Sunday 11 July, in the afternoon, a preparatory meeting will be held where you will receive specific instructions on your role.

In exchange, you can attend the conference for free: between organisational tasks there will be regular occasion for joining sessions and listening to renowned researchers in the field. Food and snacks will be provided, of course.


If you are interested, please send a short mail to Frans Wiering (f.wiering@uu.nl) and/or Els Stronks (E.Stronks@uu.nl), mentioning: study, brief motivation (2-3 sentences), relevant qualities (keywords) and the days on which you would be available if you are unable to attend the entire conference. We will let you know as soon as possible whether you have been selected for our team.

We look forward to hearing from you!