Welcome to DRHA2020! The theme for the 2020 DRHA conference is Situating Digital Curation: Locating Creative Practice and Research between Digital Humanities and the Arts. This edition of the DRHA conference is hosted by the Digital Curation Lab at the University of Salford’s MediaCityUK campus.

The DRHA 2020 conference will be an online only event.


  • Call for proposals: closed
  • Notification on proposals outcome: complete
  • Programme released: 27 July 2020
  • Registration: closes 31 August 2020
  • Pre-Conference online gathering: 6 September 2020 (tbc)
  • Conference starts: 7 September 2020
  • Conference ends: 9 September 2020

DRHA 2020 Conference Theme

Digital Curation has become ubiquitous on a scale ranging from large digital preservation programmes to individual citizen curation projects that often involve collaborations between professionals and enthusiasts. Extending Joseph Beuys’ controversial assertion that everyone is an artist, now everyone is a (digital) curator. Curation in the context of Contemporary Art is closely aligned with Digital Curation skills; while a grounding in contemporary art marking is essential, of course, the ability to understand the contemporary media ecology within which the works are created, exhibited, documented, and preserved is equally relevant for contemporary art curators. Similarly, in Performance there’s an interest in curation of emerging formats, or immersive documents including social media and augmented/virtual reality, as well as perspectives relating to the motivations, needs and aspirations of readers or audience members who might engage with such document. More broadly, Digital Curation aligns with interest in Digital Heritage, Digital Forensics, Digital Preservation, and Digital Archives.

In focusing on this evolving area, DHRA 2020 mirrors the purpose of the Digital Curation Lab at the University of Salford in its theme of ‘Situating Digital Curation: Locating Creative Practice and Research between Digital Humanities and the Arts.’ The Digital Curation Lab was established at MediaCityUK in 2019 to facilitate research on the collection, preservation, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of digital assets and technologies of memory at The University of Salford.


Registration for the DRHA2020 conference, which is a 3-day online only event, is free of charge.

All presenters must register by Thursday 2 July 2020 at noon (BST). Anyone who has submitted a proposal that has been accepted through the peer-review process must register by this date. If your proposal has been accepted and you do not register by this deadline you may be excluded from the final conference programme. A preliminary conference programme will be available on this website in July.

Registration is required for attendance. Joining details will be emailed to the address submitted at registration a few days before the conference starts. General registration will remain open until the week before the conference.


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About DRHA

For over 25 years DRHA: Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts (Previously named: Digital Resources in Humanities and the Arts) continues to be a key gathering for all those are influenced by the digitization of cultural activity, recourses and heritage in the UK and beyond.

A series of annual conferences whose goal is to bring together the creators, users, distributors, and custodians of digital research and resources in the arts, design and humanities to explore the capture, archiving and communication of complex and creative research processes. This includes: Scholars, teachers, artists, publishers, librarians, curators or archivists who all wish to extend and develop access and preservation regarding digitized information rendered from contemporary culture and scholarship; the information scientist seeking to apply new scientific and technical developments to the creation, exploitation and management of digital resources.

DRHA provides intellectual and physical space for cross-disciplinary discussion and the generation of new ideas, resulting in many new networks and productive research relationships. The DRHA conference started at Dartington, and it was a development from the DRH conference series which began at Oxford in 1997.