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In 2012 Lisa Spiro wrote, ‘Not all experiments succeed as originally imagined, but the digital humanities community recognizes the value of failure in the pursuit of innovation’. A decade later, what does failure mean for the digital humanities community today? If there is value in failure, how do we create the space to fail ‘better’? Join us for a roundtable discussion about the state of failure in digital humanities today.


Quinn Dombrowski (Stanford University)
David de Roure (University of Oxford)
Jane Winters (School of Advanced Study)

Anna-Maria Sichani (School of Advanced Study) -  Chair

Seminar Overview

Most of us recognise that failure is an unavoidable part of any scholarly endeavour - let alone life - especially for people who work across disciplines. Yet, for something so central to our experience, it often sits at the periphery of our writing, training, and professional discourse. This seminar series explores how we can reframe failure within the digital humanities:  the ways we can learn from it, talk about it, and hopefully reconsider our collective relationship to it.

Conceived as a series of conversations, Reframing Failure presents an opportunity to reflect on practice. It welcomes those from within and outside the digital humanities and takes an international and interdisciplinary approach to failure.

If you have any questions about the series, please email the facilitators Anna-Maria Sichani and Michael Donnay at

All welcome

This event is free to attend, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual event being circulated via email to registered attendees 24 hours in advance.