Failure can be challenging to talk about, especially in the formal publication venues that count for researcher’s career advancement. What can we do to expose the ‘messiness’ of digital research when we discuss our work?


  • Britt Amell (Carleton University)
  • Nabeel Siddiqui (Susquehanna University)
  • Janneke Adema (Coventry University)
  • Gabby Boddard (School of Advanced Study)
  • Annika Rockenberger (University of Oslo)
  • Jennifer Isasi (Pennsylvania State University) - 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.

Reframing Failure Communicating Failure