[globaloutlookDH-l] Suggestions for Keynote Speakers for future ADHO conferences

Daniel O'Donnell daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
Mon May 6 13:11:46 MDT 2013


Several of us been asked by ADHO to look into putting together a list of 
potential keynote speakers for the DH conferences over the next few 
years (i.e. beginning with 2014 in Switzerland, but continuing beyond 
that as well).

A review of past speakers suggests that our pool, like ADHO's 
membership, has tended to come from High Income Economies. In keeping 
with our emphasis on expanding our definition of DH to include the 
majority of the earth's peoples, we'd also like to make sure that our 
list of names for future conferences is more inclusive.

If you have suggestions for names we could put on our list for 
consideration for future years, I would greatly appreciate you 
contacting me at daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca! I believe, out of 
consideration to the people proposed, that it is better to supply these 
names privately rather than discuss names in public on the list. I 
should stress, moreover, that this is a general list that could be used 
for several years, and not a request for a specific speaker for a 
specific event.

The main requirements for a Keynote Speaker is that they are good 
speakers, interesting, and, usually, experienced. Keynote lectures are 
usually about 60 minutes long and the best often provide the kind of 
synthesis and insight that come with experience and personal success.

As far as I am aware, all keynote lectures at DH thus far have been in 
English. Multilingual and multicultural matters are a priority concern 
at ADHO at the moment, however, and I could see future organising 
committees being encouraged (and wanting) to ensure that facility in 
English is not a minimal requirement. And even if they don't (and I 
certainly don't speak for them), I think it does no harm to draw 
attention to top talent worldwide regardless of language.

Once again, if you do have some suggestions, please email me directly at 
daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca. It would be very helpful if you could supply 
some very brief background information on your suggestions and any 
useful websites, etc.

Please feel free to write to me in languages other than English if that 
is more comfortable for you: I can read a number of European ones, pick 
at others, and, unless your message is very confidential, call on 
friends to help me read ones I really can't access.


Daniel Paul O'Donnell
Professor of English
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge AB T1K 3M4

+1 403 393-2539

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