[globaloutlookDH-l] Fwd: Suggestions for Keynote Speakers for future ADHO conferences (REMINDER)

Daniel O'Donnell daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
Mon May 20 18:12:29 MDT 2013

Hi all,

A repeat this call for suggestions for potential keynote speakers. To 
recap: for a variety of reasons, Keynote speakers at DH conferences in 
the past have tended to come from High Income Economies. As part of a 
general interest in emphasising and benefitting from the diversity of 
our global community, we are looking to make sure that we are not 
overlooking names of potential speakers from Mid and Low Income 
Economies as well.

If you have suggestions for names we could put on our list for 
consideration, I'd be very greatly if you would contact me at 
daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca (out of consideration to all, it is probably 
better that this be done privately rather than publicly on the list). I 
will then pass this list on, initially, at least, to the organising 
committee for DH 2014.

I would like to pass this list on to the committee no later than *Monday 
**May 27, 2013* (i.e. next Monday).

I should stress that this is not a nomination list intended specifically 
for DH2014: the point is rather to begin collecting names that programme 
committees can use when putting together this and future programmes.

Thanks very much!


P.S. It has been pointed out to me that when I first published this 
call, I was a little vague about who was involved in the collection and 
who was doing the asking. This initiative is being conducted 
specifically on the request of the DH2014 committee, but it has been 
discussed at the ADHO Steering Committee and with the ADHO chair. The 
list is bing put together by me in conjunction with some other members 
of the DH2014 committee. And the list is non-binding: all we are seeking 
to do is ensure that we are not overlooking potential candidates due to 
inadequacies in our collegial networks; it is a premise of Global 
Outlook DH that bridging such inadequacies is both necessary and a Good 
Thing. This request is being issued in that spirit!

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Suggestions for Keynote Speakers for future ADHO conferences
Date: 	Mon, 06 May 2013 13:11:46 -0600
From: 	Daniel O'Donnell <daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca>
Reply-To: 	daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
To: 	A list for participants in the ADHO DH Global Outlook Community 
<globaloutlookdh-l at uleth.ca>


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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