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Sustaining DH: Endings, Dependencies, Infrastructure (MITH Digital Dialogue)

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An event poster for Sustaining DH: Endings, Dependencies, Infrastructure, a Spring 2024 Digital Dialogues lecture by Joey Takeda at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities taking place April 9 2024.


Principled approaches across the digital humanities, libraries, and other memory institutions—such as the FAIR, CARE, Endings, and minimal computing—have all sought to address the affordances and challenges of creating and maintaining sustainable digital infrastructure. The “danger of disappearance,” to use Amy Earhart’s term from Traces of the Old, Uses of the New (2015), looms over much of the work we do in DH, affecting all levels—for better or worse—of development, infrastructure, and planning. This talk thinks through “sustainability” across multiple registers to ask what we mean, and to whom we refer, when we invoke “sustainability” in our discussions of the digital humanities. Beginning with an overview of the Endings Principles, this talk will reflect on some of its more contentious dictums—such as “no dependencies”—as a way to consider not only the formal technical mechanisms for creating sustainable projects in the digital humanities, but also the social and political stakes of enacting them.


Joey Takeda is a Developer in the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab at Simon Fraser University Library. He holds an MA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia, a BA in English and Gender Studies from the University of Victoria, and is currently completing a Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of Alberta (where he is an ARL Kaleidoscope Scholar). He currently sits on the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Technical Council, the TEI By Example International Advisory Committee, and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Technical Advisory Committee and has worked on a variety of DH projects and initiatives, including The Map of Early Modern London, The Winnifred Eaton Archive, and The Endings Project. His current research centers on text encoding, digital critical editing, and sustainable infrastructures for DH development in academic libraries. His writing and research can be found in Digital Humanities Quarterly, Digital Studies / Le champ numérique, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, and Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. Check out his work at


Now in its 40th season, Digital Dialogues convenes prominent digital humanities, new media, and information technology practitioners to present on their field-defining research. The series invites intellectual exchange around topics critical to the digital humanities. Learn more at and follow us on social media (@umd_mith on X/Twitter & and @mith_umd on Instagram). We look forward to your participation!


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