Effective advocacy of the humanities to society requires the robust participation of the humanities community and others from the areas of education, government, business, science, and media industries who believe in the value of maintaining a strong role for the humanities in the overall repertory of perspectives that help society advance.

4Humanities offers resources—research, statistics, tools, best practices, and other materials—to assist in thinking carefully about the humanities and developing humanities advocacy. These resources include both those created by 4Humanities itself and those gathered from elsewhere.

Twitter campaign analytics

Keywords and Hashtags for Social Media Campaigns Supporting the Humanities collected multilingual keywords and Twitter hashtags for paid social-media campaigns on Twitter and Facebook to promote its Shout Out For the Humanities student prize contest in 2016. In the case of Twitter, promoted campaigns place specific tweets in the timelines and also search results of people in nations and demographic sectors selected for the campaign who either follow or search for those particular keywords/hashtags. In the case of Facebook, promoted campaigns place ads in the view of Facebook users similarly targeted by nation, demographic sector, interests, and so on.

Because these keywords/hashtags may be of use to others engaged in social-media advocacy for the humanities, 4Humanities is posting them as a resource. We will update the list with new languages and terms as suggested to us. (We hope to extend this list to other languages and terms. Suggestions for keywords/hashtags in any language may be emailed to

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“Downstream from the Digital Humanities” Working Meeting at University of Zadar, Croatia

Eva Kekou and Christina Kamposiori report on the May 2014 “Downstream from the Digital Humanities” working meeting hosted at the University of Zadar in Croatia. The workshop was an event of the Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities (NeDiMAH) and it was led by Trinity College Dublin. Its purpose was to gather researchers and other professionals interested in the different aspects of scholarly communication in Digital Humanities. Thus, the group of participants represented the various perspectives of the topic under investigation; these ranged from institutional (e.g. libraries, funding institutions) to scholarly (Humanities & Computer Science) and industry related (publishing). […]

What Are the Humanities?

Here are five good, short definitions of the humanities sampled from a variety of sources and more than one nation–something like a starter kit on the humanities (and their overlapping relation with what different countries also call “the liberal arts,” “the arts,” “humanities and arts,” and sometimes also the humanistically-oriented “social sciences”….

“DH is as DH does”: THATcamp at San Diego State University

Last weekend I attended my first THATcamp at San Diego State University. If you have not been to a THATcamp before, imagine a free-form, partly spontaneous and hugely well-organized “unconference” powered by the digital humanities community. Attendees get to vote on workshop ideas with colorful post-it notes.

Advantage for Life | Language Research Centre

The Language Research Centre at the University of Calgary has posted a good example of an advocacy video on why people should learn a second language titled, Advantage for Life. The full video is 22 minutes long and you can order a DVD version of it. The video surveys the advantages to learning a second […]