Netherlands, Utrecht (Utrecht City Campus)

Digital Humanities: State-of-the-Art

when 8 July 2013 - 12 July 2013
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 750

This course introduces students to the state-of-the-art in the field of digital humanities. The availability of vast quantities of internet-accessible digital data, and the development of techniques for large-scale data analysis opens new perspectives for humanities scholars. Large-scale digitization of all types of media – including books, newspapers, films, photography and sound recordings – and the availability of new social media – such as Wikipedia, Twitter, and blogs – present quantities of “big data” that enable scholars to test new research questions. It also opens up new forms of interdisciplinary collaboration between such fields as history, linguistics, literature, art, music, and cultural studies. Digital humanities exploits and applies new media and information technologies to model different research domains in the humanities. It also offers new possibilities for enriched publications, annotation of large corpora, and other techniques for multimedia dissemination of research results.

This course presents the latest developments in this exciting field, and offers a broad overview of new technologies and research methodologies. Drawing from specific case studies and ongoing research projects, students will learn about innovative applications of digital humanities to the fields history, literature, television, media studies, gaming studies, linguistics, and musicology. Techniques such as text-mining, modeling, data visualization, network analysis, and GIS systems will be discussed. Lectures will also discuss the implications of these digital tools for the future of the humanities research. Seminar groups will offer students the possibility to test some of the latest digital humanities tools, such as text-mining techniques, including sentiment mining and semantic text mining, in large digitized corpora.

The course will also include a full day excursion to the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision in Hilversum, one of Europe’s largest audiovisual archives. Lectures and demonstrations will offer students a behind-the-screens look at the new tools such as EUscreen that are being developed to make European digital television collections available for humanities researchers regardless of the language and cultural boundaries.

This course will be offered by experts from the Digital Humanities platform of Utrecht University, in cooperation with colleagues from the Digital Humanities centers of University of Amsterdam, University College London, and the University of Trier.

Students are encouraged to bring laptops, which can make use of wireless wifi connection of Utrecht University

Course leader

dr. Jaap Verheul & drs. Maurits Rost

Target group

The course has a focus on the humanities and in offering this as a broad framework it is a challenging course for students from all fields of studies with an interest in digital humanities.

Course aim

To provide students with insight and expertise in the field of digital humanities.

Credits info

1.5 ECTS
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 750: Course + course materials + housing

EUR 550: Course + course materials


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