Digital humanities: Critical views and experiences

Workshop organized by e-Humanities Group, KNAW,
Amsterdam Public Library, 14-15 November 2013

‘Digital humanities’ has exploded in recent years, with new journals and research groups, dedicated funding streams from  research councils, numerous conferences, workshops and books. Of course, digital technologies can be used in myriad ways to facilitate the research process, to enable new forms of analysis, and to enhance the dissemination process. The greater availability of data in digital form in itself generates new research questions and new ways of answering them. But what is digital humanities? Is it always computational? Does it necessarily require interdisciplinary collaboration? How does that work? And how is the work of interdisciplinarity recognized within the academic reward system? Does a digital turn mean that all humanities will become data driven, leading to the ‘end of theory’? Is there a new style of knowing emerging in the humanities?

For this workshop, the e-Humanities Group of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (http://ehumanities.nl) seeks contributions which address the above questions and critically examine the notion of ‘digital humanities’ from a variety of national and disciplinary perspectives.

We particularly welcome contributions which combine empirical data or practical examples with theoretical reflection, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. We also welcome contributions which critically examine the very notion of ‘digital humanities’. The organizers will explore ways of publishing some or all of the papers.

We are very pleased to announce two keynote presentations: Professor Lorna Hughes, University of Wales Chair in Digital Collections, and Professor Ray Siemens, Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing, University of Victoria.

The workshop is organized by Sally Wyatt, Andrea Scharnhorst and Jeannette Haagsma from the e-Humanities Group of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Procedure & deadlines:

  • Send abstracts of 500 words to Anja de Haas (anja.de.haas@ehumanities.knaw.nl) by 16 June 2013.
  • Participants will be notified in early July.
  • Those selected will be required to submit extended abstracts/short papers (of 3000 words) by 15 October.
  • These will be distributed to all participants prior to the workshop which will be held in Amsterdam on 14-15 November 2013.
  • Participation is free (including meals and refreshments during the workshop) but no funding is available to support travel or accommodation.