Workshop Digital humanities: Critical views and experiences

Workshop organized by e-Humanities Group, KNAW: Digital humanities: Critical views and experiences

Provisional Programme
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?
The e-Humanities Group of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences ( is holding a workshop which addresses the above questions and critically examines the notion of ‘digital humanities’ from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The programme includes contributions from different countries and thus provides an international view.
We are very pleased to announce that Professor Lorna Hughes, University of Wales Chair in Digital Collections and Professor Ray Siemens, Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing, University of Victoria, Canada will make keynote presentations during the workshop.
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.

If you would like to attend the workshop, please contact Anja de Haas (

Provisional Programme (2 September 2013)

Time                          Activity
14 November
11.00-11.30           Welcome and introductions by Sally Wyatt

11.30-12.30           Keynote 1 – Ray Siemens or Lorna Hughes

12.30-13.30           Lunch

13.30-15.00          Eric Meyer & Ralph Schroeder (Oxford), Digital Humanities           or Humanities, Digital?

P Elli Bleeker (Huygens), Towards new guidelines for creating a digital scholarly edition

Sally Wyatt (eHg & Maastricht) & Loet Leydesdorff (UvA), “E-Humanities” or “Digital Humanities:” Is that the question?

15.00-15.30        Coffee & tea

15.30-17.00       Sonja de Leeuw (Utrecht), Exploring online television heritage

Dominique Vinck & Alexandre Camus (Lausanne), When information science meets a cultural heritage. Changing tools and contemporary humanities

Andrea Scharnhorst (eHg & DANS), New field, movement, hype? A look at Digital Humanities from an innovation studies perspective

17.15-18.00       Debate with Rens Bod (UvA) & Anja Volk (Utrecht) Patterns and variation with Humanities 3.0 (title to be confirmed)

18.00—                Drinks –at library

19.30–                  Dinner – for speakers

15 November

9-11                        Max Kemman et al (Erasmus), The discrepancy between what scholars want and how they search

Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner (Leiden), Digital scholarship in the humanities creates new opportunities to make visible aspects of the research process before it is brought to closure

Smiljana Antonijević (Roskilde), Understanding Workflow of a Digital Scholar

Vasileios Routsis (UCL), The revamped online self-disclosure ethics and the inception of crowd sourced sousveillance

11-11.30 coffee

11.30-13              Wido van Peursen (VU University), From Question to Query

Serge ter Braake et al (VU University), eHumanities and Provenance

Jasmijn van Gorp (Utrecht), The sequencing problem in Digital Humanities projects: does the research question come first?

13-13.30              Lunch

13.30-14.30       Keynote 2 – Ray Siemens or Lorna Hughes

14.30-15              Close and next steps