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Current Standing and Perspectives of Digital Humanities I: In the Context of Traditional Humanities // Workshop // German National Library Leipzig // 7 March 2019, 11:00 to 17:00 // By invitation only

Digital humanities originated in the 1960s, and were first thematised in the field of linguistics. During the 1980s, this area of research became integrated into other disciplines, and the term “digital humanities” came into use in 2000.

Since the early 2010s, digital humanities have also gained a foothold in Germany. Numerous new associations, local networks and working groups have been established, both in library institutions and in the traditional humanities. A good 60 professorships have been created, and every winter semester marks the start of three or four new courses. The major institutions that provide funding for research in the humanities, from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) to the academies, have started specifying digital humanities strategies in their eligibility criteria.

The German National Library’s collections reflect the cultural heritage of the last 100 years and furnish the digital humanities with text, image and audio data, both analogue and digital. This data constitutes the research base for the digital humanities.
In this capacity, we at the German National Library wish to improve our understanding of developments in the digital humanities:

  • what changes and requirements does digitalisation entail for memorial institutions, research and the humanities?
  • Which resources and competences will be needed in the near future?
  • What roles are played by politics and legislation in digital humanities research?
  • How can institutions such as the German National Library, as a central archive library, cooperate with the field of digital humanities?

The speaker presentations will be followed by several sessions in which various central issues will be discussed. These will be chaired by Frédéric Döhl, digital humanities strategy expert in the Office of the Director General at the German National Library in Leipzig.

The workshop will conclude with a discussion on the future of digital humanities research and cooperation with memorial institutions.

External participants:

Deutscher Anglistenverband, Deutscher Germanistenverband (AG Germanistik im digitalen Zeitalter), Deutscher Romanistenverband (AG Digitale Romanistik), Deutscher Slavistenverband, Gesellschaft für Informatik (Fachgruppe Informatik und Digital Humanities), Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft, Gesellschaft für Musikforschung (Fachgruppe Digitale Musikwissenschaft), Kulturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft, Mediävistenverband, Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands (AG Digitale Geschichtswissenschaft), Verband deutscher Kunsthistoriker (Arbeitskreis Digitale Kunstgeschichte)

Last update: 06.03.2019

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