Researchers in the humanities are increasingly using digital tools. Think of digitised collections of books or documents, linguistic corpora and databases.
Not only the material is increasingly digital. The methods are digital, too. Linguists write software to analyse language automatically. Historians visualise the social networks that connect historical persons or places. Or they make cities of the past come to life again using digital cartography. Literary scholars digitise manuscripts to examine the genetic process behind a text. Theatre scholars create virtual reconstructions of historical playhouses.
The University of Antwerp’s Platform for Digital Humanities has been aggregating these kinds of research projects since 2010. It is also responsible for the Digital Humanities bachelor course (Mike Kestemont, Dirk Van Hulle, Walter Daelemans), and for organising a Lecture Series on Digital Humanities (Elli Bleeker, Wout Dillen, Lamyk Bekius).