Digital Humanities

Course Code :1112FLWTLA
Study domain:Culture
Academic year:2020-2021
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Walter Daelemans
Dirk Van Hulle
Mike Kestemont
Wout Dillen
Vincent Neyt
Joshua Schäuble

3. Course contents *

This course offers students a broad introduction to the state of the art in the field of Digital Humanities (DH). DH refers to an international community of scholars who investigate how digital methods and computational techniques can be used to support and enhance the traditional scholarly practce in the Humanities. Across the various departments of the Arts Faculty of the University of Antwerp, researchers are involved in projects that target the better, digital exploitation of cultural heritage or computational approaches to objects which so far have primarily been analyzed 'manually'. The range of applications is diverse: linguists use Artificial Intelligence to track pedophiles in social media, historians publish interactive maps of historic Antwerp online and applied linguists use techniques such as speech recognition, eye-tracking and computer-aided translation as an aid in translating texts. Literary scholars use computers to dynamically publish the manuscripts of major authors such as Samuel Beckett. 

This broad range of applications is the subject of this course. During the first sessions, the concept of 'modelling' is used to give a broad overview of some of the main applications nowadays in Digital Humanities. Afterwards, the students are introduced to more specific applications of Digital Humanities research at the University of Antwerp, by means of guest lectures. In the second, more practical part of this course, the students are required to go on an internship in one the DH-oriented research groups at the University of Antwerp. During this internship, the students are immersed in the concrete research practice of DH-projects.