Øyvind Eide at University of Verona: I. What is DH (19-23/3) II. Modelling the Textual Universe through Mapping (26-28/3)

Prof. ØYVIND EIDE
University of Cologne
EADH | European Association for Digital Humanities

I.
WHAT IS “DIGITAL HUMANITIES” AND WHAT IS IT DOING IN HUMANITIES DEPARTMENTS? (poster)

Monday 19/3 11.30-13.30
Wednesday 21/3 11.30-13.30
Friday 23/3 11.30-13.30 & 14.30-16.30

Aula Olimpia Palazzo di Lettere | 3rd floor
The course will give a broad introduction to the area known as digital humanities (DH). It will clarify what it entails and how it is relevant for humanities students and researchers. It will include ample time for questions and discussions where participants can make connections between their daily studies or work and opportunities offered by DH.
Sections 1 (19/3): What is DH. Here institutions at different levels will be presented, including departments and centres, scholarly associations, conferences, and journals. It will include an overview over how DH is taught.
Section 2 (21/3): DH research: A number of research projects will be presented showing how DH links to various disciplines such as linguistics, philology, literary studies, archaeology and art history, but also how it connected to core questions in the humanities such as representation and semiotics.
Section 3 (23/3 morning): How can one best plan and run a DH project? What are the methodologies and tools one can use? How can digital thinking be combined with research relevant for the humanities?
Section 4 (23/3 afternoon): For this extended discussion we will invite the participants to focus on their concrete needs and will discuss based on project ideas, sketches, plans, or even on-going projects.

II.
MODELLING THE TEXTUAL UNIVERSE THROUGH MAPPING (poster)
Monday 26/3 11.30-13.30
Tuesday 27/3 11.30-13.30
Wednesday 28/3 11.30-13.30 & 14.30-16.30
Aula T9 Palazzo di Lingue | Ground floor
This course will introduce one of the most important practices in Digital Humanities, namely, digital mapping of texts. Through this course the students explore how modelling in the form of media transformation can be used as a text analysis tool. A number of different examples will be shown, highlighting how both different methodologies, different theories, and different technological solutions influence how a text based map is created.The course will discuss the mapping of fiction as well as the mapping of non-fictional texts, mostly historical texts.  We will look into what kind of maps can be made based on different types of texts, and the degree to which mapping is meaningful for different texts.The course will include practical sessions where the students can take part in simple experiments with mapping tools to give an impression about the relationship between technological challenges and challenges based on the medial differences between texts and maps.There will also be time set aside for students to present their own projects and plans for discussion and further development.Through the second part of the course the students will understand better where the information we put on maps come from. How much is read from the text and how much is added from other sources, including the reader’s previous knowledge? To what degree is the information silently adjusted to fit the map medium? How much of what we express in text and as maps are steered by the medium?