Arts & Humanities in the Digital Age
Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age
Various dates in 2018 starting with Winter School 15-17 Januray
The CHASE Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age programme will engage you with the concepts and practices that form the field of Digital Humanities, preparing you for the challenges of doing research in an increasingly digital world.
After completing the course, you will be able to analyse, understand and use digital data, to assess information technologies critically, and to integrate discipline-specific enquiry with digitally-driven methodologies and media to develop your own research. You will learn through workshops that combine methodological reflection with hands-on exercises and by developing a Digital Humanities project together with other students.
The course includes two compulsory workshops (Introduction to Digital Humanities and Web Authoring), plus four optional workshops and a compulsory final project review. You must register for at least two of the optional workshops.
Please use the application form below to indicate your preferred workshops.
Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age: Course Description
This programme is aimed at CHASE-funded students with little or no experience of digital methods for research in the Arts and Humanities.
The course comprises a three day intensive winter school, a series of workshops, and a final conference as an introduction to Digital Humanities. The participants will also form groups to develop a practical digital research project, which they will complete during a series of follow-on workshops during January-March 2018 and present at the final AHDA project presentations on 27-8 April 2018.
Sessions comprise talks, presentations and practical workshops. Topics covered include:
● information visualisation
● text analysis
● text encoding
● digital image retrieval and analysis
● professional development
● Project management
At the end of this programme, having drawn on sessions at the Winter School, Web Authoring and the chosen workshops, participants should be:
● familiar with the main methods, practices and technologies of digital research in the arts and humanities and will be able to relate them to their own fields of study
● able to reflect on their learning process and preferences to support their training needs in digital research
● able to collect and organise data, and conduct a range of analyses using different methods, practices and technologies
● familiar with different forms of visualisation to explore and communicate research findings
● able to work with others to plan, implement and critically evaluate a digital humanities project
Students are required to bring their own laptop computer (a tablet is not sufficient for the computing needs of the course). Preliminary reading materials will be distributed in advance of the course and may include the installation of specific software packages.
Winter School: Introduction to Digital Humanities Programme
The Open University in London
Monday 15th January
11.00-11.15 Arrival and registration and coffee
11.30-12.45 Roundtable discussion: what does “Digital Humanities” mean to us?
13.45-15.15 Session 1: Building Blocks for DH (Paul Gooding)
15.30-17.30 Session 2: Threshold Concepts (Matthew Sillence)
Tuesday 16th January
9.30-11.00 Session 4: Project unconference: brainstorm
11.15-12.45 Session 5: DH Project Management (Mahendra Mahey)
13.45-15.15 Session 6: Information visualisation (Mia Ridge)
15.30-17.00 Session 7: Digital texts (Francesca Benatti)
17.00-17.30: Practicalities: future courses, structure of course, signup
Wednesday 17th January
9.30-11.00 Session 8: Digital Images (Stefan Rüger)
11.15-12.45 Session 9: Project unconference: conceptual
13.45-15.45 Session 10: Project unconference: planning
15.45-16.00 Final remarks and questions
Building Blocks for DH: Digitisation and Metadata Creation (Paul Gooding, University of East Anglia)
Digital Humanities research has benefited from an explosion in digitisation of materials over recent years. This session will therefore introduce students to the methods for producing this data, focusing on the digitisation of cultural and heritage materials for academic research in the library, archive, museums and galleries sector. It will take students through the process for digitising materials for research, explaining the fundamentals of selecting materials for digitisation, undertaking 2D digitisation of archival materials, and storing and preserving digitised materials. It will also demonstrate the importance of metadata (effectively data about data) in allowing innovative approaches to the analysis of humanities materials. By the end of the session students will have an awareness of the complete digitisation lifecycle, be familiar with key technologies, and have practical experience of creating metadata to support research.
Introduction to Information Visualisation (Mia Ridge, British Library)
This session will give you an overview of a variety of techniques and tools available for data visualisation and analysis in the humanities. You will learn about common types of visualisations and the role of exploratory and explanatory visualisations, explore examples of scholarly visualisations, try some visualisation tools, and know where to find further information about analysing and building data visualisations.
Introduction to Digital Texts (Francesca Benatti, Open University)
This session introduces students to working with digital texts for literary and historical research. Students will learn how to use some common text analysis tools and methods to
explore, interrogate and visualise patterns in digital texts. Examples of text repositories for literary and historical research will be introduced and evaluated.
Working with Digital Images (Stefan Rüger, Open University and Matthew Sillence, UEA)
The first part of the session, led by Dr Matthew Sillence, will look at the use of digital images in research, looking at issues surrounding the use of digital images in art history. It will examine closely a selection of digital projects to identify methodological and technological issues that arise when using digital images in humanities research. The second part of the session, led by Prof Stefan Rüger, The Open University, will focus on the retrieval and annotation of digital images, and discuss common image file formats and technologies.
Conceptual thresholds in Digital Humanities (Matthew Sillence, University of East Anglia)
This session explores a method of analysing research training needs through threshold concepts. These are concepts that underpin our learning experiences, and when encountered, can have an irreversible effect on how we think. Understanding methods, tools and approaches in the digital humanities provides many encounters with ‘troublesome knowledge’, both in terms of the technical skills required and the application to research. By reflecting on the previous sessions of the introductory workshop, students will examine what have been the most transformative experiences so far, and which areas of knowledge they would like to build on to unlock specialist skills and approaches for their research. The end of the session will involve developing a training plan related to the Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age programme and their own research outcomes.
Digital Humanities project “unconference”
During the final day, students will propose a Digital Humanities project on a topic related to their research interests. Students will pitch their ideas and vote on their preferred projects. The most successful projects will be developed during the remainder of the AHDA course and presented at the final workshop on 27-8 April 2018. It is therefore essential to arrive at the Winter School with a research question or draft project idea.