Arts and Humanities in
the Digital Age

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.

Attendance at all course workshops is mandatory.

Please use the application form below to indicate whether you require accommodation for the Winter School and the Mid-Project Retreat, which will be paid for by CHASE for all students who need it.

Deadline to apply 12 noon on Tuesday 18 December 2018

  • Winter School: Introduction to Digital Humanities
    14-15-16 January 2019, The Open University in London
    Francesca Benatti, David King, Matthew Sillence, Mahendra Mahey
    (see outline programme below)

  • Workshop 1: Data preparation and management
    28 January 2019, 10.00-17.00, The Open University in London
    Francesca Benatti, David King, Matthew Sillence

  • Workshop 2: Data analysis 1: Python
    11 February 2019, 10.00-17.00, The Open University in London
    Francesca Benatti, David King, Matthew Sillence

  • Mid-project Retreat and Hackathon
    28 February – 1 March 2019, Open University in London
    Francesca Benatti and Matthew Sillence (UEA)

  • Workshop 3: Information visualisation
    11 March 2019, 10.00-17.00, The Open University in London
    Mia Ridge (British Library)

  • Workshop 4: Data analysis 2: network and topic modelling
    1 April 2019, 10.00-17.00, The Open University in London
    Matthew Symonds (UCL)

  • Project Presentations and feedback
    3 May 2019, The Open University in London
    Francesca Benatti and Matthew Sillence

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Winter School: Introduction to Digital Humanities Programme

The Open University in London

Monday 14th January

11.30-11.45 Arrival and registration and coffee

11.45-12.00 Welcome

12.00-12.45 Roundtable discussion: what does “Digital Humanities” mean to us?

12.45-13.45 Lunch

13.45-15.15 Building Blocks for DH (Francesca Benatti and David King)

15.15-15.30 Coffee

15.30-17.00 Digital Texts (Francesca Benatti and David King)

Tuesday 15th January

9.30-11.00 Authoring for the web: HTML

11.00-11.15 Coffee

11.15-12.45 Treshhold concepts (Matthew Sillence)

12.45-13.45 Lunch

13.45-15.15 Project unconference: conceptual

15.15-15.30 Coffee

15.30-17.00 Project unconference: planning

Wednesdayday 16th January

 9.30-11.00 DH Project Management (Mahendra Mahey)

11.00-11.15 Coffee

11.15-12.45 DH Project Management (Mahendra Mahey)

12.45-13.45 Lunch

13.45-15.15 DH Project Management (Mahendra Mahey)

15.00-15.30 Coffee

15.30-16.00 Final remarks

 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.

Course Content

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 2019 and present at the final AHDA project presentations on 1 April 2019.

Sessions comprise talks, presentations and practical workshops. Topics covered include:

●     digitisation

●     metadata

●     information visualisation

●     text analysis

●     text encoding

●     digital image retrieval and analysis

●     professional development

●     Project management

 Learning objectives

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

 Required equipment

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.