Histoire numérique et l’historiographie

New Horizons: Confronting the Digital Turn in the Humanities

A C²DH Lecture Series




As a result of the so-called digital turn the humanities are currently in a process of rapid transformation, with consequences that reach far beyond the confines of academia. This lecture series explores how the digital turn is changing research, teaching and dissemination in the humanities. At the same time, the series will historicise and contextualise this process. Amid far-going claims of shifting research paradigms and a possible scientification of humanities research it is more urgent than ever to cast a critical eye on the continuities as well as discontinuities that new technologies bring, in order to avoid techno-scientific essentialism. How exactly are the humanities being transformed as a result of the digital turn? To what extent can we speak of hybridity as the new normal; a situation where most humanists combine traditional/analogue and new/digital research practices? 

The programme has been developed to address three interconnected issues relating to the digital turn in the humanities:

  • Transformations : How has the digital turn transformed the humanities in recent years? What affordances has it brought?
  • Practices : Case studies: how are humanities research practices changing as a result of the digital turn?
  • Genealogies : What is the ‘pre-history’ of digital humanities? How did we arrive here? 

PROGRAMME 2019-2021

30 January 2019

Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities

Prof. Dr Andrew Prescott, University of Glasgow


6 March 2019

Unframing Infrastructure: The Story of Research Infrastructure in and through the Humanities

Prof. Dr. Patrik Svensson, Umeå University

25 April 2019

Digital Cultural Heritage: the case of the Rijksmuseum’s past, present and future

Saskia Scheltjens, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam


29 May 2019

Beyond Close and Distant Reading: Strategies for the radical contextualization of historical text

Prof. Dr Tim Hitchcock, University of Sussex


26 June 2019

The Spatial Humanities, Deep Mapping, and the Future of History

Prof. Dr David Bodenhamer, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


18 September 2019

Reflections on the past, present and future of digital archives

Prof. Dr Jane Winters, School of Advanced Study, University of London


6 November 2019

A New Humanism': Expo '58, Robert Busa, and the First Humanities Computer Center

Prof. Dr Steven E. Jones, University of South Florida


27 November 2019

Signals and Noise: Extracting Patterns of Cultural Expressions from Digitized Sources

Dr Melvin Wevers, KNAW Humanities Cluster, Amsterdam


18 December 2019

New findings and new questions about the origins of Digital Humanities: on the state of the art of histories of the Index Thomisticus project of Fr Roberto Busa S.J.

Dr. Julianne Nyhan


4 March 2021

Scholars as Bricoleurs: The Plurality of Digital Humanities

Dr. Smiljana Antonijević 


8 April 2021

Big Data, Little Data, or No Data? Scholarship, Stewardship, and Humanities Research

Prof. Dr. Christine L. Borgman


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