Histoire numérique et l’historiographie

Digital Humanities in Quebec: A Dual Perspective

4 Mars 2020

Digital Humanities in Quebec: A Dual Perspective
Presentation by Michael Sinatra and Emmanuel Chateau-Dutier, Université de Montréal.

Our joint presentation will start with an introduction to the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur les humanités numériques (CRIHN – Interuniversity Research Centre on Digital Humanities), currently the only research centre in Quebec to focus its research on digital culture and its written outputs alongside the practice of designing and developing digital tools for academic research. What sets the CRIHN apart is this twofold approach combining reflection on the role of digital technologies in humanities methods with the development of such tools. It is this unique dimension that gives the Centre its originality and its singular position in the Canadian and international research landscape, and which distinguishes the work and research results of its members from those of other research centres in Quebec.

We will then turn our attention to scholarly editions in the history of art, a discipline not usually known for its links with the written word but instead generally characterised by its relationship with images. Digital publishing methods can however play a useful documentary role in the history of art, as a means of addressing research questions. By compiling corpora related to a specific research question, texts can be used as a source of historical information that then becomes a working resource. In other words, the aim is often to create an “instrumented” version of a text-based corpus in the field of art history. We have borrowed this notion of “instrumented” corpora, or corpora equipped with a “toolbox”, from Corinne Welger-Barboza: instrumenting a corpus involves giving users the means to handle textual resources and providing a suite of tools that can be used to research and explore them. There is of course a long tradition of scholarly texts with critical apparatus, ranging from a simple sectioning that enables users to navigate the text more easily to the production of tables and alphabetical indices. Digitising a corpus enables the development of a specific instrumentation based on the use of full-text mode and hypertextuality.


Wednesday, 4 March 2020

14.00 - 15.00

Maison des Sciences humaines, C²DH Open space
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette


Free entrance, no registration needed.


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