Recent advances in digital technologies have provided unprecedented opportunities for the humanities. The new field of Digital Humanities investigates the meaning and value of digital technologies in the humanities. Objects in the humanities, such as literary texts, historical sources, paintings and films are increasingly available in digitized or digital-born form. Digital humanities deals with questions like: how do we cope with and interpret the ‘new’ forms of digitized humanities objects? which tools are at hand to analyse and identify patterns in large amounts of humanities data (from textual, visual to acoustic data or combinations thereof)? Additionally, digital humanities engages in critical reflection on the digital tools and methods and explores the way digital techniques influence current humanities research, in particular with respect to new questions that can be asked.
Topics in Digital Humanities include:
• Exploration of various data types of humanities material, elaborating on questions such as how are objects converted into entries in a data collection, what do these collections represent, and how do we analyse and criticize data?
• The acquaintance of annotation formats and tools, as well as the use of coding languages.
• The exploration of tools in mining, clustering, structuring and visualizing data in the humanities
• An understanding of how humanists can make effective use of digital innovations in order to develop new research questions.
On the undergraduate level, there is a minor in Digital Humanities as well as an honour’s program.