Conference announcement: Key ideas and concepts of Digital Humanities
26 - 28 October 2015, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

The conference "Key ideas and concepts of Digital Humanities" which is 
supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) is going to be 
hosted at Technische Universität Darmstadt from 26 to 28 October 2015. 
All colleagues and students interested in the Digital Humanities are 
invited; participation is of free of charge. The conference registration 
is open now at:

The hosts are Michael Sperberg-McQueen, who holds the KIVA International 
Visiting Professorship for Interculturality and Andrea Rapp, Professor 
for Computer Philology at Technische Universität Darmstadt as well as 
Sabine Bartsch and Michael Bender, all members of the working group 

Conference theme

The role of the Digital Humanities is currently discussed 
controversially with a view of both the present and the future. It seems 
a truism that we need to incorporate the past, if we are to conduct a 
fruitful discussion of the future. The basis for the present and future 
role of the field are the key ideas and concepts from which it has 
evolved. A reappraisal of the history of ideas not only shows the 
essence of the field, but also highlights the potential it has to offer 
for the humanities and other, related fields. The interaction of 
computational concepts with ideas from the breadth of 
humanities-disciplines has the potential to generate more than the sum 
of the parts. Since the inception of the field formerly known as 
humanities computing, new methods were developed and new insights 
gained. Frequently, interdisciplinary border crossings constitute key 
moments in which new ideas and concepts emerge. The compilation of a 
history of ideas of the Digital Humanities is possible, and it is 
necessary. With this conference, we aim to chart the history of the 
digital humanities by focusing on a discussion of the key ideas and 
concepts and the associated key-moments in the development of the field.
Whether early pioneering achievements such as the cooperation between 
Father Roberto Busa and IBM since the late 1940s; Vannevar Bush's essay 
"As We May Think" describing the landmark idea and design for the Memex; 
younger milestones such as the establishment of the Text Encoding 
Initiative (TEI), or the conception of the eXtensible Markup Language 
(XML) – examples of key ideas of the DH abound.
The event is going to be centred around experts from different areas of 
the Digital Humanities, each presenting a paper on a key idea or a 
moment in their research area. The conference will help to identify the 
most important achievements of the field and discuss their origins and 
position, their impact and development or possibilities for development.

Conference dates:         Mon, 26 October to Wed, 28 October 2015
Conference organisation:  Sabine Bartsch, Michael Bender
                           Team DHDarmstadt
                           Institut für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
                           Technische Universität Darmstadt
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Dr. Sabine Bartsch
English Linguistics, Corpus and Computational Linguistics
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Institut für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Landwehrstraße 50a (S4|23)   64293 Darmstadt
Fon: +49-6151-16 57390       Fax: +49-6151-16 57411

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