Experimenting discussion: ConverStations #dhiha6
On Friday 12th – the second day of the conference “Digital Humanities Experiments #dhiha6” at the German Historical Institute Paris (DHIP) – we will try the dialogic form Conversation-Stations, or ConverStations (see the arcticle “The program explained“). The participants will debate different topics at different tables with different people.
The value of failure in science, table animated by Claudine Moulin (IEA/University Trier)
Unsuccessful attempts or what might be considered as “failures” in Science have not really been reflected on in Humanities. Especially in the new constellation of “success” in humanistic Academia being increasingly measured by indices, third party founding rankings and (publication) ratings I would like to turn the attention to the positive sides of unsuccessful attempts and the context of experimentation in Digital Humanities.
Claudine Moulin is professor for Historical Linguistics and Director of the Trier Center for Digital Humanities. In 2010 she was recipient of the Academy-Prize (Akademie der Wissenschaften und Literatur, Mainz). In 2012/13 she was a visiting professor at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes EPHE/Sorbonne in Paris. She is currently a fellow at the Institut d’études avancées in Paris. Her research covers the fields of medieval languages, manuscript and book studies, historical linguistics, grammaticography and digital humanities; she publishes, teaches and blogs widely on these subjects.
Research infrastructure as experiments, table animated by Milena Žic Fuchs (ESF)
Pan-European research infrastructures are becoming more and more important in all domains of science and this also applies to CLARIN and DARIAH, the two Humanities RIs. The question that comes up of course is how can new approaches in general enhance the future development of research infrastructures in the Humanities and is there a place within them to go ‘beyond’ Digital Humanities as have been perceived so far. More specifically, if ‘experiments’ can be a kind of added value to the pan-European RIs, how could this be achieved?
Milena Žic Fuchs is a Croatian linguist and full member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. In January 2009 she was appointed to a 3-year term as Chair of the Standing Committee for the Humanities with the European Science Foundation. She is credited with introducing cognitive linguistics into the Croatian linguistic community with her 1991 book Knowledge of Language and Knowledge of the World (Croatian: Znanje o jeziku i znanje o svijetu). In 2013 Milena Žic Fuchs was elected member of Academia Europaea.
Digital research and creativity, table animated by Sean Ryder (NUI, Galway)
Digital tools are increasingly used by creative arts and creative industries. On the face of it, this appears to offer significant potential for interesting experimentation at the interface between digital humanities and creative arts. How can the insights and methods of digital research be adopted or adapted for creative processes, and vice versa? How can creative practices inform or challenge the research posed by digital humanities? What models are available for experimental collaboration among the domains of science, humanities and creative arts? What are the potential limits and/or risks of such collaborations (e.g issues over commercialisation, IP, policy demands, etc.)?
Sean Ryder is Professor of English at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the Chair of the network board of HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area). His digital humanities work includes directing two major projects on the creation of digital literary texts and scholarly editions (the FP7-funded TEXTE project and the Irish government-funded Thomas Moore Archive).
Interdisciplinary experimentations, table animated by Brian Sandberg (IEA)
Research in the humanities increasingly relies on diverse digital research tools, databases, programs, and applications, which are often intended for use across disciplinary boundaries. Digital humanities tools offer promising new forms of conducting interdisciplinary research in the humanities, yet digital research methods and approaches still seem remarkably underdeveloped.This roundtable discussion will explore attempts at constructing new digital methods for research in the humanities.
Brian Sandberg is an Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University who is interested in the intersections of religion, violence, and political culture during the European Wars of Religion. His monograph entitled, Warrior Pursuits: Noble Culture and Civil Conflict in Early Modern France (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), examines provincial nobles’ orchestration of civil violence in southern France in the early seventeenth century. He is currently a résident at the Institut d’études avancées, where he is revising a book manuscript on War and Conflict in the Early Modern World and researching a book project on A Virile Courage: Gender and Violence in the French Wars of Religion, 1562-1629.
Define a protocol, table animated by Suzanne Dumouchel (DHIP)
The word “protocol” is typically a scientific word in research vocabulary. But it is rather unusual in the SSH. Moreover, in a broader perspective, it indicates the necessity of rules, codes, etiquettes to establish a right/true communication or hypotheses. That is why we would like to discuss the following in this ConverStation: How can a protocol be useful in DH? Is it necessary? What does it means to establish a protocol in SSH/DH?
Suzanne Dumouchel is Scientific Project Manager at the German Historical Institute Paris (DHIP) and holder of a PhD in French literature since 2012. She is an early-career researcher, working on the creation of a communication space in French newspapers of the 18th century, and comparing it with online newspapers. She now works on virtual environments and has participated in several conferences about digital humanities. Her research project focuses on the transmission of information in virtual environments.
Citizen digital humanities, table animated by Pierre Mounier (OpenEdition)
An important part of digital humanities takes advantage of digital communication tools, specifically the social web to engage non academic audiences in research projects. In history for instance, digital history and public history largely converge. Are there any other examples in other disciplines ? Should a comparison be made with the “citizen science” movement? Are the conditions of public participation different in life sciences and humanities?
Pierre Mounier is currently Research Engineer at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France) and associate director of OpenEdition, a comprehensive infrastructure based in France for open access publication and communication in the humanities and social sciences. As associate director of OpenEdition, Pierre Mounier is primarily involved in the development of an internationalization strategy for the infrastructure, in particular by establishing partnerships with platforms and institutions in Europe and elsewhere. Pierre Mounier participates in the activities of Dariah, the European infrastructure for digital humanities, and co-pilots the “Open Access” group within the French infrastructure BSN.
Two ConverStations may be proposed by the audience.
And there will be two observers – Anne Baillot (Humboldt University, Berlin) and Mareike König (DHIP) – who will take notes about the procedure in order to present their observations afterwards. Of course, the ConverStations will present their result as well to the whole audience.
Anne Baillot is junior research group leader at the institute of modern German literature of the Humboldt University of Berlin since 2010. She was a locum professor for Digital Humanities at Stuttgart University during the winter term 2014/15. Her research interests include history of ideas, digital editions, German-French cultural and scientific transfers as well as workflows and good texts in general. She is a member of the scientific board of fr.hypotheses, en.hypotheses, DHd (DH in the German Speaking Countries) and the ESTS (European Society for Textual Scholarship).
Mareike König is a Post-Doc historian and head of the Digital Humanities department and of the library at the German Historical Institute Paris. She is currently visiting professor for Digital Humanities at the University of Vienna. Her research interests are 19th century French-German History as well as Social Media in the Humanities. She is project manager and head of the editorial board of the German-speaking blogging platform de.hypotheses.org. Among her Blogs are digitale:geschichte and Das 19. Jahrhundert in Perspektive.