Digital Humanities 2012: July 16-22

| July 18, 2012

Digital Humanities 2012 logoDigital Humanities 2012, a conference that brings together digital humanists from around the world, is taking place right now at the University of Hamburg in Germany. Held under the auspices of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organization, this annual event offers a multitude of intriguing events covering an impressive range of subjects.

This year’s line-up is just as diverse as the digital humanities themselves. Session titles include: “Bringing Modern Spell-Checking Approaches to Ancient Texts –Automated Suggestions for Incomplete Words,” “Ptolemy‘s Geography and the Birth of GIS,” “The Programming Historian 2: A Participatory Textbook,” “Social Network Analysis and Visualization in The Papers of Thomas Jefferson,” and “Writing with Sound: Composing Multimodal, Long-Form Scholarship.” Find out more about these sessions and check out all the others on the schedule.

There is also an exhibition called “iFormations” centering on the letter “i” in the digital world. Here is the description:

Inspired by the article “The behaviour of the researcher of the future (the ‘Google generation’)” written by David Nicholas for the Art Libraries Journal1, iFormations are sets of studies exploring the subtle links between information, knowledge and meaning.


Over the past decade, as the letter “i” became interchangeably associated with information, individual and the internet technologies, the integration of the three components deepened and solidified. This new entity’s hybrid identity, while boasting blink-of-an-eye-speeds and access to an unimaginable density of informational nodes, is often ill-equipped when it comes to synthesizing the iContent, having no adequate information literacy skills.

Through the iFormations, each individual artist proposes different scenarios for reconsidering the ways we engage with and understand information. By excluding interactivity and by including pieces that take time to decode, differences between reading and viewing information are made evident.

In good digital manner, the conference is being opened to those who cannot attend. You can stream plenary events live or watch the keynote address online.