Statements by Candidates
Elections for 4 positions in the EADH executive committee for the term 2020-2023
Marieke van Erp
Joris J. van Zundert
Candidate statement of Stuart James
Taking an alternative path to the Digital Humanities, I'm a Visual Artificial Intelligence Researcher (Assistant Professor) at the Italian Institute of Technolgy who applies algorithms to Humanities data. My research focuses on images and how computers can understand how objects relate to each other. I currently hold an honorary role at the University College London where I am an affiliated team member of the UCL Digital Humanities group. Our group in IIT was awarded an EU Grant for increasing social inclusion with tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage, exposing digital data through AR experiences using stories to create immersive experiences (https://memexproject.eu).
I am standing for election as an EADH Executive Committee as a way to facilitate more in-depth integration of Computer Vision and more broadly Machine Learning to the already highly interdisciplinary DH. Having organised the Vision for Art (VISART) workshop at the European Conference on Computer Vision for the last two iterations, I have brought these fields closer. I continue to work to promote open access, open source while considering bias and fairness in data at scale. As a researcher based in Italy and still active in the UK, I advocate for international collaboration, especially at this time of uncertainty.
Candidate statement of Marieke van Erp
I currently lead the Digital Humanities Lab at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences' Humanities Cluster in Amsterdam. The main theme in my research has been making digital archives more accessible via language and semantic web technology. I have worked at various humanities and computer science departments in interdisciplinary projects with museums and archives such as the Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the Dutch National Library. I am also a member of advisory boards for the Dutch Heritage Network and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s Research Master Humanities. You can find me on Twitter: @merpeltje.
Should I be elected to the EADH Executive Committee, I would firstly focus on promoting deeper interdisciplinary collaborations to further both the humanities and digital aspects of our research. I would seek to stimulate projects and events that cultivate this, taking inspiration from for example the Twin Talks workshops at the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries conferences. My second focus point would be to strengthen connections between the EADH community and cultural heritage institutions as these institutions harbour many collections that are waiting to be unlocked by and inspire data-driven humanities research.
Candidate statement of Joris J. van Zundert
I am a senior researcher of humanities computing at the Huygens Institute for the History of The Netherlands. I have been involved with Digital Humanities since 2001, as a programmer and a researcher in numerous DH projects. I have witnessed many DH perspectives: DH as interdisciplinary research, as technical tinkering, collaborative endeavor, methodological innovation, as theory, practice, a national nascent field, as international projects and networks, and as an immensely valuable diverse community. I am proud of the contributions I made together with many colleagues to stylometry, stemmatology, and other computational approaches to textual scholarship. My PhD resulted in a reflectional take on the epistemological effects of computational methods on textual scholarship. Currently I work on computational techniques to examine narrative aspects of text.
In 2018 I was programme committee member for the first EADH conference, I am on the committee again for the 2020/21 edition. The EADH and its conferences are about digital humanities and the rich diversity of people, cultures, subjects and perspectives that together make up the digital humanities. I want to further EADH's cause and therefore I am delighted to stand for election to the Executive Committee of EADH and would be honored to serve.
Candidate statement of Torsten Roeder
My university background is musicology and Italian language and literature. I love projects that give insight into cultural movements and transformations, like studies on migration, translation and intercultural reception. I have worked in international projects with people from Austria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland and the UK so far. In the DH sector, I designed several database resources and digital editions, with an emphasis on analytic markup and data visualizations. Currently, I work as scientific DH consultant at the German National Academy, being responsible for project management and digital concepts. For me personally, DH is an expression of digital transformation processes in the humanities, induced mainly by the humanities themselves, which is changing methods and practices in all scholarly areas. My mission is to build bridges between traditional and digital scholarship, as well as between various DH implementations within Europe and other areas of the world. I consider awareness for diversity a keystone for a European DH movement, and I want to support the development of international, intercultural and open scholarly practices by establishing spaces for multilateral dialogues. I feel honored to be nominated for the EADH executive committee.
Candidate statement of Stuart Dunn
It is my great privilege to stand for election to the Board of EADH. This election takes place at a time of unparalleled stress and disruption in academia, and in the world it inhabits. Digital Humanities as a field has weathered many storms, and as with those in the past, the present one invites us to question both what we do - that is to say the questions we ask in our research and our teaching - and how we ask those questions. In this context I have always seen DH as a force for reconciling modes of research and thinking which go back to the earliest days of computing, to contemporary research in digital sociology, STS and critical studies. Most importantly however, and in the context of the present crisis, I believe that EADH (and ADHO) must be a voice for both the individual scholar and the community; a voice against precarity and short-termism, and a source of advocacy within and beyond universities for those hardest hit.
Candidate statement of Nicola Barbuti
I am Nicola Barbuti, member of AIUCD. I’m applying for becoming member of the EADH Executive Committee. I am Assistant Professor in Library and Information Science and DH at the Department of Humanities of University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy. My research and teaching focus on digitization of cultural heritage, digital libraries, FAIR Principles, metadata standardization, advanced recognition systems for digital resources, training for digital librarians and digital curators. On behalf of DISUM, I coordinate two ERASMUS+ projects focused on the creation of digital heritage and innovative training of digital librarians: S.I.L.V.HER. and BIBLIO (see the two websites). The dramatic COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how much the conscious use of digitization and digital methodologies and technologies is important, especially for teaching and training. But it also has highlighted that a deep knowledge of their better use is missing. EADH will have to address this challenge in the post-COVID scenarios worldwide, playing a fundamental role in contributing to design the strategies for increasing an aware and solid humanistic digital culture. I would like to help to address this challenge and its issues bringing my experience into the EADH Executive Committee. And I hope you will give me this chance.