15 May 2021 - 00:00

The 11th European Summer University in Digital Humanities "Culture & Technology" (ESU DH C&T) takes place at the University of Leipzig from 3 to 13 August 2021. It is organised by the Institute for Romance Studies together with the Forum Digital Humanities Leipzig (FDHL). 

Interest in the ESU DH C&T can be expressed already by creating an account with the ConfTool of the Summer University ​https://www.conftool.org/esu2021/. Applications for a place at the Summer University are welcomed between 5 April 2021 and 15 May 2021. Information on how to apply can be found here: https://esu.fdhl.info/application/.

The Summer University takes place across 11 whole days. The intensive programme consists of workshops, teaser sessions, public lectures, regular project presentations, a poster session and a panel discussion.

The following workshops are offered (for more information see: https://esu.fdhl.info/workshops/)

  1. Michael Dahnke (München, Germany) / Florian Langhanki (University of Würzburg, Germany): OCR4all – An Open Source Tool Providing a Full OCR Workflow For Creating Digital Corpus From Printed Sources (2 x 1 week)

  2. Alex Bia (University Miguel Hernández, Elche, Spain): XML-TEI document encoding, structuring, rendering and transformation (2 weeks)

  3. Carol Chiodo (Harvard University, USA) / Lauren Tilton (University of Richmond, USA): Hands on Humanities Data Workshop – Creation, Discovery and Analysis (2 weeks)

  4. Jan Horstmann (Research Association Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel, Germany) / Marie Flüh (University of Hamburg, Germany) / Mareike Schumacher (University of Hamburg, Germany): Digital Annotation and Analysis of Literary Texts with CATMA 6 (2 weeks)

  5. Bernhard Fisseni (University Duisburg-Essen, Germany) / Andreas Witt (University of Mannheim, Germany): Corpus Linguistics for Digital Humanities. Introduction to Methods and Tools (2 weeks)

  6. Maciej Eder (Polish Academy of Sciences / Pedagogical University, Cracow, Poland) / Jeremi Ochab (Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland): Stylometry (2 weeks)

  7. Simone Rebora (University of Basel, Switzerland) / Giovanni Pietro Vitali (University College Cork, Ireland): Distant Reading in R. Analyse the text & visualize the Data (2 weeks)

  8. Peter Bell (University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany) / Fabian Offert (University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany): Image Processing and Machine Learning for the Digital Humanities (2 weeks)

  9. David Joseph Wrisley (New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE) / Randa El Khatib (University of Victoria, Canada): Humanities Data and Mapping Environments (2 weeks)

  10. Katarzyna Anna Kapitan (Museum of National History, Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød, Denmark) / N. Kıvılcım Yavuz (Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas, USA): Manuscripts in the Digital Age: XML-Based Catalogues and Editions (2 weeks)

  11. Yael Netzer (Ben Gurion University, Israel) / Renana Keydar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel): Digital Archives: Reading and Manipulating Large-Scale Catalogues, Curating and Creating Small-Scale Archives (2 weeks)

Each workshop consists of a total of 18 sessions or 36 week-hours. The number of participants in each workshop is limited to 10. Workshops are structured in such a way that participants can either take the two blocks of one workshop or two blocks from different workshops.

The "workload" of the active participation in the European Summer University corresponds to 6 ETCS points.

Like in the former years the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) makes available generous support to up to 20 alumni / alumnae of German universities. As soon as other scholarships are confirmed, we will send out a separate announcement.

The Summer University is directed at 60 participants from all over Europe and beyond. It wants to bring together (doctoral) students, young scholars and academics from the Arts and Humanities, Library Sciences, Social Sciences, the Arts and Engineering and Computer Sciences as equal partners to an interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and experience in a multilingual and multicultural context and thus create the conditions for future project-based co-operations.

The Leipzig Summer University is special because it not only seeks to offer a space for the discussion and acquisition of new knowledge, skills and competences in those computer technologies which play a central role in Humanities Computing and which determine every day more and more the work done in the Humanities and Cultural Sciences, as well as in publishing, libraries, and archives etc., but because it tries to integrate also linguistics with the Digital Humanities, which pose questions about the consequences and implications of the application of computational methods and tools to cultural artefacts of all kinds.

It is special furthermore because it consciously aims at confronting the so-called Gender Divide, i.e. the under-representation of women in the domain of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Germany, Europe and many parts of the world, by relying on the challenges that the Humanities with their complex data and their wealth of women represent for Computer Science and Engineering and the further development of the latter, on the overcoming of the borders between the so-called hard and soft sciences and on the integration of Humanities, Computer Science and Engineering.

For all relevant information please consult the Web-Portal of the European Summer School in Digital Humanities “Culture & Technology” https://esu.fdhl.info/ which will be continually updated and integrated with more information as soon as it becomes available. To get some insight into what you can expect from the European Summer University please consult its former website https://esu.culintec.de/ and especially the year 2019.