[Humanist] 29.385 events: digital humanities in Melbourne

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Oct 14 06:57:39 CEST 2015

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 385.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

        Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2015 18:49:34 +1100
        From: Nick Thieberger <thien at unimelb.edu.au>
        Subject: TALK -- Showcasing the Digital Humanities in Melbourne

Showcasing the Digital Humanities

What does arts scholarship look like in the digital age? This panel will
feature three experts working in the Digital Humanities, an exciting new
interdisciplinary field that works to expand the capabilities of
educational topics like history, literature and philosophy through
cutting-edge technologies.

Dr Deb Verhoeven is working on an online national database of cinema
venues, which explores films, audiences and ratings throughout history. Dr
David McInnis edits an open online database for lost plays from
16th-Century England.Dr Nick Thieberger is using new technologies to
analyse and compare indigenous languages throughout Australia. The three
will present their research and technologies, and discuss the latest
developments in the field.

 The Digital Humanities: A Growing Field

The Digital Humanities incorporate new technologies into the humanities in
order to democratise the discipline and make research more accessible. It
is hoped that many of these projects will bring more diverse audiences to
the humanities, and increase public interest in history, literature,
philosophy and more. The Virtual Paul’s Cross Project, for example, is a
digital recreation of John Donne’s Gunpowder Day sermon at St Paul’s Cross
in London in 1622. Historians, archaeologists and engineers are working on
this installation, which delivers minute details like the shrubbery in the
churchyard and the sound of dogs barking throughout the sermon. This is but
one example in a sea of possibilities of what experts can do with new
technologies, to bring broader audiences to the wonderful world of the

Join us for this fascinating discussion. The panel will be followed by an
audience Q&A.

Showcasing the Digital Humanities is on Wednesday 21 October 2015, from
6:30pm to 7:30pm, at Morgans at 401. FREE, bookings required.

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