Digital Humanities: How To Read A Million Books?

Course content – EUS4011 (spring term 2018)

Increasingly, cultural text material is being captured and stored in electronic form. From literature and fiction, diaries, historical documents, public speeches and governmental documents, to emails, text messages, and social media, researchers from the humanities now have access to much larger amounts of text than ever before.

In this master course, students from European language, literature and culture as well as history will be introduced to the field of digital humanities, its core methods, history and emerging trends and learn how to describe, analyze, and interpret digitized text and explore research questions fundamental to literary, cultural and historical studies with cutting edge technology.

The goal is to encourage students to think about novel and creative ways they can apply these techniques to their own material and research questions, and to provide the skills necessary to apply the methods in their own research. Students will be encouraged to work in teams and help one another.

We will use open source, free web applications, a seminar weblog and a demonstration corpus of texts from various literatures and history.

The use of a personal laptop during the course is recommended.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • will have a thorough understanding of the disciplinary history and place of digital humanities, especially regarding literary studies
  • are able to describe, analyse, and interpret digital texts
  • are familiar with digital text collections in your field
  • will have a working knowledge of computer aided textual analysis
  • will be able to use state of the art computational applications on a broad variety of text and for your own research

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