DARIAH Annual Event 2019: Humanities Data

The DARIAH Annual Event 2019 thematizes a catalogue of research questions that arise when we speak of Humanities Data. At the very heart of this topic linger questions around the type and amount of data that humanists collect: what kind of data do we have; where is it; and who owns it? Is our data indeed complex, and if so, what makes it complex? How do definitions and conceptualisations of the term ‘data’ resonate with or, perhaps more accurately, alienate us from our conceptions of our source landscape as art and humanities scholars? And, of course, how will the major European policy initiative to build an Open Science Cloud for research data impact upon our practices and opportunities?  Getting an overview of the nature of Humanities Data might be one way of designing new infrastructures to process them. We can ask for the current existing archetypical big data collections and establish alliances with data science to scale up workflows. Above all, the key challenge is to keep a reflexive open discourse about the function of data for specific research questions, and the development of a culture to address the whole spectrum of ‘data needs’ of humanities scholars across all fields, all forms of collaboration and all societal relevant questions. These issues and questions will be at the heart of our discussions at the DARIAH Annual Event 2019.

DARIAH is a European Research Infrastructure for the Humanities and Arts. It is dedicated to the empowerment of humanities scholars supporting them in their quest for new ways of knowledge production which in the long run are indispensable ingredients for cultural innovations on a larger societal change. The DARIAH Annual Event offers the DARIAH community and everybody who wants to engage with DARIAH the possibility to present results and new ideas; to meet and network.


Keynote speakers

We are delighted to announce Sally Wyatt and Lev Manovich as keynote speakers for the DARIAH Annual Event 2019.

Sally Wyatt is Professor of Digital Cultures at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Between 2011-2017, she was the Programme Leader of the eHumanities Group of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. For many years, she has been doing research about what digital technologies mean for the production of knowledge in the humanities and the social sciences. The title of her talk is ‘What are we talking about when we talk about data in the humanities?

Dr. Lev Manovich is a Professor of Computer Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a Director of the Cultural Analytics Lab that pioneered analysis of visual culture using computational methods. Manovich is the author and editor of 13 books including AI Aesthetics, Theories of Software Culture, Instagram and Contemporary Image, Software Takes Command, Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database and The Language of New Media which was described as "the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan." The title of his talk is "What does data want?".



This year’s event takes place in Warsaw, Poland, from 15 to 17 May. More information about the venues and a list of recommended hotels are available at the local information page. More details will be added to the programme on this website as soon as possible. 

Registration for the event is now closed. If you wish to join the dinner party on Thursday 16 May, you will need to pay a fee of 35,- which covers the costs for the dinner buffet including drinks. We will be handling payments and receipts on Thursday morning at the registration desk.



Programme committee

Jennifer Edmond (Chair)

Femmy Admiraal (Co-Chair)

Jakub Szprot (Local organisers)

Aneta Daszuta (Local organisers)

Arianna Betti

Agiatis Benardou 

René van Horik

Sarah Kenderdine

Martin Lhoták

Francesca Morselli

Tomasz Parkola

Andrea Scharnhorst

Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra

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