ESU “Culture & Technology”, 26 – 30 July 2010 University of Leipzig

ESU “Culture & Technology”, 26 – 30 July 2010
University of Leipzig –

We are happy to announce that registration for the European Summer School, Culture & Technology, is now open. Supported by the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing the Summer School will take place at Leipzig University, Germany, from the 26th to the 30th of July.

The Summer School is directed at an international audience. Students in their final year, graduates, postgraduates, doctoral students, and postdocs from the Humanities, Engineering or Computer Sciences from all over Europe, as well as academics, librarians and technical assistants who are involved in the theoretical, experimental or practical application of computational methods in the various areas of the Humanities, in libraries or archives, or wish to do so are its target audience. School teachers who plan to carry out technology-based projects with their students and want to discuss them in a wider context are welcome as well.

The Summer School 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 Libraries and Archives everywhere. The Summer School aims at integrating these activities into the broader context of the Digital Humanities, where questions about the consequences and implications of the application of computational methods and tools to cultural artefacts of all kinds are asked. The Summer School plans to show-case possible realisations of such questions via the presentation of concrete projects.

The Summer School will offer Humanities students in particular the possibility to gain practical knowledge of the application of computational methods to the digitalisation, description, analysis and production of humanities contents and artefacts (languages, texts, images, etc.), to discuss related theoretical questions and to forge new perspectives on the study and preservation of languages, cultures and cultural memory and the translation between cultures.

Computer and Engineering Sciences students, for their part, will be given the opportunity at the Summer School to acquire insights into the nature of humanities data, to get to know the areas in the Arts and Humanities in which computational methods are employed, to learn to recognise the difference of the Humanities approach to these methods and to confront themselves with the challenges that work with diffuse and extremely complex data presents for soft- and hardware solutions.

The Summer School takes place across a whole week. The intensive programme consists of workshops, lectures and project presentations. The Summer School will close with a round table discussion focusing on the necessity, structure and contents of curricula for Digital Humanities und e-Humanities.

The following workshops will be offered:

* Introduction into the Creation of a Digital Edition
* From Document Engineering to Scholarly Web Projects
* Methods in Textual Analysis
* XML and the Modelling of Knowledge Contained in Historical Sources
* Image-based Digital Editing of Text-bearing Objects

Each workshop consists of a total of 15 sessions or 30 week-hours. The number of participants in each workshop is limited to 15. Information on how to apply for a place in one of the workshops can be found at:

Preference will be given to young scholars of the Humanities who are planning, or are already involved with, a technology-based research project and describe this project in a qualified way.

Young scholars of Engineering and Computer Sciences are expected to describe their specialities and interests in such a way that also non specialists can follow and that they support their expectations from the summer school with good arguments.

If more funding can be secured fees will be reduced and a bursary scheme will be put into place.

For important dates and other relevant information please consult the multilingual Web-Portal of the European Summer School Culture & Technology:

Univ.-Prof’in Dr. phil. habil. Elisabeth BurrFranzische / frankophone und italienische Sprachwissenschaft Institut f Romanistik
Philologische Fakult
Universit Leipzig
Haus 1 / 3. Etage, Zi. 1307
Beethovenstr. 15
D-04107 Leipzig
Tel. +49 (0)341 97 37413/37411

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