[Corpora-List] Lecture Series: Digital Humanities - Theorie und Methodik "Data Literacy and Digital Humanities"

Ulrike Fußbahn ulrike.fussbahn at uni-leipzig.de
Fri Dec 18 15:26:28 CET 2020

Dear all,

we like to reinvite you to the lecture „THEORY AND PRAXIS: REED LONDON, DATA LITERACY, AND RESEARCH-BASED LEARNING“ HELD BY DIANE JAKACKI (Bucknell University, Lewisburg, USA). The lecture will take place on TUESDAY DECEMBER 8TH, 2020 FROM 5:15PM TO 6:45PM (GMT +1) VIA ZOOM.

If you would like to attend this lecture, please sign up by using the following link: https://fdhl.info/theorie-und-methodik/ An abstract of the lecture and a short bio of Diane Jakacki can be found in the calendar of events (https://fdhl.info/veranstaltungen/) of the Forum Digital Humanities Leipzig.

This lecture takes place within the context of the lecture series:


The digital universe is growing very fast and the amount of information contained in data is exploding. The mining of these data has ethical, social, and political consequences. In order to think through these consequences a new kind of literacy is needed, which could also be called ‘data literacy’ if we define it according to Chantel Ridsdale as “the ability to collect, manage, evaluate, and apply data in a critical manner”.


The Digital Humanities are characterised by a cross-disciplinary and collaborative nature, by project orientation, hands-on practices and the use of cultural heritage data, and by the aim to integrate and create domain-specific knowledge with computational methods and tools while reflecting their application and use critically. As such Digital Humanities would seem to offer everything that students need to become not only literate in their specific Humanities field, but to acquire at the same time data literacy and skills like problem solving, computational and critical thinking.

As the data which play a role in Digital Humanities are themselves multiform and comprise among other types visual, audio, geospatial, temporal, and statistical data, we can even say that by studying Digital Humanities students become meta- or transliterate and thus able to employ their knowledge, competencies and skills in very diverse social and professional domains.

In order to support the claim that doing Digital Humanities involves becoming (meta- / trans-) data literate and to illustrate the acquisition of data literacy in diverse Humanities-specific courses offered at different levels of university education, we have brought together an international group of specialists.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME (see also https://fdhl.info/theorie-und-methodik/)

- 8 DECEMBER 2020 Alex Bia (Universidad Miguel Hernández, Elche, Spain): “Data science and digital humanities: a feasible merge?” - 22 DECEMBER 2020 Diane Jakacki (Bucknell University, Lewisburg, USA): "Theory and Praxis: REED London, Data Literacy, and Research-Based Learning" - 19 JANUARY 2021 David Wrisley (NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE): “Data Transliteracy: Creativity and Cooperation across Knowledge Cultures” - 2 FEBRUARY 2021 Denis Arnold / Bernhard Fisseni (Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim, Germany): “(Digital) Research Data and Metadata” - 16 FEBRUARY 2021 Carol Chiodo (Harvard University Library, Cambridge, USA) / Lauren Tilton (University of Richmond, USA): “Images as Data”

More lectures in 2021 will be announced soon.

The lectures (including ample time for discussions) will be given virtually via Zoom EVERY OTHER TUESDAY FROM 5:15PM TO 6:45PM. The series starts on 8 December 2020. Interested participants are kindly asked to register here [1]at the latest by the Sunday before each event so that access data can be sent to them. The number of places is limited.

The lecture series on “Data Literacy and Digital Humanities” is an integral part of the lecture series “Digital Humanities – Theorie und Methodik”, which was founded in the winter term 2014/15 by Elisabeth Burr with the aim to fill the term “Digital Humanities” with meaning by presenting the broader scholarly public with theoretical and methodological questions which play a role in Digital Humanities.

Elisabeth Burr

Professor emeritus of French, Francophone and Italian Linguistics

Founder of the European Summer University in Digital Humanities

Chair of the PC of  EADH2020-2021

President of the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH)

President of the Constituent Organisations Board of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO)

Universität Leipzig

Beethovenstr. 15

D-04107 Leipzig


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