Course content

This survey course offers a wide-ranging and thorough overview of the developing field of the Digital Humanities, with the emphasis on relationships between new methods and their practical, theoretical, and ethical implications.

The focus is on ways in which DH tools and methodologies can inspire new critical reflections and research questions, as well as providing new approaches to old problems.

Learning outcomes

For a grade pass on the course, students should be able to:

  • identify and outline current debates in international Digital Humanities scholarship
  • critically reflect over definitions, delimitations, and problems
  • critically and reflectively discuss examples of the use of Digital Humanities tools in applied research and their methodological and theoretical implications

Practical information

The course has the following obligatory elements: attendance at conference event, active participation in seminars, and completion of written assignment.

The course is assessed through a learning journal of max 4000 words.

The course begins with literature study. The introduction day includes a literature seminar to critically discuss the core reading.

The main part of the course is organized as a conference event over three days with invited speakers from national and international Digital Humanities contexts. The speakers present on recent or ongoing research of international relevance. After each day’s presentations, the students participate in a discussion seminar with the speakers.

Connected reading is provided for each presentation so that students can follow up topics in their areas of interest. After the presentations, students choose one or more areas which they want to pursue further, and use the presenters’ lists as starting points for their own bibliographies. This work is reported through ‘learning journals’ in which students describe and reflect on the presentations, their reading, and the ways in which their chosen topics connect with their own interests.

A final seminar is held to review learning and discuss next steps.

The course is given in English.

For conference information and registration, please follow this link.

Period: Second half of Autumn semester, 2020

Course dates (preliminary): November 1 2020 — February 28 2021. Main teaching event January 27–29 2021.

Language of instruction: English

Course directors and Examiners: Anna Dahlgren, Alison Klevnäs, Ewa Machotka.

Theme coordinator: Alison Klevnäs

Course title in Swedish:

The course is offered by the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies Department of History in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Aesthetics and the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Turkish Studies.

The course is part of the theme Digital Humanities