We would like to thank our speakers and participants for their contributions to our conference

Key ideas and concepts of Digital Humanities

From 26 to 28 October the group DHDarmstadt of the Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies at Technische Universität Darmstadt is hosting a conference with the theme "Key ideas and concepts of Digital Humanities". The conference is hosted by the working group DHDarmstadt of the Institute for Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft of Technische Universität Darmstadt. Conference venue is the guest house of the university, the Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg-Haus, an Art Nouveau villa on the green borders of the city.

The hosts are Michael Sperberg-McQueen, who holds the KIVA International Visiting Professorship for Internationality and Interculturality and Andrea Rapp, Professor for Computer Philology at TU Darmstadt as well as Sabine Bartsch and Michael Bender, members of the working group DHDarmstadt.

Conference theme

The role of the Digital Humanities is currently discussed controversially with a view of both the present and the future. It seems a truism that we need to incorporate the past, if we are to conduct a fruitful discussion of the future. The basis for the present and future role of the field are the key ideas and concepts from which it has evolved. A reappraisal of the history of ideas not only shows the essence of the field, but also highlights the potential it has to offer for the humanities and other, related fields. The interaction of computational concepts with ideas from the breadth of humanities-disciplines has the potential to generate more than the sum of the parts. Since the inception of the field formerly known as humanities computing, new methods were developed and new insights gained. Frequently, interdisciplinary border crossings constitute key moments in which new ideas and concepts emerge. The compilation of a history of ideas of the Digital Humanities is possible, and it is necessary. With the conference at which we hereby invite your participation, we aim to chart the history of the digital humanities by focusing on a discussion of the key ideas and concepts and the associated key-moments in the development of the field.
Whether early pioneering achievements such as the cooperation between Father Roberto Busa and IBM since the late 1940s; Vannevar Bush's essay "As We May Think" describing the landmark idea and design for the Memex; younger milestones such as the establishment of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), or the conception of the eXtensible Markup Language (XML) – examples of key ideas of the DH abound.

The event is going to be centred around experts from different fields of Digital Humanities, each presenting a paper on a key idea or a moment in their research area. The conference will help to identify the most important achievements of the field and discuss their origins and position, their impact and development or possibilities for development.

The conference is funded by the


Technische Universität Darmstadt
Institut für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft


Dr. Sabine Bartsch
Dr. des. Michael Bender



Landwehrstraße 50A
Gebäude S4|23
64293 Darmstadt

Dolivostraße 15
64293 Darmstadt

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