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FUB-HUJI Digital Humanities Winterschool @ The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 27.2-1.3.2023

Funded by the German Israeli Foundation (GIF) and the German U15 Network the Hebrew University of Jerusalem הַאוּנִיבֶרְסִיטָה הַעִבְרִית בִּירוּשָׁלַיִם (HUJI) and the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) are hosting a joint DH Winterschool. 

The term Digital Humanities (DH) refers to the utilization of computational tools (from off-the-shelf software to specifically tailored algorithms) to enrich traditional research and develop new and cutting-edge methods in the humanities. In recent years, DH snowballed from being a technical-methodological supplement to extant research in the humanities to an independent discipline that corresponds with and challenges the knowledge and methodologies in traditional research areas in the humanities. As such, DH redefines the investigated objects and how we understand them, be it text, map, physical artifacts, handwriting, corpus, language, sound, or image. In addition, the last decade saw a flourish of DH in the various universities having dedicated conferences, journals, associations, and teaching programs.

In this winter school, students will be presented with various aspects of DH of different traditional disciplines. Participants will acquire basic skills in available DH-related software, learn about cutting-edge projects from recent years and, get an in-depth understanding of how these projects were conducted, meet other graduate students interested in DH from the various institutions in Israel and Germany.

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The topic

Specifically, this year’s school will follow the data-cycle of a DH project from the fundamental question of how to translate a humanistic research question into operational commands that a machine can execute to the conceptualization and planning of a project’s pipeline. The mode of teaching in the winter school will combine introductory talks with practical  workshops, giving students the opportunity to experience hands-on the practical application of the models and methods discussed in the lectures. The school’s workshops will address main steps in DH projects, from  initial challenges in the acquisition, mining, and digitization of analog sources, to methods for organizing and cleaning one’s data, through theoretical and practical questions relating to the representing humanistic data in database form, as well as common methods for analyzing and processing humanistic data, and finally critical engagement with tools and platforms for visualization and sharing of the findings and results from the digital project.

Application and Enrollment

We invite graduate students from all fields of the humanities in the various universities institutions in Israel and all universities in Germany to apply for the Fourth Winterschool of Digital Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which is being organized jointly with the Freie Universität Berlin on behalf of U15. 

The winter school will be held at the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, between 27 February 2023 and 1 March 2023.

The enrollment is competitive and open for all Ph.D. and postdocs from digital humanities disciplines. The selection will be made by a committee of researchers from FUB and HUJI.

  • Participation in the school is free of charge.

  • Travel expenses for participants from german Universities will be covered.

  • Accomodation for Participants from German Universities will be covered (charges will be covered)

  • On February 28 we are planning a social activity with all participants 
  • The winter school will operate on a busy schedule from 9 am to 6 pm between February 27th and March 1st. Participants are expected to attend all lectures.
  • No prior knowledge of programming, mathematics, or statistics will be assumed.

  • All participants must come with a laptop.

Applicants are required to fill in the application form here (closed). 
Last date for applications: December 4th, 2022 
Answers will be given by: December 18th, 2022