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2014 DARIAH International Digital Humanities Summer School

17.-30. August, 2014 in Göttingen

We are happy to announce that our DARIAH International Digital Humanities Summer School proposal was successful.

The Summer School will take place from 17 until 30 August 2014 in Göttingen. We offer up to 46 students (coming preferably from applicant countries) the chance to learn how to analyze texts digitally (strand 1) or how to construct and present their own 3D worlds (strand 2).

In the  textual analysis strand, the focus will be on applying theoretical models in computational linguistics to real data using programming scripts and other typically command-line driven tools.  In the 3D objects and Virtual Worlds strand, the students will learn to construct 3D objects using Sketch Up and Blender and then to animate them to create 3D virtual worlds using the Unity 3D gaming engine.  The essential knowledge will be taught in the morning sessions and the students will deepen and broaden this knowledge in instructor-led labs in the afternoons as they apply this knowledge to their research questions.  Both strands will be taught the transversal competencies required to design and construct a scholarly project proposal based on their research question, unique data sets and digital methods learned.

The summer school will focus on the integration of the students´ own research completely into Digital Humanities research and practice.  The summer school will achieve this aim in four ways: 1)  we will require that every student come with a well developed research question and the data necessary to answer this question; 2) students will start applying the methods and tools learned to their own data from the very first day, developing their knowledge and computational skills while advancing their own research; 3) each student will be required to develop a one-year project that they will complete in the year following the summer school.  And, finally, the students will be brought back together in the summer of 2015 for a conference in which they will present the results of this one-year project.

If you are a registered BA, MA, or PhD student at the University of Göttingen in any discipline or area of study and are interested in applying, please send a statement of interest no longer than one page explaining how the digital methods taught at the summer school will improve your own research to Matthew Munson at mmunsongcdhde by April 30, 2014.  The most important part of this statement will be a specific research question around which you will plan and complete a year-long research project after the summer school.  Decision on applications will come by May 31, 2014.  ECTS credits will be awarded both for attendance at the summer school and completion of the follow-up project.  There will be no cost for registered students of the University of Göttingen to attend the summer school.  Each student will be expected to bring their own laptop.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. Munson by email or come by the GCDH and talk to us.

The summer school is funded by ERASMUS Intensive Programme

If you have any question about the summer school, please feel free to contact Gabriele Kraft gkraft at