Summer School Digital Humanities

Summer School 2019 / Modena International Workshop 2019

June 3rd-7th, 2019                       

Digital Humanities and Digital Communication:

From digital data to digital tools for research and publishing

Unimore Doctoral Programme in Human Sciences



Digital Humanities (DH) is a field in such a rapid expansion that its boundaries are difficult to identify. The easy access to digital resources and tools is giving rise to new scholarly practices in many different fields: the language sciences, literary studies, philosophy, history, the social sciences at large. On the one hand we have studies of digital communication and of the impact that the digital world is having on present day communication, memory and learning but also on the nature of digital-born data as such. On the other we have different kinds of data to be digitalized: textual, visual, auditory, often from historical documents to be transcribed or interpreted. The researcher also needs to be able to perform a number of operations with the data, ranging from acquisition to annotation and analysis. Finally, today’s researchers are facing the challenge of different forms of digital publishing, and new practices in the communication of their own knowledge.

The aim of the summer school is to reflect this variety of problems and perspectives. The disciplines covered will include all fields of the humanities. Aspects involved are:

-  digital data/digital communication/social media

- digital publishing (and open access)

- digital public history and digital museum communication

- archives and corpora: creation, digitization, transcription

- annotation, querying, exploration and analysis of data (including - visual analytics of texts)

- identification of similarities, authorship attribution, clustering, extraction and annotation of themes and topics, extraction of recurring patterns and traits, language models

- exploration of corpora/archives for the study of cultural and or historical trends

- digital education and learning analytics



Invited Speakers:

  • Massimo Riva, (Italian Studies, Brown University, director of the Virtual Humanities Lab)(on digital publishing)
  • Geoffrey Williams, (Professor of Corpus Linguistics, Department of Document engineering, University of Bretagne, director of a  Master in digital publishing) (on digital publishing and open access)
  • Susan H unston, (Dept. Of English, Birmingham, Centre for Corpus Research)(on data anlalysis)
  • Massimiliano Corsini (Unimore, Dept of Engineering, centre for Digital Humanities) (visual analytics of texts)
  • Anna Dipace (Unimore, Department of Education) (digital education and elanring analytics)
  • Andrea Esuli (CNR, Pisa, on language models)
  • Thomas Cauvin (President of the International Federation Public History (IFPH), on fdigita public history) (to be confirmed)
  • Filippo Fineschi (Polo Museale Fiorentino) (on digital museum communication) (to be confirmed)
  • Sheila Anderson (King’s college London, on archives and technology (to be confirmed)
  • Daniel Gatica-Perez (IDIAP research institute, School of engineering & college of humanities, Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne) (on social computing) (to be confirmed)
  • Julien Longhi (Université Cergy Pontoise, Paris) (on digital media/social media) (to be confirmed)


Programme Director: Marina Bondi

  1. Summer School Scientific Committee: Claudio Baraldi, Lorenzo Bertucelli; Marina Bondi, Stefano Calabrese, Massimiliano Corsini, Laura Gavioli, Elisabetta Menetti, Chiara Preite
  2. Organizing Committee: Claudia Cagninelli, Denitza Nedkova, Leonardo Sanna, Manfredi Scanagatta,