This website is home to the research community “Digital Humanities Flanders”, an initiative sponsored by the Research Foundation of Flanders.
The Digital Humanities (DH, also known as Humanities Computing or eHumanities) refer to an international scholarly initiative in which scholars from the conventional Humanities (linguistics, literature, (art) history…) as well as the Interpretative Social Sciences (e.g. social psychology, legal studies…) explore how digital methods and computation can support, enhance and transform traditional forms of research and teaching. This concerted effort is profoundly interdisciplinary in nature, since it implies intense and innovative collaborations with research groups in e.g. computer science and engineering.
It is broadly acknowledged that the Digital Humanities have momentum and can even be considered “the next big thing” across a multitude of fields in the Humanities. DH and its methodological innovations, nevertheless, are also faced with important challenges:
- dealing with computational tools and digital resources requires a set of scholarly skills that are currently underrepresented in academic teaching curricula (e.g. electronic data processing, statistics, etc.). Both junior and senior scholars therefore actively seek learning opportunities to acquire these skills.
- DH is a Humanities-wide initiative and implies new collaborations that extend beyond the discipline-specific, national networks which Humanities scholars have been typically involved in. This implies the need for international networking events that are not bound to specific disciplines.
If you interested in joining our community, feel free to send us a message.