The Digital History and Hermeneutics Doctoral Training Unit or DTU DHH Lecture Series provides a broad overview of case studies concerned with digital history and hermeneutics from all the disciplinary fields covered by the DTU: History, philosophy, linguistics, computer science, geography, design studies, etcetera. The overall aim is to discover recent trends and challenges with the help of specific case studies that allow locating the individual research projects of the DTU within a state-of-the-art international discourse.

The lectures offer case studies from all major historical epochs (Ancient History, Medieval History, Early Modern and Contemporary History) that are also reflected in the DTU’s research programme. International experts present new methods, tools and research results from their areas of research and invite the audience to discuss questions and scientific trends. The lectures are open to the entire university and serve as a platform for an international and interdisciplinary exchange.

When will an algorithm identify a sleeping lion as an emblem of a vigilant ruler?

Hans Brandhorst 17 Dec 2020 | 14:00-15:00 Online Lecture | Registrations welcome under following email address: Systematic iconography which transforms the raw data of our observations into information, is a labour-intensive task. To interpret the content of pictures is a fascinating intellectual game, but producing words for our observations is a costly process.As with … Continued

How medieval is your name, and why should computer science care?

Sara Uckelman speaks about Digital Humanities, Medieval History, and Lexicography Despite not being a great fan of hermeneutics, Dr Sara Uckelman (Durham University) kindly agreed to visit our department in February 2020 as part of the DHH lecture series to introduce her own digital history project and explain the pitfalls she encountered. She is a … Continued

User-Technology Relations in Science, Technology and Society studies

On 20 February 2020, professor emerita Nelly Oudshoorn presented “How users and non-users still matter. New themes in Science, Technology and Society research on user-technology relations”. In the first part of the lecture professor Oudshoorn started by explaining why we should study users, and how users matter. Secondly, and most importantly, the presentation talked about … Continued

Christof Schöch lectures on the Use and Abuse of Word Embedding

4 December 2019 | 14.00-15.00 | Speaker: Christof Schöch, Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Trier   Word embeddings modelling is currently at the cutting edge of natural language processing, with a significant amount of research exploring its opportunities and limitations. However, such research mainly comes from the computer science community. While digital humanists have … Continued

How users and non-users still matter. New themes in STS research on user-technology relations

      Speaker: Professor Emerita Nelly Oudshoorn 20 February 2020 | 14:00 – 15:30 | C²DH Lounge, MSH, 4th Floor Nelly Oudshoorn is Professor Emerita of Technology Dynamics and Health Care at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. Her research addresses the co-construction of technologies and users, with a particular focus on medical technologies. … Continued

Digital Humanities, Medieval History, and Lexicography: The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources

  Speaker: Dr. Sara Uckelman, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Durham University (U.K.) 14 January 2020 | 14:00 – 15:00 | C²DH-Lounge, MSH 4th floor In an ideal world, digital humanities collaborations would involve experts on both sides: Experts in some field of the humanities pooling their resources with experts on the technical and computational … Continued

On the Use and Abuse of Word Embeddings for Digital Humanities

Speaker: Christof Schöch, Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Trier 4 December 2019 | 14.00 – 15.00 | C²DH Lounge, MSH, 4th floor This talk will provide an introduction to Word Embeddings in the Digital Humanities, particularly in Computational Literary Studies and Digital History. Word Embeddings represent meaning in a high-dimensional vector space and therefore … Continued

Cultural values of two neglected areas of linguistics

Introducing microtoponyms and critical editions of old Romanian texts   During the fall, two interesting lectures were held as a part of the DTU Lecture Series, addressing issues of linguistic research in the modern age. On October 17, Christian Zschieschang (GWZO, Leibniz Institute, Leipzig) gave a talk on microtoponyms, such as the names of plots … Continued