Read more about the conference: Digital Humanities in the Nordic and Baltic Countries (DHNB) Conference 2023.
When: 7 March 2023, 8.30 – 12.30 (CET)
8.30 – 8.40 Welcome and introductions
8.40 – 9.15 Presentation of DHNB Higher Education working group survey
9.15 – 10.15 Presentations and discussions for accepted papers from open call (see below)
10.15 – 10.30 Coffee break
10.30 – 11.30 Presentations on main initiatives
11.30 – 12.00 Directed discussion emerging from the main session
12.00 – 12.30 Concluding discussion, including options for co-operation
- Collaborations/exchanges in digital humanities (DH) instruction
- Project-based/problem-based DH education
- Interdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary/cross-sectoral/international cooperation in DH education
- Existing programs, modules or individual courses in DH (e.g., design, target student groups, content, job market, evaluation, experiences, lessons-learned)
- Currently developed programs, modules or individual courses in DH (e.g., design choices, target student groups, resource management, related issues)
- Capacity building for student employability
Call for papers
Candidates are invited to submit their proposals for a presentation. The presentations will be held in the workshop’s open period segment. The presentation should address a specific topic related to the workshop’s themes.
Proposals should be 300 words in length and are to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 January 2023. Proposals will be reviewed by the workshop organizers. Presenters will be notified of acceptance the following week.
Ahmad Kamal (primary contact), Department of Cultural Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Humanities; iInstitute, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Jonas Ingvarsson (primary contact), Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion, Faculty of Humanities; University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Koraljka Golub, Department of Cultural Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Humanities; iInstitute, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Isto Huvila, Olle Sköld and Anna Foka Department of ALM (Archival Science, Library & Information Science, and Museum & Heritage Studies), Uppsala University, Sweden
Marianne Ping Huang, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark
Mikko Tolonen, Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland
The intended audience of this workshop are course instructors and programme managers for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (DHSS) and Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage (DHCH) programs; researchers working on DHSS/DHCH education; professionals interested in DHSS/DHCH program, courses, or modules.
Further workshop information
In Nordic, Baltic, and other regions, many universities have developed and are maintaining programs in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (DHSS/DHCH). The University of Gothenburg launched a Master in Digital Humanities in autumn 2017, followed by Uppsala University in 2019 and Linnaeus University in 2020. In Croatia, the BALADRIA summer school in Digital Humanities was first given in 2019, while the University of Helsinki has been offering a module in Digital Humanities for several years and are starting a master programme together with social sciences. Many more universities have come to offer courses in digital methods as a part of new or existing programs; other times DHSS/DHCH-related topics and perspectives are included as a part of established courses.
This has led to a variety of approaches, areas of concentrations, and teaching material in DHSS/DHCH education. It has also led to instructors and administrators to encounter numerous challenges, whether pedagogical or infrastructural. As such, drawing on the now robust DHSS/DHCH educational community is imperative for learning from one another’s experiences and leveraging the scale of our endeavours to realize new learning opportunities for ourselves and our students.
This workshop will provide an opportunity for DHSS and DHCH educators to share their experiences; discuss existing programs, modules, courses, research, training, and development activities; reviews evaluation approaches; and reflect on lessons learned. The workshop will also engage in discussions on common areas of interest, in order to set the groundwork for concrete collaborative implementations (such as student exchanges or regular DHSS/DHCH pedagogy seminars). The primary audiences of this workshop are course instructors and programme managers in DHSS/DHCH programs as well as researchers working on education in this field.
The 2023 workshop will take as its point for departure a summary of a survey that will be sent out to its members – and collected – in the Fall/Winter of 2022/2023. The survey is an effort to make an inventory of higher education in Digital Humanities; of courses eligible to students from other universities; whether these are offered in-person, online or in a mixed format; a list of possible fundings for exchange; and also an inventory of Digital Humanities research in different universities, that could be used in educational exchange, or serve as a resource for possible guests to research seminars.
The workshop, thus, focuses on higher education in DHSS/DHCH, aiming at pedagogical development and infrastructure building. With respect to the first goal – pedagogical development – the workshop participants share their DHSS teaching experiences, including discussions of strategies, tools, platforms, evaluations, outcomes, and problems, not covered in the survey.
With respect to the workshop’s second goal – infrastructure building – the workshop will explore a series of initiatives intended to enable collaborative education among fellow universities with DHSS/DHCH programmes/courses/modules. These initiatives represent the DHNB Higher Education Working Group’s principle undertaking at present: enriching DH student education by leveraging the network of DHSS/DHCH partners. Currently, there are three primary initiatives the Higher Education Working Group which we will address in the workshop’s main session; these initiatives include support (1) DHSS/DHCH course exchanges, (2) project-based education, and (3) DHSS/DHCH instruction seminars (see Main Initiatives).
This workshop will allow voices from established and recent DHSS/DHCH programmes to learn from one another on issues related to education and discover opportunities for richer and more sustainable pedagogy within the field. In keeping with the spirit of DHNB, the workshop encourages participation by teachers, researchers, and developers bringing different perspectives, with the goal of translating their insights into actionable plans. Other outcomes for this workshop will be to raise awareness of the DHNB-HE Working Group’s current undertakings while also revisiting these undertakings based on participants’ input. The long-term goal of this is capacity building for collaboration among DHSS/DHCH programmes for more interdisciplinary and international learning in the field of DHSS/DHCH in the Nordic and Baltic regions, and beyond.
- DHSS/DHCH course exchanges: This discussion will be broken down as follows
- Evaluating the survey to support such student exchanges
- Gauging interest and opportunities for such student exchanges
- Exploring funding and logistical opportunities/impediments for student exchange programmes
- Discussing what kind of portal should be developed for showing available courses
- Project-based education: Exploring DHSS/DHCH-projects at universities which could inform DH education on different pedagogical levels (illustrative projects, hands-on projects, project-based learning, research seminars)
- DHSS/DHCH instruction seminars: Developing regular, round-robin sessions of DH seminars on DH pedagogy