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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 568.
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        Date: 2020-01-21 22:37:11+00:00
        From: Franz Fischer 
        Subject: Venice Summer School in Digital and Public Humanities, 6-10 Jul 2020

Venice Summer School in Digital and Public Humanities, 6-10 Jul 2020
Organized by the  Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities
(VeDPH) at the Department of Humanities (DSU), Ca’ Foscari University of

The Summer School aims at providing advanced and in-depth training to
students and scholars in theories, technologies and methods of Digital
and Public Humanities, focusing on cultural, archeological, historical,
literary, and artistic materials. The school will give the participants
the opportunity to engage in debates about digital and public cultural
heritage and humanities research, while enhancing their competences and
skills of digitizing materials and sources and for modeling, analysing
and visualizing multimedia humanities data. All classes will be taught
in English.

The VeDPH summer school is divided into four thematic strands:
(1) Digital Textual Scholarship
(2) Digital and Public History
(3) Digital and Public Art History
(4) Digital Archaeology and its Public

The School is composed by a series of plenary lectures, parallel
workshops, and site visits. Lectures will describe the greater context
in which these theories and methods will be applied: a world in which
the work of scholars is routinely aided by computer-assisted techniques,
with both old and novel problems, challenges and solutions. With a
learning-by-doing approach, participants will reflect every stage of the
realisation of a digital object and on how to make use of the data in
own projects. Lessons and labs will be focused on modeling, retrieving,
analysing, visualising, and publishing data created on relevant sites of
the city of Venice (such as the Biblioteca Marciana, Archivio di Stato,
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Ghetto) and its
surroundings (such as M9 Museum in Mestre, excavations at Torcello or
Altino). Legal questions of intellectual property and publication
licences will be covered, as well as the latest web developments, such
as semantic web and linked open data technologies, in order to evaluate
different data models for cultural heritage objects.

Strand #1: Digital Textual Scholarship

This strand focuses on the application of digital methods and
technologies to literary and historical texts and documents, especially
from Venetian archives and libraries. Introductory lessons on theories
and best practices are accompanied by hands-on and laboratory sessions
for their immediate implementation in collaborative project works.
Participants are introduced to theories and best practices of digital
scholarly editing. Aspects of textual materiality (digitisation, formal
description and analysis) are covered as well as methods and standards
for the encoding, annotation and transformation of texts (XML, TEI;
XSLT). Finally, the integration into the semantic web (Linked Open Data,
IIIF) will be preformed and tools for the enrichment, analysis and
visualisation of textual data will be applied (CollateX, Natural
Language Processing, Distant Reading). The strand includes a visit of
the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.

Strand #2: Digital and Public History

This strand focuses on the application of digital techniques and a
public approach to the development and presentation of historical
research. The digital aspect revolves around some of the main tools used
by digital historians, such as Text Mining, Network Analysis, and
Historical GIS. The ‘public’ aspect is centred on the issues related to
the research with the public and the dissemination beyond the classroom,
from public memory to public sources to public engagement, with specific
focus on topics such as TV, museums, and social media. The theoretical
debate and the role played by digital and public historians in the
changing landscape of the historical discipline are also considered. The
strand includes a visit to M9-Museo del ‘900 in Mestre, to give the
students a concrete example of how the past can be seen and shown
through the digital & public lenses.

Strand #3: Digital and Public Art History

This strand focuses on the technological development and its cultural
implications which occured in the arts sector over the last decades. In
doing this, the digital aspect is approached both on the side of
artistic production and the art system as well as on the side of museums
and art historical representation. The issues of technological change,
digital nativity, virtual realms and digital tools will be discussed at
length and put in the context of past and recent artistic productions,
art institutions and public sprawl. Both the theoretical debate and
practical tools for digital art historians shall be explored by means of
lectures and labs. The strand includes a visit to the Peggy Guggenheim
Collection in Venice to give the students a concrete example of new
digital and public approaches in art institutions.  Eventually, the
strand includes the opening of an art exhibition on the analog-digital
relationship by Italian painter Aldo Sergio expressly organized for the
Venice Centre for Digital and Public History.

Strand #4: Digital Archaeology and its Public

This strand focuses on theories and practices that archaeologists apply
in surveys, remote sensing, spatial analysis, data collection, and data
management. Participant will engage in digital strategies to analyze the
heritage and visualize, share and communicate it to the public. They
will approach digital heritage as a virtual tool to explore the mutual
relationship between environment, humans and the past. Using the lagoon
area as test case (Adria, Mira, Torcello, Altino and Caorle), the aim of
the strand is to learn how critically archaeology may be engaged with
the “digital”. We will work on questions such as “why, by whom and for
what purpose do we cultivate digital technologies”. Digital data and
public(s) are deeply connected, and nowadays archaeologists are not only
asked to build set of coherent digital data from the surveys, but they
have to foster methods for engaging new audiences and facing the global
societal challenges. Digital tools may help the de-colonization of the
archaeological practice, going beyond the mere reconstruction of the
past and being able to detect and analyze the cultural and political
frameworks by which we share and perpetuate the memory.

Keynote speakers: Serge Noiret (European University Institute,
Florence), Elena Pierazzo (Université de Tours), and Fabio Vitali
(Università di Bologna)

Guest lecturers: Peter Bell (Friedrich-Alexander Universität
Erlangen-Nürnberg), Mirco Carrattieri (Istituto Ferruccio Parri,
Milano), Frédéric Clavert (C2DH, University of Luxembourg), Lisa
Dieckmann (Universität zu Köln), Francesco Frizzera (Museo della Guerra,
Rovereto), Erma Hermens (Rijks Museum Amsterdam), Angus Mol (University
of Leiden), Giampaolo Salice (Università di Cagliari), Johanna
Aufreiter/Miroslav Hvatal (Galerie Belvedere, Vienna), et al.

Lecturers from VeDPH/DSU: Carlo Beltrame, Federico Boschetti, Diego
Calaon, Alberto Campagnolo, Leonardo Campus, Elisa Corrò, Stefano
Dall’Aglio, Holger Essler, Lorenzo Calvelli, Carolina
Fernández-Castrillo, Franz Fischer, Daniele Fusi, Tiziana Mancinelli,
Diego Mantoan, Paolo Monella, Dorit Raines, Linda Spinazzè, Barbara Tramelli

Each strand will include 15 participants maximum.
Participation fee: €300
14 scholarships are available with an amount of € 600 each (gross payment).

Application deadline: 06.03.2020 (midnight CET)
Ranking results: 20.03.2020
Acceptance deadline: 02.04.2020

The application must be submitted via e-mail to: didattica.dsu@unive.it
or via PEC (certified email) to: protocollo@pec.unive.it and bear the
subject header: Application for Admission to VeSSDPH.

The following documents may also be attached to the application:
- Application Form (see below)
- Motivation letter
- MA Diploma (or equivalent)
- CV evidence in experiences, skills and knowledge in the field
- Copy of valid ID or passport

Essential Criteria: University master/diploma (or equivalent)

Selection and Ranking Criteria (total score 20/20):

1) Motivation letter (max 16) - Reason of interest as demonstrated by a
short description (max. 100 words) of an approved or ongoing research
project involving Digital and Public Humanities methodologies: (a)
quality of research project; (b) integration of Digital and Public
Humanities methods in the project; (c) career perspectives; (d) lack of
funding / institutional support / training opportunities;
2) Graduation mark (max 2), PhD (max 2).

Submission date will be taken into consideration in the case of
candidates with equal ranking.
For further information visit https://www.unive.it/vedph or write to

Download of Call for Application and Application Form:

Franz Fischer
Direttore, Venice Centre for Digital & Public Humanities (VeDPH)
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
Università Ca' Foscari
Palazzo Malcanton Marcorà
Dorsoduro 3484/D - 30123 Venezia

Tel.: +39 041 234 6266 (ufficio), +39 041 234 9863 (segreteria del centro)


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