Digital Humanities

Digitalisation can be regarded as one of the most significant developments of recent decades even in the humanities and social sciences. More and more digital sources and the tools for linking and evaluating them are available, regardless of time or place. And they are revolutionizing interdisciplinary research.

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From the creation of digital editions and the simulation of migratory movements to the computer-aided reconstruction of historical artefacts, the combination of the humanities and computer science is opening up unprecedented, far-reaching possibilities.

The still quite young discipline of "Digital Humanities" is in itself interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary. It is developing new methods for the representation, visualization and analysis of research data and, with its constantly evolving methods, is opening up completely new, fascinating insights into issues in the humanities – and more besides.

But where does the meeting of the two worlds of the humanities and computer science lead? And what about their interaction with the social sciences, natural sciences and life sciences? What are the implications of working with new digital sources and methods? How does this impact on the way we conduct research, teach, use and disseminate results?

With its funding guideline (Federal Gazette of 22.07.2019), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding research into the further theoretical, methodological and technical advancement of the digital humanities. These are interdisciplinary research projects dealing with concrete, challenging areas of research in the humanities and reflecting on how insights are acquired in the humanities. In order to do justice to the wide range of humanities source material which are not texts, the BMBF especially supports research on non-text-focused and multimodal objects such as combinations of images, sound and text.