Beyond the digital humanities: Final network event.

5. May 2015


5 MAY 2015 9.30-17.30
Senate House London

Hosted by the School for Advanced Study, University of London, this is the final event of the ESF-funded Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities ( which has been chaired by the UK from 2011-15. The event will review the lessons that have emerged from the work of NeDiMAH and other current initiatives in the UK and elsewhere, but will also look forward to key emerging challenges and opportunities.

Some commentators argue that we are now in a ‘post-digital era’, in which we are coming to terms with the effects of the changes associated with the rise of the PC and network technologies in the 1990s. Within the arts and humanities, digital methods were initially developed and deployed by a relatively small community, but they are now becoming more mainstream and can no longer be treated as separate specialised activities. Moreover, research questions, primary materials and interfaces are now becoming increasingly intertwined, which among other things means a shift in emphasis from the presentation to interpretative tools. As a result of these and other developments, while digital humanities has become increasingly popular and influential as an academic subject area, its relationship to more orthodox academic disciplines and creative practice looks increasingly complex and unclear.

This day will seek to build on the work undertaken by NeDiMAH and elsewhere to consider and identify future potential links and connections which will help develop the vision of a digitally transformed arts and humanities. It will consider the relationship between policy, research and practice in this area and examine its potential contribution to such current grand challenges as creative cities, cultural heritage, big data and the relationship to new forms of science.

A brochure detailing the content of the event has been produced and is available in .pdf format at the below link.


9.30: Introductions and overview

9.45-10.45: Keynote: Lucy Kimbell, University of Brighton, Open Policy Making in a Digital World: Opportunities and Possibilities for Academic Research

10.45-11.15: Coffee

11.15-12.30: Roundtable on creativity and cultural heritage: Alessio Assonitis, The Medici Archive Project, Florence. Helle Porsdam, University of Copenhagen. Jon Pratty, independent digital producer. Teal Triggs, Royal College of Art.

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-14.30: Keynote: Brett Bobley, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Trans-Atlantic Platform and New International Collaborative Initiatives for Exploring Data. Chair: Susan Schreibman, Maynooth University

14.30-15.45: Roundtable on new forms of data and collaboration. Chair: Sean Ryder, NUI Galway, Chair of HERA. Keri Facer, University of Bristol. Jacqueline Hicks, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies. Catherine Moriarty, University of Brighton. Jessica Parland von Essen, University of Helsinki.

15.45-16.15: Coffee

16.15-17.30 Roundtable: Genres of scholarly knowledge and production. Lorna Hughes, School of Advanced Study, University of London, NeDiMAH Chair. Andrew Prescott, University of Glasgow. Barry Smith, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Patrik Svensson, Umeå University. Milena Zic-Fuchs, Zagreb University, European Science Foundation