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45168-01 - Übung: A practical introduction to "Digital Humanities" 1 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2016
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Anne-Sophie Bories (a.bories@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Aims:
With the rapid development of computers and of the internet, today’s researchers are faced with a great variety of new tools to add to their methods – or not. Some of these can greatly boost one’s productivity and creativity, some will allow new approaches unthinkable with traditional methods, yet an irrelevant, ill-chosen or ill-used digital tool can prove a waste of one’s time and resources. In this context, being able to make informed decisions is crucial to a useful recourse to digital humanities. We shall focus on the following topics:
- simple digital tools to boost one’s research and/or present it;
- more complex and powerful technologies, with and without programming;
- how to chose appropriate tools for specific projects;
- when, why and how to change your work methods;
- how to get, use and show data;
- how to blend digital tools into your own methods (or: the machine will only ever be as clever as the orders it receives)
Lernziele Objectives:
By the end of this workshop, participants will:
- be able to make good use of some simple tools (n grams, word clouds)
- be able to make a more advanced use of some common tools (Excel)
- have a basic understanding of more complex programming techniques (TEI, SQL)
- be familiar with the potential and limits of various digital tools
- be able to make informed choices by assessing the usability and feasibility of a digital method
Bemerkungen Anne-Sophie Bories obtained her PhD in French Literature from University Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle, for a thesis focussing on poetic forms through the use of a large purpose-built database. She is now working on a FNS-funded postdoctoral project involving the markup of a large set of digitized texts, to collect numerical data, draw statistical analyses and combine those with traditional reading methods to inform text interpretation.


Teilnahmebedingungen Open to young researchers with some or no prior experience of digital humanities.
The participants will need to bring:
- their own laptop with appropriate software installed: Excel, Oxygen (freely available as a 30-day trial licence), MAMP (freely available);
- any large amount of digitised texts (preferably materials they are keen to explore, as a mini-project will have to be completed using these)
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall unregelmässig
Datum 30.09.2016 – 30.09.2016
Zeit Freitag, 09.30-15.30 Maiengasse, Raum 104

Session 1/2:
Friday 30.09.2016

Session 2/2: Friday 28.10.2016

Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 30.09.2016 09.30-15.30 Uhr Maiengasse, Raum 104
Module Doktorat Französische Literaturwissenschaft: Empfehlungen (Promotionsfach Französische Literaturwissenschaft)
Modul Literaturwissenschaftliche Praxis (Editionsphilologie, Literarisches Übersetzen, Literaturkritik) (Master Studiengang Literaturwissenschaft)
Modul Spécialisation en littérature française (Master Studienfach Französistik)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Teaching will be delivered through a combination of presentations on various topics and hands-on activities, including the completion of a mini project, to discover several tools of varying complexity.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Französische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft