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DH2012 Round-up

…More internationally-speaking, the conference was a continuing salvo in the rapid spread of digital humanities, both to individuals but also to entirely new professional and institutional organizations. The Japanese Digital Humanities Organization joined the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, our national umbrella organization (with our own Neil Fraistat as its incoming Chair of the Steering Committee), while the Germans celebrated the solidification of their own national organization.

For all of these trumpets and well-deserved fanfare, DH2012 continued its existing efforts to grapple with diversity. While the gender balance visually appears to be improving, the event itself continues to struggle with garnering the attention and attendance of digital humanists in Latin America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Africa (to name just a few). The Mexican Network of Digital Humanists (Red de Humanistas Digitales, RedHD) held the First Meeting (or Conference) of Digital Humanists at the Vasconcelos Library, Mexico City earlier this year and presented a bit on their efforts but, by and large, the conference was dominated by attendees from the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe. There are digital humanities efforts in other nations. How can we do better to support their attendance at our international event?…

As an assistant at the Digital Humanities 2012 conference and at the same time being presumably one of the very first Swiss students obtaining a degree in Digital Humanities (at least under this denomination), I was pleased by Enrico Natale’s suggestion to share some of my experience here. After enjoying the engaging first THATcamp Switzerland that was held in Lausanne last November it seemed well worth to also attend an  international gathering in order to experience the field in its full width and to see and hear (and talk to) some of the people that had already gotten somewhat familiar from journal and mailing list contributions. The annual conference of the ADHO, the Digital Humanities, of course affords these opportunities very well and the time at DH 2012 indeed turned out to be very rewarding….

This year’s Digital Humanities conference ended this weekend and it was a great success. The entire event was perfectly organised by the University of Hamburg. They even anticipated rain by providing DH-branded umbrellas. There was a record number of delegates, presentations were of high quality and the social events were a reflection of its host city’s image as a party capital and heimat of The Beatles. The University of Southampton was also well represented, with a workshop by Leif Isaksen and colleagues on modelling space and time in the humanities, a presentation on the Pelagios projectPtolemy’s Geography and a presentation by Tom Brughmans on his work with citation network analysis. Tom was also awarded an ADHO award bursary for young DH scholars.

By clicking on the links above you can see recordings of these presentations, but videos of many other presentations are available as well. Just have a look at the conference programme. There was alot of Twitter activity with #dh2012 and do also have a look at the DH student assistants blog. This year’s Fortier Prize went to @marcgalexander and Willard McCarty was awarded the Busa Prize.

The biggest Digital Humanities event of the year is over: DH2012 in Hamburg. And one of the major topics seemed to be, at least from my perspective, stylometry. Several panels and some separate papers were directly concerned with stylometry, during the main conference….

…What I want to focus on in this post is a great workshop on stylometry in which I participated before the conference proper started. It was taught by Maciej Eder and Jan Rybicky, who acquainted us with some basic features of their computational stylistics for R script, and let us test the very latest, new and improved version of the script….

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