26-04-2023 14:30
Humanities in the digital age: Securing innovation and empowering democracy



Digital Humanities is a young field of research at the cross road of social sciences and computer sciences, focused on the use of computational methods in the Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences. This includes the use of digital analysis and visualisation techniques in e.g. (art) history, languages, instructional sciences, the use of digital games in social sciences or the use of digital technologies in the sector of museums, archives and libraries. Obtaining further insight and foresight in this area especially in relation to the social and political impacts of this emerging field of research is essential.

The event will explore, highlight and discuss the opportunities and challenges related to the research and development of Digital Humanities and their implications on policy decisions in areas from education, culture and research to communications and security.

14.30 - Welcome and opening remarks, Ivars IJABS, MEP and STOA Vice-Chair

14.40 - Session 1: Digital Humanities and Democracy

Chair: Ivars IJABS, MEP and STOA Vice-Chair

· There is no future without the past: Why Europe still needs the humanities, and why they must be digital
Toma TASOVAC, DARIAH / Belgrade Centre for Digital Humanities

· ParlaMint: the impact of parliamentary resources for society and (data) science
Maciej OGRODNICZUK, Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences

· Handling 1000 truths: Innovation in multilingual media monitoring - SELMA project and beyond
Normunds GRUZITIS, IMCS, University of Latvia

15.40 - Session 2: Digital Humanities: Navigating New Frontiers in Education and Science

Chair: Sanita REINSONE, Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art, University of Latvia

· Learning and skills development in the digital age: Unlocking the potential of digital humanities with DARIAH-Campus
Agiatis BENARDOU, DARIAH / DCU, Athena Research Centre, Greece

· Digital humanities and the changing landscape of higher education and research
Panos CONSTANTOPOULOS, Athens University of Economics and Business, UNESCO Chair on Digital Methods for the Humanities and Social Sciences

· New frontiers in higher education and research: The role of digital humanities in enhancing understanding of AI-powered tools
Marieke VAN ERP, KNAW Humanities Cluster

16.40 - Concluding remarks

Special talk: Empowering democracy - Introduction to the 'what-Europe-does-for-me.eu' and 'together.eu' initiatives of the European Parliament, DG COMM representative

The event will be held in English only, without interpretation.
The event will be webstreamed, the link will be published below.