14:00 – 14:45 Official Kick-Off Ceremony
Speakers include the Minister of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Ivan Tasovac; Minister of Education, Science and Technology, dr Srđan Verbić; Director of DARIAH-EU, Laurent Romary; Dean of the Faculty of Media and Communication, Nada Popović-Perišić; and DARIAH-RS National Coordinator, Toma Tasovac.
14:45 – 15:30 Reception
15:30 – 16:15 Keynote lecture by Susan Schreibman
Humanities Research in the 21st Century: The Methodological Turn
Digital technologies have opened up new possibilities for humanities research: from reading a million books to reconstructing ancient sites. These technologies necessitate humanists learning new skills, that in turn, provide new methods for analyzing the historical record: from non-invasive techniques to read the text on ancient scrolls so badly damaged by fire that to unroll them would destroy them, to understanding world responses to current events as they unfold on Twitter. This talk will explore these new methods as well as the difficulties in integrating them into the traditional humanities curriculum and systems of rewards. It will end by presenting two case studies of humanities research fully integrating digital humanities methods: The Letters of 1919 and Contested Memories: The Battle of Mount Street Bridge.
Susan Schreibman is Professor in Digital Humanities at Maynooth University and Director of An Foras Feasa, the Humanities Institute. Previously she was the Long Room Hub Senior Lecturer of Digital Humanities at Trinity College Dublin, founding Director of the Digital Humanities Observatory (an all-Ireland Digital Humanities Centre), Assistant Dean for Digital Collections and Research, University of Maryland Libraries, and Assistant Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. Professor Schreibman is the Founding Editor of The Letters of 1916 and The Thomas MacGreevy Archive. Her publications include Thomas MacGreevy: A Critical Reappraisal (Bloomsbury 2013), A Companion to Digital Humanities (Blackwell, 2004) and A Companion to Digital Literary Studies (Blackwell, 2008). She was the founding Editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative. Dr Schreibman is the Irish representative and co-Director of VCC2: Education and Research, for DARIAH a European infrastructure in Digital Humanities. She is a Co-PI of the NeDimah Methods Network.
16:15 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:15 Keynote lecture by Nela Milić
Arts Practice in Digital Humanities: The Challenge of Merging Traditions
Memory studies field re-figures the humanities as a study of culture. Without it, the humanities could get caught by the technological progress and focus on the digital solely as a scientific phenomenon which does not reflect the nature of the humanities. In this presentation, I will be concerned with participatory arts – an aspect of humanities which demonstrates the importance of DH approach in investigations on culture that simply could not be achieved through seemingly its scientific counter-part and newly termed method – citizens science.
Participatory arts will be explored through the project BG:LOG – an archive and a map developed with the citizens of Belgrade in order to preserve and make visible the memory of the city via oral and visual history of its residents, but also to provide an alternative route through that space and data gathering process.
Cultural heritage accumulated by this method exposes the approach itself, demanding the collaboration between citizens and artists researchers, surrendering to the narrative of accounts and images which develops content. However, it is not leading itself to coding, but challenging it with interpolating of transient – social and fixed – geographical, juxtaposing time and space that we need to comprehend in order to understand any map or indeed, an archive. Calculations often do not matter in these circumstances, it is how the space feels that one needs to fathom.
Nela Milić is artist and lecturer in MA Participatory and Community Arts and Goldsmiths University, London where she finished her PhD in Arts and Computational Technology. Her work comprises of devising archives, maps and installations for which she has been commissioned by European Cultural Foundation, Scarman Trust, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation etc. She has been an artist in residence in Belgrade and London where she worked on digital projects, live performances and research dealing with urban regeneration, community participation and mapping practices. She was engaged by the Barbican, Royal Opera House, Al Jazeera English and Arts Council England as a manager of various programs and a national organization for refugee arts. She teaches at Middlesex University’s Media and Performing Arts School and is a reviewer of the Memory Studies journal.
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