Documentation: Herrenhausen Conference: "(Digital) Humanities Revisited"


200 Experts from various fields of the humanities met in Hanover/Germany on December 5-7, 2013, for the Herrenhausen Conference "(Digital) Humanities Revisited – Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age".

Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover/Germany, December 5-7, 2013

In times of digitization, internet, and mobile communication, the humanities can build on new, empirically driven methods to gain new insights. But what are the implications of this mode of knowledge production for the various disciplines subsumed under the term humanities, their methods and research objects, and for the role the humanities should and could play in society?

This triad was the focus of the Herrenhausen Conference "(Digital) Humanities Revisited – Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age" in Hannover, Dec. 5-7, 2013.

Selected Talks (Audio)

(Photos: Volker Crone for Volkswagen Foundation)


Knowledge Design

Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University


The Big Deal About Big Data

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Internet Institute at Oxford University


From Recording the Past to Predicting the Future? On the Role and Relevance of Linguistic Abstraction for Corpus-Based Analysis

Walt Detmar Meurers, Department of Linguistics, University of Tübingen
Dowload presentation (pdf): "From Recording the Past to Predicting the Future?"


Visual Analytics for the Digital Humanities: Combining Analytics and Visualizations for Gaining Insights into Linguistic Data

Daniel A. Keim, University of Konstanz


Art, Data, and Formalism

Julia Flanders, Northeastern University


Citizen Science / Crowdsourcing

Luis von Ahn, Carnegie Mellon University


Standard licenses as a patch, but not a fix to a copyright system unsuitable for the Digital Humanities

John H. Weitzmann, Creative Commons Germany, iRights.Lab


The Humanities in the 21st century

Gregory Ralph Crane, Institute of Computer Science, Leipzig University

Presentations and Blogs by Participating Scientists



The Volkswagen Foundation invited four "science blogger" to the conference, who reported on the event in their blogs and on Twitter:

Kim Albrecht @kimay

Eva Bambach @bambleba

Sascha Foerster @Sascha_Foerster

Michael Schmalenstroer @mschfr

Blogs by other conference participants (non-exhaustive list):

James Baker @j_w_baker

Rosanna Cantavella @Cantavestrella

Katie Faull

Pim Huijen @pimhuijen

Florian Kräutli @fkraeutli

Julia Flanders

Lilian Landes

Ian Milligan @ianmilligan1

Philipp Nordmeyer @chaosphoenx

Michael Piotrowski @true_mxp

Andrew Prescott @ajprescott

Mia Ridge @mia_out

Sabine Scherz

Christof Schöch @christof77

Christof Schöch & Lilian Landes

Jan Hecker-Stampehl plus blog team @heckerstampehl

David Williams @thelifeofwords

Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum