3907809: CF_Digital Humanities

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Semester:SS 15
Scheduled in semester:1-6
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:28.0 L / 21.0 h
Self-directed study time:69.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Bachelor's degree programme in Business Administration (01.09.2012)
Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)
Bachelor's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)


Digital media have not only changed our everyday lives, but also the production and dissemination of knowledge. One might imagine scientific laboratories full of technological devices and computers storing, transmitting, and processing data. However, the old humanities have as well opened their area to new media: scholars in literature, history, philosophy, and many other disciplines--once alone with their books in venerable libraries--now work together with programmers and designers to build platforms that breach the textual linearity of traditional papers. We will get to know the emerging field of Digital Humanities through exploring four exemplary concepts:

-- Scholarly Blogging (http://www.fsw.uzh.ch/foucaultblog)
-- Thick Mapping (http://thebook.hypercities.com)
-- Digital Collaboration (http://www.modesofexistence.org)
-- Distant Reading (http://litlab.stanford.edu)

Lecture Goals

-- Introduction into Digital Humanities
-- Exploring usage of new media in culture studies
-- Discussing cutting-edge research in literature, history, and philosophy


Lectures Method

-- Close reading
-- Teamwork
-- Presentations

Admission Requirements



Burdick, Anne et al. (eds.): Digital_Humanities. Cambridge/London 2012.
Latour, Bruno: An Inquiry into Modes of Existence. An Anthropology of the Moderns. Trans. by Catherine Porter. Cambridge 2013.
Moretti, Franco: Distant Reading. London 2013.
Presner, Todd et al.: HyperCities. Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities. Cambridge 2014.

Exam Modalities

Cooperation in class (30 %)
Teamwork (30 %)
Presentation with handout (40 %)

Compulsory atttendance (min. 80%)


Cross-faculty elective subject:
Notice the special Multi-stage allocation process.


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