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From 5 September 2017 to 8 September 2017

Summer school on digital humanities: Research methods and Problem-solving

The Faculdade de Instancias Sociais e Humanas (Faculty of Social and Human Sciences – FCSH) will be hosting a summer school on digital humanities: Research methods and Problem-solving on September 5-8, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Scientific committee

Organizing committee

  • Francisco Cebrero Ares (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela)
  • Hélder Mendes (CHAM-FCSH/NOVA)


The digital humanities have been largely debated and are currently a wellestablished branch of knowledge with specific departments, research centres, journals and a growing community gathered around several national and international associations. The digital humanities have a growing impact on teaching, researching and on dissemination in the humanities, and are nowadays an almost mandatory approach for new research projects and for young researchers curriculum.

This summer school aims at providing concrete answers to specific needs and challenges emerging from projects carried out by master and PhD students, and post-doctoral researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The workshops planned will be delivered by qualified international scholars and professionals aiming to improve and transform, trough theoretical analysis and technological resources, the specific research challenges of the attendees.

Workshops will be organized in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment to:

  • Focus the Digital Humanities approach on questions raised by students, scholars and professionals;
  • Facilitate the choice of methods, tools and techniques;
  • Shape the research outcomes trough a digital environment;
  • Improve collaborative research and information sharing.

“Tailored to what you need” is the principle that guides and inspires this summer school structured in the following interconnected workshops:


1. Network analysis for historical and archaeological data

  • Ivo Veiga (IHC-FCSH/NOVA) – 5-6 September

In the Social Sciences, the observation of how objects, people and ideas are entangled in modern societies has become a powerful heuristic tool to study complex social networks. In historical studies, we can improve our understanding of past societies by comparing and crosschecking data about people, ideas, and events. In recent years, therefore, scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences have increasingly and successfully used this type of methodological approach. This workshop aims to introduce participants to some of the methods to construct, analyse and visualise social network models, and to implement these models in specific research questions.

2. Spatial visualisation of historical and archaeological data

Geography is a key element in historical and archaeological analysis. Georeferenced data visualization draws attention to patterns in available information, often leads researchers to new questions, and improves the communication of research results. Nowadays several methods and tools are used in spatial data visualization. The application of these tools and methods has spread throughout the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, where their use in research has expanded both chronologically and thematically. This workshop will introduce concepts, methods and tools for spatial visualization and explore with concrete research questions the potential and the limitations of this methodology.

How to apply

Those interested in attending the workshops must submit a brief CV and an abstract of their ongoing research detailing the specific issues that they wish to explore in the field of Digital Humanities (between 600-750 words). This will provide the basis for trainers and tutors in the two workshops to outline and select the most specific methodologies, as well as digital tools to respond to participants’ needs. Each workshop will only accommodate a maximum of 12 participants. Each attendee can join one or two of the workshops.

deadline for application : June 30, 2017


FCSH/NOVA – Avenida de Berna, 26C

Lisbon, Portugal

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