First ReIReS Digital Humanities Course| in Mainz

21 ma
21 januari 2019
The First ReIReS Digital Humanities Course is organized by the Leibniz Institute of European History and will be held in Mainz, January 21-23, 2019. Young scholars, librarians and others affiliated to ReIReS partners and institutions outside the consortium are welcome to apply.

About the Course

The Mainz DH course introduces participants to the theoretical, methodological, and practical aspects of Digital Humanities. By discussing, then, topics ranging from the changes digital technologies bring to the very identity of a scholar until the process of digitisation of their materials and research [Lecture by Marco Büchler]. The latter aspect is, furthermore, discussed within the context of digitisation of personal data and materials and at the same time by integrating one’s own data to larger systems.

In light of the second set of presentations [by Anna Aschauer, Ilenia Laudito, and Marco Büchler] various digital tools are presented to participants that allow them to re-discover their materials, contextualise it in a broader framework and introduce a macroscopic approach in their research.

The aspect of digital tools is, moreover, expanded by the presentation on GIS and geo-referencing for historical studies [Hans Bauer and Marco Büchler] where the participants are introduced to Geography and Digital Methods and are familiarised with cutting-edge methods that allow them to conduct their research by integrating new components in it.

Although the Maiz DH course uses specific case studies to discuss the various topics that are raised, the course as a whole is built on theoretical approaches with a methodological dimension that will equip the participants with the necessary skills to later experiment with other and/or new tools for their research as well.

General Aims

The course seeks to cover both practical and theoretical topics in order to allow participants to understand not only the digital topics per se, but also how research reached there. That is either the theoretical background for an innovative tool or the context for the development of an existing one. In second place, they will be able to adapt such approaches in their own working methods and extend the knowledge they receive in other fields.

In addition, the course offers a case study – intertextuality – investigated holistically (distant and close) that can offer an insight to the very core of digital humanities and research. The same goes for digital editions and texts which is a sine qua non for digital humanities, since a vast number of materials are textual sources.

Finally, the programme is structured in such a way that it deals with the participants at the same time as students and teachers, teaching them new things and simultaneously how they arrived there, which is fundamental in all modern pedagogical methods. Leaving, then, their time in Mainz they will have not only learn new things, but they will be able to re-discover their research and teaching materials in new terms.


Find here more (preliminary) information on the course.

Applications and Fee

Your application is welcome via the online application form by December 14, 2018. Notifications will be sent December 21, 2018 at the latest. The school is free for persons affiliated to ReIReS partners, others  pay a registration fee which includes lunches (if offered), and coffee/tea.

Registration fee for persons affiliated to institutions outside the consortium:

  • Bachelor, master, PHd students: 20 Euro/day,
  • Post-docs: 50 Euro/day,
  • All others: 70 Euro/day.


Marco Büchler, Head of Digital Historical Research Group, Task Leader task 5.3.
Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG), Mainz

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