Online Symposium: The Human in Digital Humanities

Online Symposium, Tilburg School of Humanities & Digital Sciences | Tilburg University | June 23 & 24, 2021


We live in times of global crises: climate change, the pandemic, and the global confrontation with structures of systemic racism. When we are watching the news and reading the papers, we are confronted with issues so far beyond our individual reach that it can be overwhelming. Times of rapid transformation can give us the opportunity to rethink our fields of research and education as well as their main concepts and values.


In 2018, our school changed its name to ‘Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences’. Yet how do we envision the relation between the digital and the humanities? In what terms do we think about the human as we move toward a culture of big data, distributed AI, convergence, and globalization? Can we think of ways to use computational approaches to help further goals like equality, diversity, social justice, and well-informed citizens?


On June 23 and 24, we organize a two-day symposium that brings together scholars from a range of disciplines, including Philosophy, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cultural, Literary and Media Studies, Communication and Information Sciences, and Cognitive Science, to engage in a cross-disciplinary dialogue on these matters. The event includes a range of talks as well as a couple of interactive workshops on key methodological tools for Digital Humanities research.


You are all cordially invited to attend this symposium, to learn from each other, and to exchange ideas and experiences, both in terms of methodology and content, in the broader context of the challenges that we are facing as humans in the digital age. For more information and to register:


This symposium is organized by Inge van de Ven (TSHD, Department of Culture Studies) and Sander Verhaegh (TSHD, Department of Philosophy), assisted by Annemijn Gommers. The event is funded by the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) , Tilburg University, the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis, and the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies.