Do you want to be at the forefront of the digital turn in the humanities? The current information revolution opens up exciting perspectives for research and its applications in society.
This Master's track equips you to look at culture, language, history or philosophy through the lens of digital methods.
We are witnessing many exciting new trends in information
technology. The vast amount of digital data that is available
nowadays opens up new research questions and opportunities for real
life applications. This Digital Humanities track offers a
systematic way to incorporate information technology in humanities
It trains students with a humanities background for the growing number of research and other job opportunities that require processing of digital information. It reflects on the underlying theory and the impacts on our culture and society. It offers courses for collecting, analysing and visualising humanities data. Finally, you will be skilled to work with professional databases, programming scripts, and statistical tools.
Students who graduated successfully from this programme were able to integrate a humanities perspective with computational methods. For instance, the thesis “Tracing Joyce’s notes for Ulysses” (2017) employed automation strategies for the digital representation and for source-tracing of Joyce’s notebooks. Another example is the thesis “Visualizing trade” (2018), in which an analysis of the Baltic trade in the 18th century was done by using visualization applications on the Sound Toll registers. By exploring visualization as a tool, the student was able to implement a Digital Humanities approach to a historical problem not just to identify patterns and analyse them, but also suggesting new interpretations.
I get to know and work with a lot of people from different humanities backgrounds
Before I came here I studied Theatre, Film and Media Studies in Vienna. While I enjoyed the theoretical and philosophical focus, during the final semesters and especially my bachelor thesis there was a developing need to look into the black boxes I encountered during analysing, critiquing and living with social and new media. Furthermore I was interested on how the practice on the other side of the user view of all things digital will influence my thinking about it, while alter and strengthen my arguments on the way.
While I don’t expect to come out as skilled in application/software developing as a Computer Science scholar, I can say that we get to know the different fields we explore deep enough to know where to go to develop particular skills further. And I increasingly feel that I get in the same ‘language family’ and hence be able to mediate between matters of humanities and Computer Science.
But the most important impact I encountered is a product of the composition of students of the programme. I got and still get to know and work with a lot of people from different humanities backgrounds, with different skillsets, coming from different cultures and grown on different experiences. To be, learn and work in a group like this is the most unexpected but best experience.
Studentambassadeur Paul Hoffman
If you're the type of person who enjoys the difficulties of coding, complexities of theory and want to learn some very applicable skills, then Digital Humanities is the master for you.
I choose Groningen because it is the best place to be if you’re between the ages of 18 to late twenties. It’s a relatively small city, but home to a large number of students which comes with massive perks. For example everything is reachable by bike so you can go see your friends really easy. Another perk is the fact that supermarkets and other stores are aimed towards students meaning you’ll pretty much find what you need around the corner. Even though it’s a small city, there are great connections to other cities in Europe meaning one could always choose to visit elsewhere. In sum, the city is designed to facilitate students, it’s great.
After finishing my Bachelor degree in American Studies I choose Digital Humanities as a Master. This choice was primarily because as a humanities student, it’s relatively hard to find work. With this in mind I was looking for something both practical and interesting, hence Digital (practical) Humanities (interesting). The contents of the course match the title in the sense that we have courses strictly devoted to coding, courses devoted to theory and courses devoted to the interplay between theory, practice and the overall role of Digital Humanities herein.