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Workshop Sound Matters: an exploratory workshop into sound and the digital humanities

When:Fr 26-08-2022
Where:Leiden, Sterrewacht building, Sterrewachtlaan 11, C 005

We are delighted to announce a workshop on Friday 26th August, 10am-5 pm, to be held at the Sterrewacht building at Leiden University, Sterrewachtlaan 11, C 005.

The Digital Humanities are flourishing, but they are still largely focussed on textual and visual objects. These are objects of sight, but a significant portion of human life is experienced through sound – in our day to day communication, in the music that we listen to, in the soundscapes of urban and rural life.

  • How can Digital Humanities help us to reconstruct phonic properties?
  • How can the inclusion and embedding of phonic properties be properly represented for textual, visual and other kinds of content in our digital working methods and in our outputs?
  • How can the Digital Humanities lead to new ways of incorporating phonic data in our research?
  • How can the multimedia aspect of human experience, e.g. the combination of visual, auditory, and cognitively embodied experience, be properly understood and studied within the Digital Humanities?


10:00-10:15 coffee

10:15-10:20: Tazuko van Berkel: Opening and Welcome

10:20-10:35 Check-in

10:35-10:45 Antje Wessels: Introductory Remarks

10:45-11:25 Marcel Cobussen: On Sonic Materialism

11:25-11:30 coffee pit-stop

11:30-12:10 João Carlos Santos: Meaning and Expression in Historical Theories of Delivery

12:10-13:45 lunch break

13:45-14:05: Matthew Payne & Luuk Nolden: Welcome back for the afternoon session & A brief introduction to the Automated Latin Scansion Tool

14:05-14:45 Alessandro Vatri: Introducing Diorisis Scan

14:45-15:05 coffee break

15:05-15:45 Alie Lassche: Semantic halo in European poetry: the relationship between poetic meter and meaning

15:45-15:50 coffee pit-stop

15:50-16:30 Wouter Haverals: Forgotten rhythms. A computer-aided reconstruction of the rhythm of medieval Dutch poetry.

16:30-17:00 final discussion: Where do we go from here?

17:15-18:15 drinks


Tazuko van Berkel (OIKOS Research Platform Digital Classics), Matthew Payne & Antje Wessels (Anchoring Innovation Project, WP 2)


To register for the workshop, please send an email to Iris van Kuijk, i.a.e.van.kuijk by Friday 19th August. For any other enquiries, please email a.b.wessels

The abstracts for the talks at the workshop can be found here.