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Digital Humanities

DH@lboro is an interdisciplinary research group in the digital humanities. It provides a regular forum for discussion and knowledge exchange on all aspects of digital humanities, digital media and digital environments. Bringing together researchers from across the Creative Arts and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as from Business and Economics, Computer Science and the Library, DH@lboro considers the pervasiveness of the digital in contemporary culture and society. Its mission is to study these digital ecologies and foster the development of new digital models and tools.

DH@lboro provides a regular forum for discussing aspects of digital humanities, digital media and digital environments. Our research group is open to people from various disciplinary backgrounds, and will provide introductions to key debates, themes and applications in digital humanities. Its aims are to promote peer learning and knowledge sharing through our events and activities and provide opportunities for staff to create and expand networks and research collaborations within and beyond Loughborough, with HEIs, archives, museums and private sector organizations.

The group meets every two months during the academic year to discuss on-going research, explore specific themes, questions or concerns, and exchange information regarding events, opportunities, funding calls and so on.

Key areas of interest include data/knowledge management, digital archives, digital art books, digital cultural heritage, digital design, digital pedagogy, digital/distant reading, digital scholarly editing, and digital storytelling.

DH@lboro is open to anyone at Loughborough University actively researching any aspect of digital humanities.

The group is led by Lise Jaillant (Publishing) and Wim Van Mierlo (Publishing).

The current members of the group are:

Privacy, Open Data and the Humanities

Privacy, Open Data and the Humanities
21 June 2018, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Workshop - Privacy, Open Data and the Humanities
Gordon Room, G34, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

The Cambridge Analytica scandal has led to a privacy backlash and to calls for tighter regulation of Facebook and other Internet Giants. Social and computer scientists fear that legitimate researchers could be collateral damage. Yet, there has been no discussion on the plight of Humanities researchers confronted to “dark archives.” With the forthcoming introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (May 2018), it may be even more complicated to access data in the future.

This DH@Lboro workshop will bring together academics, archivists and open data advocates to discuss the issues of privacy and access to data. We will focus primarily (but not exclusively) on cultural data and the case of the Humanities. 

Keynote speaker: Olivier Thereaux, Open Data Institute

Download programme and abstracts here


4 October 2017

We are delighted to be hosting a visit from Professor John Bateman, Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Bremen, Germany. John is a specialist in Multimodality and has been working in the field of Natural Language Generation for over 30 years. During this time he has been involved in a number of international research projects. John will deliver a presentation entitled, ‘New times, new disciplines? The foundational role of multimodality and the challenges it raises for disciplinary boundaries’. An abstract is available here


31 May 2017

Engaging with Screens The Digital Humanities Research Group will host an interdisciplinary workshop to debate ways in which readers, publishers, archivists, and curators engage with the computer screen and its technologies for the purpose of accessing, preserving, and displaying textual material and paper artefacts.


29 March 2017

Away day at the Humanities and Advanced Technology and Information Institute at the University of Glasgow. With the purpose of developing our own digital humanities culture at Loughborough, Lise and Wim will meet with leaders in digital humanities to discuss their experiences. 


16 January 2017

Field trip to the Oxford Internet Institute