2020 has some good news: the main congress of Romance Studies on German territory (Romanistentag) has accepted for the first time in its history a purely Digital Humanities section!
The congress will take place next year from 4th to 7th October 2021 in Augsburg. The general theme of the congress is: "Europe between regionalism and globalisation".
Within this congress the section on Digital Humanities has the title: "Digital, global, transdisciplinary: Impulses for a transdisciplinary Digital Romance Studies".
You can send proposals to this section until January 29th, 2021. You will find the specific details below in the CfP in English.
The aim of the section is to be a place for meeting and exchanging ideas from the different Romance Studies disciplines.
You can find the original CfP in German here:
I hope it is of interest. Greetings!
Jan Rohden, Nanette Rißler-Pipka and José Calvo Tello
Digital, global, transdisciplinary: Impulses for a transdisciplinary Digital Romance Studies
Globalisation is considered as one central buzzwords of recent decades. The term refers to the increasing international networking of various actors in different fields, which in recent years has led to an unprecedented mobility of individuals, objects, but also ideas.
The latter aspect in particular has a significant influence on the creation and transfer of knowledge and thus affects the very core of research. The fact that scientific communication has always been globally oriented is not a new phenomenon, especially for interdisciplinary and internationally oriented subjects like Romance Studies. However, recently 'digitisation' was combined with 'globalisation' in the debate and together they imply major changes in scientific communication and methodology.
In the Humanities, the ongoing developments produced an entire new discipline: the Digital Humanities (Jannidis/Kohle/Rehbein 2017), but ultimately affect all areas of research:
Digital approaches the daily work of researches in the Humantities and strengthen its global character. They can also create new synergies, both between different fields (transdisciplinary) and within the sub-disciplines of a field (intradisciplinary). For Romance Studies, the effects and potential of digitisation have already been demonstrated for various sub-disciplines. Thomas Krefeld has used lexicography as an example to show how digitisation can also form a link for cross-disciplinary research into Romance Studies and has outlined two main guidelines: First, to make digital data freely and permanently accessible in structured form. Second, to sustain technical interfaces to ensure sustainable data access and exchange (Krefeld 2019).
The so-called FAIR principles, which define four requirements for digital research data, are suitable for implementing these guidelines: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable (Wilkinson/Dumontier/Aalbersberg et al. 2016; Kraft 2017). In this way, the FAIR principles provide a sound basis for digital research and science communication both for Romance Studies and beyond (Krefeld/Lücke 2020).
In order to further establish transdisciplinary scientific research with a Romance character in the digital sphere, however, further questions need to be discussed on the basis of the FAIR principles:
The aim of the planned section is to make an initial contribution to the establishment of a transdisciplinary Digital Romance Studies, taking up the four questions listed above. To this end, we would ask you to submit contributions with, among other things, the following focus(s):
Details on the submission
Abstracts (max. 500 words plus selected references) in Word or PDF format in one of the languages of presentation (French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, English) are requested to be sent to the section organizers by 29.01.2021 at the latest:
AG Digitale Romanistik (2017): Open Access und Forschungsdaten. Ein Positionspapier der AG Digitale Romanistik. https://zenodo.org/record/3834227.
DHd-Arbeitsgruppe Digitales Publizieren (2016): Working Paper "Digitales Publizieren". http://diglib.hab.de/ejournals/ed000008/startx.htm.
Erben, Maria/Grüter, Doris/Rohden, Jan (2018): Forschungsdatenmanagement in der Romanistik: Aktuelle Situation und zukünftige Perspektiven. Bonn: Fachinformationsdienst Romanistik. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11811/1178.
Jannidis, Fotis/Kohle, Hubertus/Rehbein, Malte (Hg.) (2017): Digital Humanities: eine Einführung. Stuttgart: Metzler.
Kraft, Angelina (2017): Die FAIR Data Prinzipien für Forschungsdaten. In: TIB Blog. https://blogs.tib.eu/wp/tib/2017/09/12/die-fair-data-prinzipien-fuer-forschungsdaten/.
Krefeld, Thomas: Eine neue (digitale) Einheit für ein altes (philologisches) Fach – DromH, Version 10 (04.01.2019, 10:19). In: Korpus im Text, Serie A (8564). http://www.kit.gwi.uni-muenchen.de/?p=8564&v=10
Krefeld, Thomas/Lücke, Stephan (2020): FAIRness: ein contrat social für die Wissenschaftskommunikation im Internet. In: Romanistik-Blog. Das Blog des Fachinformationsdienstes. https://blog.fid-romanistik.de/2020/05/16/fairness-ein-contrat-social-fuer-die-wissenschaftskommunikation-im-internet/.
Schöch, Christof (2013): Big? Smart? Clean? Messy? Data in the Humanities. In: Journal of the Digital Humanities 3, S. 2–13.
Schöch, Christof (2017): Quantitative Analyse. In: Jannidis, Fotis/Kohle, Hubertus/Rehbein, Malte (Hg.): Digital Humanities: eine Einführung. Stuttgart: Metzler. S. 279–298.
Vacano, Johannes von (2020): Tools. In: https://www.fid-romanistik.de/startseite/. https://www.fid-romanistik.de/forschungsdaten/suche-nach-forschungsdaten/fid-internetressourcen/tools/.
Wilkinson, M./Dumontier, M./Aalbersberg et al. (2016): The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship. In: Sci Data 3. https://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2016.18.
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