Digital Humanities involves the application of digital methods and techniques to Humanities research. The Digital Humanities Research Group (DHRG) is therefore broadly concerned with mediating between computing and humanities, and between technical and non-technical disciplines. Key challenges for digital humanities at this stage of its development as a field include articulating its research agenda as a humanistic and computing discipline; promoting and supporting fruitful interaction between computational science and the arts and humanities; linking digital humanities with new media research and media theory; and bridging between digital cultural studies and the social sciences more generally.
The mission of the Digital Humanities Research Group is to enhance research practices in the interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences at Western Sydney University by fostering the innovative application of computing and media.
Major DHRG projects include: Generations of Knowledge, a virtual reality reproduction of Parramatta (Sydney, Australia) pre-European contact; Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment, a project reconstructing the private and public networks of the French book trade during the eighteenth century in Europe (its foundational research project, 'The French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe', was awarded Best Digital Resource for 2017 by the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies); DomeLab, a powerful visualisation environment supported by an alliance of 15 institutions for the benefit of artistic, cultural, museological and humanities research; ARCHivER, an Australian National Data Service project connecting paper-based heterogeneous collections through linked data; the Xanadoc Reader, an experiment inspired by Professor Ted Nelson's ideas on the transclusive relationship and Project Xanadu, this research prototype enables citations to be visually linked to their sources, viewed in parallel with those sources on-screen, and inter-compared, offering a representation of the many levels of complexity that exist within both artistic and scientific arguments; and the Aboriginal History projects Journey to Horseshoe Bend, The History of Aboriginal Sydney, Deepening Histories of Place and Indigenous Knowledge in the Howitt and Fison Archives.
DHRG/SCEM Seminar Series 2018
The DHRG/SCEM Seminar takes place on Wednesdays from 2-3:30 in PS.E.Ha.1.30. You may also attend via Zoom with the meeting ID 765 070 572. All are welcome.
14th of November: Professor Anne Burdick (UTS) will perform her brilliant work of multimedia narrative, Trina, to be followed by a Q&A. More information here.
21st of November: Jesse Tran (DHRG/MARCS) will present his project, 'Mining the Democracy of Opinion', an interactive tool for exploring online reviews.
28th of November: In the last seminar of the year, Dr Michael Falk (DHRG) will present his 'Romantic Drama Unveiled' project, an animated graphical representation of several forgotten Romantic-era plays.
Conferences and Workshops
Held from the 3rd to the 7th of December at the University of Sydney's Camperdown campus, the annual DH Downunder event is an opportunity for researchers at all levels to acquire the crucial skills of the digital humanist. Workshops run all week in six different streams, covering topics as diverse as data science, the semantic web and digital media. Please visit the website for more information.