(Politics of) Digital Humanities in Eastern European Studies

Joint workshop of the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe and the Aleksanteri Institute – University of Helsinki

Conference Digital Humanities in Eastern Europe

Venue: Helsinki
Date: September 10-11, 2018

Discourses about the essence of Digital Humanities (DH) became very frequent in the last decade. While digital mega-projects increasingly attract large research funding both on national and on European level, a large number of  questions regarding the added value of DH tools, the robustness of methodological approaches and vulnerabilities of infrastructure remain open.

This workshop – the first of a series on the challenges of DH in Europe, with a special focus on Eastern Europe – takes up a challenge to reflect on ‘digital turn’ in the context of area studies. In doing so, this event formulates questions on concrete strategies, policies and main actors shaping and constructing this field. We particularly look for contributions concerned with the use and application of DH in Eastern European Studies, focusing on:

a) using and re-using history,

b) producing and constructing e-heritage,

c) issues of e-security.

In a world going ever more digital, ideas, images and practices necessitate a rethinking and reconceptualization to capture the changes of research methods and infrastructures both at the national and regional levels. To investigate these connections and interdependencies, scholars with methodological and theoretical approaches from various disciplines such as history, art history, political sciences, sociology and digital humanities are invited to submit their proposals.

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Program

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

12:45-1:00 pm INTRODUCTION
Markku Kangaspuro (AI), Peter Haslinger (HI) and Daria Gritsenko (AI)

1:00-1:30 pm IMPULSE LECTURE
Peter Haslinger (Herder Institute): National Epistemologies, Cultural Heritage, and Memory Politics in a Digital Age
1:30-2:00 pm Discussion

2:15-3:15 pm PANEL I: USING AND RE-USING HISTORY
Alexey Kouprianov (HSE, St. Petersburg): Geographical mobility of University professors in the Russian Empire: Domain structure of the network and the mobility paradox resolved by the analysis of the Russian University Professors Career Database
Jaromir Mrnka (ISTR, Prague): Making of the Historical Knowledge. Digitization in the State Security Archives in the Czech Republic

3:30-4:00 pm IMPULSE LECTURE
Stefan Trajković Filipović (Justus Liebig University Giessen): Presentation, Preservation and Public Appeal: Digitizing Heritage in Contemporary Serbia
4:00-4:30 pm Discussion

4:30-6:00 pm PANEL II: HERITAGE AND CULTURE THROUGH THE LENS
Anastasia Bonch-Osmalovskaya (HSE, Moscow): Computational linguistics and digital humanities
Mila Oiva (University of Turku): Economy Talk and Advertising. Digital Reading of the Polish newspaper “Zycie Gospodarcze”, 1950-1980
Ira Osterberg (University of Helsinki): Mosfilm Goes YouTube: Soviet Cinema in the Digital

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
9:00-9:30 am IMPULSE LECTURE
Elisabeta Gaufmann (University of Bremen): Kremlin Trolls: Assessing the Impact of Bots in Russian Security Discourse
9:30-10:00 am Discussion

10:00-11:00 am PANEL III: E-SECURITY, SURVEILLANCE AND POWER
Nadya Trach (Justus Liebig University Giessen): Bloggers as Social Actors in Language Policies Debates in Contemporary Ukraine
Felix Herrmann (University of Bremen): Discuss Data: Designing a Platform for the Interactive Discussion of Research Data. Quality for the Area Studies on the post-Soviet region

11:15 am -12:45 pm ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Digital Archives in Russia with Marianna Murvyeva (University of Helsinki), Micha Melnichenko (HSE, Moscow), Sofia Gavrilova (HSE, Moscow)

1:00-2:00 pm FINAL PLENUM AND WRAP UP
Markku Kangaspuro, Peter Haslinger, Daria Gritsenko