Digital Humanities (or DH) has become a buzzword over the past ten years, but many students still know too little about the potential of digital technologies and humanities in general to employ advanced digital methods in their own research. Through a series of lectures by international scholars, students will hear first-hand about recent developments of digital technologies and methodologies in humanities research, discovering new research questions, resolving them with an adequate and reflected methodology, and resolving old questions in new ways.
An often repeated promise of the digital humanities, in the wake of the “computational turn”, is that the wide availability and accessibility of historical texts enables scholars to breach the restrictions of a literary canon. Such a potential for literary computing, which was in 1992 first set forward as a “new” philology by its godfather Roberto Busa SJ, prominently returns in the works of computing literary theorists such as John Burrows, Jerome McGann and Franco Moretti. Their assertions that quantification entails a “widening of the canon” and eventually the advance of a “new philology”, easily invoke medievalists’ inquisitiveness. How, exactly, can the digital humanities provide such insights for the Middle Ages?