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Digital Humanities Café at the Annual Conference

Oct 09, 2013

Researchers from Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA) and project A13 “Subaltern Diplomacy” invited to a Digital Humanities Café at the Cluster’s Annual Conference. They opened their offices to present showcases of their digital research tools and databases.

At the café, the guests explored database projects with a cup of coffee or tea in a cozy corner in room 002. They used selected databases and discussed the potential of digital tools and databases for research in the field. Members of the HRA and project A13 explained the ideas behind their existing databases and discussed new ideas. The café was open on Thursday, October 10, from 12:30 – 18:00 and on Friday, October 11, from 12:30 – 16:00, at the Karl Jaspers Centre.

In addition, the HRA and project A13 introduced their research during lunch sessions on both days. At the first session on Thursday at 13:30 in room 212, project A13 “Subaltern Diplomacy” gave an introduction to their open office on “Tracing Travelling States” and presented new approaches to diplomatic history and relevant databases. Their work focused on border-crossing agents that took on an important role in the external representation of states and empires. They assisted with individual research queries in tracking down agents especially of the 19th and 20th century internationalist or diplomatic theatre.  The “League Of Nations Search Engine” (LONSEA), for example, is a useful tool for tracing these actors and can show ways to a new diplomatic history in a global context.

The HRA introduced the ideas behind Tamboti –the metadata framework developed at the Cluster- during the second lunch session on Friday at 13:30 in room 212. In that talk the HRA showed their approach to a digital working environment where researchers can collaboratively collect and annotate digital research material (texts, images, films, audio recordings). In the second part of the session Cathrine Bublatzky (Visual and Media Anthropology) gave a report on student projects that have been realized in Tamboti in her anthropology class. These and other projects could be explored in detail in the Digital Humanites Café.

The Annual Conference 2013 "Managing Empires. Cooperation, Competition, Conflict" of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" was organised by Prof. Dr. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos and researchers from Research Area A "Governance & Administration": Prof. Dr. Harald Fuess, PD Dr. Susan Richter, David Mervart (PhD) and Sebastian Meurer.

Further information:
Annual Conference Programme
Annual Conference Concept
Press Release
Press Release at Universität Heidelberg
Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos
Research Area A “Governance & Administration


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