Announcement of our Workshop “Digital Humanities”

Digital Humanities Workshop, “The Maghreb in Transition”

The German-Moroccan-Tunisian project “The Maghreb in Transition. Media, Knowledge & Power” announces a workshop on

Digital Humanities

Place: IPSI – Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l’Information, Campus universitaire – 2010 Manouba -TUNISIE – Salle d’informatique, No. 6

Time: 18.-19.11.2016, find the detailed schedule below

Abstract: Digital Humanities have developed over the last 10 years to a major methodological approach in the humanities. Building on humanities computing, DH has built an independent infrastructure within the humanities and now reaches back into several disciplines, including literature, history, history of art and social and political sciences. By stressing the quantitative approach to data and using statistical methods DH has contributed in various ways to bring up new hypothesis for old questions and revived the discussion about the place of humanities in science and society. This workshop gives and introduction into the aims and methods of digital humanities and addresses questions of power shifts during the digital transition of the humanities as well as the role of social media in that process.


Day 1: 18.11.2016


Welcome, introduction of participants and expectations


What are/is Digital Humanities? (Ben Romdhane & Jörg Wettlaufer): Historical development and shaping of a discipline, relevance in actual research, practical applications, and their/its state in the Maghreb. Including topics like Scientific Literature and Open Access, Open Science and Linked Open Data. Discussion.

11h00-11h15 break


Digital Humanities and Social Media (Kmar Bendana & Mareike König): Introduction Social Media, selective overview of applications of social media in processes of knowledge production and exchange [e.g. Blogs, Twitter, LinkedIn,, research gate], and some reflections on the Tunisian experience (e.g.

Discussion: how social media are changing and shaping the humanities: implications of shifting powers and redefinition of hierarchical roles; social media & science in Tunisia

13h00-14h00 lunch break


Topic #1: Introduction scientific blogging (Mareike König). Examples from the participants disciplines.

15h00-15h15 break

15h15-17h45 Hands-on-Workshop #1 (Mareike König, Jörg Wettlaufer): Setting up a blog at (WordPress), publishing articles, Creative Commons for texts and pictures.

17h45-18h00 discussion and feedback for day 1, preview day 2

18h00 end of day 1

Day 2: 19.11.2016


Topic #2: Introduction Microblogging (Jörg Wettlaufer). Spreading news and bringing up topics in science. Analysing scientific networks and visualising geospatial data.

10h45-11h00 break


Hands-on Workshop #2 (Jörg Wettlaufer, Mareike König): (1) Setting up a Twitter account and using it in science and beyond: building and maintaining a community, working with lists, doing research with Twitter, Microblogging and teaching (Incl. URL shortener etc.)

13h00-14h00 lunch break


Hands-on Workshop #2 (Jörg Wettlaufer, Mareike König): (2) Analysing twitter data with free online tools. Discussion: Applications of Digital Humanities and Social Media in the disciplines of the participants. Questions and Answers.

15h00-15h15 break


Blogging in the Maghreb. Rafika Bendermell, Tunisia, Bondy Blog (

Discussion: New Media & the Emergence of a New Public Sphere in Tunisia. An Activist’s Account: How did the public sphere in Tunisia change after 2011? What was the role of new media technologies in these changes? And what might be the perspectives for the future?


Feedback day 2 and general discussion

18h00 end of day 2 / closing of workshop

(this schedule might not be the final version)

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