Brainstorm Meeting - e-Humanities: Innovating Scholarship

29 March 2011
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KNAW-NWO-NIAS invite all humanities researchers for an open brainstorm meeting at NIAS, Wassenaar

To exchange ideas, to structure the organisation to be built, and to provide your ideas for future research possibilities to an e-Humanities programme that is tentatively entitled: e-Humanities: Innovating Scholarship. The list of speakers has to be filled by you, the intended participants.

The development of e-Humanities is a result of the availability of both new types of digital data and information and new ways of dealing with these data and information. ICT may help to support humanities scholars to process much larger amounts of data more quickly. Being able to search more data and to have direct access to more distributed data, stored digitally all over the world, has an impact on the nature of the research questions that can be addressed and on forms of (interdisciplinary and international) collaboration. New research questions may be accompanied by innovative methodologies as well as novel forms of representation and output.

Research in e-Humanities is currently a hot topic and this has not escaped the attention of the research directors of the KNAW and NWO. Therefore, this meeting is an opportunity to show that the research field has numerous ideas to launch a large programme addressing all humanities (and qualitative social science) disciplines. You are all invited to attend the meeting and/or to contribute to a future programme proposal.

The provisional programme is as follows:

10.00-10.30 uur

Arrival and coffee

10.30-10.40 uur

Welcome by Aafke Hulk, director of NIAS

10.40-11.55 uur

E-Humanities in the Netherlands

10.55-12.30 uur

Six speakers to be invited and/or selected from the abstract
proposals (see below)

12.30-13.30 uur


13.30-15.00 uur

8 to 10 workshops (topics are taken from the abstract proposals)

15.00-15.30 uur


15.30-17.00 uur

Presentation results of the workshops

17.00-17.10 uur

Closing words: how do we continue?

17.00-18.00 uur


Some further remarks are in order about how this will be organised:

  • e-Humanities ranges from History via Language, Music and Social Sciences to Philosophy and Theology.
  • The number of participants is limited to 80.
  • The six speakers are two or three established researchers and three or four young researchers - these will be selected on the basis of the abstracts received (but all abstracts received will be distributed to participants to help us get to know one another).
  • We aim for a large diversity of challenging topics
  • Participation is free - but you have to be willing to share your ideas
  • Potential participants are: university researchers as well as institute researchers from all career stages.
  • Since the maximum number of participants is 80 we may have to select on potential contribution in the unexpected case that the number of subscriptions exceeds 80. 
  • Potential contribution can be: (1) submitting an abstract (maximum 300 words) to be a speaker or workshop leader, (2) showing interest in becoming a member of our core group (for preparing a strategy document or for organising other activities, etc.).
  • Registration is possible via NIAS Communication and should be completed before March 15, 2011, notification of acceptance will be given soon thereafter.


The organisation takes place under the aegis of the KNAW (e-Humanities Group), NWO (Geesteswetenschappen), NIAS.
The actual executers are Jaap van den Herik, Guest of the Rector of NIAS, and Sally Wyatt, KNAW programme leader of e-Humanities.