LJMedB24 Digital Humanities in Medieval Studies

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. David Zbíral, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Tomáš Hampejs, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Adam Mertel, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Klára Osolsobě, Dr. (lecturer)
Mgr. Zdenko Vozár (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts (50,00 %), Department for the Study of Religions – Faculty of Arts (50,00 %)
Thu 14:00–15:40 G02
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
The course will familiarise students with the basic application of digital methods in the field of humanities. It focuses on the period of the European Middle Ages and relevant cultural centers. Students will acquire knowledge about selected tools applicable in digital textual analysis, about ongoing digital projects, and generally about the potential of digital research into medieval, mostly written sources. The course focuses on practical skills: it introduces the students to the basics of working with textual corpora, preparation of digital critical editions, network analysis and making of simple digital maps. Majority of the examples presented in the course concentrate on medieval Latin material. Nevertheless, the skills acquired in this course are more general and are aimed at a wider audience interested in digital processing of various datasets.
Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- describe and understand the concept of the Digital Humanities (DH);
- understand the basics of quantitative and computing imagination;
- outline the state-of-the-art in the field of Digital Humanities in the Czech context;
- understand several selected methods applicable in medieval research;
- actively use selected method of Digital Humanities on a material of one's own choice.
  • 1. Introduction to Digital Humanities.
  • 2. Introduction to "data imagination".
  • 3. Corpus linguistics I.
  • 4. Corpus linguistics II.
  • 5. Digital editions and textual criticism I.
  • 6. Digital editions and textual criticism II.
  • 7. Network analysis I.
  • 8. Network analysis II.
  • 9. Quantitative text analysis.
  • 10. Map making I.
  • 11. Map making II.
  • 12. Student projects.
    recommended literature
  • Defining digital humanities :a reader. Edited by Melissa M. Terras - Julianne Nyhan - Edward Vanhoutte. 1 online r. ISBN 9781409469643. info
  • APOLLON D., BÉLISLE C., RÉGNIER P. (eds.): Digital Critical Editions. Urbana-Champaign – Chicago: Illinois University Press, 2014.
  • TROVATO, Paolo. Everything you always wanted to know about Lachmann's method : a non-standard handbook of genealogical textual criticism in the age of Post-Structuralism, cladistics, and copy-text. Edited by Michael D. Reeve. Prima edizione. Padova: Libreriauniversitaria.it edizioni, 2014, 355 stran. ISBN 9788862925280. info
  • Macroanalysisdigital methods and literary history. Edited by Matthew Lee Jockers. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013, x, 192 p. ISBN 9780252094767. info
  • BURDICK, Anne, Johanna DRUCKER, Peter LUNENFELD, Todd PRESNER and Jeffrey SCHNAPP. Digital humanities. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2012, x, 141. ISBN 9780262018470. info
  • MORETTI, Franco. Graphs, maps, trees : abstract models for a literary history. Paperback edition. London: Verso, 2007, 119 stran. ISBN 9781844671854. info
  • A companion to digital humanities. Edited by Susan Schreibman - Raymond George Siemens - John Unsworth. 1st pub. Malden: Blackwell, 2004, xxvii, 611. ISBN 9781405168069. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, seminar discussion, independent assignement of a research task - students are asked to prepare a short project using one of the following digital methods: preparation of a digital edition of a selected text; network analysis; map making; lexicography).
Assessment methods
Regular and active class participation (more than 3 absences require an additional submission); final practical assignement applying a digital method of one's own choice.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2018.
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