Spring Semester

Humanities in the Digital Age

Lecturer: Gerhard Lauer (University of Goettingen).

About the lecturer | Course Summary | Suggested Reading | Slides

About the lecturer:

Gerhard Lauer holds a chair in German studies at the University of Goettingen since 2002. Lauer initially studied literary studies, philosophy and musicology at the Saarland University and University of Tübingen, and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Munich. He then trained in German studies and Jewish studies. He went on to complete his Doctor of Philosophy in 1992 on the history of scholarship in exile. In 2000 he defended his habilitation on the rise of the Jewish Enlightenment. In 2010 he founded the Goettingen Centre for Digital Humanities. His research interests can be characterized as translating scholarly research into experimental and computer-based approaches.

Course summary:

I give an introduction to digital humanities, encompassing major fields of research. We will go more into detail about exploring texts by computers. Text mining is a fast growing area to use machine for reading texts. We make use and discuss common tools from Voyant to R.

Suggested Reading:


Slides to the lecture. Additional text: CONJECTURES ON WORLD LITERATURE by Franco Moretti.