What are the Digital Humanities? What new kinds of knowledge and interdisciplinary practice emerge when computation meets the humanities? How can the digital humanities take shape in our regional context? This conference brings together practitioners in digital research and pedagogy in the humanities from the Middle East, Asia, North America and Europe to explore a broad range of innovative approaches to language, archives, literature, cultural heritage and the arts.

The event features academic lectures, roundtable discussions and hands-on workshops.

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Confirmed speakers and working titles include:

  • Alicia Fornes, Computer Vision Center, Autonomous University of Barcelona — 
    “Computer Vision for Historical Document Image Analysis”
  • Andreas Witt, Mannheim/Cologne — “Why Use the TEI Framework for Linguistic Annotation?”
  • Azza Abouzeid, NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Beth Russell, NYU Abu Dhabi and Zach Coble, NYU New York — “Library Support for Digital Humanities in a Global Context”
  • Carlos Guedes, NYU Abu Dhabi — “Sound as Heritage: Introducing the Sounds of Sir Bani Yas Website and Installation”
  • Colleen Morgan, York U and Robert Carter, UCL Qatar — “Archaeology and Digital Engagement in the Origins of Doha and Qatar Project“
  • Clifford Siskin, NYU New York —“Era(s) of Computation: The ‘Rear-View Mirror’ Problem”
  • David Joseph Wrisley, NYU Abu Dhabi and AU Beirut —“Rethinking Medieval Epic Digitally: Variance, Orality, Alignment, Visualization”
  • Debra Levine, NYU Abu Dhabi — “Staging Archival Affinities and Recombinant Performance in Scalar”
  • Elie Dannaoui, Balamand U — “How might competency-based education ​(CBE) ​Present a Potential Solution to Concerns About Digital Humanities Pedagogy?​”
  • Gioele Barabucci, DiXiT, Cologne — “Not A Single Bit in Common: Issues in Collating Digital Transcriptions of Ibn Rušd’s writings in Multiple Languages (Arabic, Hebrew and Latin)”
  • Ginny Danielson, NYU Abu Dhabi — “Introducing the Arabic Collections Online (ACO)”
  • Glenn Roe, Australian National U — “Early Modern Text Technologies: Identifying Commonplace Practices in ECCO”
  • Godfried Toussaint, NYU Abu Dhabi  — “Fully Automatic Algorithmic Generation of Musical Rhythms and its Applications”
  • Hilde De Weerdt, Leiden — “Developing a Digital Infrastructure for Chinese and other East Asian Languages”
  • Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Vienna Academy of Sciences — “Texts, Tree Rings and Networks. Digital Approaches Towards Social, Environmental and Narrative Dynamics Across Ancient and Medieval Afro-Eurasia”
  • Kimon Keramidas, NYU New York — “Digital Media, Social Engagement, and a More Public Humanities”
  • Laila Familiar, NYU Abu Dhabi — “Teaching Arabic Using a Corpus Approach to Fiction”
  • Laura Mandell, Texas A&M — “The Fate of Reading–Distant, Surface, and Deep–in the Era of Dirty OCR”
  • Lorna Hughes, Glasgow — “Beyond digital collections: the role of cultural heritage in an emerging critical framework for the digital humanities”
  • Lynne Siemens, U Victoria
  • Marina Hassapopoulou, NYU New York — “Analysis Beyond Analytics: Expanding the Digital Humanities through Cinema and Media Studies”
  • Mario Hawat, AU Beirut — “Beirut Publishes: Macroanalysis of a Century of Lebanese Publishing”
  • Mark Muehlhaeusler, AU Cairo — “Representing Library Collections Beyond the Catalogue”
  • Maxim Romanov, U Leipzig — “Algorithmic Analysis of the [Premodern] Arabic Biographical Tradition”
  • Michael Nashed, Bibliotheca Alexandrina — “Digital Libraries in Arabic Countries: Digitization Workflows”
  • Miguel Escobar Varela, National U of Singapore — “The Contemporary Wayang Archive: Javanese Theatre as Data”
  • Muhamed al-Khalil, NYU Abu Dhabi — “Computer-Assisted Simplification of Arabic Works of Fiction for Early Learners: Challenges, Responses, and the SAMER Project Experience”
  • Nizar Habash, NYU Abu Dhabi — “Computational Processing of Arabic for Digital Humanistic Research”
  • Padmini Murray, Shrishti Institute —“Digital Humanities is Dead: Long Live Digital Humanities”
  • Ray Siemens, U Victoria — “A View of Social Knowledge, Localised and at Scale”
  • Robert Parthesius, NYU Abu Dhabi — “Digital Heritage Experiments: New Spaces on Old Sites”
  • Sana Odeh, NYU New York
  • Sean Pue, Michigan State — “Textual Encoding of Hindi/Urdu Poetry for Cross-lingual Analysis”
  • Shamoon Zamir and Özge Calafato, NYU Abu Dhabi — “Akkasah: Collecting Photography from the Middle East and North Africa”
  • Till Grallert, Orient Institut Beirut — “Open Arabic Periodical Editions: An Attempt to Unite Gray Online Libraries, Social Editing, and Scholarly Rigour”
Convened by
  • David Joseph Wrisley, Visiting Associate Professor of Digital Humanities, NYUAD
  • Robert Young, Dean of Arts and Humanities, NYUAD
Hosted by
  • NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

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