I am looking forward to participating in the event titled “Digital Humanities/Humanidades Digitales/Informatica Umanistica. An Intercultural Dialogue” that will take place on Thursday 20 April 2017 in Rome, at the Political Science Department of the Università degli Studi Roma Tre.

This event has been organised by Domenico Fiormonte, who like me is a member of the Knowmetrics research project based at the Medialab at the Universidad de Granada, led by Esteban Romero Frías. (For a sample of my ongoing collaboration with Domenico, please see https://thewinnower.com/papers/4965-knowledge-monopolies-and-global-academic-publishing).

The speakers at this event will be

  • Barbara Bordalejo, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
  • Manuel Salamanca, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • Teresa Numerico, Università Roma Tre.
  • Manuel Portela, Universidade de Coimbra.
  • Ernesto Priani, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
  • Ernesto Priego, City, University of London.
  • Esteban Romero Frías, Universidad de Granada.
  • Nuria Rodríguez, Universidad de Málaga.
  • Amelia Sanz, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

I am hoping to make a contribution from the vantage point of human-computer interaction design applied to the digital humanities as critique and development of alternative, fairer, more open forms of scholarly publishing and assessment. The multilingual, multicultural, multidisciplinary nature of the event should allow for a diverse and thoughtful exchange of perspectives and knowledge sharing.

The event’s abstract and key info can be found below.

The so-called “Digital Humanities” are nowadays more and more spread at international level; institutionally, on the one hand, considering the raising of new centres and organisations, or taking into account the allocation of resources and the financing of the research, on the other, since the “digital” is turning into a privileged component of the project.

Even though the Digital Humanities could be a powerful push towards innovation, it should not be forgotten that any technology is culturally neutral. Hence, this round table seeks to reflect on the DH phenomena from the point of view of the society at large and the culture of the “South”, bringing into discussion the critical adoption of epistemological models coming from the North, at the same time an alternative vision about the relationship between knowledge, territories and digital technology is proposed.

20th april, 2017.
14:30 PM.
Meeting room, 4th floor.
Faculty of Political Science,
Università Roma Tre.
Via Chiabrera, 199 – Roma.

I cannot wait for what promises to be a thought-provoking and productive session.

[Español]

Las denominadas “Digital Humanities” están cada vez más consolidadas a nivel internacional, bien sea institucionalmente, a través de la creación de nuevos centros y organizaciones, bien en el plano de la financiación de la investigación, pues, cada vez más a menudo, tiende a privilegiarse el componente “digital” del proyecto. Aunque las DH pueden constituir un potente instrumento de innovación, es importante recordar que ninguna tecnología es culturalmente neutra. Por ello, esta mesa redonda se propone reflexionar sobre el fenómeno de las DH desde el punto de vista de la sociedad y de la cultura del “Sur”, sometiendo a discusión la adopción crítica de modelos epistemológicos provenientes del Norte del mundo, y ofreciendo una visión alternativa sobre la relación entre saberes, territorios y tecnología digital.

20 de abril, 2017.
14:30 horas.
Sala de reuniones, cuarta planta.
Facultad de Ciencias Políticas,
Università Roma Tre.
Via Chiabrera, 199 – Roma.

[Italiano]

Le cosiddette “Digital Humanities” si stanno sempre più affermando a livello internazionale e istituzionale. Attraverso la creazione di nuovi centri e nuove organizzazioni attraggono risorse e finanziamenti, giacché sempre più spesso nei progetti di ricerca umanistici e sociali viene privilegiata la componente “digitale”. Ma se le DH da un lato possono essere un potente di strumento di innovazione, dall’altro occorre ricordare che nessuna tecnologia è culturalmente neutra. Questa tavola rotonda intende riflettere sul fenomeno delle DH dal punto di vista delle società e delle culture del “Sud”, mettendo in discussione l’adozione acritica di modelli epistemologici e culturali provenienti dal Nord del mondo e offrendo una visione alternativa del rapporto fra saperi, territori e tecnologie digitali.

20 aprile, 2017.
Ore 14.30.
Sala riunioni, IV piano.
Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche,
Università Roma Tre.
Via Chiabrera, 199 – Roma.

 

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