September 28, 2023

Navigating the Global Local Nexus. Discover more on the “Digital Humanities between the Local and the Global” Summer School


“Digital Humanities between the Local and the Global” will be the key focus of the Summer school organised in the framework of the RAQMYAT project. The initiative will be held in Tunisia at the premises of “Cité des Sciences” and La Manouba University Campus, from September 25 to September 29, 2023, with online sessions, followed by in-person sessions from October 2 to October 10, 2023.

The Summer School aspires to convene a select group of 40 doctoral candidates specializing in the domains of humanities and social sciences from Tunisian universities and from the University of Granada and the University of Vienna. Within this distinguished cohort, 10 doctoral candidates will focus on the subject of digital humanities, while the remaining 30 will explore diverse research topics of significant import, revolving around three overarching themes:

  1. Information, Documentation, and Bibliography in the Digital Age: Applied Methodologies.
  2. Digitalization as the Cornerstone of Research Problem Formulation.
  3. Ethical and Deontological Considerations: A Universal Concern?

Upon successful completion of this intensive summer school, participants will be equipped with the requisite knowledge and tools to seamlessly integrate digital humanities into their research endeavors. The PhD students will gain expertise in the following domains:

  • Accurate contextualization of their research within the existing academic landscape.
  • Discerning the most suitable data collection tools pertinent to their research needs, encompassing methodologies such as literature review, questionnaires, content analysis, and observational techniques.
  • Proficiency in utilizing data interpretation and analysis tools, encompassing statistical tests and the creation of informative visualizations.
  • The establishment of meaningful, long-lasting connections with scholarly communities on both a national and international scale.

Why a  SUMMER SCHOOL on “Digital Humanities between the local and the global”?

The educational landscape in Tunisia regarding digital humanities exhibits significant variability across disciplines and academic programs. This divergence can result in substantial disparities in the skill sets of students and doctoral candidates, potentially leading to inequalities in the job market. A core objective of the RAQMYAT Project is to construct a comprehensive profile of doctoral candidates and adapt teaching methodologies to meet universal needs, while remaining sensitive to the distinct characteristics of each educational program. The ultimate aim is to align with international standards.

Given the inherent complexity and multidisciplinary nature of this field, successful navigation necessitates both cross-disciplinary and cross-level collaboration. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) represent a potent yet contentious tool in academic circles, with recent debates on the implications of artificial intelligence underlining the necessity for universities to prepare adequately in terms of pedagogical resources.

The forthcoming summer school, slated for September 25 to September 29, 2023, in the online format, and October 2 to October 10, 2023, in the in-person format, serves as a pragmatic platform for initiating a collective, transdisciplinary discourse among prospective participants. This discourse will center on the profound relevance and applicability of digital humanities, irrespective of one’s prior educational background.

Central Questions for Deliberation

Participants will engage in a stimulating exploration of fundamental questions regarding digital humanities, including:

  • Defining digital humanities and its implications.
  • Assessing its concrete applications in research and dissemination.
  • Analyzing the adoption of methodologies and approaches from various sources.
  • Exploring its capacity to open novel research avenues within specific fields.
  • Evaluating its potential to foster collective teaching and research initiatives.
  • Identifying potential risks related to question formulation, dissemination vectors, and linguistic considerations.

For detailed information on the program, please refer to the attached PDF document below.