Towards A Platform

Coding the Humanities aims to be much more than just a programming course. It is a collaborative on- and offline platform for research and education. This platform, however, does not allow students and scholars to work together. It also allows for more productive partnerships between universities and private and public partners. This presentation sketches the dillemas, choices, and possibilities that such partnerships within the scope of Coding the Humanities entail.

The Scholar as Toolmaker

Ira Allen and Rob Ryder are translating Walter Benjamin's radio plays for children into English. The medial form of these pieces, however, are as important as their verbal content. For that reason, we are currently exploring how to adapt these pieces to online, interactive pieces. Using Walter Benjamin's 'The Author as Producer' and the New York Times' 'Snow Fall' as inspiration, this presentation outlines the practical and theoretical problems specific to the humanities that we have encountered so far.

Augmenting Masterpieces

Augmenting Masterpieces uses a human-centered approach to link digital interfaces to the physical museum visit. Its aim is to map the connections between the physcial and the digital collection of The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, and to theoretically and practically investigate interfaces and features for visitors which could be used in the museum. This presentation explores the role of code and humanities within this project.

Reading Jonathan Sterne

"Eliminate redundancies! Reduce bandwidth use! Travel great distances frequently and with little effort! Accumulate on the hard drives of the middle class! Address a distracted listening subject!" In his essay 'MP3 as a Cultural Artifact', Jonathan Sterne describes all the imperatives that the MP3 format implicitly imposes on its listeners. This presentation, takes this inventory as a starting point to debunk the myth of the harmless, descriptive image of data altogether.

Coding the Humanities

Scholars in the humanities use a wide range of specialized tools, each of which only covers a small part of their research. Coding, on the other hand, is a toolmaking tool. It gives you the power to write precise instruments that can cover your entire workflow. In this workshop, we teach humanists how to build custom tools or adjust existing ones to their specific needs.