Digital Humanities

Welcome to the department

Here you can find out what digital humanities are and which focal points and projects are currently underway at the University of Stuttgart.

What are the digital humanities?

Digital Humanities is an innovative, interdisciplinary field of research that combines the humanities with digital methods. In this way, large amounts of data can be examined. Instead of reading one or two texts very closely, we can use digital tools to look at hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of texts. This reveals patterns that are not apparent when analyzing individual texts. Which topics were of particular interest to writers at what time? What does the social network of the Marvel and DC comic superhero multiverse look like? What exactly is bias and why is it so important to include material from smaller minority communities when building data collections? The digital humanities deal with the big questions of our time and our literary and cultural traditions on an analytical and theoretical level. They also contribute to the further development of digital tools and methods in such a way that the humanities factor, the complexity of cultural phenomena and ultimately the human element are not lost. 

The digital humanities offer a very diverse spectrum of academic approaches to art, culture and literature and are constantly opening up new perspectives. 


Focus of our department

From analyses of literary texts to the evaluation of cultural studies field studies, from network analyses to the use of artificial intelligence, from teaching digital methods to researchers and students to science communication in podcasts - the Digital Humanities Stuttgart are diverse and colorful. One of the department's current focuses, for example, is digitally supported research into the representation of gender in literary texts. We are investigating the question of whether and to what extent gender diversity has been part of our literary tradition for several centuries. When collecting literary texts in which diversity plays a special role, we use public humanities methods and thus involve interested laypeople as citizen researchers in our work.

In Stuttgart, we are able to work closely with the Institute for Machine Language Processing (IMS) and the Institute for Visualization and Interactive Systems (VIS) as well as other humanities and computer science disciplines, such as the Stuttgart Research Centre for Text Studies (SRCTS). The DH department at the University of Stuttgart is involved in the mentoring program of the CRETA Association (Centre for Reflective Text Analysis) for the promotion of young researchers in the field of digital humanities. The Stuttgart DH department also heads the DHd-AG for science communication and public humanities. The community podcast RaDiHum20 - the Radio for Digital Humanities is also co-produced by the DH department at the University of Stuttgart.

An overview of the university-wide research focus on Digital Humanities at the University of Stuttgart can be found here.

Master's degree program in Digital Humanities

Since the winter semester 2015/16, it has also been possible to study Digital Humanities at the University of Stuttgart in a separate Master's degree course. Here, humanities students combine their subject discipline with computer science. They learn how to design and manage their own projects. They also develop skills in the use and (further) development of digital tools and methods and thus learn valuable key skills in dealing with digitalization phenomena ranging from data literacy to the safe use of artificial intelligence. A particular focus of the DH at the University of Stuttgart is also on teaching in the field of reflective text analysis.

More information about the study program


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Pascal Hein


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