In recent years, digital science communication and the possibilities of social media have increasingly raised questions about classical research on science communication (cf. Franzen 2019, 616). This article connects here for the concept of public humanities.
Open science works when we pragmatically use tools that are openly available for research, for science communication and transfer. The blog portal Hypotheses.org and Wikisource.org are well suited to make sources visible and accessible, to open them up, for communities and their sense of community around them – crowdoriented citizen science for small digital editions.
Our Public Humanities Summer has achieved a lot here: plenty of content and bilingual impulses for research & teaching in Digital Humanities. On the meta-level: a first evaluation and reflection on bibliographic metadata in scholarly communication. The following article was published in the Hypotheses editorial blog. The thesis: everyone should simply build and maintain the metadata of their own publications – Hands on-Public Humanities!
Outside, it has become unmistakably autumn. The wind sweeps around the corners and whirls up the colorful leaves. Not only is summer generally over, but so is our Public Humanities summer. Over the past weeks and months, you’ve been able to read a weekly blog post from the DH community about the Public Humanities in this space. Every Monday at 11 a.m., a new post went online (as well as the – mostly English-language – translation of the post shortly thereafter). Thirteen wonderful digital humanities scholars (teams) participated in the blog series and gave an insight into a total of 8 projects as well as a kind of meta-insight into the digital public humanities (5 posts).
The Science Council in Germany calls for transfer from science. While funding for basic research is primarily provided by the DFG, the BMBF is devoting more attention to projects in the field of Citizen Science and Public Humanities. However, due to this strategic embedding of communication with the public in funding programs, this public is often thought of as an anonymous collective, or addressed in terms of sociologically defined target groups.
The FWF project CoReMA – Cooking Recipes of the Middle Ages (I 3614) provides the basis for the planned project. The project focuses on the question of the origin, transmission and migration of medieval cooking recipe texts. The corpus of texts to be studied is drawn from the handwritten recipe tradition of France and the German-speaking countries and comprises more than 80 manuscripts with over 8000 recipe texts.
How do Citizen Humanities projects develop? And how have such endeavors changed over the course of the last decades? One of the research areas of the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI) focuses on the intersection of Digital History and German Migration to the United States.
The previous posts in this blog series already show that the Public Humanities are pushing into the Digital Humanities and are emerging as a field of activity that demands attention. In this blog post, I would like to explore what challenges the Public Humanities pose for Digital Humanities researchers and how they can be overcome.
The Public Humanities and the Citizen Humanities are multifaceted and can only be separated to a limited extent – Barbara Heinisch pointed this out in her article “A Path through the Conceptual Jungle of the Public Humanities” for this blog series. But what can these fields and their overlaps contribute to research in the humanities?
Since 2016, the University of Leipzig has been offering a Bachelor’s program in Digital Humanities (DH) at the Faculty of Computer Science. According to the program description on the university’s website, students are “taught new perspectives on subject-specific approaches to solutions”.