The Doctoral Training Unit “Digital History & Hermeneutics” (DHH) is a four-year interdisciplinary research and training program funded by the Fonds National de Recherche (FNR). It is designed as a space of experiment in which different communities of practice and epistemic cultures – consisting of historians, philosophers, computer scientists, geographers, information and data scientists as well as experts in human-computer interaction – negotiate new forms of knowledge production in the field of digital history and humanities.
The DTU is built on the concept of “digital hermeneutics”, defined as a critical and self-reflexive use of digital tools and technologies for the development of new research questions, the testing of analytical assumptions, and the production of sophisticated scientific interpretations. Based on 8 thematic axes (archiving & data management; digital editions and enhanced publications; text mining & corpus identification; digital cartography & mapping technologies; visualization technologies & simulations; transmedia storytelling & online narratives; public history & crowdsourcing; humans-computer-interaction) and a set of fundamental questions, the DTU offers a training environment for 11 PhD students and 1 Post-Doc. In collaboration with a multitude of national and international partners, the DTU will organize a multitude of collaborative teaching and research activities in close collaboration with the Doctoral Schools of IPSE and FSTC.