Digital humanities summer school: enrolment is open

Enrolment for this first digital humanities summer school, organized by the OBVIL (Sorbonne University observatory of literary life) from 4 to 9 July 2016, is now open.

The growing importance of the digital revolution has had a profound impact on the humanities, changing the nature and methods of building knowledge, revealing new lines of analysis – both empirical and quantitative – and transforming instructional processes and research practices.


As part of the activities that it has been conducting in digital humanities over the last four years, OBVIL offers a week’s training designed for students (those enrolled in masters 2 research or PhD programs have priority) and researchers. This year’s program focuses mainly on poetry, theatre, the novel and criticism, and presents the state of the art in various concepts and instruments that can be used to study and interpret texts. The workshops take place in the IT lab, in order to be able to build on notions through practical exercises.


The week begins with an introduction to electronic publishing (XML, TEI), which, beyond mere publishing, is seen as a way to build a body of research and prepare for digital analysis. The course continues with a focus on textometry, the parent discipline of computer-assisted literary studies (with one day devoted to the TXM software). There are sessions on other information technology approaches designed to address specific literary problems: detecting quotations (Phoebus), genetic editing (Medite), translation alignment, electronic drama, and automatic classification (Iramuteq), and one morning is devoted to the participants’ personal projects. Participants are invited to bring their own works, and each may discuss them with the teaching team to determine the most relevant tools for studying them.


Practical information


400 euros/free for Paris-Sorbonne students


Application form

Due by 15 May at midnight


  • No specific IT skills are required. Space is limited and candidates may be selected based on their motivation, their CV, and the relevance of digital humanities to their own research field.
  • A proper command of French is required (level C1 minimum).
  • In order to concentrate on the method, the texts used for experiment have a common theme, all based on the myth of Don Juan in all literary genres (including “Le Festin de Pierre” by Molière, “Les Trois Don Juan” by Apollinaire, “Don Juan aux enfers” by Baudelaire, and “Rousseau contre Molière” by Faguet). The texts used can be freely downloaded, and a complete list will be provided to registered participants.
  • The course takes place at the Paris-Sorbonne’s Maison de la Recherche (28 rue Serpente, 75006 Paris). Enrolment fees do not include accommodation or meals. A list of hotels and student residences is available on the Sorbonne University website.
  • Classes will run from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesday and Saturday.


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