Last year, we had the honour of being part of the 1st International Conference oData & Digital Humanities. The conference brought together researchers, students and practitioners that in one way or another identify with digital humanities. The recently published book Digital Humanities Looking at the World, edited by Sílvia Araújo, Micaela Aguiar, and Liana Ermakova, is true to the experience we had in Braga at the University of Minho: a multitude of themes, techniques and experiences that makes the community vibrant. The 2nd DDHUM is coming in December and promises to be as exciting as the first one. By the way, the Call for Papers is open.

My colleague Maria Zulmira Castanheira and I contributed with a short reflection on the Anglophone Travelers in Portugal (pp. 129-137). We claimed that, while we explored from a critical digital humanities perspective the CETAPS database of nearly 200 travel accounts written between the 17th and 20th century, five sources uncertainty became evident.

  • The toponymic and semantic sources of ambiguity required us to develop a strong understanding of data as an artifact or capta
  • Digital humanities open doors to enhanced interactivity (for instance, web applications) but require thoughtful, parsimonious solutions to express complexity which raises issues related to minimal computing
  • Critical Digital Humanities helped to understand that communicating foreign perspectives may impact the audiences’ understanding of the traveled territory, but also of the travelers as an exogroup, a social category built on stereotyped views
  • Critical Digital Humanities allowed us to better communicate the entangled nature of traveling and socio-historical circumstances

We are now about to launch a new digital project that materialises our approach. We’ll keep you updated.

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