Digital humanities for philosophy
a.a.: 2020/2021 - anno di corso: 1
Settore M-FIL/05 - CFU 6 - Semestre - Codice 10589506
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The course addresses the interdisciplinarity emerging from the ongoing dialogue between philosophy and new technologies, and the emerging possibilities for new forms of scholarship, public projects and programs. Beyond course readings we will in fact also critically engage a range of digital tools and resources. Digital tools are effecting nearly every aspect of philosophical work, including but not limited to; collecting, organizing, presenting sources; analyzing and interpreting sources; modes of scholarly and broader public communications.
1. What is the role and contribution of philosophy within the community of Digital Humanities (DH) practices?
2. How the way of doing research and studying philosophy changed with the digital? What are the current ongoing digital projects and tools specifically dedicated and tailored for philosophy?
3. What critical tools emerge to understand the current techno-social system.
The course is organized into two interrelated parts:
1. Introduction to digital humanities and digital tools for research (information literacy). Wiki and open web platforms, text encoding, text analysis and conceptual modelling (XML-TEI, ontologies…), timeline, text visualization (graphs) will be used to practical experience (case study) the relationship between philosophy and computer science. We will explore new analytic methods (tools for text analysis and data visualization) along with work on issues related to interpreting born digital and digitized primary sources.
2. Groundwork from philosophy, history and linguistics will be combined with philosophical primary sources and media studies methodologies, in particular, qualitative analysis, models of knowledge in philosophy and the history of the humanities sampled from major literature will be analyzed. We will read a range of works on designing, interpreting and understanding digital media. Namely: methodologies and sources for the historical-philosophical research (digital archives and libraries, semantic web); Philosophy of information: models and ethical implications (open access and open science).
Given for granted some basic and indispensable goals, namely knowledge and understanding in the field of studies, capability of critical analysis, ability to communicate about what has been learned, skills to undertake further studies with some autonomy. The course intends to develop critical thinking skills and to attain the following specific objectives: the development of digital information skills that allows the students to measure themselves with the speculative peculiarities and the ethical and social implications of digital culture, the exercise critical thinking by elaborating new interpretations of complexity. The goal is to develop the basic literacy and digital skills necessary to evaluate digital scholarship and needed to critically consider the ways to conduct, present and organize information and contents (data) in and for philosophical digital research.
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Discussion of the bibliography with particular attention to the theoretical and terminological notions and digital tools and resources for philosophical research. Presentation, description and discussion of the practical applications (case study) agreed and developed during the course.
1. Matthew K. Gold, Debates in the Digital Humanities, updated October 2019

2. A selection of chapters from: Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, John Unsworth (eds.) 2004. A Companion to Digital Humanities, Oxford, Blackwell:, in particular Part I and II.

3. Patrik Svensson “The Landscape of Digital Humanities”, in DHQ, 2010, volume 4, n.1.

4.  A. Ciula, O. Eide, C. Marras, P. Sahale. "Models and Modelling between Digital and Humanities. Remarks from a Multidisciplinary Perspective". In Historical Social Research/Historische Sozialforschung, vol. 43, n. 4: 343-361.

5. A “course book” edited by the teacher, including a vademecum for the use of digital tools for research, a list of resources and references to guide the development of the case study application, and a selection of articles will be made available in digital format at the beginning of the course.
The course includes both frontal and interactive lessons with group work and practical exercises and applications. Digital devices are required in the classroom (students should have a smartphone, or a tablet, or a laptop).
Orario Lezioni
Lunedì 15.30 - 17.30 (RM052 Aula XI M.M. Olivetti - PIANO TERRA)
Giovedì 16.30 - 18.30 (RM052 Aula XI M.M. Olivetti - PIANO TERRA)
Inizio lezioni: Lunedì 5 Ottobre 2020

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