'Sound Matters': an Exploratory Workshop into Sound and the Digital Humanities

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We are delighted to announce a workshop on Friday 26th August, 10am-5 pm, to be held at the Sterrewacht building at Leiden University, Sterrewachtlaan 11, C 005.

The Digital Humanities are flourishing, but they are still largely focussed on textual and visual objects. These are objects of sight, but a significant portion of human life is experienced through sound – in our day to day communication, in the music that we listen to, in the soundscapes of urban and rural life.

  • How can Digital Humanities help us to reconstruct phonic properties?
  • How can the inclusion and embedding of phonic properties be properly represented for textual, visual and other kinds of content in our digital working methods and in our outputs?
  • How can the Digital Humanities lead to new ways of incorporating phonic data in our research?
  • How can the multimedia aspect of human experience, e.g. the combination of visual, auditory, and cognitively embodied experience, be properly understood and studied within the Digital Humanities?


10:00-10:15 coffee

10:15-10:20: Tazuko van Berkel: Opening and Welcome

10:20-10:35 Check-in

10:35-10:45 Antje Wessels: Introductory Remarks

10:45-11:25 Marcel Cobussen: On Sonic Materialism

11:25-11:30 coffee pit-stop

11:30-12:10 João Carlos Santos: Meaning and Expression in Historical Theories of Delivery

12:10-13:45 lunch break

13:45-14:05: Matthew Payne & Luuk Nolden: Welcome back for the afternoon session & A brief introduction to the Automated Latin Scansion Tool

14:05-14:45 Alessandro Vatri: Introducing Diorisis Scan

14:45-15:05 coffee break

15:05-15:45 Alie Lassche: Semantic halo in European poetry: the relationship between poetic meter and meaning

15:45-15:50 coffee pit-stop

15:50-16:30 Wouter Haverals: Forgotten rhythms. A computer-aided reconstruction of the rhythm of medieval Dutch poetry.

16:30-17:00 final discussion: Where do we go from here?

17:15-18:15 drinks


The abstracts for the talks at the workshop can be found here: https://soundmattersleiden.wordpress.com/

To register for the workshop, please send an email to Iris van Kuijk, i.a.e.van.kuijk@hum.leidenuniv.nl by Friday 19th August. For any other enquiries, please email a.b.wessels@hum.leidenuniv.nl