Digital HumanitiesHeidelberg Center for Digital Humanities (HCDH)

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Working with digital data and thus the changes in thinking and research in the humanities is a now constant part of the Digital Humanities. Clearly defining and framing it alone is a major challenge due to its highly dynamic nature. The HCDH makes its contribution by providing sustainable support along the key areas of Digital Heritage and Digital Linguistics as well as related research areas and topics together with the service partners in the field. In addition, the aspect of digitality as an overarching theme represents a core topic in the engagement with the Digital Humanities at HCDH. The center strives for far-reaching networking, designs joint events and offers funding measures for innovative projects. On the one hand, this enables the best possible advancement of research in the focus topics and, on the other hand, to consolidate the basic competencies in the DH in Heidelberg.

The center was founded at the end of November 2022 as a result of the initiative of the Research Council of the Field of Focus 3 and the resulting "Heidelberg Forum Digital Humanities (HFDH)". It was constituted in December 2020 as an association and representation of interests of the existing institutions and projects.

The HCDH is staffed by the managing director, an interdisciplinary board, and the center's management. It offers facilitation of various services and invites participation in a working group for researchers, through which new developments in the Digital Humanities can directly inform strategy development.

Members of the University may apply for membership in the Center at any time by contacting the Executive Office.

All applications for funding from the Excellence Strategy for Digital Humanities projects will also be directed to the HCDH management. A central criterion of incoming applications should be the aspects of interdisciplinarity and sustainability in the field of data management and implementation as a best practice example for future projects. Thematically, the topics of Digital Heritage and Digital Linguistics are particularly encouraged. Applications with the overarching theme of 'Digitality' are also possible.

Scientific coordination
Dr. Florian Nieser