Digital Cultures & Cultural Analytics

ARQUS Research Focus Forum on Digital Humanities

Digital Culture and Cultural Analytics: ARQUS Research Focus Forum on Digital Humanities

We are pleased to inform you that a large number of researchers have expressed their interest in the call for participation for the ARQUS Research Focus Forum (RFF) on Digital Humanities, which is to be held in Leipzig from June 15-17. Based on the respective disciplinary backgrounds and specific research interests, I am pleased to present a first preliminary program of the event.

June 15th, 2022 (Wednesday)
@ Felix Klein Hörsaal, P501 (Augustusplatz 10, 04109 Leipzig) 

15:00 – 15:30
Welcoming and housekeeping (Manuel Burghardt)

15:30 – 17:00
Keynote “Exploring our Digital Past: Web Archive Analytics” (Martin Potthast)

June 16th, 2022 (Thursday)
@ Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, Veranstaltungssaal (Karl-Tauchnitz-Str. 1, 04107 Leipzig) 

9:00 – 10:30

  • Breaking the News: A Corpus Linguistics Approach to the Media Discourse on Vaccines (Adrián Castro, Javier Morillas Arques and Nuria Llorente)
  • The Struggle for the Past in Brazil’s YouTube History Channels (Bruno Ribeiro Oliveira)
  • Global Opportunities, Local Consequences: Geopolitics in Hacker Discussion Forums on the Internet (Justina Mandravickaitė)
  • Digitization and computer based analysis of informal Lithuanian youth press (Aušra Kairaitytė-Užupė, Vytautas Rudžionis and Egidija Kiskina)
  • The material, spatial and sensorial: more-than-representational approaches to urban outdoor electoral campaigning (Jurate Kavaliauskaite)

  • The Effect of Problematic Social Media Use on Happiness among Adolescents: The Mediating Role of Lifestyle Habits (Jiewen Zhang)
  • The role of digital transformation in enhancing organizational resilience through organizational learning and innovation (Jehaan Awad)
  • Digitalization and sustainability in the Fashion Industry (Richard Aníbal Saballos Gómez)
  • How digital humanism designing digital future with human values (Jo Joseph)

  • Digital Humanities and the Ancient World (Monica Berti)
  • Digital Editions of Historical Sources in GAMS (Christopher Pollin)

  • Soviet Medical Imagery (Natalija Arlauskaite)

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30

  • Mapping transnational media geographies – historical perspectives (Antje Dietze)
  • Mapping Balkan – Southeast European Studies (Dorian Jano)
  • Emplotting plots in early modern comedy: a visual approach (Rocco Coronato)
  • Spatial Semantics of Geography in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Ninja Steinbach-Hüther) 

  • Linking Cultural Data in the new DIKUSA project (Franziska Naether) 
  • PUDEL – a Publication Service for Academic Data Models and Vocabularies in the Making (Franziska Naether, Anja Becker, Cecilia Graiff) 
  • Digital synergies between research and teaching @ MobiLab (Federico Mazzini)
  • Digital History crowdsourcing projects: Participatory approaches and public activities (Lidia Bocanegra Barbecho)
  • Critical Making as DH Paradigm (Astrid Ensslin)
  • Digital Humanities Labs: Projects and programs at Medialab UGR (Esteban Romero-Frías)

Lunch break

14:00 – 15:00
Wrap-up discussion on shared topics and potential collaboration opportunities

Coffee break

15:30 – 18:00
Hands-on tutorial “Text Analysis and Visualization” (Silvia Gutiérrez)

June 17th, 2022  (Friday)
@ Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, Veranstaltungssaal (Karl-Tauchnitz-Str. 1, 04107 Leipzig) 

9:00 – 9:30
Summary of presentations / discussions so far (Manuel Burghardt)

9:30 – 10:00
Presentation on current EU funding opportunities (Gerhard Fuchs)

Coffee break

10:30 – 12:00
Project workshop: discussion of concrete ideas / groups for projects

12:00 – 12:15
Closing of the ARQUS RFF on DH (Manuel Burghardt)

One of the main goals of the RFF is to enable various ARQUS researchers from the field of digital humanities to get to know each other better. A shared interest of all participants will be  a fundamental interest in different phenomena of digital culture and in computer-based methods for the analysis of cultural data (cultural analytics).

During the RFF, the participants will briefly present their own research in thematic workshops on the basis of a current or planned research project. We will send you more detailed information on the duration of these short presentations as soon as it is clear how many participants are actually planning to give a talk.

In addition to these presentations, each of which will be discussed in smaller working groups, there will also be a keynote given by Prof. Martin Potthast (Text Mining and Information Retrieval, Leipzig University) on „Exploring our Digital Past: Web Archive Analytics“. Furthermore, we will offer a hands-on tutorial in „Text Analysis and Visualization with R“.

Since we also want to use the RFF to develop joint research perspectives and explore cooperation opportunities, there will also be a presentation with an overview of current EU funding opportunities for such international cooperation projects.

Attending the RFF is free of charge. For travel bursaries ask your local ARQUS contact person. Please note that we are planning the event as a live event at Leipzig University (Augustusplatz 10, 04109 Leipzig), there will be no virtual participation.

If you are planning to join the ARQUS RFF on Digital Humanities in Leipzig, please register here until May 6th, 2022. We will ask you to provide a preliminary title for your project presentation and to indicate if you plan to attend the hands-on tutorial.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Leipzig in June! In case you have any organizational questions, please reach out to

All the best,

Manuel Burghardt & Vera Piontkowitz