Seminar Series: Reflections on the Digital Turn in the Humanities and the Sciences

Seminar 3. Emails and Letters: Curating Correspondence in the Digital Age

  • Online event via Zoom
  • Date: Dec 18, 2020
  • Time: 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Location: Online via zoom
  • Host: Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte
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Seminar Series: Reflections on the Digital Turn in the Humanities and the Sciences
In the early modern period, a new visual culture was generated as a result of new media (as a result of the printing press); new tools of observing the world (such as telescopes and microscopes); and new questions about nature and the world. Similarly, one could argue that the current development of digital media (such as the internet, and online publication options) and digital tools (such as online catalogues and databases, or 3D modelling software) has led to new ways of finding answers. This invites reflection on how these modern technologies impact the generation of new questions. In order to examine this, the Max Planck Research Group Visualizing Science in Media Revolutions is organising a series of online seminars that asks researchers, librarians, software developers, curators, archivists, and artists to reflect on the impact that digital media and tools have on their working practices.

In the third and final seminar of this year, we have invited Ruth Ahnert (Queen Mary University of London), Dirk van Miert (University of Utrecht), and Jessica Smith (John Rylands Library, University of Manchester) to reflect on how digital technologies have changed approaches to the discovery, study, and presentation of correspondence; what impact the changing dynamic between the analogue and digital manifestation of the letter has on their working practices; and how this affected questions that are asked or could be asked. The format for this seminar consists of three 10-minute lightning talks, which are followed by questions and discussion.

Speakers: Ruth Ahnert, Queen Mary University of London; Dirk van Miert, University of Utrecht; Jessica Smith, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

For participation via zoom, please register HERE.

Scientific Organization: Sietske Fransen & Oscar Seip

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