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

Seminar 5. Dealing with Data: On Historical and Current Practices Surrounding the Management of Information

  • Online event via Zoom
  • Date: Mar 22, 2021
  • Time: 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • 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 and resources.

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 second seminar of this year, we have invited three speakers to reflect on how digital technologies have changed approaches to the acquirement and management of information about the past and present; what impact the changing dynamic between the analogue and digital manifestation of this information has on their working practices; and how the digital format affected their use and 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.

Anja-Silvia Goeing, Professor at the University of Zürich and Associate in the History Department at Harvard University; Douglas McCarthy, Collections Engagement Manager, Europeana Foundation; Carlotta Paltrinieri, Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome / Senior Researcher at 'Towards a National Collection'

For participation via Zoom, please register HERE.

Scientific Organization: Sietske Fransen & Oscar Seip

* Future seminars in this series will take place on 16 April and 14 May. More information on these events, including details on themes, speakers, and how to register will be announced soon.

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