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Distinguished scholars and librarians share insights on digital humanities

30 Oct 2013

Professor Anne Balsamo delivers a keynote speech
Professor Anne Balsamo delivers a keynote speech

The Faculty of Arts and the University Library co-organised a Conference on Digital Humanities on 24 October with the support of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities. The conference was attended by around 100 participants, mainly faculty members and librarians from local universities.

The major purpose of the conference was to attract attention and initiate discussions about Digital Humanities, which is an emerging movement in research and teaching whereby digital technologies serve as research tools, facilitate community building and information sharing, and help yield new findings. This interdisciplinary movement has generated enthusiasm across diverse academic areas such as arts, communication, computer science, education, and social sciences, due to interest in new media, coding and web design, and research and instructional technology.

Professor Franklin Luk, Acting President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Douglas Robinson, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and Mr. Andy Lee, Vice-President (Administration) and Secretary, officiated at the opening ceremony.

The keynote speaker was Professor Anne Balsamo, Dean of the School of Media Studies at the New School in New York City. Through her speech entitled “The Digital Humanities and Cultural Innovation”, Professor Balsamo defined the current roles of Digital Humanities, emphasised inter-disciplinarity and collaboration as a foundation, and touched on the major milestones of this movement. She also explored the impact of Digital Humanities in today’s scholarly world by examining several important Digital Humanities projects that she had been involved in and initiated an in-depth interaction with the audience in the Q&A session.

Other speakers included Mr. Li Haipeng, University Librarian, Professor Christopher Keyes, Professor of Music, Dr. Loretta Kim, Assistant Professor of History, and Ms. Rebekah Wong, Senior Assistant Librarian.