Conference: Digital models in humanities research

The conference was held on Monday, October 3rd, 2022, at H.C. Andersen Hotel in Odense.

News: You can now listen to some of the presenters from the conference in It-vest's podcast series. You will find the new episodes related to the conference here:

900 romaner og tusindvis af potteskår – digitale modeller i humaniora
Satanisme, pizzaer og tonsvis af tweets – digitale værktøjer i humaniora

About the conference: 

It-vest and DIGHUMLAB invited you to a conference about digital models in humanities. 

Humanities has always existed in the interplay between the descriptive and the prescriptive. This interplay becomes even more pertinent with the growing popularity of digital models in humanities. Some researchers adopt computational techniques to create digital models of socio-cultural and historical phenomena, while other researchers point to the necessity of assessing the aims and assumptions of computational techniques to (re-)formulate digital models for understanding socio-cultural and historical phenomena. In this conference, leading researchers discussed the role of digital models in the humanities and its consequences for applications of computational techniques in humanities research.


Welcome and keynote

10 o'clock to 10:55 o'clock

Welcome and introduction to the conference
with Associate Professor Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo, from Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University.

Interfacing Digital Models in Interdisciplinary Research; keynote (online)

with Professor Andreas Roepstorff, from Department of Culture and Society, Interacting Minds Centre, at Aarhus University. 
Watch his presentation (coming soon) 

Part 1: How to use digital technology in research

10:55 o'clock to 12:30 o'clock

This session contains short reflective presentations with examples, which are discussed in plenary.

Understanding literary preferences and impact
with Professor Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, from School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University.
Watch his presentation 

Practices versus modelling: Community detection in network analysis
with Research Assistant Mathieu Jacomy, from Department of Culture and Learning at Aalborg University. 
Watch his presentation

The lure of artificial worlds - what can ABM do for you
with Postdoc Iza Romanowska, from Institute of Advanced Studies at University of Aarhus, and Barcelona  Supercomputing Center, Spain.
Watch her presentation 



From 12:30 o'clock to 13:30 o'clock, lunch will be served in the restaurant.

Thinking with and about automated persuasion; keynote

13:30 o'clock to 14:15 o'clock

with Professor Sine Nørholm Just, from Department of Communication and Arts at Roskilde University
Watch her presentation 


Part 2: Digital representation of the object

14:15 o'clock to 15:30 o'clock

Modeling the Danish cultural information space during Covid-19
with Assistant Professor Rebekah Baglini, Department of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University
Watch her presentation

Distant Reading a 17th Century Private Library
with PhD Lucie Duggan, Department of Culture Science at University of Southern Denmark
Watch her presentation (coming soon) 

Break and refreshments

Practises of practise Viking Age Textiles - between Crafts People and Digital Tools
with Head of Center Eva Birgitta Andersson Strand, SAXO Institut, at University of Copenhagen, and MA student Sofie Louise Grue Husted Andersen, University of Copenhagen
Watch their presentation  (This presentation does not include all animations shown at the conference. Please contact Sofie Louise Grue Husted Andersen if you would like to see the full presentation.)

Making sense of 900 novels (This presentation was cancelled due to illness) 
with Associate Professor Jens Bjerring-Hansen, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at University of Copenhagen

Modelling Informal Culture - Hobbits, Conspiracy Theories and K-pop; keynote

15:30 o'clock to 16:20 o'clock

with Professor, Timothy Tangherlini, Danish litterature and culture at University of California, Berkeley, USA
Watch his presentation 

Conference wrape up

16:20 o'clock to 16:30 o'clock

with Associate Professor, Kristoffer Laigaard Nielbo, from Department of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, and 

Michael E. Caspersen, director of It-vest – networking universities 
Watch his presentation 


16:30 o'clock to 17:30 o'clock

Reception and network. There will be tapas and bubbles served.


The conference was aimed at employees and PhD students at the humanities departments at universities in Denmark and other interested parties.


At this conference, leading researchers will discuss the role of digital models in the humanities and its consequences for applications of computational techniques in humanities research.


Behind the conference were It-vest - networking universities and DIGHUMLAB

Photography and video

Photos were taken at the event. Due to the GDPR rules, we must state that images may be used in mention of and the PR for the conference. 

H.C. Andersen Hotel where the conference took place



This page was last edited October 4, 2022.