Since its beginning in 2009 the European Summer University in Digital Humanities „Culture & Technologies“ features also a public round table discussion or Panel on important topics. This year we will close the Summer University with a panel on Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Other reasons are the questions Amalia S. Levi raised in her keynote given at DHd2022 (see https://www.dhd2022.de/opening-keynote/) with respect to the importance of the physical documents, archives, museums etc. and of savegarding them. Physical documents and sources collected by an NGO like Memorial, which in Russia is now forbidden, come also to mind. Archives like the Stasi Records Archive in Leipzig, which are (at present) not endangered could be seen in the same context. The Global South presents us with many such critical questions. In Yaoundé (Cameroon), where we had the Institute of Digital Humanities French Africa (https://inhunumaf.hypotheses.org/a-propos) there was a heated discussion about the storage of analogue African cultural heritag in France and its non-accessibility. The question of accessibility plays also an important role with respect to the communities which „allowed“ language documentation projects to collect their data.
The focus and interest of the Digital Humanities is understandibly very much directed to the digitisation of cultural heritage (documents, images and sound) and born digital cultural heritage. We might have to make a distinction, however, between digitally born cultural heritage, (research) projects which are based on digitised cultural heritage and digitised cultural heritage as such. While putting the focus with respect to the first and second type of cultural heritage exclusively on saveguarding would seem to be obvious, questions arise when it comes to the third type, i. e. digitised cultural heritage.
Members of the panel (in alphabetical order, without titles)
- Carol Chiodo (Harvard University, USA)
- Sharon Khalifa-Gueta (University of Haifa, Israel)
- Sebastian Majstorovic (Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Austria)
- Emmanuel Ngue Um (University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon)
- Marina Spurina (Latvian Academy of Culture, Riga, Latvia)
- Andrey Volodin (Moscow Lomonosov University, Russian Federation)
Other participants interested in being a panelist should contact Elisabeth.
- Elisabeth Burr (University of Leipzig, Germany): „Introduction / Presentation of panelists“ (5 minutes)
- Short statement by panelists (5 minutes each)
- Discussion among the panelists (ca. 25 minutes)
- Open discussion with the floor (ca. 30 minutes)