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Summer School UNIL EPFL : Digital Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The dhCenter UNIL-EPFL co-organize with the University of Lausanne (UNIL) Faculty of Arts, the Doctoral Program in Digital Studies (PDEN) and with the College of Humanities (EPFL) a four-day summer school.

This summer school on “Digital Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences” aims at introducing undergraduate and postgraduate/researchers to a range of digital methods that are currently applied in the humanities and social sciences. Data will be viewed from different (but inextricably interconnected) perspectives, notably (a) preparation and architecture/infrastructure, (b) data treatment/analysis, and (c) societal impact and outreach. In the course of the summer school, all of these aspects will be paid attention to, both with regard to application and critical assessment. This will be done in the form of lectures with Q&A and hands-on work in interactive workshops.


Learning objectives

At the end of the course:

  • The participants will be introduced to and familiarised with a wide range of different digital methods that are currently applied in the humanities and social sciences;
  • The participants will learn to apply digital methods to different/new disciplines in the interactive workshops. In that, they learn to approach data in new and dynamic ways;
  • The participants will be made aware of and sensitised to the existence of different perspectives on data, notably (a) preparation and architecture/infrastructure, (b) data treatment/analysis, and (c) societal impact and outreach.
  • The participants will learn technical skills and how to work with different types of data, e.g. multimodal, editions, historical documents, music, etc.
  • Critical thinking regarding digital humanities will also be stimulated through exercises that will be presented in the welcome session and discussed in the closing session of the summer school.
  • Participants will attend lectures and interactive tutorials delivered by well-known and emerging experts in the fields of digital humanities and a range of disciplines that employ digital methods. The summer school will provide an excellent opportunity to meet researchers in the field, to network with the participants and to develop best practices. Participants will be able to gain a range of theoretical and practical skills that they can apply to their own research field and specialised data.





June 29 – July 2, 2021 (welcome apéro on June 28 in the evening)


For whom

Undergraduate and postgraduate students/researchers from the humanities and social sciences with an interest in applying and critically assessing digital methods in their respective disciplines.


How much

CHF 200.- or CHF 50.- if shifted online



3 ECTS, Certificate of Attendance delivered






Applications are open until April 30, 2021.

During the online registration process, applicants are asked to provide a motivation letter (max. 2 pages), a CV, as well as a one-page abstract of your research project (if applicable).

Your motivation letter must comprise the following information:

– Your motivations

– An overview of your experience with different (a) data, (b) digital methods, (c) software/tools

Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. As far as possible, applicants will be notified of acceptance within 2 weeks, but at the latest by May 5th, 2021.



Due to ongoing Covid-related uncertainties (travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, etc.), the organisers of the summer school will review the situation on 31 March 2021 and will decide then if the summer school will take place on campus or online. In case the online format has to be chosen, we will make sure to maximise the interactive and joyful atmosphere of the event.


View more details on the summer school website.


From: 29 Jun, 2021
To: 2 Jul, 2021
Organizer: UNIL Faculty of Arts, dhCenter UNIL-EPFL, EPFL College of Humanities, PDEN (UNIL)
Languages: English
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