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Digital Humanities and Digital Communication: New Approaches to Core Questions

Unimore Doctoral Programme in Human Sciences – Summer School 2022
June 6th – 10th, 2022 | MODENA

The 2022 Summer School of the UNIMORE Doctoral Program in Human Sciences will explore how newly emerging AI digital tools are being applied to questions at the core of both the humanities and communication.

The programme combines lectures by invited speakers and workshops where young researchers can present their work and get feedback from the invited speakers. The sessions will include both lectures by prominent researchers and hands-on workshops in which participants will be able to work with a variety of program applications.

The Summer School will be held in presence in Modena, participation is free of charge.


Use of digital tools in the humanities dates back to the early days of computers. As the technology evolved, and as computers began driving communication itself (spoken, written, and visual), researchers increasing applied digital approaches in their quest to understand the multiple channels through which people express themselves. These same tools made possible an explosion of new forms of interaction, from digital classrooms to digital publishing, from online social networks to information instantly accessible online, from free translation tools to sophisticated computer software for identifying authorship.

Underlying many of these developments has been the remarkable progress in artificial intelligence. Deep neural networks, coupled with massive databases, have transformed the level of analysis we can perform, the novel text we can generate, and potential partnerships between humans and computers. While the potential of AI is far-reaching – from powering self-driving cars to predicting the next pandemic – AI-driven programs already touch the lives of all of us as readers, writers, and speakers.

Summer School 2021 – Introductory Video