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Seminar: Doing digital in the humanities | Workshop: Hands on Humanities Hacking

  • Southbank Campus 226 Grey Street South Brisbane, QLD, 4101 Australia (map)

The Griffith Social and Behavioural Research College, in collaboration with the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research invites researchers and doctoral candidates from all disciplines across the university to attend this seminar and worksho.

The Seminar

Doing digital in the humanities
In a typical week I might build a website, play around with computer vision technology, write a blog post, reverse engineer the database of a cultural institution, or harvest 10,000 ASIO files – and I’m a historian. In this seminar I want explore some of the possibilities of digital research in the humanities. By working through a few of my recent projects and obsessions, I hope to show how digital tools and techniques can extend your current research practices, enabling you to ask different questions and find new connections.

The Workshop

Hands on Humanities Hacking
The best way to learn about digital tools in the humanities is to start playing with them. In this hands-on workshop we’ll be investigating a variety of digital research techniques including text analysis, computer vision, and data visualisation. We’ll find out how to harvest thousands of newspaper articles from Trove, find faces in a photo, and scrape data from a website. You’ll come away with many practical hints and new possibilities to explore.

The Presenter

Tim Sherratt is a historian and hacker who researches the possibilities and politics of digital cultural collections. Tim has worked across the cultural heritage sector and has been developing online resources relating to libraries, archives, museums and history since 1993. His creations include useful things like QueryPic, strange things like the Vintage Face Depot, and important things like The Real Face of White Australia. He’s currently Associate Professor of Digital Heritage at the University of Canberra. You can find him at or as @wragge on Twitter.


Places are limited and registration to attend is essential. The allocation of places will be confirmed by email to registrants. 

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