The DH Summer school is organized in three types of modules: courses, workshops, and unconference. In addition, there will be a participant project slam and a social evening.

Each course is 90 minutes long and is completed by a hands-on training workshop or tutorial of 90 min. Course Lecturers are senior scholars of their respective domain.

In addition to the plenary courses, the Summer School offers a selection of 90 min. workshops on various DH topics and tools. Those workshop will take place in parallel sessions.


Six main courses will be given in plenary session:

  • History and Futures of Digital Humanities (S. Schreibman)
  • Digital Textual Editing (E. Pierazzo)
  • Social Knowledge Construction and Creation in Literary Studies Environments (R. Siemens)
  • Critical Digital Humanities (D. Berry)
  • Historical Data Representation and GIS (F. Kaplan)
  • Quantitative research methods and network analysis (C. Lemercier )


We are very pleased to announce that the following scholars (in alphabetical order) have already confirmed their participation as lecturers to the DH Summer School Switzerland:

  • Prof. David Berry

David Berry is Reader in Digital Media at the University of Sussex. Formerly Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at the Swansea University, he is author of The philosophy of software and editor of the recent Understanding Digital Humanities.

  • Prof Frédéric Kaplan

Frédéric Kaplan is Professor for Digital Humanities and Director of the Digital Humanities Lab at the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne. He is author of several books on machine learning and human-machine interactions. A sample of his DH related activities is available via his course blog DH101.

  • Prof. Claire Lemercier

Claire Lemercier is Lecturer in Quantitative History and Historical Sociology at SciencePo Paris and Senior research fellow at the Centre de sociologie des organisation (CNRS).  She also runs a Workshop on Quantitative Methods in History at the EHESS and maintains the dedicated website Quanti IHMC. She is author of various books and articles on Quantitative Methods and Network Analysis.

  • Prof. Elena Pierazzo

Elena Pierazzo is Lecturer in Digital Humanities at King’s College London and program director of King’s College’s Master in Digital Humanities. She is also chair of the TEI Manuscripts special interest group.

  • Prof. Susan Schreibman

Susan Schreibman is Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities at the Trinity College Dublin. She is co-editor of Blackwell’s Companion to Digital Humanities and Companion to Digital Literary Studies, as well as founding editor of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative.

  • Prof. Ray Siemens

Ray Siemens is Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria (CA), as well as director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. He is co-editor of several books about Digital Humanities, among them the Blackwell’s Companion to Digital Humanities and Companion to Digital Literary Studies.



In addition to the workshops/tutorials given by the lecturers on a topic related to their courses, the following workshops/tutorials will take place in parallel sessions:

  • Historical Sources Criticism in the Digital Age (Pascal Föhr, Basel University)
  • Introduction to Network Visualisation with GEPHI (Martin Grandjean, Lausanne University)
  • Multimedia Literacies and SALSAH (Claire Clivaz, Lausanne University & Lukas Rosenthaler, Basel University)
  • Interpretation of Digital Records: The Swiss Federal Archives’ case (Guido Koller, Swiss Federal Archives)
  • TEI and Musicology (Laurent Pugin & Claudio Bacciagaluppi, Bern University)
  • Zotero and Citation Management Softwares (Nicolas Chachereau, Lausanne University)
  • Digital Humanities: Critical Approaches in Digital Humanities (David Berry, Swansea University)
  • Text Analysis with online Tools (Susan Schreibman, Trinity College Dublin)
  • From Sources to Databases: Data extraction out of  Humanistic Sources (Claire Lemercier, SciencePo)
  • Collaborative Work Practices in the Digital Humanities (Lynne Siemens, Victoria University)
  • Semantic modelling for the humanities : RDF and beyond (Frédéric Kaplan, EPFL)


To give every participant the opportunity to actively contribute to the discussions and to interact with the lecturers, the two last sessions of the Summer School (Saturday 9h-12h30) will be dedicated to an unconference. In compliance with the unconference principles, session topics will be decided democratically in a plenary session on Friday 28 June (See Schedule).