Humanities in the digital world

Dominique Vinck, from the University of Lausanne, in Switzerland, shared with Externado students the most relevant aspects of his book "Digital Humanities: Culture facing new technologies."

The meeting, organized by the Center for Research and Special Projects – CIPE, was offered by Dominique Vinck, recognized Belgian sociologist of Innovation Sciences, agricultural industries and chemical engineer, Bachelor of Philosophy and PhD in Socio-Economics of Innovation.

Vinck introduced his book, “Digital Humanities: Culture facing new technologies,” focusing on the major debates on the emergence of digital humanities. Here, the author examines critically some of the ideas established in this revolutionary cultural process: the analysis of Digital Humanities as a new civilization and the “dematerialization” of cultural heritage or quantification of humanities.

 “The incorporation of digital revolution may be the means to save the underestimated humanities, in addition to providing greater democratization of knowledge and access to cultural heritage, as well as the dialogue between cultures or as a resource for innovation and economic development,” he stated.

The author mentioned that Digital Humanities also generate fears of what we could lose, such as the extinction of books, the theft of Southern countries’ cultural heritage by Northern countries, imposition of the English hegemony, or the digital gap.

For the speaker, these issues are vitally important for the analysis of the cultural landscape in the 21st century.