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MA in Digital Humanities at King’s College London

  • The MA in Digital Humanities is one of the leading programmes of its kind, housed in one of the field’s largest and most prestigious departments. A 180-credit postgraduate programme leading to a Master of Arts qualification, it combines theory and practice informed by a wide array of humanities subjects, focusing on their nexus with digital scholarship and research, and the new questions that arise as a result.
  • All the Department’s teaching is research-led. In 2014, King’s College London was ranked 16th in the world in the QS World University Rankings of the top 800 global Higher Education institutions. The Department of Digital Humanities in a joint submission with the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries performed very strongly in the 2014 Research Exercise Framework (REF), ranking 1st in the country according to the research ‘power’ metric under the ’36 – Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management’ unit of assessment. As a student, you will be part of a dynamic and world-leading research department.
  • DDH enjoys close links and collaborations with other faculties and departments in humanities domains such as English, History and Classics, Culture, Media and Creative Industries, and also with departments such as Informatics. DDH works closely with the King’s Cultural Institute to connect and partner with cultural institutions in London and elsewhere.
  • The Department is located in the heart of London’s historic West End, amid the UK’s leading galleries, museums and theatres. The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery are within easy walking distance, as is the British Museum (all of which offer free general admission), the Petrie Museum, and the British Library, which students in the Department may apply to join as Readers free of charge.
  • Students may study for one year full-time or two years part-time. The degree is structured as an intensive process of preparation for further professional development, or for further postgraduate study. A compulsory core module provides a solid basis for understanding the field’s theory and practice: Introduction to Digital Humanities provides an overview of the intellectual and practical issues of applying digital methods to humanities material. Students choose four optional modules from a varied selection, spanning areas including Digital Arts and Culture, Cultural Heritage, Visualization and Web Technologies. Modules include Digital Publishing; Open Source, Open Access, Open Culture; Web Technologies; Communication and Consumption of Cultural Heritage; Maps, Apps and the GeoWeb: Introduction to the Spatial Humanities. No previous experience of coding or qualifications in computer science are necessary.​
  • Students will also undertake independent research via the dissertation with the supervision of leading practitioners from the Department.
  • King’s offers a range of funding opportunities, including Postgraduate Scholarships for UK/EU students and President’s Scholarships for Overseas students.

Book Launch: Digital Asset Ecosystems – Rethinking Crowds and Clouds

You are invited to a Book Launch:

Digital Asset Ecosystems – Rethinking Crowds and Clouds

Tobias Blanke, Senior Lecturer, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London

25th November, KCL, London, 6-8pm

Anatomy Museum, King’s Building, K6.29, King’s College London
Strand, London WC2R 2LS


You are invited to a book launch for Tobias Blanke’s “Digital Asset Ecosystems – Rethinking Crowds and Clouds”

As a part of the event, DDH will host a seminar-discussion about the book, led by:

· Professor Sheila Anderson, Professor of e-Research, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London: Sheila has published on data and information management and preservation, digital research repositories and the application of e-Science technologies for arts and humanities research.

· Professor Ben O’Loughlin, Professor of International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London: Ben is co-director of the New Political Communication Unit and Co-Editor of the Sage journal Media, War & Conflict. Ben’s expertise is in the field of international political communication. Through a number of projects, books and articles he has explored how politics and security are changing in the new media ecology.

· Dr Claudia Aradau, Reader in International Politics, Department of War Studies, King’s College London: Claudia’s research has explored security practices globally and has critically interrogated their political effects. She is the editor of Security Dialogue and has published widely on critical security studies, risk and has recently worked on crowds and the datafication of security.

Refreshments will be provided.


About the book and author:

Digital asset management is undergoing a fundamental transformation. Near universal availability of high-quality web-based assets makes it important to pay attention to the new world of digital ecosystems and what it means for managing, using and publishing digital assets. This new book by KCL Senior Lecturer Tobias Blanke, entitled “The Ecosystem of Digital Assets” reflects on these developments and what the emerging ‘web of things’ could mean for digital assets. It looks to the future of digital asset management, focussing on the next generation web, and includes up-to date developments in the field, crowd sourcing, and cloud services.

Tobias Blanke, the author, has a background in philosophy and computer science, and is currently is director of the MA in Digital Asset and Media Management for DDH. He leads several DH projects including ones involving open-source optical character recognition, open linked data, and scholarly primitives to document mining and information extraction for research. He is one of the directors of the Digital Research Infrastructure for Arts and Humanities (DARIAH), a European initiative to create an integrated research infrastructure for arts, humanities and culture heritage data, and leads research work for EHRC, an pan-European consortium to build a European Holocaust Research Infrastructure.

Seminar: Text Mining for Digital Humanities

Text Mining for Digital Humanities

Professor Timo Honkela (presented by Tuula Pääkkönen)
National Library of Finland, Helsinki
Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 6.00 pm
Anatomy Museum, Strand Building 6th Floor,
King’s College London, Strand London WC2R 2LS
With the increased availability of texts in electronic form, text mining has become commonplace as an attempt to extract interesting, relevant and/or novel information from text collections in an automatic or a semi-automatic manner. Text mining tasks include, for example, categorization, clustering, topic modelling, named entity recognition, taxonomy and conceptual model creation, sentiment analysis, and document summarization. The majority of text mining research has focused on corpora that have been born digital. However, for humanities and social sciences, the digitisation and analysis of originally printed or handwritten documents is essential. These documents may contain even a large proportion of OCR errors which has to be taken into account in the subsequent analytical processes. In this presentation, text mining of historical documents is discussed in some detail. Attention is paid to the  methodological challenges caused by the noisy data, and to the future possibilities related to multilinguality and context-sensitive analysis of large collections.
From the beginning of 2014, professor Timo Honkela works at the Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki, and the National Library of Finland, Center for Preservation and Digitisation in the area of digital humanities. Before this he was the head of the Computational Cognitive Systems research group at Aalto University School of Science. With close to 200 scientific publications, Honkela has a long experience in applying statistical machine learning methods for modeling linguistic and socio-cognitive phenomena. Specific examples include leading the development of the GICA method for analyzing subjectivity of understanding, an initiating role in the development of the Websom method for visual information retrieval and text mining, and collaboration with professor George Legrady in creating Pockets Full of Memories, an interactive museum installation. Lesser known work include statistical analysis of Shakespeare’s sonnets, historical interviews, and climate conference talks, and analysis of philosophical and religious conceptions.
(Unfortunately, at the last minute Prof Honkela finds himself unable to be with us for his presentation.  Thus, it will instead be given by his colleague Tuula Pääkkönen).