"Digital Humanities and Textual Scholarship"

A seminar for PhD students within the fields of the Humanities, Law and Theology. The seminar is free of charge, and travel expenses, will be covered. 

Photo: Jarli&Jorgan/UiO

How to participate

Theme - Program - Practical information - Questions


As digital technologies are rapidly developing, so are scholarly tools of textual analysis. What opportunities and challenges does this present to scholars researching the composition, editing, transmission, and reception of texts? What is the future likely to bring in terms of new tools and methods, and how will this affect both our research questions and ways of conducting our research? This seminar will showcase a wide range of tools and approaches to textual scholarship that employ new technological solutions and breakthroughs. A wide range of national and international experts will give presentations of tools, developments, and projects with major digital humanities components. Participants will be able to discuss opportunities and challenges related to the field of digital humanities in general, as well as important issues related to the rapidly changing landscape of scholarly publication.

Moreover, as in all ATTR seminars, all participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their ongoing doctoral dissertation work with each other in groups. It should be noted, that the dissertation chapters and projects discussed in these sessions need only be related to the overall theme of the ATTR research school, and not necessarily to the theme of this particular seminar.

This seminar presents a wonderful opportunity to make connections across disciplinary and national borders, and it is guaranteed to bring new Insights.


The program at a glance (.pdf). NB This program may be subject to smaller changes.

Practical information

  • Registration is binding, provided that you are admitted. 
  • Before the application deadline, make sure that you have uploaded all necessary attachments:
  • The seminar equals 5 ECTS
  • The seminar is free of charge and most of your expenses (flight tickets, hotel, most meals) will be covered 

Research seminars

Janne Bondi Johannessen, Professor, Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo:

“The Text Laboratory”



Claire Clivaz, Head of Digital Humanities +, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics: 

“The Future of Digital Humanities and Textual Scholarship”



Image of Jens Erland BraarvigJens Braarvig, Professor Emeritus, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo: 

"Biblioteca Polyglotta"




Michael Marx, Research Director of "Corpus Coranicum" at Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften: 

“The history of the Qurʾān as a challenge for digital humanities"




Laura Slaughter, Associate Professor, Centre for Scalable Data Access, Department of Informatics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo:

“Textual Analysis Techniques and Big Data”



Marco BianchiMarco Bianchi, Senior Lecturer, Department of Scandinavian Languages, Uppsala University:
"Digitising the Digitised: ‘Everlasting Runes’ and the Scandinavian Runic Text Database"


Eivind Røssaak, The National Library of Norway:

"Infrastructural Machines: DH, digitization, and the New dispositif"




Lars Johnsen, The National Library of Norway:

"Distant Reading at the Library: Analysis and Comparison of Books and Newspapers from the Digital Collections"


Jana Sverdljuk and Lars Johnsen, The National Library of Norway:

"Tapping into the Archetypes: Digital Analysis of Popular Books Readership" 



Ellen Wiger, The National Library of Norway:

"Bokselskap.no - A Website for Digital Editions"


Jens-Morten Hanssen, The National Library of Norway:

"Ibsen, Bjørnson, and Bibliographic Data Analysis"



Trond Haugen, The National Library of Norway:

"Sex-Mining the Digital Bookshelf: A Digital Analysis of Literary Intercourse in Norway 1950-1970"



Digital humaniora at the National Library

Excursion to the National Library: An exploration of the Digital Research Infrastructure at the National Library of Norway, with lecutres and presentations from the researchers at the Library's laboratory for digital humaniora.




PhD seminars

Seminar guide (.pdf) 

Central to all ATTR seminars and summer schools are the PhD fellows’ own presentations of papers based on their dissertation work, with prepared responses by other PhD fellows. 

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of ATTR, the focus of the discussions will be primarily on methodological matters and interdisciplinary insights.

The PhD seminars are important means to the ATTR learning goals:

  • Writing and presentation skills: The seminars aim not only at providing a setting for constructive discussions relating to thesis work, but also at preparing the candidates for life after their dissertations. ATTR thus aims to hone students’ presentation and writing skills, skills that may be useful for development of research projects for which funding can be sought from, e.g., ERC and RCN.
  • Methodology: The objective of ATTR is to create a venue where interpretive methodologies can be critically discussed, evaluated, and developed, so as to broaden the candidates’ perspectives and heighten the quality of their analyses.
  • Networking: In all its activities, the creation of an interdisciplinary network of young scholars in order to ensure the highest possible academic quality of PhD education is a central goal of ATTR.


Please contact the ATTR Head of Administration / Leonora O. Bergsjø.


Published Oct. 29, 2019 11:02 AM - Last modified Dec. 8, 2020 2:06 PM