Uni Salzburg: Digitalisation in the Humanities, Social and Cultural Sciences (HSC)

Eight Digital Humanities projects at the PLUS funded by the state of Salzburg

“Particularly in the humanities, social and cultural sciences (HSC), digitalisation offers many opportunities to prepare content digitally and make it accessible to researchers and the wider world,” emphasises Nicola Hüsing, Vice Rector for Research and Sustainability. The question of how digital technologies can contribute to strengthening social values and positively shaping the future is particularly rewarding, says Hüsing.

Province to fund projects with 2 million euros

Especially in Salzburg, as an internationally recognised hub for art and culture, the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies provide important, profile-building inspiration for the further development of culture, society and the economy. For this reason, the State of Salzburg, in coordination with the University, has announced the new “Digital Humanities” funding programme. Over a period of three years, the state of Salzburg will provide almost two million euros in funding.

“The aim of the overarching “Digital Humanities” funding programme is to combine the “classical” humanities with digitalisation and to support young researchers at the PLUS. Key academic successes are based on discipline-specific expertise available and combined with the necessary digital expertise. The eight winning projects shown today represent how we picture the interdisciplinary research of the future. With the state funding of almost two million euros, we are supporting the winning teams in contributing with their projects to scientific progress and to the international visibility of Salzburg as a centre for science. My department is also providing significant support for the new Faculty of Digitalisation (DAS) with five million euros over five years. This will strengthen Salzburg’s academic profile and make its institutions internationally attractive,” emphasises Provincial Councillor Andrea Klambauer.

Eight interdisciplinary projects receive funding approval

At the end of October, the first grants were awarded in a competitive, two-stage selection process. Eight PLUS interdisciplinary projects were awarded funding following the jury’s evaluation. Here is a brief summary of the winning projects:

cht Projekte der Digital Humanities

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nicola Hüsing

Vice Rector for Research and Sustainability

Paris Lodron University of Salzburg

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