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Python for the digital arts and humanities

Digital Arts and Humanities

Monday, 16 February 2015 at 10:00 - Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 15:00 (GMT)

Python for the digital arts and humanities

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3 Day Python Workshop
Participants are expected to attend all three days.
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Python for digital arts and humanities workshop with Folgert Karsdorp and Mike Kestemont.

16-18 February 2015 at the National University of Ireland Maynooth

Python is a widely used multi-purpose, high-level programming language that has applications across a variety of subject domains including digital arts and humanities. Its popularity is due to its ability to support multiple programming paradigms as well as its clear syntax and readability.

At this workshop participants will receive hands on training in Python and will be brought through ‘A Python Course for the Humanities’ online tutorial. However, while attention will be given to some of the text analysis techniques presented in this tutorial, participants will also be given the opportunity to consider some techniques related to digital arts, specifically using Python to analyse artwork.

This three day hands on workshop is aimed at beginners as well as those with some prior knowledge of Python in both the digital arts and digital humanities. In order to tailor the workshop to the needs of participants please complete the short survey before registration - this will help us develop the workshop programme in line with your needs. Please note however, we may not be able to cater to all individual research needs or questions.

Places are limited and will be given on a first come first served basis. Please be advised that beginners to Python must complete some preparatory work before the workshop commences - chapters 1 to 3 and all partipants will be expected to bring a laptop and have all necessary software pre-installed (software requirements tbc).

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact 

A programme for the workshop will be released after registration is complete but will run for 3 days: Monday 16th February (10-4), Tuesday 17th February (10-4), Wednesday (10-3). 

This is currently only available to DAH students and staff.

Bio for Facilitators:

Folgert Karsdorp is a Ph.D candidate at the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam, where he is involved in the Tunes & Tales project. He is affiliated with the Radboud University and the eHumanities Group of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). His research interests lie in computational modeling of language and narratives, natural language processing and machine learning. Folgert Karsdorp has been involved in the development of courses for computational text analysis for Digital Humanities and has been an instructor at various international summer schools.

Mike Kestemont is a postdoctoral research fellow for the Research Foundation of Flanders, currently working at the University of Antwerp in Belgium, as well as a part-time teacher at the Free University of Brussels. His main area of expertise is computational text analysis for historical texts, on which he regularly publishes in various venues, both in the traditional and digital humanities. His award-winning book on computational authorship attribution for medieval literature was one of the first monographs ever published on the Digital Humanities in the Low Countries. He frequently (co-)teaches courses on Digital Humanities and Computational Text Analysis in specific, as a part of the academic curriculum as well as in international summer schools.

Do you have questions about Python for the digital arts and humanities? Contact Digital Arts and Humanities

When & Where

An Foras Feasa
Iontas Building
Maynooth University

Monday, 16 February 2015 at 10:00 - Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 15:00 (GMT)

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Digital Arts and Humanities

DAH is a structured PhD programme and research consortium comprised of five academic partners (Maynooth University, National University of Ireland Galway, the Royal Irish Academy, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork) and one devolved partner, Queen’s University Belfast. We currently have 70 students, at various stages of their PhD research, who are undertaking either a digital humanities or digital arts PhD – there is a list of their research statements on the DAH website (   


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