Digital Humanities

The EPHE, an erudite center of excellence, is fully committed to the digital revolution. “Big data” and innovational Social Sciences and Humanities-related data analysis and publication technologies offer groundbreaking opportunities. They require highly complex human data to be prepared and organized in a much more nuanced and technical manner than in the past, and this is where the EPHE has a major role to play.

Its digital humanities program is structured around four main components (research, training, heritage, publications). It is managed by a project coordinator who runs a collective reflection workshop. Approximately forty highly-diverse projects (Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Far East, linguistics, archaeology, history of art) are currently implemented and frequently include national and international partnerships.

We work, in particular, with:

  • the Equipex Biblissima (expert team) led by the Campus Condorcet and directed by Anne-Marie Turcan Verkerk;
  • the CHArt (human and artificial cognitions) laboratory, EPHE host research team and Paris 8 University;
  • Hastec LabEx, axis 7 “cultures savantes numériques” (digital learned cultures), led by the EPHE and directed by Philippe Hoffmann;
  • e-philologie, a PSL research teaching project, in close cooperation with the EHESS, the ENC, the ENS and the EPHE, currently coordinated by Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra;
  • humanum EPHE, the digital humanities program.

The EPHE is deeply involved in digital technologies education. As part of the EEMA (European, Mediterranean and Asian Studies) Master’s Degree, an introductory seminar in digital humanities must be followed by students. Masters and doctoral students as well as faculty members have the opportunity to develop a wide range of technical skills: Python, LateX, R and statistics, geographical information systems, automatic image analysis, SQL, and may participate in the manuSciences summer school.