Digital Humanities Teaching, 2015-16 (updated)



Asian Studies: Digital Media in India: Religion, Culture, Society seminar course (WAS211; WAS212; WSA321; WAS 324, WED 12-14, 20.1.2016-4.5.2016)

Church History: Kirjahistorian perusteet (KH260A)

Church History: Kirjahistorian lähteet ja metodit (KH260B)


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In 2015-16 we will pilot a Digital Humanities 25-credit minor subject study block at the Faculty of Arts for those University of Helsinki students who have completed their bachelor’s degree.

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For an earlier post about the Digital Humanities minor subject study block see:

You can find DIGIHUM also in Weboodi. Registration to some of the courses (including mandatory “Introduction to digital humanities”, 28.10-11.12.2015) has already begun:

Digitaalinen humanismi, 2015-16 

The optional courses listed in Weboodi can be supplemented, below is an updated listing of possible courses.  Of new courses added to the list, note especially ”Avoin digitaalinen kulttuuriperintö” and “Digihumanismi ja tekstiaineistot” that have been particularly designed with the Digital Humanities Teaching module in mind. Also other new courses are listed! If you note that something is missing and should be listed (regarding Spring 2016 especially), please point this out.



 DH1 Theory and practice (5-15 sp)

DH1a Introduction to digital humanities (5 sp, Johdatus DH) 

DH1b Optional courses to choose from (0-10 sp)

English philology: Korpuslingvistiikka (Eng310c)

Translation studies: Digitaaliset aineistot (CKT279)

Finnish language: Kielenoppiminen, vuorovaikutus ja teknologia (Ssu353/Ssu312T/Ssu208T)

Finnish language: Monitieteinen termityö (Ssu351/Ssu311/Ssu901)

Finnish language: Käsiteanalyysi ja termityö (Ssu311/Ssu356)

History: Digitala källör och medier (HHR233)

History: Games and history (HHR222)

History: Historiantutkimus, tilastot ja määrällinen tutkimus (Hhh247/HSS314/322)

Church History: Kirjahistorian perusteet (KH260A)

Church History: Kirjahistorian lähteet ja metodit (KH260B)

Ethnology: Avoin digitaalinen kulttuuriperintö (KSU350)

Musicology: Johdatus tietokoneavusteiseen musiikintutkimukseen (TMU112E)

Film and television studies: Yhteiskunta ja av-kulttuuri (TET1050e)

Film and television studies: Av mediakasvatus (TET1062e)

Asian Studies: Digital Media in India: Religion, Culture, Society seminar course (WAS211; WAS212; WSA321; WAS 324, WED 12-14, 20.1.2016-4.5.2016)



DH2 Methods

 Courses to choose from (5-15 sp)

FIN-CLARIN: Digihumanismi ja tekstiaineistot (2nd period)

University of Aalto: Ohjelmointia Scalalla (MOOC)

Computer science: Ohjelmoinnin MOOC (Java)

Social Sciences: Introduction to programming for social scientists

Art history: Paikkatiedon (GIS) sovellukset kulttuurintutkimukseen (TTA250)

Computer science: Tilastollinen päättely R-ohjelmistolla

Language technology: Tulosten esittäminen ja niiden arviointi tilastomenetelmillä (CLT255)

Finnish language: Johdatus korpuslingvistiikkaan ja kielitieteen laskennallisiin menetelmiin (Ssu221-226, Ssu351-NORSU1)

Language technology: Korpuslingvistiikan johdantokurssi (CLT150)

Musicology: Musiikkiohjelmoinnin perusteet (TMU211CE)

Translation studies: Kääntämisen tietotekniikka (CKT114)

Language technology: Ohjelmointi ja luonnollisen kielen käsittely 1 (CLT237)

Language technology: Kielen morfologisen käsittelyn työkalut 1 (CLT261)

Language technology: Johdatusta luonnollisen kielen käsittelyyn (CLT120)

Translation studies: Konekäännös (CKT276)

Archeology: Paikkatietoklinikka (KAR214)

Social Sciences: Complex systems

Social Sciences: Data extraction

In addition, many of the courses offered at Aalto and in Computer science (HY) fit the Methods part of the module. The inclusion of other courses should be negotiated separately. Examples of such courses are:

Aalto: Machine Learning: Basic Principles

Aalto: Statistical Natural Language Processing

Aalto: Information Visualization

Computer science: Introduction to Machine Learning

Computer science: Data Mining (guided self study)

Computer science: Big Data Frameworks


DH3 Multidisciplinary project (5 sp)
→ Mandatory (for the spring 2016 course, contact Mikko Tolonen,




Digital Humanities Research Seminar 2015-16, University of Helsinki, Fall Programme (updated)

Digital Humanities Research Seminar 2015-16, Fall Programme

30.10 Antti Kanner, (HY, Finnish language), “A vagrant’s path: tracking the life cycle of a legal term in 19th century newspaper data”. Commentator: Timo Honkela (HY)

13.11 Ylva Grufstedt (HY, History), “The Practice of History in videogames – Historical culture and consciousness in digital and interactive media”. Commentator: Jaakko Stenros (Tampere)

27.11 Eric Malmi (Aalto, Computer Science), “Automatically Reconstructing and Analyzing Family Trees”. Commentator: Tiina Miettinen (UTA, History). [Discussion in Finnish because of genealogical terminology.]

11.12 Erik Henriksson (HY, Greek), “The Language and Meter of Late Greek Poetry: A Computational Approach”. Commentator: Timo Korkiakangas (HY)

18.12. Anna Kajander, (HY, Ethnology), “Digital book culture and the new reading habits”. Commentator: Harri Heikkilä (Aalto) NB! Change of venue. Please note that the seminar will convene at the MORPHOLOGICAL ARCHIVE (Muoto-opin arkisto) 4th floor of the Main Building of the University of Helsinki (Fabianinkatu 33). The Morphological archive is at the north end of the 4th floor corridor, at the “new side” of the main building. So, we will NOT be at Metsätalo on this Friday.

 Normally the DH seminar will convene on Fridays, 16.15-18.00 at Lecture Room 9 at Metsätalo (U40).


About Digital Humanities Research Seminar

Open to all who feel that they want to be part of DH Research community at the University of Helsinki (the fact that this is organised at the Faculty of Arts does not by any means imply that it is only for people at the Faculty of Arts!).

Meant as a hub or a forum where one can meet other people interested in this subject matter.

How to get involved? First thing is to write an email to to be included in the mailing list of the seminar. Or, just show up at the seminar.

The Fall 2015 programme has been fixed, but the Spring 2016 programme will be formed based on the interest of the seminar group.

It is possible and desirable that also activities other than “classic seminar papers” will take place in the future.

Updates to the Fall programme will be amended to this blog post.


Ratification of the Riga Protocol for Open Bernard Mandeville Scholarship Community

“…to be a Mandevillean is to make a contribution to the Mandeville community…”

Bernard Mandeville Scholarship is an important and growing field in early modern history and philosophy. The idea of our initiative is to promote studies on Mandeville and other Mandevillean undertakings by upholding best scholarly practices and developing new ways of communication that can speed up the scholarly process.

During 2013-15 there have been at least six gatherings of Mandevillean scholars on different continents and different countries with truly international and amicable spirit. The idea is that people interested in Mandeville’s thinking will keep meeting in person on annual basis even when the 300th Anniversary of the Fable of the Bees is behind us. So far the communication of Mandevillean activities has been based on an informal network. We want to open up this collaboration so that the community is inclusive and also new people can join in.

In Mandeville in Latvia conference on 10.10.2015 we signed a Riga Protocol for Open Bernard Mandeville Scholarship Community. The Riga Protocol states the following:

  • In order to become part of Open Bernard Mandeville Scholarship Community you need to upload at least one of your scholarly items with some link to Mandeville on Zenodo Open Bernard Mandeville Scholarship Community repository (
  • Once you have become “Mandevillean” by uploading your scholarly contribution(s) to Mandeville Community on Zenodo you will be sent an email asking if you want to be on Mandeville mailing list. You will also be granted editing access to the working documents of Open Bernard Mandeville Scholarship Community. For example, the planning of annual future meetings will be done together with Mandevilleans (i.e. those who have made any kind of contribution to the community on Zenodo).

For more details about uploading your work to Mandeville community, see

The idea regarding the future development of the activities of Open Bernard Mandeville Scholarship Community is to take full advantage of the best practices of open science. These include ideas about open collaborative authorship, development of new ways of scholarly publishing, open peer reviewing and other ways of advancing the scientific process and practices. We will also think about how to renew the structure of our annual meetings.

The Riga Protocol for Open Bernard Mandeville Scholarship Community was originally signed by Andrea Branchi (The American University of Rome), Elena Muceni (University of Geneva), Matteo Revolti (Goethe Universität, Frankfurt), Atis Zakatistovs (Riga Business School), Mauro Simonazzi (Università degli Studi di Camerino), Heikki Haara (University of Helsinki), Joaquim Braga (University of Coimbra), Inese Suija Markova (Institute for Environmental Solutions), Janis Frisvalds, and Mikko Tolonen (University of Helsinki).

Since the Mandeville in Latvia conference was meant as a smaller meeting and we have had over 50 scholars participating in Mandeville meetings over the two last years (and most likely many more who have not yet been able to join us), we ask for people now to ratify the Riga Protocol for Open Bernard Mandeville Scholarship Community. The ratification is done simply by filling your name and affiliation to the following questionnaire:

The ratification means that you agree with the idea of Open Bernard Mandeville Scholarship Community (to be a Mandevillean is to make a contribution to the Mandeville community) and that you intend to make such a contribution. Of course, you will only become a Mandevillean when you have contributed to the community by uploading it on Zenodo (NB! It can be any form of scholarly contribution, even a blog post like this will do). We understand that especially students do not yet necessarily have published articles and thus cannot archive pre-prints of them. Thus, we underline that any form of research contribution will do, in our thinking research data is also crucial and not just the end-products in the form of journal publications. Also those people who have not yet worked on Mandeville are free to sign the ratification, if you feel that there is a possibility that you might work on Mandeville in the future. Also, if you want to support our open science principles, but you do not work on anything related to Mandeville, feel free to sign the ratification “in spirit” (note this next to your name).

The deadline for the ratification of the Riga Protocol is 15. November 2015. After that we will upload this document including the names of the people who have ratified the Riga Protocol for Open Bernard Mandeville Scholarship Community on Zenodo.

Please circulate this message as widely as possible among the Mandeville community, as well as on other discussion forums. After all, we are all potential Mandevilleans, if you think about it.

Open Bernard Mandeville Scholarship on Zenodo


We, the people studying history of philosophy, have not always been the best to take full advantage of the many brilliant ways out there to improve our scholarship and its visibility.

For example, even when many of us hang around (sometimes, perhaps, just to to see if one or two people have googled us this week), yet we are often quite poor at sharing our work, even when there is no reason not to share it. Parallel publishing (different from publishing in an open access journal) should be a norm and not an exception.

Parallel archiving/publishing means that a person first publishes her article in a regular journal. After that, she archives the article as such (if the publisher allows it) or an earlier version of it in an open digital repository. The published article, or a version of it, becomes publicly available through the parallel publication while the scholarly references are still made to the publication in the scientific journal. The idea of parallel publication is that in an open repository it is accessible to everyone for free. Archiving your pre-print drafts also helps the publisher in different ways. This is something that the publishers these days understand, even if scholars have not yet caught up with the trend.

Here is a recent example of a parallel publication in the mentioned by Robin Douglass:

Note how Robin points out in this parallel publication that “This is a post-print version of the article and is not for citation. The published version is available at…”

This is a good point to be made regarding parallel publications for the sake of clarification. Also, one needs to check publisher policies regarding parallel publishing, these can be easily checked, for example, here:

Some people in the history of philosophy have of course always been tech-savvy and versed in the principles of open access and open science. Yet, I believe it is the time that all of us start making our research as publicly available as possible. This will not only benefit us as individual scholars, but also the field of scholarship that we represent.

Mandeville Scholarship

A very good example of a line of scholarship that should be taking full advantage of open access and open science is research on Bernard Mandeville that is close to my heart. Mandeville scholarship is a small, but growing field (compared for example to the David Hume Business). What I have been thinking for some time now is that Mandevilleans would benefit immensely of finding new relevant research on Mandeville from one open repository.

Luckily that open repository is at hand and it is called Zenodo.  The great benefits of Zenodo is its easy-to-use interface, the possibility of saving multiple different kinds of works (not only articles), its direct link to Github (that might concern history of philosophy less at this point in time) and the chance of creating communities.

While writing this I created a community on Zenodo called “Bernard Mandeville Scholarship”.

What you need to do now is to go to Zenodo, sign-up and start uploading parallel publications of your work, also unpublished drafts are good, as well as lectures etc. Every upload will also be marked with a DOI. If you use the following link, it will ensure that the uploaded record is added to Bernard Mandeville Scholarship community collection:

Now, every time in the future you upload work related to Mandeville (old or new) in any possible form to Zenodo, just by noting that it is part of “Bernard Mandeville Scholarship” (or using the indicated link above), it can then be found by everyone together with other work on Mandeville by other people (given that they use the same community identifier when uploading it). Once the community starts growing (currently it is empty), we will also benefit of other websites harvesting Zenodo etc.

Thus, to repeat a little: if you are a Mandeville scholar or if you have done any work on Bernard Mandeville, sign up to Zenodo if you haven’t already. Upload your work on Zenodo and tag it as Bernard Mandeville Scholarship in the relevant field. Then tell a friend and ask them to start doing the same thing. This is what I will start doing as well – although I have most of my Mandeville publications archived as parallel publications elsewhere, the only thing that I have uploaded to Zenodo so far is one fleeting lecture. But this is to say that it is not too late for you either. And to underline the good part of Zenodo: it is not only for archiving publications, also other forms of relevant scholarship, even slides from your Mandeville presentations, are just as important.

If people deposit also their earlier work (all those gems from the 1970s onwards), soon we will have created with minimal effort a very useful repository for Mandeville scholarship. It couldn’t be any easier. At the same time, we move quickly beyond just listing and linking things related to Mandeville (although one very good form of documentation to have on Bernard Mandeville Scholarship on Zenodo is different lists as well, Irwin Primer has been very prolific in this lately). Hopefully, sooner than later we will have a significant body of work to be found from one repository shared openly and freely with everyone with internet access anywhere in the world. To me it seems that necessary steps for having more impact as a group and a community of Mandevilleans could not have been made any easier.

PS This blog post was written as part of my paper for Mandeville in Riga symposium, 8.-10.10.2015. In my paper I will suggest a collaborative authorship project for writing about contemporary relevance of Mandeville. More updates on that to follow later, if it takes off.