Exploring Epistemic Virtues and Vices: Data, Infrastructures, and Episteme between Collaboration and Exploitation

  • Location

    Maison des Sciences humaines

    11, Porte des Sciences

    4366, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

  • Topic(s)
  • Type(s)
    Conferences, Free of charge

The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH), in collaboration with the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI), the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM), and the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) Tokyo, invites you to the Sixth Conference on Digital Humanities and Digital History.

The main themes of our conference this year are epistemology and ethics. Speakers will explore the ethical and epistemological implications of digital knowledge production in the humanities and beyond. The conference program includes a keynote by Harald Kümmerle (DIJ, Tokyo), a roundtable with experts of digital history, as well as workshops on digital publication and pedagogy. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you online or in-person in Belval, Luxembourg.

Participation is free of charge, please register before until 7 March if you wish to participate on-site or online.



I. Workshops (on-site only!)

Frédéric Clavert & Elisabeth Guérard
Embedded epistemic virtue in a multi-layered article (Journal of Digital History)
Location: DH LAB

Katie Blizzard & Cathy Moran-Hajo & Christopher Ohge & Serenity Sutherland
Building Community through Digital Pedagogy and Project Infrastructure: The Case of eLaboratories
Location: Black Box




II. Welcome statement by Andreas Fickers
Location: Black Box


III. Keynote
Harald Kümmerle
Epistemological challenges of doing research in/on Japan in the age of Digital Humanities
Location: Black Box


IV. Reception
in front of the Back Box

*will join online


I. Opening round table: Navigating Paradoxes in Digital Humanities
Moderator: Valérie Schafer
Location: Black Box
Simon Dumas Primbault, Maciej Maryl, Ian Milligan, Helle Strandgaard Jensen, Arjun Sanyal, Jane Winters


II. Coffee break


III. Ethics of Data and the Virtue of Transparency
Chair: Gabor Toth
Location: Black Box

Avantika Tewari
Compulsive Self-Tracking: A Study of Menstrual Apps

Daniela Linkevicius
Behind the Statistics’: Unpacking Controversies on Ethnoracial Data and Authority in the Portuguese Census

Clodomir Santana & Michał Bojanowski & Demival Vasques Filho & Agata Błoch
Unveiling the Critical Nexus of Data Preprocessing and Transparent Documentation for Result Quality and Reproducibility


IV. Lunch
Location: in front of the Black Box


V. Epistemic Virtues and Vices of Digital Research Practices
Chair: Jana Keck
Location: Black Box

Nicole M. Mueller
Epistemic Potentials and Pitfalls of Scalability

Arjun Sanyal & Enrico Natale
Towards a novel ecology of Digital Humanities scholarship from the Global South: Rethinking the social informatics of digital cultural heritage

Moritz Feichtinger
Quick and Dirty – Tentativeness as Virtue and Vice


VI. Coffee break


VII. Situated Knowledge Practices in Digital Humanities
Chair: Andreas Fickers
Location: Black Box

Cindarella Petz
False securities: The epistemological ‚virtue‘ of transparency and emerging uncertainties in scholarship

Francis Harvey
Towards pragmatic situationist approaches in DH

Samuel Backer*
Carl Hempel’s Computer: Digital Methods, Knowledge Production, and the Philosophy of History


Free time


VIII. Speakers’ dinner
Location: My Caffé (6, Rue de la Fonte, Esch-sur-Alzette/Belval)

*will join online


I. Data Colonialism and Infrastructural / Economic Inequalities in DH
Chair: Harald Kümmerle
Location: Black Box

Till Grallert
We need to talk about Arabic! A practical critique of the hostility towards the second most common human writing system built into our quotidian digital infrastructures

Julian Weideman
‘Uploaders’ in the Global South? Middle East and North Africa-Based Contributors to the Database of Religious History

Ian Milligan
Epistemic Virtues and the Shaping of Canadian Digital Humanities: The Role of a Federal Funding Agency


II. Coffee break


III. Belval Campus Tour
limited to 25 persons, registration requires (first come, first served)


IV. Lunch
Location: in front of the Black Box


End of conference

*will join online