Let me introduce myself briefly. I am Sytze Van Herck, a graduated historian and digital humanist. Currently, I work as a doctoral researcher in Luxembourg. You can talk to me in English, French, Italian, and Dutch. Other than studying I have been busy working at the Central Library of the KU Leuven and as vice-president and manager of workshops at the student organisation Academics for Technology. During my university education I have studied at the University of Bologna for a year specialising in medieval history. As a first generation digital humanities graduate I also gained some programming skills in HTML, CSS, JS, Python, and SQL. When I am not working or studying new languages, I am probably busy practicing the violin or doing some yoga to retain my inner peace. Below you can find my motivation for creating this blog.
2017 – 2021
As I recently started my PhD at the University of Luxembourg (1st of March 2017) as part of the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) I would like to transform this blog into a combination of blogposts on my experiences as a researcher in academia and blogposts about my study of 20th Century Women in Computer Science under supervision of prof. dr. Andreas Fickers and with input from prof. dr. Sally Wyatt and prof. dr. Martin Theobald. Furthermore, I will add interesting events related to my topic and some of my side projects such as organising the Brown Bag Lunches for other PhD students at the University of Luxembourg after an idea of Elisabeth Epping and in collaboration with Sandra Haebel.
2016 – 2017
This blog started as a combination of two course assignments during my Master in Digital Humanities: writing on the Introduction of Digital Humanities course, and presenting an introduction to the use of a new tool or technology for the course on Online Publishing. I also wanted to motivate students to use technology more often as a workshops manager for the student organisation Academics for Technology in Leuven. My three original aims are listed below.
First of all, I would like to learn all Humanists, Social Scientists, Psychology and Educational Scientists as well as Economists out there that you don’t need a background in engineering or computer science to learn how to code. You don’t even have to code nowadays to create your own visualisations, web pages, LaTeX files and so on. Therefore I will blog about my experience in organizing workshops for the student organization Academics for Technology in Leuven, you can find us @aftleuven.be.
Secondly, in the context of a course in Online Publishing, I will blog about learning LaTeX at an entry level. In my opinion LaTeX is like learning how to code Word, but with a more professional outcome (if you do it right). In this context I would also like to attend a workshop by Ulyssis, another Leuven based student organisation on LaTeX.
Finally, and most importantly, for the Introduction to Digital Humanities class, taught by professor Barbara Bordalejo, I will also blog about Digital Humanities. What is Digital Humanities? Who does Digital Humanities? Why will Digital Humanities change the Humanities, and will it change the Humanities? In this critical self-reflective exercise I invite you all to comment and open the discussion about this relatively new field of study.