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Academic Lecture Meeting Held “The Front Line of Digital Humanities”


On March 13 (Monday), the Digital Archives Research Center (DARC) held an online academic lecture meeting entitled “The Front Line of Digital Humanities.”

Two invited lecturers gave some very interesting talks on the meeting theme related to history and trends in digital humanities, and on applications and research achievements.

More than 40 people from inside and outside the university attended on the day, which proved a great success. Thank you to everyone who participated.


Date and time: March 13, 2023 (Monday) 15:00-17:00

Theme: The Front Line of Digital Humanities

“Humanities and computers, their past, future, and present”

Kiyonori Nagasaki (Senior Fellow, International Institute for Digital Humanities)

“Art history/cultural property research and the digital humanities”

Akira Takagishi (Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo)

Chair: Mazumi Mitani (DARC Director and Professor, Faculty of International Studies, Ryukoku University)

Host: Ryukoku University Digital Archives Research Center

Cohost: Ryukoku University Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures (Seiiki sogo kenkyu-han)

“Humanities and computers, their past, future, and present: The place and role of the humanities in the digital world” (Kiyonori Nagasaki)

The history and scope of Digital Humanities from the emergence of computers, domestic and international academic trends, and the significance and current circumstances (P5) of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines were given thorough coverage. Future directions and the initiatives of various societies, especially the Journal of Digital History, were also presented. In particular, as relates to methodological common ground, Kiyonori Nagasaki suggested the possibility of collaboration in the humanities across disciplinary differences in methodology.

“Art history/cultural properties research and the digital humanities: An analysis of Japanese medieval picture scrolls based on a collection of facial expressions” (Akira Takagishi)

Advances in image digitalization and its uses, the importance of the IIIF standards, and that digital data can be used to make discoveries that challenge fixed opinions on 14th-century picture scrolls were covered. A specific case example was presented in which a collection of facial expressions containing 9,683 items cropped from images published by the IIIF was used to perform a pattern analysis of Yugyo Shonin Engi Emaki (Shojokoji Ko Version).