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Call for Participants | Online Data School Summer School 2020: ‘Exploring Culture Through Data’

Data School welcomes students (and non-students) from all Universities to join us in a 5-day online crash course in data practices and digital methods. During this week we will acquire the handles and perspectives to study culture through data practices. We are happy to invite you to the 2020 Data School summer edition that will take place online, from 17-08-20 to 21-08-20.

Registration at Utrecht Summer School

What will we do?

From Monday 17th of August until Friday 21st of August, we will host a full online week of workshops, tutorials and presentations. During this week, participants learn about the data practices that make up so much of our everyday lives, and receive training in digital methods and data analysis with which they can analyse the ever advancing datafication. Participants get acquainted with some of the (methodological) fundamentals of Digital Humanities, like data collection, data selection, network analysis, and an introduction to Python and Tableau, as well as learning to apply a Critical Data Perspective. Subsequent to picking up those skills, participants are ought to work in small teams to immediately apply these freshly gained skills on a (small) real-world case. The rest of the schedule will be filled with online lectures, student-presentations, and various online social activities. Successful completion of the Data School summer school will result in 2 ECTS credits and will be rewarded with a Data School Summer School Certificate of Participation.

Why apply?

  1. This will be the chance for humanities students and (beginning) researchers to learn about the basics of digital methods, in a hands-on fashion. It will enrich your methodological understanding both practically and theoretically.
  2. This Summer School will be at entry level, and the learning curve will be steep. We are committed to the educational character of this summer school, so participants will have extensive tutelage. We truly believe that this could be the start of your Digital Humanities or Critical Data Studies career!
  3. For (international) students who are enrolled in the Master’s program New Media and Digital Culture in Utrecht, but lack the computational methods skillset, or have no clear understanding what data-literate research within the humanities means, this summer school is strongly recommended. The students will get a head start on working with computational tools. The program will be complimentary to – but not overlapping with – the Master’s program.
  4. We are committed to working hard, but also to playing hard. This will be a great way to start your academic year.

The practical stuff

Date: The online summer school will be from August 17th to 21st of August 2020. You are expected to make full office days, while the online social activities afterwards are optional.

Preparation: Before the start of the summer school, participants have to read three articles and send in a small profile of themselves (around 150 words) for a digital introductory booklet.

Where: This year, due to coronavirus measurements, the summer school will take place online.

Fee: A registration fee of 250 EUR is applicable. A fee of 200 EUR is applicable for accepted (pre-)master students from our MA New Media and Digital Culture.

If the Summer School is unexpectedly cancelled, participants will get a full refund.

What is included in the fee?

For all participants Data School summer school will provide:

  • 2 ECTS
  • Online teaching and study materials
  • A certificate at successful completion

Data School Summer School will not provide, and you will be expected to provide for yourself:

  • A working laptop (and mouse)
  • A stable internet connection to follow the online courses

Deadlines & Key Dates

01-03-2020 – Open for registration

31-07-2020 – Closed for registration

31-07-2020 – Deadline for Payment

Online check in is on Monday 17h of August 2020 at 8.30h.

Application Procedure

How to apply?

If you are interested you can apply by going to the Utrecht Summer School website. Your application email should contain your (academic) background (CV) and your motivation for applying (motivation letter).

After the application, the applicants will receive a notification to inform you that Data School has successfully received the application. Subsequently there will be a selection procedure based on the applicant’s file. Participants will receive confirmation of admission by email within five working days. The email will also provide you with further information on the Summer School and with the means to pay. Upon acceptance the applicant has until the 31st of July to comply with the fee. Enrolment will be secured only after the payment is received.

Selection Procedure

Students of all disciplines are welcome! Our team consists of media and literary scholars, philosophers and sociologists – among others – who all benefit greatly from the use of digital methods, and a critical understanding of our datafied society. Although the Summer School is at entry level regarding computational methods, we do expect a certain level of academic maturity. Therefore, we will not admit students with less than 67,5 ECTS at bachelor level and encourage students who are not yet in the final stages of their bachelor to apply next year.

The number of participants will be limited to 20, so don’t wait too long to apply. The Data School reserves the right to cancel the Summer School in that instance a complete refund will be provided.


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