Call for Applications ReIReS DH Course Leuven 2020

The KU Leuven Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies is launching a call for applications for its ReIReS Course on “Digital Humanities and Historical Religious Studies”, which will be held at KU Leuven on December 7-9, 2020 (new dates), preceding, and in close partnership with the ReIReS Course organized at Turnhout.

The course organized by the KU Leuven Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies will concentrate on the digitization processes of medieval, modern, and contemporary historical sources and the diversified study of it; and on the possibilities and a number of best practices of DH tools. The course will benefit of the long-term multi- and interdisciplinary collaboration of historians, theologians, art historians, archivists; and welcomes applications of PhD students and postdocs in these fields.

The mornings of this course are focused on ongoing digitization projects of the Maurits Sabbe Library collections, including the projects of the Book Heritage Lab, the Centre for Capuchins in the Low Countries, and the Centre for the Study of the Second Vatican Council. In smaller groups the participants will be introduced to the collections and the opportunities and challenges of their digitization. In the afternoon short introductions and hands on sessions are provided on data-modeling, IIIF, text clustering through R and Python, and historical network research among others.

Common Objectives

The school meets ReIReS Common Objectives and Standards

Specific Learning Goals

The participant:

  • will be able to define the possibilities and the limits of digital humanities (OCR, active and passive digitization; search tools);
  • will develop a basic knowledge of how to develop digital search tools;
  • shows familiarity with the diversity of documents (manuscripts, archival material, rare books;
  • will adequately digitize simple documents such as books and prints of the 19th and  20th century;
  • will detect problems in digitized texts;
  • will be able to metadata archival material in view of adequate digitization.


Go here to see the program (subject to any changes).


Due to the number of applications we have already received, applications had to be closed as of October 9, 2020.

ReIReS DH Course in Turnhout, December 9-11, 2020 (new dates)

The course offered by KU Leuven is in line with the course offered by Brepols December 9-11, 2020 (new dates). It may be interesting to follow both courses and to make use of the special bus transfer from Leuven to Turnhout. Here you can read more about the DH Course in Turnhout.

Special offer: Attendants from outside the ReIReS consortium participating in both the DH Course in Leuven (KU Leuven) and the DH Course in Turnhout (Brepols) only have to pay the registration fee (€ 150.00) once.


Contact for more information Dries Bosschaert of KU Leuven.

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