Course Description and Aims
The course will introduce theory and methods in cultural heritage through the discussion of cutting edge and visionary technologies, scientific applications, methodologies and ideas of research at the meeting point between technology, sciences and CH. Participants will be encouraged to bring in ideas from different fields, the class being envisioned as a think-tank for discussing and designing the research agenda for the future of CH research. Discussions and topics will cover a wide as possible spectrum of disciplines, in order to identify emerging technologies and scientific applications to be implemented in the CH field. .
This semester long course will be organized in 3-hour weekly meetings which will be devoted to lectures offered by the course tutor and guest lecturers as well as discussion based seminar meetings with the contribution of experts in the field. The projected timetable of lecture and seminar meeting topics is as follows:
Lecture Topics (each topic’s content will be covered between one and two meetings)
1. Introduction to the course’s theme, objectives and projects
2. Introduction to theory and methods in the Humanities and Cultural Heritage. A critical survey of existing technologies for digital documentation of CH.
3. Survey of scientific methods in CH and Archaeology
Digital paradigms for research on CH
1. Defining a digital research workflow
2. Collaborative environments and digital research spaces
3. Digital research and public engagement
4. Relationships between physical object and its digital surrogate
5. Accessibility to large-scale digital data
6. Digital narratives
Theory of computing, logics and modelling
1. Theory and current critical debates in Digital Cultural Heritage
2. Development of computers
3. From Aristotle to Boole
4. Archaeology and computing – historical perspective
5. Empirical and Agent-based modelling
6. 3D parametric modelling
Scientific applications for research in CH
1. Datinf and provenance methods and applications
2. Analytical sciences
3. Conservation sciences
4. Remote sensing and geophysical research
Discussion-based Seminar Topics (meetings will be scheduled during the semester with the participation of guest lecturers and experts)
1. New trends in CH research, theory and computing sciences – merging possibilities.
2. Towards the development of a paradigm for digital cultural heritage.
60% - final essay; 30% - seminar presentation; 10% - participation in class
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