The Department of English and Humanities at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh organized a workshop titled “Introducing Digital Humanities: The New Horizon of Humanities and Storytelling Scholarship” on July 1, 2021. The workshop garnered attention from students and faculty members from all departments as this is a relevant and trending area of study.
The concept of the workshop was proposed and implemented by Dr. Ahmed Abid, a filmmaker and researcher, and co-facilitated with Dr. Ananya Raihan, Ashoka Fellow and CEO of iSocial, Infolady Social Enterprise Limited, and Founder Executive Director of Dnet, and Ms. Humayra Akhter, development media professional and lecturer at World University Bangladesh.
The workshop focused on providing participants with a hands-on experience of Digital Humanities from a cultural studies and digital life perspective. Dr. Ananya Raihan kicked off the workshop by providing a framework for the study of digital humanities in his talk titled “The Landscape of Digital Humanities.” He spoke about ‘The Digital Divide from the Perspective of Social and Behavioral Aspects of the Users from the Bottom of the Pyramid’. He also provided insight on Digital Technology (DT), its impact on present life, and how the future will evolve due to DT. His analysis was developed around how to respond to DT, net safety, net neutrality including freedom of expression. Participants were made aware of managing and protecting their virtual identity, the need for collecting and sharing data, and maintaining their digital privacy following ethical standards.
The second part of the workshop, aptly titled “I am not a Robot,” began with Ms. Humayra Akter’s presentation on “The Influence of Literature in the Development of DH at Present and Future.” A short film was shown as an example of digital security and privacy, and as a development project for storytelling.
This was followed by a hands-on workshop where participants were sent to breakout rooms and instructed to develop and demonstrate a couple of ideas to develop a project. These ideas were later shared and the facilitators used them to show how to enhance them with the right tools and methods.
Prof. Shamsad Mortuza, Acting Vice-Chancellor, ULAB, and Arifa Ghani Rahman, Head of DEH attended the workshop along with 25 students and faculty members from DEH, MSJ, USB, and CSE. At the end of the workshop, participants were awarded with Certificates of Participation.
Some glimpses of the Workshop