Forum Report

Edirom Summer School 2022

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After the annual Edirom Summer School (ESS) had been held twice exclusively online, the 13th ESS was now held again in presence with the usual positive response. From 5–9 September 2022, a total of 13 workshops were held at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute of the University of Paderborn, which were used across disciplines both as an introduction, as a consolidation and for further profiling in the field of digital humanities.

The courses were organised in five parallel tracks with the following topics: Text encoding (TEI), music encoding (MEI), basic technologies (git, python, xTech), advanced topics (statistics, automatic enrichment, etc.) and a week-long course on digital editions. The course instructors were again a productive mix of experienced ESS lecturers and new minds.

It is particularly noteworthy that the courses offered were again not limited to music-related topics, and that the MEI track was able to offer a course on older music for the first time, namely an introduction to the encoding of mensural notation in MEI. The MEI introductory course, an annual drawing card at the ESS, was again one of the best-attended workshops this year, with generally the highest demand for introductory offerings among the approximately 80 participants.

The interdisciplinary keynote by Aline Deicke was found to be extremely inspiring. With her lecture "Between 'black box' and source problem – challenges to an archaeological-historical network theory", she opened up diverse insights into the red-hot topic of "network research" from an interdisciplinary perspective – entirely in the spirit of the Digital Humanities.

Next year, the Edirom Summer School will not be able to take place in its usual format, because at the initiative of the Virtual Research Network Edirom (ViFE https://www.edirom.de/, in 2023 there will be a joint conference of the TEI and MEC communities for the first time ever! Since this international premiere of a joint conference would fall in the same period as the ESS, we are still working on a modified concept for the 14th Edirom Summer School; the details will then be published as usual at https://ess.uni-paderborn.de/, among other places.