Educational programme and summer school

The VeDH initiative for supporting training programmes for students and researchers includes:

  • professional master in Digital Humanities (1 year programme) 2019/2020
  • new master's degree in Digital and Public Humanities, starting on the a.y. 2020/2021
  • summer school involving academics and researchers of international reputation;
  • innovative training activities involving also projects’ partners
  • financing 3 grants for the Ph.D. Programme in Digital and Public Humanities

Master's degree in Digital and Public Humanities

The new 2nd cycle degree programme in Digital and Public Humanities will held completely in English. It offers the opportunity to apply digital methods and computational practices on the  studies of literature, arts  and history, focusing on the most important aspects of the cultural heritage and the inter-relations with social identity, cultural landscapes and communities.

The degree programme 2021/2022 provides a cross-disciplinary curriculum that promotes and support the dissemination of cultural knowledge; it inspires new perspectives and approaches to planning, analysing and interpreting textual, visual and multimedia contents. 

The students will acquire the skills in

  • creating, managing, enhancing and disseminating cultural contents
  • digital publishing
  • creating and building multimedia cultural resources
  • web communication of humanities for general public

Professional master in Digital Humanities

The professional master in Digital Humanities born in 2015, thanks to the collaboration of Department of Humanities and Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics of Ca’ Foscari, offers an educational path devoted to application and development of digital tools for humanities, like as history, art history, philology, archival studies, museology. The current edition of the professional master is the 2019/20; for the academic year 2020/21 it is suspended.

Virtual Summer Camp in Digital and Public Humanities  
Venice, 6 - 10 July, 2020

It was with great disappointment that we had to cancel the first Venice Summer School in Digital and Public Humanities due to the coronavirus emergency. Nevertheless, we are now happy to announce the first Venice Virtual Summer Camp in Digital and Public Humanities to take place from 6 - 10 July 2020.

The original programme has been transformed and adapted to the online modality and the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic. As a positive side effect, a large number of seminars and presentations can now be offered as open events. The training sessions, which include activities and feedback, are restricted to the successful applicants of the originally planned Summer School in Venice and therefore are not accessible anymore. All the other events, however, are open to everyone without registration and without number limitation.
The Virtual Summer Camp is entirely free of charge.

The virtual summer camp includes four different thematic strands thematic stands: 

  • Digital Textual Scholarship
  • Digital and Public History
  • Digital and Public Art History
  • Digital Archaeology and its Public

Classes will be delivered by the colleagues from the centre and other expert scholars from internationally renowned institutions. We are most grateful to everyone being actively involved in the realisation of an outstanding programme, and especially to our keynote speakers Elena Pierazzo (University of Tours) and Fabio Vitali (University of Bologna).

The links and the instructions to access the virtual rooms will be published in our git-hub Venice Virtual Summer Camp website shortly before the beginning of the event.

Course contents

This strand provides a brief overview of theories and practices in digital scholarly editing. Participants will be introduced to the very basics of markup and text encoding, linked open data and semantic web technologies, documentation and analysis of material textual aspects, and tools and applications for publication. The format will alternate open seminars with laboratory sessions and hands-on exercises restricted to successful applicants of the originally planned summer school.
The famous travel report of the Venetian explorer Marco Polo will serve as a starting point (as preserved in an illustrated manuscript copy from the Bodleian Library).
Further resources and all teaching materials will be freely accessible on our Github repository.
Links to each session will be published on the Venice Virtual Summer Camp website prior to the start of the event.

Lecturers: Federico Boschetti, Alberto Campagnolo, Elisa Cugliana, Angelo Mario del Grosso, Holger Essler, Franz Fischer, Daniele Fusi, Silvia Marsili, Paolo Monella, Tiziana Mancinelli

This strand focuses on the application of digital technologies and a public approach to historical research and dissemination. The classes aim at giving an overview of very different topics, ranging from memory to social media, from television to digital tools, offering reflections on how we connect to, reconstruct, understand and eventually tell our past with digital and public methodologies. The strand includes activities that the students can perform on their own before getting feedback from the teacher. A special attention will be devoted to the intersection between history and the exceptional situation we’re going through due to the Covid-19 emergency.

Links to each session will be published on the Venice Virtual Summer Camp website prior to the start of the event.

Lecturers: Leonardo Campus, Stefano Dall'Aglio, Deborah Paci

Guest lecturers: Frédéric Clavert, Mirco Carratteri [ITA]

This strand focuses on the technological development and its cultural implications which occurred in the arts sector over the last decades. In doing this, the digital aspect is approached both on the side of artistic production and the art system as well as on the side of museums and art historical representation. The issues of technological change, digital nativity, virtual realms and digital tools will be discussed also in the context of the current international situation of crisis. Both the theoretical debate and practical tools for digital art historians shall be explored by means of lectures and labs, which will include a hands-on workshop on tools for digital analysis of illustrations, a students’ forum on digital culture at the time of Covid-19, and a roundtable to discuss recent tools and developments in Digital and Public Art History with experts of European renown.
Links to each session will be published on the Venice Virtual Summer Camp website prior to the start of the event.

Lecturers: Carolina Fernández-Castrillo, Diego Mantoan, Barbara Tramelli

Guest lecturers: Giles Bergel, Rossella Catanese,  Valeria Finocchi [ITA], Erma Hermens, Trilce Navarrete


This strand focuses on theories and practices that archaeologists apply in surveys, remote sensing, spatial analysis, data collection and data management. Participants will engage in digital strategies to analyze the heritage and visualize, share and communicate it to the public. Moreover, taking advantage of the recent Covid-19 lockdown experience, and using archaeological tools and methods, Strand#4 aims to explore how the materiality of representative objects that shaped/are shaping our daily life may be narrated, interpreted, visualized and digitized.
Links to each session will be published on the Venice Virtual Summer Camp website prior to the start of the event.

Lecturers: Cristina Barbiani, Carlo Beltrame, Diego Calaon, Elisa Corrò, Paola Perozzo, Eleonora Delpozzo, Sofia Antonello

Guest lecturers: Dominik Lukas, Angus Mol

Keynote speakers