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

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.

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 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

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

The Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH) at the Ca’ Foscari Department of Humanities has organized its first summer school on Digital and Public Humanities, which will be held in Venice from July 6 to 10, 2020.

The summer school aims at providing advanced and in-depth training in theories, technologies and methods of Digital and Public Humanities, focusing on cultural, archeological, historical, literary, and artistic materials. The school will give the participants the opportunity to engage in debates about digital and public cultural heritage and humanities research, while enhancing their competences and skills of digitizing materials and sources and for modeling, analysing and visualizing multimedia humanities data.
All classes will be taught in English.


The school is composed by a series of plenary lectures, parallel workshops and site visits. Lectures will describe the greater context in which these theories and methods will be applied: a world in which the work of scholars is routinely aided by computer-assisted techniques, with both old and novel problems, challenges and solutions. With a learning-by-doing approach, participants will reflect every stage of the realisation of a digital object and on how to make use of the data in own projects. Lessons and labs will be focused on modeling, retrieving, analysing, visualising, and publishing data created on relevant sites of the city of Venice (such as the Biblioteca Marciana, Archivio di Stato, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Ghetto) and its surroundings (such as M9 Museum in Mestre, excavations at Torcello or Altino). Legal questions of intellectual property and publication licences will be covered, as well as the latest web developments, such as semantic web and linked open data technologies, in order to evaluate different data models for cultural heritage objects.

If at all possible, it is expected that the students attending the School will use their own PC for the hands-on laboratories. Under each topic there will be (when available) recommendations and suggestions about software and tools that will be used during the lessons and the laboratories. Please try to install them on your PC before the beginning of the School, so that it will be easier (and quicker) to follow the lessons and the laboratories

Dates and schedule

  • Monday 6 July: opening keynote by Fabio Vitali at 14:00
  • Morning sessions Tue-Fri 9:00-12:00
  • Afternoon sessions Mon-Fri 14:00-17:30 (incl. keynotes on Mon & Fri)
  • Wednesday 8 July: special evening keynote by Elena Pierazzo
  • Thursday 9 July: opening of Aldo Sergio Exhibition at San Sebastiano
  • Friday 10 July: final keynote by Serge Noiret 
  • Saturday 11 July: optional excursions / site visits

Course contents

The VeDPH summer school is divided into four thematic strands:

Strand #1: Digital Textual Scholarship

This strand focuses on the application of digital methods and technologies to literary and historical texts and documents, especially from Venetian archives and libraries.
Introductory lessons on theories and best practices are accompanied by hands-on and laboratory sessions for their immediate implementation in collaborative project works. Participants are introduced to theories and best practices of digital scholarly editing. Aspects of textual materiality (digitisation, formal description and analysis) are covered as well as methods and standards for the encoding, annotation and transformation of texts (XML, TEI; XSLT). Finally, the integration into the semantic web (Linked Open Data, IIIF) will be preformed and tools for the enrichment, analysis and visualisation of textual data will be applied (CollateX, Natural Language Processing, Distant Reading).
The strand includes a visit of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.

Provisional programme

Introduction to digital scholarly editing
Franz Fischer (VeDPH, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
Introduction to textual markup
Holger Essler (VeDPH, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

From text to code I: Encoding texts and structures with TEI XML
Holger Essler (VeDPH, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
From text to code II: Describing texts and sources (metadata)
Paolo Monella (VeDPH, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
Meet the experts: How can I apply this to my research? Individual appointments

Materiality of textual sources: Visit to Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
Alberto Campagnolo (VeDPH, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
The distributed edition: Integrating IIIF, Linked Open Data and TEI XML
Paolo Monella (VeDPH, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
Meet the experts: How can I apply this to my research? Individual appointments

From code to publication I: Transformation and presentation (XPath, XSLT)
Daniele Fusi (VeDPH, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
From code to publication II: Analysis and visualisation (data extraction, stylistic and semantic analysis)
Tiziana Mancinelli (VeDPH, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
Meet the experts: How can I apply this to my research? Individual appointments

From Close to Distant Reading - and back again
Federico Boschetti (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale CNR-ILC / VeDPH)

Strand #2: Digital and Public History

This strand focuses on the application of digital techniques and a public approach to the development and presentation of historical research. The digital aspect revolves around some of the main tools used by digital historians in different contexts, from historical networks to storytelling, from cartographies to timelines. The ‘public’ aspect is centred on the issues related to the research with the public and the dissemination beyond the classroom, from public memory to public sources to public engagement, with specific focus on topics such as TV, museums, and social media. The theoretical debate and the role played by digital and public historians in the changing landscape of the historical discipline are also considered. The strand includes a visit to M9-Museo del ‘900 in Mestre, to give the students a concrete example of how the past can be seen and shown through the digital & public lenses.

Provisional programme

Presentation of the strand and introduction to Public History
Stefano Dall’Aglio (VeDPH - Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

Digital History and Archives
Dorit Raines (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
History and TV
Leonardo Campus (VeDPH - Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

Methods and Tools for Digital History
Giampaolo Salice (Università di Cagliari)
History and Social Media
Frédéric Clavert (C2DH-University of Luxembourg)

Public History and Memory
Mirco Carrattieri (Istituto Nazionale Ferruccio Parri)
Visit to M9-Museo del 900, Mestre
Stefano Dall’Aglio (VeDPH - Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

Museums and Public History
Francesco Frizzera (Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra di Rovereto)
Venetian Monuments: History and Stories
Lorenzo Calvelli (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

Guest lecturers: Frédéric Clavert, Mirco Carratteri [ITA], Francesco Frizzera [ITA], Giampaolo Salice [ITA]

Strand #3: Digital and Public Art History

This strand focuses on the technological development and its cultural implications which occured 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 at length and put in the context of past and recent artistic productions, art institutions and public sprawl. Both the theoretical debate and practical tools for digital art historians shall be explored by means of lectures and labs. The strand includes a visit to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice to give the students a concrete example of new digital and public approaches in art institutions.  Eventually, the strand includes the opening of an art exhibition on the analog-digital relationship by Italian painter Aldo Sergio expressly organized for the Venice Centre for Digital and Public History.

Provisional programme

Presentation of the strand and introduction to Digital Art History & Public Art
Diego Mantoan (VeDPH - Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

Image recognition and categorisation through digital tools for art history
Barbara Tramelli (VeDPH - Università Ca’ Foscari Veneziay)
Computer Vision in the digital art historical discourse
Lisa Dieckmann (Universität Köln) and Peter Bell (Universität Erlangen)

Possibilities and limitations to the digital development of the public museum
Valeria Finocchi (Polo museale del Veneto)
Keynote on technical art history and data analysis at Palazzo Grimani
Erma Hermens (Rijks Museum Amsterdam)

The manipulated image and deflation of visual communication today
Miroslav Halak (Galerie Belvedere, Vienna)
Visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Diego Mantoan (VeDPH - Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

Media Archeology and User Engagement
Carolina Fernández Castrillo (Universidad Carlos III Madrid)

Guest lecturers: Peter Bell [GER], Valeria Finocchi [ITA], Miroslav Halak, Erma Hermens

Strand #4: Digital Archaeology and its Public

This strand focuses on theories and practices that archaeologists apply in surveys, remote sensing, spatial analysis, data collection, and data management. Participant will engage in digital strategies to analyze the heritage and visualize, share and communicate it to the public. They will approach digital heritage as a virtual tool to explore the mutual relationship between environment, humans and the past. Using the lagoon area as test case (Adria, Mira, Torcello, Altino and Caorle), the aim of the strand is to learn how critically archaeology may be engaged with the “digital”. We will work on questions such as “why, by whom and for what purpose do we cultivate digital technologies”. Digital data and public(s) are deeply connected, and nowadays archaeologists are not only asked to build set of coherent digital data from the surveys, but they have to foster methods for engaging new audiences and facing the global societal challenges. Digital tools may help the de-colonization of the archaeological practice, going beyond the mere reconstruction of the past and being able to detect and analyze the cultural and political frameworks by which we share and perpetuate the memory. 

Provisional Programme

Introduction to Digital Archaeology
Carlo Beltrame (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), Diego Calaon (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), Elisa Corrò (VeDPH - Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

Digital Heritage, Publics and Cultural Politics
Diego Calaon (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
Visit to Torcello island
Diego Calaon (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
Torcello lecture: database and mining
Dominik Lukas (University of Chicago)

Digital CH story-telling: spaces, communities and identity
Elisa Corrò (VeDPH - Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
GIS and Digital landscapes
Dominik Lukas (University of Chicago)

Visit to the National Sea Archaeology Museum of Caorle (Venice)
Carlo Beltrame and Elisa Costa (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
3d, underwater 3d and digital tools for marine archaeology
Carlo Beltrame and Elisa Costa (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)

Archaeology and videogames
Angus Mol (Universiteit Leiden)

Guest lecturers: Dominik Lukas, Angus Mol

Keynote speakers

Applications and scholarships

Each strand will include 15 participants maximum.

Participation fee: €300
14 scholarships are available with an amount of € 600 each (gross payment).

The application must be submitted via e-mail to or via PEC (certified email) to and bear the subject header Application for Admission to VeSSDPH.

 The following documents may also be attached to the application:

  • Application Form
  • Motivation letter
  • MA Diploma (or equivalent)
  • CV evidence in experiences, skills and knowledge in the field
  • Copy of valid ID or passport



application deadline: 06/03/2020
ranking results (postponed): 03/04/2020
acceptance deadline (postponed): to be determined

Admission criteria

Essential Criteria: University master/diploma (or equivalent)

Selection and Ranking Criteria (total score 20/20):

  1. Motivation letter (max 16) - Reason of interest as demonstrated by a short description (max.100 words) of an approved or ongoing research project involving Digital and Public Humanities methodologies:

    1. quality of research project
    2. integration of Digital and Public Humanities methods in the project
    3. career perspectives
    4. lack of funding / institutional support / training opportunities

  2. Graduation mark (max 2), PhD (max 2)

Submission date will be taken into consideration in the case of candidates with equal ranking.

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Venice is well served by airline companies and public transport.

The main destinations coming from the mainland to reach the historic city centre are the train station (Venezia Santa Lucia) or the bus station (Piazzale Roma); the last one is also the destination for taxis and buses from the airports.

From here you can move around the city by foot or by boat.

Price for ACTV 7 day Transport (vaporetto and buses in the City of Venice) € 60,00 Validity: 7 days
ACTV Public Transport Services :


Venice, being a major tourist destination, offers a wide range of accommodation opportunities not only in historical centre but also in the surroundings (Mestre and Lido).
Low budget accommodation can be provided for those participants who express their interest when confirming registration to Summer School. The following residences offer multiple bedrooms and a limited number of single bedrooms:

  • Residenza Universitaria Junghans ESU Venezia – historical centre/Giudecca Island
  • A&O Mestre Hostel – mainland/Mestre-Venezia

Otherwise, feel free to contact Ca' Foscari's Housing Office, a service for Italian and international students, researchers, professors and administrative staff coming to study or work at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. The office  can help you look for a suitable and convenient accommodation in student residences, flats or hotels that hold an agreement with Ca’ Foscari University.