“Shakespeare and the Digital Humanities” – a Lecture by Dr. Csaba Maczelka

The Department of English and the Centre for Popular Culture cordially invites everyone to a lecture on the Digital Humanities by Dr. Maczelka.

In his lecture, Dr. Maczelka will address the fact that Digital Humanities (DH) has been on the rise for some time now, but it is still a field in the making, and a heavily contested territory. The lecture is intended as an accessible introduction to the field, covering the problems of definition, a brief history of the most important milestones, and the current disciplinary status of the field. Coming from literary studies, special emphasis will be placed on digital literary studies, and how advanced digital technologies transformed the study of texts. He will also reflect on some early expectations, particularly the anticipated revision of the traditional literary canon. A range of current and historical digital projects will be introduced as representatives of certain critical/historiographical tendencies, and the figure of Shakespeare will play a central role in the assessment.

Csaba Maczelka (PhD, 2014) is an associate professor at the Institute of English Studies at the University of Pécs (Hungary). His primary research area is early modern English literature, particularly the history of sixteenth-seventeenth century English utopias and prose fiction. He published a Hungarian monograph on early modern English utopias and their reception in Hungary (2019), a Hungarian handbook for Thomas More’s Utopia (2020), and numerous English and Hungarian articles and translations about early modern English and Hungarian literature; more recently he has started publishing about digital humanities.

Contact: maczelka.csaba@pte.hu, utopikus.com, @MacCsaba

The lecture will take place at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Osijek on Wednesday, 9 November 2022, in room 60 at 12.30 p.m.


Recommended reading

Eve, Martin Paul. “Introduction.” The Digital Humanities and Literary Studies. Oxford University Press, 2022. (The Literary Agenda.) Open access, available:  https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198850489.001.0001