Bridging Humanities is an open access, peer reviewed, interdisciplinary and multi-area platform, that allows a working place to publish digital projects in innovative formats.

Bridging Humanities includes original research from the Humanities intended as an open field that is connected with other disciplines in co-creation with others.

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Reframing PJU

A project by Andrea Stultiens in collaboration with Bridging Humanities that experiments with a combination of emerging digital and artistic methods of inquiry in order to reframe the problematic Paul Julien collection that is in the care of the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam.  The project intervenes with the collection of amateur anthropologist and explorer Paul Julien (1901-2001)  in relation to numerous research trips on the African continent between 1932 and 1962. In a series of letters to Paul Julien, Andrea Stultiens respond to current questions on decolonisation of public archives and academic knowledge production.  The project explores archiving in the digital era and offers the possibility to reframe the collection with the help of the descendants and their diaspora.

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Footage uploaded to serve as a header to the first letter written to Paul Julien as part of a correspondence that serves as a discursive format, reporting on an ongoing research into the potential of Julien’s legacy.

Digital humanities - The African Perspective

What specific developments in the field of Digital Humanities are taking shape in Africa? What is their potential to enhance the global DH agenda? Bridging Humanities facilitated this discussion during a workshop at the Lorentz centre before the international Digital Humanities conference in Utrecht this year. This film highlights discussions of the workshop, at which around 20 African DH scholars from various disciplines gathered to build capacity and discuss ideas for joint projects. The website contains reflections on the workshop and the ideas for joint projects, and will be developed into a special issue based around the question whether the digital brings continuity or change for African research.

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Dissenting Voices - Challenging the colonial system

Can collaboration between academia, journalism and the arts lead to new perspectives on the Dutch colonial past? In this Bridging Humanities publication historian Maartje Janse, research journalist Anne-Lot Hoek, musician Ernst Jansz cooperated with Bridging Humanities/Voice4Thought, to explore how critical thinking regarding the colonial context in the Dutch East Indies (current Indonesia) has evolved by analyzing various ‘forgotten’ voices of protest. The authors question mainstream historical narratives and argue for an anti-colonial tradition of protest. The publication includes artistic contributions and suggests ways forward for research, also in relation to Dutch state-sponsered project ‘Independence, decolonization, violence and war, Indonesia 1945-1950’ that is carried out by the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie.

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Croquemort: A biographical journey in the context of Chad

What can the life of Didier Lalaye, a medical doctor, also known as slam artist Croquemort learn us about the possibilities of ICT and social media for youth and artists that cope with oppression in Chad? Mirjam de Bruijn collaborated with Didier Lalaye and filmmaker Sjoerd de Bruijn for this first multimodal publication of Bridging Humanities. Next to a video pamplet that is shown here, the publication contains a wide range of digital sources that enrich the biographical method.  Mirjam argues for academic researchers to adopt a nomadic mind that embraces serendipity – the art of understanding the unpredictable and amazing moments as much as the ordinary. In the process of co-creation, existing knowledge hierarchies are challenged.

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