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Digital Humanities

There is an increasingly strong demand for digital working methods in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Münster. University management, with the significant participation of the Cluster, set up in 2017 a Center for Digital Humanities (CDH), which is an interest group embedded in the institution that researchers from various disciplines who are interested in digital humanities can join. As a forum for cross-disciplinary knowledge transfer, the CDH unites the existing DH projects and interests at the University of Münster; it oversees and coordinates the different existing DH knowledge and resources within the University; it provides targeted support for the development of further fields of application for digital technologies; and it makes available its expertise in the planning and implementation of computer-aided project components.

The CDH is supported by the Service Centre Digital Humanities (SCDH), which is anchored in the eScience Support Centre of Münster’s University and State Library. The SCDH supports the development and use of digital techniques in the humanities and social sciences, and ensures that DH structures and services are tailored to needs.

Digital Humanities at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”

The Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” investigates the tension between theological doctrine and lived religiosity by examining the historical character of religiously binding texts. Here, the various historical layers that constitute the emergence and transmission of these texts will be illustrated digitally, and the historical origins of theological texts shown. The aim is to use methods from the Digital Humanities to approach the religiously binding texts of the three great monotheistic religions from various points of view. In some cases, these texts will be reconstructed for the first time.

Four research projects are dealing with the digital edition of authoritative religious texts. For Christianity, the church historian Hubert Wolf is examining the decisions made by the magisterium of the Catholic Church, and the church historian Holger Strutwolf is examining interpretative variants of the New Testament and their reception in Reformation and modern translations. For Islam, the Islamic theologian Mouhanad Khorchide is working with the Islamic scholar Angelika Neuwirth of the Corpus Coranicum in Berlin to research exemplary passages in the Quran on the subject of peace and violence. For Judaism, the liturgical scholar Clemens Leonhard is cooperating with Ben Gurion University in Be’er Scheva, Israel, to examine individual passages in the Passover-Haggadah.