The CENTRE FOR DIGITAL HUMANITIES, UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS (CEDHUL) was established in response to the yawning gap in the field of digital humanities research and learning in Africa and the growing need to retool scholars and researchers in the human sciences.
We are the pioneers and foremost interdisciplinary research and academic unit in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa focusing on research and scholarship in the field of digital humanities. Our main goal is to promote the use of computer methodologies and digital tools for innovative interdisciplinary research projects and studies in the humanities and liberal sciences such as history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, religion, law, economics, political science and other disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.
We provide a digital research environment (DRE) that fosters research and studies in technology-driven approaches that aid the investigation of humanistic phenomena while allowing for the integration of insight anchored on computer technologies into the realities and possibilities of human society.
- To promote computer-based approaches to research in all disciplines in the humanities;
to encourage and support research activities that will stimulate and drive computer-based studies in the humanities;
- To generate research ideas that will promote cutting-edge studies and produce transnational outcomes for the benefit of society;
- To develop and explore new theories and methods that will open up new avenues of conducting research in the humanities;
- To adopt new technological tools to analyse and present results of research conducted from within the disciplines in the humanities;
- To engage in critical social and digital media research projects;
- To publish research outcomes in digital humanities for the benefit of the wider community outside the academia;
- To promote highly collaborative and interdisciplinary programmes for research incomes and socially beneficial innovative ideas;
- To provide an enabling research climate and mentorship for upcoming scholars;
- To prepare and equip future generations of scholars and researchers in the humanities to adopt scientific approaches to their research through seminars and workshops that will complement classroom-based learning;
- To organise workshops/conferences/seminars for training and capacity building in computer-driven studies and computing skills acquisition in the humanities;
- To provide, through periodic publications and other forms of intellectual discourses and conversations, a national policy direction on how to develop the capacity and the necessary scientific competencies that will address contemporary challenges in Nigerian society and the global community; and
- To contribute to the drive towards a knowledge-based society.
We organise summer schools, workshops, seminars and conferences that will provide the platform to raise and equip a new generation of scholars and researchers in the humanities and social sciences. Our activities will equally generate ideas, demonstrate the usefulness of computer methodologies to humanistic studies and disseminate research outcomes to benefit the larger society.
It is hoped that the Centre will soon emerge as an intellectually stimulating international research hub that will encourage scholars and researchers to investigate the different ways in which digital technologies, web-based resources and ICT are opening new ways for research projects in languages, literature, culture, history, philosophy, creative arts and media studies, as well as in the personal and social experiences of humans in modern society. As such, CEDHUL hopes to build the capacity of graduates of humanities with additional skills to compete successfully in the global/digital job market.
In conjunction with some international partners, such as University of Cologne Institute for Digital Humanities Centre, University of Edinburgh Digital Scholarship, Michigan State University Centre for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (MATRIX), Lethbridge University, Canada, as well as experts from the University of Lagos Department of Computer Science, the Centre hopes to engage in individual and collaborative research projects, to develop computer applications relevant to humanistic research and social transformation, and to use creative interdisciplinary approaches to conduct cutting-edge and innovative research projects.