The prospects opened by digital technology in human activities are increasingly striking, surprising and unimaginable in the contemporary world. This phenomenon, which many scholars compare to the civilizational impact of the transition from oral to written communication, emerges in all spheres of society, reaches directly or indirectly all its agents and subverts their notions of time, space and knowledge. Both by enabling intercontinental network communication and by exponentially increasing data storage and processing capacity, by converging all kinds of content into digital content or by facilitating access to that content, data and information on mobile devices in everyday life, this phenomenon has been constituted as a fertile field of investigation, under the label of Digital Humanities.
Digital Humanities, as an aggregating expression of practices, theories and methods that have developed since the second half of the twentieth century, are considered, by the many laboratories and research centers that have emerged since 2010 in the academic world, as a "transdiscipline", which incorporates the methods, devices and heuristic perspectives of the human and social sciences, while mobilizing the unique tools and approaches opened up by digital technology.
The I International Congress on Digital Humanities, to be held in Rio de Janeiro from April 9 to 13, 2018, aim to bring to Rio de Janeiro and initiate in Brazil a broad and international debate on this relevant and emerging field, and constitutes a timely opportunity for academics, scientists and technologists of Arts, Culture and Social Sciences, Humanities and Computation, to reflect, among other topics, the impact of information technologies, communication networks and the digitization of collections and processes in individuals' daily lives and their effects on local and global institutions and societies, especially in Brazilian reality.
Organizers: The Laboratory Of Digital Humanities - LHuD from Centre for Research and Documentation of Contemporary History of Brazil (CPDOC) at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and the Laboratory for Preservation and Management of Digital Collections (LABOGAD) at Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO)